Framing a new theological narrative: Ending mass incarceration

The movement to end mass incarceration is a bold and audacious undertaking. However, it is far past time for the body of Christ to step into this movement.

The power of the Black vote matters more than ever

The voting power of African Americans will prevent any “Redemption” by white supremacists from ever being successful in this country.

A Guide to Ministry Self-Care: Negotiating Today’s Challenges with Resilience and Grace (Book Review)

What do we believe about ministry? What do we believe about our own capacities to be one human being without being taken down by the multiple demands (and persons) vying for our time? Is self-care something that comes when we have time for it, or should it be at the forefront of our daily schedule without fail?

“Nice” is not a biblical word

Christian leaders can be too nice. We’ve internalized the message, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” However, sometimes leadership requires more than being nice. In fact, as far as I’m able to tell, the word “nice” does not appear in the Bible.

Justice. Mercy. Faith.

Through The Christian Citizen, we seek to shape a mind among American Baptists and others on matters of public concern by providing a forum for diverse voices living and working at the intersection of faith and politics, discipleship and citizenship.

Readers Write: Tell your story in The Christian Citizen.

Advent is a time of expectant waiting. It is also a penitential season. The Christian Citizen invites readers to offer a personal reflection on words commonly associated with Advent. Pick one word from the list provided. What does the word make you think of? How does it make you feel? Is there a specific moment in your life when the word took on new meaning for you? Don’t feel like you need to write a devotion or even use religious language. Tell your story. Nonfiction only. Entries will be edited as necessary. Not all will be published. Those that are published will receive a $25 Judson Press gift certificate.

“Nice” is not a biblical word

“Nice” is not a biblical word

Christian leaders can be too nice. We’ve internalized the message, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” However, sometimes leadership requires more than being nice. In fact, as far as I’m able to tell, the word “nice” does not appear in the Bible.

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What we don’t talk about

What we don’t talk about

I want to see the church flourish and as such, we all need to have some tough and courageous conversations about what is not working. Courage requires us to face our fears so that we can collaboratively seek new solutions and save our churches.

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On Mental Health

The quietest, loneliest and most painful illness

The quietest, loneliest and most painful illness

Mental illness is the loneliest and quietest of illnesses. Sometimes we do not know we have it. Or, we do not acknowledge it. We do not talk about it much. We do not want to. Few people know or understand. Yet the hurting is profound, confusing, and lonely.”

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Theological Education in North America

by Dr. Philip Thompson

Theological education in North America: Crises and faithful creativity, part 3

One of the factors contributing to women and men leaving ministry is the often heavy cost of theological education leading to the assumption of considerable debt. In response to these challenges, Sioux Falls Seminary’s Kairos Project has abandoned the credit hour in favor of a revolutionary financial model for operating and pricing degrees.

Theological education in North America: Crises and faithful creativity, Part 4

Sioux Falls Seminary’s “Baptistness” lies not in the application of some “Baptist principle” or set of principles. Rather, we seek to be resonant with the historic genius of the Baptist ethos, one grounded in the Baptist conviction of Christ’s lordship that leads to a decentering of all things human, including institutions.

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