Trinitarian Soundings

Finding Mary

Baptists, and Protestants in general, have not known what to do with the Catholic preoccupation with Mary. We just do not get the nuances of the Immaculate Conception (different from the virginal… Read more »

Expanding the Mission

The encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman has sparked a flurry of interpretations. Jesus does not seem to be at his compassionate best, as he ignores her entreaty for her daughter’s… Read more »

Multiplying Resources

            All four Gospels record the miracle of the loaves and fishes, no doubt because it appeals to the ever present human question, “is there really enough to go around?”  This coming… Read more »

Sighing with the Spirit

            In the weeks following Pentecost, the epistle readings in Romans have focused on what it means to live in the Spirit.  For three Sundays in a row, passages from chapter 8… Read more »

Praying for Ceasefire

  Images of devastation in Israel and Gaza are daily on our screens.  We grieve over lives lost or wounded, and we urgently pray for the parties in conflict to find peaceful… Read more »

Celebrating Judson Day

July 13, 1813, is the day the Judsons arrived in Burma, and many there continue to celebrate the day.  Because of the many resettled people from Burma (Myanmar) now present in the… Read more »

Finding Our Birthright

The Old Testament lesson for this coming Sunday is the tumultuous story of Esau and Jacob, the twins who struggled from birth. Favoritism and deceit figure prominently in the narrative, and the… Read more »

Resourcing Our Mission

             At two year intervals, seminary Presidents and Deans gather for the Association of Theological Schools biennium.  This year we met in Pittsburgh, a metropolis that has rebounded from a moribund… Read more »

Welcoming a Prophet

 In Matthew 10, Jesus offers an enigmatic statement, “Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name… Read more »

Exegeting an Icon

Yesterday was Trinity Sunday and, surprisingly, many Baptist churches celebrate the significance of this liturgical demarcation.  Coming the week following Pentecost, this Sunday is the church’s way of saying the fullness of the… Read more »