Women, Baptists, and theology

Women, Baptists, and theology

Every five years or so, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) sponsors a conference with the ungainly acronym of BICTE: the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education. Meeting either before or after the BWA’s Annual Gathering, the conference generally...
Zucchini Gump

Zucchini Gump

One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump, and there’s a memorable scene in which his army friend Bubba recites to him all the different ways his coastal Louisiana mother knows how to cook shrimp. Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp alfredo,...
Dealing with Br’er Briar

Dealing with Br’er Briar

The first stories I can remember hearing as a child were from Joel Chandler Harris’ collection of African American folktales as told by a fictional character known as Uncle Remus. Harris became a respected journalist in Atlanta during the post-reconstruction...
From mountains to museums … to home

From mountains to museums … to home

Some folks might wonder why I keep posting blogs cataloging each tour group I take to Israel, the West Bank, and occasionally Jordan: I’ve done it (you can look them up!) in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and this year — not to mention other travels...

The old story in the Old City …

For friends, family, and other folk traveling vicariously through Israel and the West Bank with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, here’s a quick review of our day in (mostly pictures) of our day in the Old City of Jerusalem. We...
To, beside, and in the Dead Sea …

To, beside, and in the Dead Sea …

For travelers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, Saturday was a day to experience the western side of the Dead Sea, including the sea itself. We began by driving from Jerusalem, at 2400 feet in elevation, to the Dead Sea, at...

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