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August 2, 2018 | The experiences of many of the multiple forms of oppression are a lot like prisons. Allow me now to take you back to the scripture again. Paul and Silas were freed because an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison which freed them from their prison doors and chains. Let me ask you this. What earthquake(s) do we need in order to shake the foundations of white supremacy? Read more »

Sé que no es perfecto

Sé que no es perfecto

July 30, 2018 | I hope that we can always remember that two things can be true at once – that we are growing – AND that we are always failing and in need of grace. I do know that if we keep going back to the Water found only in the wilderness – we will be more than we can imagine. We know it is and will not be not perfect – But it can be good, very good.  Read more »

Join us on our first Immigration Immersion Trip!

July 30, 2018 | This trip is the first in a series of annual immigration immersion trips through a partnership between BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz and American Baptist International Ministries. The purpose of these trips is to bring faith and community leaders into a deeper understanding of the true stories behind the immigration debate in the US, focusing on real relationships and conversations with those whose lives are most impacted by US immigration policy and economic practices. Applications are due by August 17! Read more »

Being the Water

Being the Water

July 27, 2018 | Actively seek out ways you can help people and ways you can help yourself to grow. These are the ways you can continue to be the water in which people are purified and reaffirmed in their faith. We must go into the world not as a trickle but as a flood, covering the earth with water, washing away evil and injustice and much like the biblical flood, helping the world to be born anew. Read more »

Many Cultures, One Faith

Many Cultures, One Faith

July 12, 2018 | For future church, to me it is not necessarily changing how we think about what we do or changing traditions, but how we take our Christianity and ourselves into the world. How we pass on what we know to the next generation. Like in the scripture that has the rock as the foundation, because without a strong foundation we can’t build.  Read more »

A Dorm Room, a Verse, and a Promise

June 20, 2018 | Those first couple of years, I tried my hardest to be a good up-and-coming Baptist Pastor. I studied Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, I filled pulpits across Kentucky, I worked part-time during my summer and winter breaks, but I quickly found that no matter how busy I tried to make myself with studying, or preaching, or work, it became harder and harder to deny the reality that I was gay. Of course, this didn’t come out of mid-air. I had the feeling for a long time, but I was praying for those feelings to go away. I was reading books about conversion therapy. One night, I recall lying face down on the rug in my dorm room, and as I was there, my face pressed against the rug, tears streamed down my face from midnight till 3am or so, pleading with God that things would change. Read more »

EDITORIAL: What do we do with our anger?

June 5, 2018 | On July 1, 2018 Mexico will live through the largest and most complex electoral process that ever has been in the country. On the local level alone there will be elections in 30 of the 32 states; only the states of Baja California and Nayarit will not have elections. In addition, federal elections will be held to renew the Federal Executive (President of the Republic) and the two Chambers, the Senators and the Federal Deputies. The scenario is also complex because today the odds are that, for the first time in Mexico, there will be an alternation of three different political parties at the presidential level. In this time of campaigns, in which the struggle to convince the electorate is intense, the traditional antagonisms between the ideals of the pro-government neoliberal right and the progessive left have been exacerbated - each with its interests - with virulent confrontations that have polarized the positions of those who sympathize with one movement or another. Read more »

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