• The gift of renewed perspective in this season of new beginnings. Reaching far beyond the public figures who serve as our leaders and who often bear the brunt of our residents’ frustrations, I would love to see all of us commit to analyzing what works in our community.  What if we made a concerted effort [...]

  • If you were addressing the nation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the DAY AFTER the election, what would you say? What advice would you offer to your fellow Americans about the next four years? Waking up on November 7, the day after all of the electoral hoopla is over, how would it be in our community if [...]

  • We Baptists are not always known for our capacity to play well with others. Heaven knows that on more than a few occasions, we have not done much to give God a good name. No doubt we will continue to struggle with how to live and love as faithfully as we should. But I find [...]

  • Based on the song I’ve heard about a thousand times in recent weeks on WRVR-FM 104.5, we are in what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Next Sunday, we reach the climax of all our Christmas anticipation. Untold numbers of people will celebrate Christmas Day with joy and gladness. Of [...]

  • In 50 words or less send a holiday greeting to the Memphis community. What is your holiday wish your fellow Memphis area residents? May we be filled with hope for a future brighter than the past. May we know peace in our neighborhoods where violence and despair are all too real. May we experience the joy [...]

  • As a member of the community of faith in the Memphis area, what are you thankful for and why – in 50 words or less? I give thanks that this week 10 unique and wonderfully different congregations of different faiths came together for worshiping the one God of us all. To have a Jewish cantor standing [...]

  • In 140 characters or less (Twitter’s limit per Tweet), can you sum up your personal faith? In other words, Tweet your faith to Memphis. Or Tweet your faith message to Memphis. God is love. Therefore faith is more a verb than a noun. It acts in response to the call to love God, love my neighbor, [...]

  • Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. How has America changed since then? How did 9/11 change faith in America? What impact did 9/11 have on the soul of America? We who lived through that horrific Tuesday ten years ago will likely never forget the feelings we felt. That was supposed to be an [...]

  • <strong>A few months before he was killed in the line of duty, Memphis Police Officer Timothy Warren made a YouTube video expressing his deep internal struggle between his “Two Paths” – between a Christian “life of service, compassion, seeking and forbearance” and a life in “police authority, command and governance.” “Which path to follow?”…[Read more]

  • President Obama came to Memphis this week and spoke to the 2011 Class of Booker T. Washington High School about the value of education and dedication. What message do you have for this year’s graduates at BTW and other schools across the community?</strong Graduation season reminds us of the constancy of change in all our lives.  [...]

  • How should people of faith respond to Osama bin Laden’s death? In light of the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed, it is an occasion for people of faith to exercise enormous care.  We know that evil is an all-too-real reality in our world.  Hate is alive and well in the hearts of humans [...]

  • What gives you hope? Sometimes we do well to take heed of the insights offered us when fresh perspectives are brought to bear on our old familiar routines.  As a newcomer to this community I see hope abounding in places where perhaps those who have been around a while longer might be prone to miss it. [...]

  • Should religious objections to fundamental principles of biology be discussed in public school science classes? The contemporary American public school classroom is a reflection of the pluralist culture in which we live.  Recent actions by the Tennessee House to approve legislation requiring school officials to “help students understand, analyze,…[Read more]

  • How can we live responsibly as devout and faithful adherents of one religion in a world (and community) of many religions? Living responsibly as a faithful adherent of the Christian faith in an increasingly pluralistic culture demands an honest recognition of differences while at the same time calls for an earnest seeking after common ground.  The [...]

  • Should the Bible be taught in our public schools? Should our schools also teach students about the Quran, the Book of Mormon, the Vedas and other sacred texts? When it comes to teaching public school students about religion, what is appropriate and what is not? A quick review of the 2010 U.S. Census figures reveals a [...]