Category Archives: Leadership

On Racism, the Shooting of Black Men, Religious Liberty, and the Better Way of Jesus

On Racism, the Shooting of Black Men, Religious Liberty, and the Better Way of Jesus

Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Gregory Gunn. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Eric Harris. John Crawford III. All shot dead or killed in the past two to three years. I might not know all that happened, but I know that someone should not die in response to selling CD’s or reaching for their… Continue Reading

How the Church in South Carolina Defeated the Anti-Refugee Bill, S997

How the Church in South Carolina Defeated the Anti-Refugee Bill, S997

S997, the anti-refugee bill that would have created a state registry for refugees and would have held sponsors civilly liable for certain future crimes that refugees would have committed, officially died this week in the South Carolina House of Representatives. This bill was full of religious liberty challenges, as I detailed back in early February,… Continue Reading

Alabama Conservatives, the Law, and How Trump Gains Power By Playing to Fears

Alabama Conservatives, the Law, and How Trump Gains Power By Playing to Fears

Donald Trump had a conference call with leadership from the Alabama GOP on Thursday, September 10th. In that call, he was asked about policy specifics in relation to his idea of forcibly deporting 11+ million undocumented immigrants as well as their children who were born here in the United States. He said that he wanted… Continue Reading

Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Immigration Plan

Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Immigration Plan

  Donald Trump finally released a white paper on his Immigration plans yesterday. It was pretty bad. He has teamed up with nativist, anti-LEGAL immigration Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R), who says that Trump’s plan is “exactly the plan America needs” to form an anti-immigration Dynamic Duo. Ann Coulter is running alongside them while yelling… Continue Reading

Why Are Southern Baptists Moving So Slowly Toward Greater Ethnic Diversity in Leadership?

Last summer at the SBC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, I brought a motion asking for an official assessment of the progress that Southern Baptists have made in increasing ethnic diversity in leadership over the past 20 years since our 1995 resolution apologizing for supporting slavery, racism, and segregation. Much had been accomplished throughout the convention… Continue Reading

God At the Border? Children, the Immigration Crisis, and the Church

America is facing a crisis at the border. Tens of thousands of children have come from Central America looking for asylum, protection, and a chance at a future that they will not find in their home countries. Drug Wars have ravaged their nations. Also, confusion from Washington and our politicians on what the immigration situation… Continue Reading

Standing in the Schoolhouse Door: The White Response to School Desegregation During the Civil Rights Movement

Standing in the Schoolhouse Door: The White Response to School Desegregation During the Civil Rights Movement   Alan Cross Pastor, Gateway Baptist Church Montgomery, Alabama   Presented at Auburn University at Montgomery Liberal Arts Conference – Southern Cultural Studies February 7-8, 2014 Session: The Ideal and Reality of Southern Education During the Civil Rights Movement… Continue Reading

Jesus’ Life As A Model for the Church: Harassed and Helpless Like Sheep Without A Shepherd

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The… Continue Reading