What do we do now?

Since the official ruling released last Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court — which changes the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples — I have offered a brief commentary via a video email and composed a joint statement with our convention president, Travis Coleman. These comments have been an attempt to express dissent in response […]

Response to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage

From Rick Lance, executive director, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Montgomery, Ala., and Travis Coleman, Jr., senior minister, First Baptist Church, Prattville, Ala., and president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention: We are deeply saddened by the United States Supreme Court ruling which changes the legal definition of marriage and, as a result, is […]

A Rally for Biblical Marriage

A few observations from today’s Alabama for Marriage Rally at the State Capitol: The rally had the message of “speaking the truth in love.” Culture may not understand that biblical balance, but it is real! Protesters were treated with dignity and respect. Salt and light are our calling. John Killian spoke boldly about the need […]

Why is the ACP Important?

Asking such a question may sound a bit skeptical, or even cynical. Yet currently, more times than I can ever recall, the question is posed. My purpose is not to defend the Annual Church Profile — or ACP as it is commonly known — rather I would like to offer a brief perspective as to […]

Good reads for the Anniversary: Commemorations of the Civil Rights Era

In recent days and over the past several years, much attention has been given to the 50th commemoration of important civil rights events. The famous Selma to Montgomery March, which took place in March 1965, has garnered much-needed attention by the people of Alabama and many across the nation. Two years ago, the remembrance of […]