Russ Dean

  I spent last week in Cuba. Fascinating place. We’ve been visiting our nearest southern neighbors for 15 years, a partnership of churches established by a relationship between the Alliance of Baptists and the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba. Members of our church take an annual trip to...
  Amy and I are preaching through Ecclesiastes 3 this summer: For everything there is season, and a time for every matter under heaven… Sunday’s text is, “A time to be born and a time to die…” It must be a hazard of the job, but someone always seems to be dying, which makes me think a great deal...
  On January 16, 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood before Congress. The Second World War, which would eventually lure the U.S., was raging across Europe. The President stood to offer a vision like only good leaders are able to do, and must do. He offered a vision for all, a vision to unify, to...
  Don’t get me wrong, I’m as weary and disheartened by the phrase as the rest of you. In the wake of the latest tragedy, though, it seems I hear it most in the aftermath of the ongoing chapters of our mass-shootings. Someone invariably steps to a podium, gathers all the air in front of a camera and...
  The Supreme Court recently heard arguments from a Maryland case involving a 40-foot cross that was constructed by the American Legion in 1925 as a memorial to veterans of the First World War. The original complaint came from the American Humanist Association in 2014, who argued that the cross...
  We moved to Birmingham, Ala., in 1996 for my job as the new associate minister of an affluent Baptist church in the tony, wooded enclave called Mountain Brook. The church had multi-layered programs and the staff to keep all those trains running on time. One of the members of that staff was a...
  I just read a frightening piece about the “rebranding” of the far right in Germany. Apparently the new fear-mongers there think the neo-Nazis are old school. Like our own, sad white nationalists, dressed in khakis, not white hoods, and carrying tiki torches, Germany’s better dressed, better...
  COMMENTARY: I want to talk to my conservative friends. This nation is too divided, and we may not survive (literally) if we cannot come together. I don’t mean we have to agree. Diversity of ideas is our nation’s brilliance. The dialogue of different ideas is our strength. So, we don’t need...
  Russ Dean - Humanity: “There is so much good”   In this week’s pastors’ column for our church newsletter, I opened with these words: “It’s been a terrible week, another terrible week, in our country. Our democratic dysfunction is at an all-time high. Our divisions have never been more apparent,...
So, I’m writing on Wednesday, purposely ahead of the hearing of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and sadly just after learning there are accusations from other women. I’m writing now because the outcome of tomorrow’s deliberations will have no bearing...

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