I’m posting this on Election Day, because it just occurred to me now. I’m also writing today as the only thing I can write as, sometimes: as a Christian. I hope that those of other faiths can find something in my words, but today, I am musing within my own tradition. Feel free to share [...]
I am a Baptist, through and through. I feel it closely in my identity, and know the stories well. I can recite to you Walter Shurden’s work on historical Baptist distinctives. I love the story of Thomas Helwys, who founded the first Baptist church in England and died in Newgate prison for the sin of [...]
Here in the middle of the political season, I’m feeling the energy rise all around me. The political conventions turned up the heat. The debates are ongoing, and the media narratives surround us. Two parties are at each other’s throats, and I’m getting calls and e-mails every day asking me to support my favored candidate. [...]
Madison McClendon grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where he fell in love with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien at a young age. Growing up, he attended First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and continues to find his religious home in the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, though his Chicago context is encouraging him to make connections with the American Baptist Churches. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a degree in Religion and Political Science in 2009, and continued his education by pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, Madison was a Schloerb Fellow and a Fund for Theological Education Congregational Fellow, and he graduated in 2012. Madison pursued academic work in religion and literature, specifically examining how fantasy texts and religious texts might illuminate each other. In addition to these studies, Madison also took classes on preaching and pastoral arts, and is interested in how the fruits of the academy can be applied carefully to the building of productive, healthy religious communities.