Author Archives: Philip E Jenks

About Philip E Jenks

Philip is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.

Harry and Harold

President Harry S Truman and Governor Harold E. Stassen were divided by party lines, but they had more in common than either would have admitted. Both ordered the racial integration of armed forces under their command, in Truman’s case all … Continue reading

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And, like most women in ministry, she makes it look easy.

The concept of Mary as the Untier of Knots was well known in the 17th and 18th centuries and is best memorialized by a 1700 painting by Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, saw Schmidtner’s painting … Continue reading

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Johnny, We Really Did Hardly Know Ye

November 22, 2018 – Today is Thanksgiving and also the 55th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. As Billy Joel put it, “JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say?” After more than half century, the … Continue reading

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An American Baptist Cartoon Memoir – Just for fun

I served on the communications staff of American Baptist Churches in the USA for two decades. Most of that time I was editor of The American Baptist Magazine, a position I assumed as a callow youth. I was a naïve … Continue reading

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American Baptist Cartoon Memoir – Holidays

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American Baptist Cartoon Memoir – Inside the Doughnut

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American Baptist Cartoon Memoir -Church Growth

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