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Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com's mission is straightforward: challenging people of faith to advance the common good. Rather than protest or rant, we supply moral education resources to congregational leaders and their congregations.




Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.




What Is the Trump Wall?

By: Robert Parham
President Trump issued an executive order last week that authorized the building of a 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border barrier. While he's right to protect the nation's borders, the status of 750,000 dreamers is unclear.




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In Memoriam: Friends, Colleagues Remember Robert Parham

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Friends and colleagues of Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, who died March 5, share their reflections on Parham's life, work, legacy and friendship.




Men Hold Most Clergy Roles; Women Other Religious Positions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Less than a quarter of U.S. clergy positions were held by women in 2016, but they filled more than half of religious activities and education director positions and nearly two-thirds of all other religious worker roles.




'Coyotes' Aid, Exploit Undocumented Immigrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
'Coyotes' - the most widely used term for those who smuggle undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border - both aid and exploit undocumented immigrants.




Columns on Politics
Migrants Sacrifice, Risk Death for Chance at Better Life

By: Juan Aragon
Migrants know the challenges facing them, even the lingering threat of death. Like Uziel, many make the sacrifice not only for their own personal benefit but also for the good of those they love. Here's his story.




Abolishing Johnson Amendment Would Diminish Gospel

By: Michael Helms
The Johnson Amendment grants churches tax-exempt status as long as they don't endorse or oppose political candidates. If it's abolished, churches would be known by their politics, and the gospel harder to hear.




Reflecting on Donald Trump and Climate Change

By: John Weaver
President Trump's administration has expressed troubling views on climate change. We should pray that the campaign-trail rhetoric continues to be moderated in the shaping of good government.




Columns on Baptist Life
How Christian Hospitals Must See Past the Bottom Line

By: Don Sewell
Christian hospitals obviously must operate with outstanding medical and business guidelines. But that's not the whole story. Christian hospitals carry an even greater stewardship than a secular one.




Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells

By: Debra Wint
Many wells in Ghana's frontier region were installed by outsiders and have broken down. Villagers can't repair them. Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry works with villagers to teach them how to repair these wells.




4 Principles to Ensure Short-Term Missions Succeed

By: Dean Miller
Many horrible, even disgusting, things have been said and done in the name of short-term missions. Fortunately, many, but not all, organizations have learned their lessons.




Columns on Church and Theology
Despite Failings, Many Churches Still Reflect God's Love

By: Joel Snider
The church has its shortcomings, but we often focus too easily on its failings. We need to recall when members of the church family didn't simply talk about God's love. They lived it.




3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.




How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.




Columns on Culture and Media
When Building Walls, Make Sure They're Good Ones

By: Wade Smith
If good fences make good neighbors, then surely bad fences make bad neighbors. As the debate rages on in our nation, may we have the courage to listen to each other and commit to building only good fences.




Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.




This Powerful Tool Combats Negativity, Harsh Words

By: Brent McDougal
How can you have a positive impact on a culture bathed in negativity? While our society is awash in destructive words, a powerful tool can help you combat negativity, harsh words and hopelessness.




Columns on Family Matters
Lowly Tomato Inspires Grandpa's Lesson of Love

By: Trevor Barton
A lowly tomato with a soft spot. A grandpa who could fix anything with duct tape, WD40 and baling wire. They equal a lesson that even the smallest and the broken have intrinsic value. They shouldn't be cast aside.




10 Ways to Connect with Kids, Families on Christmas Eve

By: Renée Embree
Most peoples' stereotype of church is that it's full of old people. Christmas Eve services give you an opportunity to go above and beyond to show you're welcome and ready for all generations.




5 Ways to Help Those Who Weep During the Holidays

By: Chris Smith
Christmas lights flashing, choirs singing, shoppers shopping. They all signal "the most wonderful time of the year," even though it's not for many. But when they know you care, you can help lift a broken heart.




Columns on World Religions

Movie Reviews
'The Founder'

By: Michael Parnell
"The Founder" reveals an unflattering picture of the American success story. While we idolize folks who make big money, we never ask the hard question of how they made those millions. (Photo: The Weinstein Company)




'Silence'

By: Michael Parnell
Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' may be the most Christian film ever made, but few will see it. The story of two priests in 16th-century Japan, the challenging film isn't for the faint of heart. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)




'Hidden Figures'

By: Michael Parnell
For a window into our nation's larger history and the role that three extraordinary African-American women played in the space program, "Hidden Figures" is stellar. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)




Book Reviews
'The Disturbances' Must Reading for Pastors, Church Members

By: Nathan Finn
"The Disturbances" is an inspiring story and a sobering reminder that what happened in Nigeria in 1966 could happen again. However, the more these stories are told, the better able we are to prevent genocide.




'The Disturbances'

By: Wade Smith
"The Disturbances" offers one snapshot of the larger tribal conflict that would ultimately lead to the Biafran War in Nigeria from 1967-1970. Missionaries shared their stories of incredible courage and faith.




'The Disturbances:' Inspiration to Face Evil with Gospel of Love

By: Tara Hornbacker
Through stories of courage and survival in the face of monumental obstacles, "The Disturbances" explores the deep bonds between missionaries serving in Nigeria during a deeply troubled time.




Music Reviews
'Save the Day'
The title song opens the collection by juxtaposing elaborate pleasures with simple ones. It comes closer to rock-and-roll than any other selection on the album and grabs the attention of the listener, alerting us to the significance of the word "day," which appears at least once in ten of the twelve songs.


Religion News Service
Court Says Quebec Parents Can’t Pull Students Out of Religion Class
TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.


Rick Santorum Defends Views on Obama’s Theology
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."


President Obama’s Five Most Personal Religious Statements
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.


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