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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.




News
Record Number of Calls to U.S. Trafficking Hotlines in 2016

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human trafficking is a growing problem, based on calls and texts to U.S. trafficking hotlines. Total calls and texts have more than doubled in the last four years; sex trafficking represented three-fourths of all contacts.




Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.




Role of Faith-Based Homelessness Initiatives Often Overlooked

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith-based groups play a significant but often overlooked role in addressing U.S. homelessness, a new report says. And the impact of these groups is likely greater than the report indicates, an expert says.




Columns on Politics
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.




While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing

By: Reggie Warren
Comparing crowd sizes became a surprising focal point following President Trump's inauguration. But what do they mean? Christians in the 21st century should know that the size of crowds mean little.




After Inauguration, Churches Begin Work of Empathy

By: Gary Furr
For the last 18 months, the presidential campaign season has shown that our differences are complex and deep. For churches, it's an opportunity to become more deeply involved in the ministry of reconciliation.




Columns on Baptist Life
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.




How One Church Tackled the Human-Trafficking Fight

By: Jay Abernathy
Human trafficking is a year-round challenge. Imagine if each congregation in the U.S. became active voices against human trafficking and pornography. Here's how one Baptist church made a difference.




Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency

By: Neville Callam
Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.




Columns on Church and Theology
First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships

By: Victor Gomez
Building relationships is the first step for any ministry with immigrants. We can provide fish and teach people to fish, but will we make sure they have a fishing pole and access to the lake?




Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement

By: Philip Jenkins
While immigration is a political hot potato in the U.S., it also has religious implications. When ordinary people move from one area or another, sometimes reluctantly, they take their religion with them.




What's God's Vision for Just and Fair Economy?

By: Drew Smith
While Christians can disagree about how to create an economy that is more just and fair, we cannot deny that Jesus was clear about what constituted God's vision of a just and fair economy.




Columns on Culture and Media
8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary

By: Cliff Vaughn
With the abundance of news about immigrants, migrants and refugees, I reflected back on January 2011 when I worked on EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders." Here's what has stuck with me.




How Your Church Can Oppose Crime of Human Trafficking

By: Jennifer Allmon
Scripture reminds us that God expects us to protect the most vulnerable among us. Today, these vulnerable people are among us as modern-day slaves, held in bondage here in the U.S. What can your church do?




Wisdom, Prayer Needed to Oppose Sex Trafficking

By: Tomi Grover
The Super Bowl provides many advocates with a single event where heightened attention is given to human trafficking, but our understanding about working in this arena must be biblically informed by wisdom.




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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