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Telling for the First Time Horrifying and Inspiring Stories of Christian Engagement

By: Robert Parham
"The Disturbances" recounts the heroism of Christian missionaries and Nigerian leaders during 1966's genocide.




New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos

By: Robert Parham
We've done the morally right things on the immigration front, but the dial hasn't moved, despite our moral critique and Bible thumping. To change the cultural ethos, we must shine the light on telling positive stories.




How the Church Can Speak Up for the Thin Blue Line

By: Robert Parham
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said law enforcement faces a steady barrage of criticism and urged the silent majority to stand up and show their support. Here are four ways to do just that.




News
Christian Think Tank: Religion, Well-Being Linked

By: Kira Taylor
Compiling and comparing nearly 140 academic studies, a Christian think tank has concluded there's overwhelming evidence of a positive correlation between what people believe and how it affects their health.




Annual Religious Freedom Report Highlights Restrictive Laws

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Laws against blasphemy and apostasy violate human rights and can inflame passions related to these matters, according to the latest annual U.S. government report on religious freedom.




Two-Thirds Hear Social, Political Comments from Clergy

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (64 percent) of U.S. citizens who attend religious services regularly have heard clergy speak from the pulpit on at least one of six leading issues, the Pew Research Center says.




Columns on Politics
Revelation's Real Message Won't Sell Movie Tickets

By: Larry Eubanks
Revelation is a challenging book in the Bible. Many Christians either never read it or get caught up in misguided pop interpretations surrounding it. Its real message will never get made into a movie.




3 Ways to Minister to Your Church During Election Season

By: Guy Sayles
Presidential election years are one of the hardest times for ministers to balance prophetic engagement with the culture and congregational unity. Here are 3 ways to find that balance.




Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians

By: Dennis Bickers
This election season features an increased lack of civility, and too many Christians are guilty of ugly and crass comments. We should treat each other with respect despite our political differences.




Columns on Baptist Life
4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School

By: Tony Brooks
If you lead a Sunday school class, your role is to discuss issues based on Scripture. As the political season heats up, discussion will turn toward politics. Here are 4 rules to manage those conversations.




Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.




Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.




Columns on Church and Theology
3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples

By: Mark Tidsworth
When Christians commit to following the way of Jesus Christ, they realize they can't sustain that effort on isolation. Here are three ways that robust church groups meet spiritual needs of members.




Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.




Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.




Columns on Culture and Media
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice. Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole.




Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Comic-Con

By: Michael Parnell
San Diego's annual Comic-Con event is the largest gathering of pop culture in the world. Find out what one Baptist pastor discovered that this event could teach our churches.




What Do Your Words Really Say About You?

By: Guy Sayles
We're told as children that "words will never harm" us, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Words can open wounds that never fully heal. We have a responsibility to use our words wisely.




Columns on Family Matters
Out Of Balance: Helping Kids Survive 24/7 News Cycle

By: Christina Embree
The constant flow of news into all areas of our lives is having a negative effect on us and our kids. We can't hide from tragedy, but we can shield them and help them focus on the good. It's a matter of balance.




10 Suggestions to Ensure You Vacation Well

By: Renée Embree
How do you handle vacation? When was the last time you took one? Play and vacation look different for all of us, but we need it. It's good and holy. Here are 10 suggestions to vacation well.




Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World

By: Christina Embree
Our children are growing up in a world of pride and judgment -- where the Almighty 'You' takes precedent over Us. We must teach them to be heroes who look beyond themselves to others.




Columns on World Religions
When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed

By: Larry Eubanks
When 300 Islamic leaders united to denounce religious extremism within Islam, the news received little media attention. These Muslim leaders are closer to the position of Jesus than many of his followers.




Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan

By: Martin Accad
Religions tend to be exclusive of other religions, but that doesn't mean you can't wish your Muslim friends and neighbors well during the month of Ramadan. Here are four reasons why.




Movie Reviews
The Free State of Jones

By: Alan Cross
"The Free State of Jones" tells the story of the Mississippi rebel who fought against the Confederacy. When you know your ancestors may have been among the bad guys, it's a heartbreaking tale. (Photo: STX Entertainment)




'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By: Joe LaGuardia
Although the plot seems recycled from "A New Hope," the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a rousing tale that reminds us of our own uncertainties. (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.)




'Trumbo'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Trumbo,' a film about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, reminds us how easily we turn on those who are different from us. It's particularly interesting in light of our current political climate. (Photo: Bleeker Street Media)




Book Reviews
"Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future"

By: Neville Callam
Steve Harmon's new book, "Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future," calls for the kind of receptive ecumenism without which the church can hardly be fully the church.




'A Beautiful Constraint'

By: Guy Sayles
Constraints can be 'beautiful' opportunities. When determination and commitment clash with limits and constraint, that energy can help us consider changes we've previously been unwilling to make.




"I Shall Not Hate"

By: James Gordon
In his book, "I Shall Not Hate," Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish reflects on his experiences following the Israel's incursion into Gaza in 2009 that claimed the lives of his three daughters and a niece.




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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