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Preventing Genocide Will Benefit from Christian, Jewish Teamwork

By: Robert Parham
Genocide is painfully frequent, but few churches address it. By collaborating with the Jewish community, Baptists and evangelicals may perhaps make progress preventing future genocides.




As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims

By: Robert Parham
Muslim leaders are concerned about the possibility of one of their holy days coinciding with 9/11's 15th anniversary. Before that date, Christians can take proactive steps now to build bridges with their Muslim neighbors.




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.




News
Report: Children On Move Among World's Most Vulnerable

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Almost 50 million children worldwide currently are migrants, refugees or internally displaced persons, a UNICEF report says. They make up less than a third of the population but account for half the world's refugees.




Teens Volunteer Regularly in Church Projects, Poverty Initiatives

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of U.S. teens involved in a local church youth ministry volunteer their time at least several times a year. Local church ministries were the most prevalent form of volunteering chosen by teens.




Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.




Columns on Politics
What Happens to Ethics in a Strong Political Wind?

By: Colin Harris
The intensity of our current political climate allows truthful and more complete information to be replaced by propaganda. Misinformation becomes the wind that blows the weather vane of ethics in all directions.




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.




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
7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?




Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.




Maintaining the Flow of Justice

By: Chuck Summers
No matter how big the crowds, how glorious the music or inspirational the preaching, our worship services are found unsatisfactory to God if we are not at the same time committed to maintaining justice.




Columns on Culture and Media
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.




7 Ways to Live Proactively in Our Post 9/11 World

By: Barry Howard
Our nation takes extraordinary security measures that would have been unthinkable and excessive 15 years ago. In our post-9/11 world, how can Christians take proactive steps to be 'salt' and 'light'?




9/11 and Rethinking of the American Covenant

By: Colin Harris
Catastrophic losses bring profound changes to communities. Fifteen years after 9/11, will we continue to let our loss drive wedges between parts of the human family or will we reach out to bridge the separation?




Columns on Family Matters
5 Ways You Can Bless Your Child's Teacher

By: Kathleen Hardage
It's back-to-school time. As teachers return to their classrooms, here are 5 ways that you as a Christian parent or your church can build a positive relationship with teachers. They need and deserve our support.




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.




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.




Movie Reviews
'Hell or High Water'

By: Michael Parnell
With payday lenders putting people into indentured servanthood, "Hell or High Water" follows two brothers doing wrong things for what seems to be the right reason. (Photo: CBS Films)




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.)




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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