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The E3 Initiative: What It Means for Your Church

By: Mitch Randall
The E3 Initiative is an exciting vision for the future of With these guiding objectives, we are set to emerge as a leader when it comes to cultivating ethical issues and inspiring action for social justice.

Redefining the Baptist Meeting

By: Mitch Randall
We've all been in "that" meeting. However, with the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual board meeting underway, I am thrilled to be part of an organization looking toward the future. No boring, unproductive meeting here.

Your Call Today Can Make a Difference for Dreamers

By: Mitch Randall
Baptists were born from immigrants seeking a better opportunity to practice their faith and provide for their families. You can honor that heritage by calling your elected officials to urge them to support a clean DREAM Act.

Jewelry Industry's Supply Chains Hide Worker Exploitation

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The global jewelry industry relies on complex supply chains that hide worker exploitation, a report says. Out of 13 jewelry brands, only one company, Tiffany and Co., was able to earn a strong rating.

BWA's United Nations' Rep to Receive Human Rights Award

By: BWA Staff
Christer Daelander, a Baptist World Alliance representative to the U.N. and the European Baptist Federation's religious freedom representative, is the nominee for the 2018 Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award.

Directors: Bright Future for, Baptist Movement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The board of directors sees a bright future for the organization and the Baptist movement as it seeks opportunities to educate, engage and empower churches and other partners.

Columns on Politics
Nuclear Saber-Rattling Puts Planet in Perilous Times

By: Leroy Seat
Some people, like author Steven Pinker, say this is the best of times. However, with leaders in North Korea, Russia and the U.S. making threats with nuclear weapons, it could easily become the worst.

As Immigration Options Dwindle, Other Paths Remain

By: Greg Smith
While Dreamers and people with temporary protected status have fewer options of becoming a permanent resident in the U.S., there are four other ways they might be able to immigrate to this country.

What Churches Can Learn from El Salvador's Fight for Power

By: Justin Pierson
In the village of El Mozote in El Salvador, the government's guerilla military force slaughtered some 800 people in 1981. When the powerful attack the poor, will the church side with the least of these or the oppressors?

Columns on Baptist Life
Trusting a Patient God to Work in Our Fellowship

By: Shauw Chin Capps
The same God who has been at work in my life since I was a young teen halfway across the world is beckoning me to be patient and to entrust the future of our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship confidently to him.

Illuminations: Threshold for New Stage of Our Journey

By: Colin Harris
The CBF released its Illumination Project report last month. While reactions were mixed, we hope God's grace will break through our deeply held religious beliefs to illuminate our hearts and minds.

President Carter - An Advocate for Equality of Women

By: Bob Newell
President Jimmy Carter continues to advocate for the equality of women on both the small stage of his tiny Georgia Baptist church and the larger international stages.

Columns on Church and Theology
When Hateful Words Groom People To Commit Violence

By: Jim Kelsey
With our words, we build up or we tear down God's creation. We can never unsay what we have said, retract what we have written. And in extreme instance, that rhetoric can be used to foment violence.

How David's Actions Can Guide Your Church Culture

By: Joel Snider
Your combined actions shape the culture of your community of faith. How you do things in your church is as important as the decisions you make, the policies you implement or the actions you take.

Why Your Church Isn't for Everyone in Your Community

By: Mark Tidsworth
While not everyone in your community will resonate with your church, there are people in your community who need a church like you. Here are 5 steps on how to become the church that those folks need.

Columns on Culture and Media
Debunked: 'What's Good for Business is Good for America'

By: Roger Olson
You see and hear the cliché over and over: What's good for business is good for America. But this overused and simplistic phrase couldn't be further from the truth.

Is Carbon Offsetting Merely a License to Pollute?

By: Caroline Pomeroy
Since the concept was invented in the late '80s, carbon offsetting has had bad press, likened to buying papal indulgences, described as "greenwash" and a license to pollute. But is it?

Prophetic Religion's Role to Solve the Dreamer Dilemma

By: David P. Gushee
Our nation's immigration system is irrational, arbitrary and routinely heartbreaking. It creates new loyalties and then breaks them; it helps families and then shatters them. It needs dramatic change.

Columns on Family Matters
5 Ways to Help Your Kids to Have Healthy Disagreements

By: Christina Embree
When our culture seems to have no room for healthy public discourse, it's important to teach your kids the value of disagreeing with others respectfully. Here are 5 ways to help them do that.

Salvadoran Families Pay Price When Loved Ones Emigrate

By: Greg Smith
When someone from El Salvador emigrates to the United States for safety or economic opportunity, the decision often devastates the loved ones left behind. Their shoes are not easily filled.

When Opioid Abuse Claims Another Promising Life

By: Steve Straessle
Joe was not your stereotypical overdose death. A compliant young man, a fully functioning student, a beautiful and loving son. And another victim of opioids. The frightening part is this: He looked like us.

Columns on World Religions
OK Lawmakers Hatred Toward Minority Faiths Not OK

By: Imam Imad Enchassi
For some Oklahoma lawmakers, all Muslims are terrorists, their interfaith supporters are accomplices, and no minority faith leaders can serve as the state house's chaplain of the day. Frankly, their hate is not OK.

Movie Reviews

By: Michael Parnell
'Annihilation' is a sci-fi horror movie that's not for the faint-hearted, but its message will resonate with many. How we deal with change in our fast-paced society will determine our survival. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

'Black Panther'

By: Michael Parnell
The first black superhero in the Marvel Comics universe gets his own feature film in "Black Panther." With a vision of Africa no one has ever produced, the film is a must-see masterpiece. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

'Darkest Hour'

By: Michael Parnell
With a riveting turn by Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, best-picture nominee "Darkest Hour" is an exceptional film that provides insight into England's decision to wage war with Hitler's Germany. (Photo: Focus Features)

Book Reviews
'Baptists in Early North America: Volume 4'

By: Mitch Carnell
For anyone interested in religious freedom and the growth and history of Baptists in North America, Thomas R. McKibbens has produced a masterful volume focusing on the early history of First Baptist of Boston.

'Why I Left, Why I Stayed'

By: Daniel Schweissing
An alternating collection of essays between father and son Tony and Bart Campolo, "Why I Left, Why I Stayed" is a must read for those who seek to build bridges across whatever faith divides exist in their lives.

'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.

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.