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Robert Parham (1953-2017): In Memoriam Slideshow

A reception in memory of Robert Parham's 26 years leading Baptist Center for Ethics / was held June 29, 2017, during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2017 general assembly in Atlanta. This PowerPoint, highlighting Robert's life, work and legacy, was on display during the reception.

Remember What's Mission Is, How We Pursue It

By: Robert Parham'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.

U.S. Majority Affirms Climate Change Taking Place

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority of U.S. adults - almost three-fourths - affirmed climate change is taking place, and nearly two out of three people said the U.S. government should be working to address climate change.

Baptists Praise Rule to Curb Payday Loan 'Debt Traps'

By: Zach Dawes
Baptist leaders praised the final version of a rule, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 5, that seeks to end "debt traps" within the payday loan industry.

83 Nations Have Official State Religion or Favored Religion

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Forty-three nations have an official state religion and 40 nations give preference or favoritism to a religious tradition, a Pew Research Center analysis found.

Columns on Politics
Does Another Option Exist to Handle North Korea?

By: Frank Rees
North Korea must not have nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has said the U.N. is out of options regarding North Korea. Is that true? Is there another way?

The Selfish Sin That Drives 'America First' Mindset

By: Blake Hart
The popular America First philosophy regards greed on a societal scale as moral, but such thinking is rooted in selfishness. The Christian faith offers the antidote to this line of thinking.

Why This World Needs a Global Outpouring of Grace

By: Nick Lear
The threat and reality of death and destruction are the ultimate ways of exercising power, influence and control over someone else. It's been that way for generations. What will change the status quo?

Columns on Baptist Life
Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 2

By: Beth Allison Barr
Despite the narrative from some quarters that female leadership in church is "disobeying the word of God," Baptist churches have allowed women to lead and preach. Case in point, First Baptist of Elm Mott, Texas.

If Achieved, Baptist Unity Can Affect the World

By: Neville Callam
Despite good efforts from some Baptist denominations, the witness of U.S. Baptists has been marred by disunity. A united Baptist witness could have a positive impact in the U.S. and the world.

What's in a Name? Baptist Expansion in Global South

By: Philip Jenkins
Unlike virtually all Christian churches and denominations, Baptists are not witnessing a fundamental shift of numbers to the global south. Instead, they remain heavily concentrated in North America. But why?

Columns on Church and Theology
How Your Church Can Address Mental Health - Part 2

By: Katie Swafford
Many ways exist for churches to respond to mental health needs within the church and the larger community. No one church can do it all, but we can all do something. Just put one foot in front of the other.

Should White Males Repent of Being White Males? - Part 2

By: Roger Olson
Should white males repent of being white and male? To ask people to repent of something they can't help being is an irrational idea that waters down the very concepts of guilt and repentance.

How Your Church Can Address Mental Health - Part 1

By: Ron Wachs
The number of clergy dealing with mental health issues exceeds the percentage within the general population, research says. Pastors need training and support to turn around this epidemic.

Columns on Culture and Media
How Normal People Move Toward Evil

By: Larry Eubanks
When atrocities occur, we search for a reason to explain them. We want to find a reason to label the perpetrators as different from us, but they're often normal people caught up in evil activity or movements.

What It Means If You Truly Love Your Neighbors

By: Michael Ruffin
Living in community means we take a certain amount of responsibility for each other. If we truly want the best for others, we must help each other see the ways in which we are not living up to our potential.

How to Change the Course of Healthcare's Massive Ship

By: Guy Sayles
Our healthcare system, like many other institutions, seems like an unmerciful giant unwilling to change. Those in power want you to feel powerless. It's how they stay in charge. But you can make a change.

Columns on Family Matters
Protecting Kids When They're Left to Their Own Devices

By: Katharine Hill
When it comes to digital technology, how do you stay a step ahead and keep your children safe? You don't have to be an expert to protect them and help them make the most of what the digital world has to offer.

3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in Disaster Relief Efforts

By: Christina Embree
Hurricanes. Floods. Fires. Families who have lost everything. Our kids see all of this on the news and want to help. The worst answer you can give is to say "Nothing." Here are 3 ways to involve your children.

5 Ways to Give Your Kids Something Great to Imitate

By: Christina Embree
Children learn by imitating adults' behavior, whether that behavior is healthy for them or not. Here are 5 ways you can give your children something worthwhile to imitate.

Columns on World Religions
How Jewish Burials are Actually Green Burials Too

By: Fred Guttman
Neither cremation nor embalming are environmentally sound options for burial, but a traditional Jewish burial is an environmentally conscious choice that has minimal impact on the earth.

Movie Reviews

By: James Gordon
Despite its flaws, "Denial" shows us the sinister underside of fake news, hate-driven ideology and revision of history as a programmatic exercise in persuasion. (Photo: Bleecker Street)


By: Michael Parnell
As a movie reviewer, I go to movies so you don't have to. One such movie is "Mother!" It's weird, disturbing, gross and hard to stomach. I cannot recommend it. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

'All Saints'

By: Michael Parnell
"All Saints" excels where other films in the Christian and faith-based genre have not. It's a realistic depiction of what it's like trying to do church today - messy, confusing and many times frustrating. (Photo: Affirm Films)

Book Reviews
'The Invisible Women'

By: Mitch Carnell
Women play major roles in the Bible, but the male-dominated church mainly marginalizes their importance, asserts the author of 'The Invisible Women.' Jesus, however, reverses this practice.

'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.

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.