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#EthicsDailyLocal Encourages Support of Justice Initiatives
#EthicsDailyLocal Encourages Support of Justice Initiatives

By: Mitch Randall
The Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com want to urge you to help your neighbor by supporting a local social agency in your community during this season of Thanksgiving. Here's how to do it.

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Making the World Better One Small Act of Love at a Time
Making the World Better One Small Act of Love at a Time

By: Daniel Schweissing
Despite the latest act of senseless violence, one group of students from a variety of faiths and no faith is part of a larger movement seeking to make the world a better place - one small act at a time.

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Join BCE As We Keep God's Light at Forefront of Our Work
Join BCE As We Keep God's Light at Forefront of Our Work

By: R. Mitch Randall
For 25-plus years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has informed Baptists about ethical and social justice issues. As this new era begins, we will continue to be a leading prophetic voice to Baptists and other people of faith.

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What It Means If You Truly Love Your Neighbors
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.

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5 Questions to Guide You to Civil Online Discussions
5 Questions to Guide You to Civil Online Discussions

By: Zach Dawes
How we use social media platforms is turning civil discourse into a lost art. Even our political leaders fail to set positive examples. Christians must model a different, more constructive approach rooted in civility.

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The Selfish Sin That Drives 'America First' Mindset
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.

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It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies
It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies

By: Guy Sayles
Everything that happens to us - that is, to our bodies - matters to us and to God. In many ways, ethics is about how we treat bodies, our own and the bodies of others.

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Choosing a Better Way in Our Polarized Nation
Choosing a Better Way in Our Polarized Nation

By: Curtis Ramsey-Lucas
Sworn to bitterness and anger, both sides of our polarized nation have demonized each other since the election. Surely, we who follow Jesus can walk a better path and ask others to do the same.

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3 Ways to Bridge Divides to Advance Common Good
3 Ways to Bridge Divides to Advance Common Good

By: Zach Dawes
We're a divided society, with each side not listening to the other. But to advance the common good, we must work with others who think differently than we do. After all, if Gimli and Legolas can do it, so can we.

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Political Grime and Punishment: How to Bring Change
Political Grime and Punishment: How to Bring Change

By: Joe LaGuardia
We have to change the tone of our bitterly divisive and punitive politics. We can either do nothing or work constructively - together - to bring about the change and transformation we all long to see in the world.

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The Problem with Living Your Life in the Echo Chamber
The Problem with Living Your Life in the Echo Chamber

By: Roger Olson
Most people in contemporary American society tend only to listen to people with whom they already agree, which leads to complete ignorance of the perspective of others. We have no shared values.

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Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It
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.

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

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After Election Day Eruption, What Do We Do Now?
After Election Day Eruption, What Do We Do Now?

By: Colin Harris
This campaign season has been a buildup of pressure from a residue of unconscious or unacknowledged fear, resulting in an upheaval of hostility that has changed the entire political process. So what do we do now?

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Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer
Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer

By: Matt Sapp
Water is necessary to life and is a central element of Scripture. As the tribalism in our national dialogue heats up, we can look to Scripture to offer some cooling relief to extinguish the vitriol.

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Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel
Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel

By: Ron Rolheiser
As individuals and as a nation, we are increasingly sinking into some unhealthy forms of tribalism concerned primarily with taking care of our own. It's happening around the globe and contrary to the gospel.

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A Visit with Jeremiah Provides Perspective for Today
A Visit with Jeremiah Provides Perspective for Today

By: Colin Harris
An alliance of religious influence and political power around the unholy trinity of power, prestige and privilege that appealed to the victims it was exploiting. That was life in Jeremiah's time. Sound familiar?

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To Make a Better World, Let's Put Others First
To Make a Better World, Let's Put Others First

By: Zach Dawes
A self-centered philosophy lurks behind many societal problems. We need to restore as a central expression of Christianity what's good for the collective rather than the individual.

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Has Your Generosity Grown Up?
Has Your Generosity Grown Up?

By: Colin Harris
Many people are generous individuals, but are we part of a generous culture? Creating a culture of generosity means our community gives priority to serving a common good over protecting a privileged few.

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'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process
'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process

By: Zach Dawes
The demand for perfect adherence to a particular faction's ideology is having a detrimental impact not only on the political processes, but also on other societal institutions, including the local church.

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Getting to the Root of When Excessive Wealth is Evil
Getting to the Root of When Excessive Wealth is Evil

By: Zach Dawes
It's easy to criticize folks who possess excessive wealth. However, having wealth isn't inherently evil. How we acquire it and what we do with it determines whether or not it is evil.

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Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking
Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking

By: Martin Brooks
Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?

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Long-Term Student Debt Injures the Common Good
Long-Term Student Debt Injures the Common Good

By: James Gordon
When students leave universities buried in debt, they have little time to think about changing society. Education has been reduced to a commodity, and students must focus on paying off long-term debt.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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The Difference Between True and False Worship
The Difference Between True and False Worship

By: Michael Shaw
At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.

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Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good
Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good

By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.

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Why Christians Can't Change Culture Through Politics
Why Christians Can't Change Culture Through Politics
By: Mike Kuhn
Whether on the right or left, Christians have not been effective in changing the culture because they have sought to do it through political power. To make a difference in the culture, we need a new paradigm.
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U.S. Founding Fathers Set Aside Ideology for Common Good
U.S. Founding Fathers Set Aside Ideology for Common Good
By: Zach Dawes
U.S. Founding Fathers had to navigate a polarized political climate that seemed to preclude cooperation. If they could set aside partisanship and rigid ideology to focus on the common good, so can we.
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The Common Good: Allowing All to Flourish and Be Fulfilled
The Common Good: Allowing All to Flourish and Be Fulfilled
By: Rod Benson
The principle of the common good is prominent in Catholic social teaching but not often articulated in Baptist ethical thought and praxis. It seeks to protect a community against the excesses of despotism and individualism.
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Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient
Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient

By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good.

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When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
By: Bob Newell
An engineer's crazy idea in the 1800s, an underwater tunnel linking France and England, became reality nearly 200 years later. Can we connect with those with whom we disagree and meet in the middle?
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When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens
When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens
By: Bob Newell
Nearly 47 years ago, something extraordinary happened in Sweden overnight. It's a reminder that when we all work together for the common good, we can accomplish great things.
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Individualism Isolates Us from Ourselves and Others
Individualism Isolates Us from Ourselves and Others
By: Larry Eubanks
Individualism has a dark side. We can so value independence and self-reliance that we become blind to the reality of how interdependent we are and how much we rely on each other.
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Jesus' Economics:
Jesus' Economics: "The First Will Be Last and the Last First"
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus' socioeconomic vision puts the common good ahead of self-interested action. For those of us who live in capitalist economies, embracing that view can be difficult.
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What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
By: Bill Wilson
If your church faces an uncertain future like so many others, look for examples of others who have met challenges and turned them into opportunities for success. And remember these 6 lessons.
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Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint
Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint
By: Larry Greenfield
The Lenten practice of not eating meat has year-round benefits for the common good. That’s because the amount of water needed to feed the animals we consume far exceeds what's needed to grow veggies.
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What Two Winter Storms Say about Advancing Common Good
What Two Winter Storms Say about Advancing Common Good
By: Colin Harris
Two winter storms revealed two "Atlantas" – one ill-prepared, the other equipped. They illustrate why it's vital to work together for the common good instead of shrugging off problems.
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Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations
Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations

After peeling away the layers of mythology that now surround the first Thanksgiving meal, we find a needed reminder that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to offer help.

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Do Some Good
Instead, Paul told them to stay alert, expectant that the Lord would indeed come back but not to quit their jobs. In other words he said, “Stay alert … but stay busy!” Then he clarified himself: “Do not grow weary of doing good.” We must model belief from those who are not just living inwardly, but who are busy doing good where working for the common good is needed most.
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Learning to Listen for the Common Good
Learning to Listen for the Common Good
Listening isn't easy. When we speak with another person, we're often preoccupied with what we want to say or accomplish in the conversation. Maybe this is why we accomplish so little.
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Achieving Consensus: A Better Path Than Divisiveness
Achieving Consensus: A Better Path Than Divisiveness
As valid as criticism might be, throwing it out like gasoline on a fire isn't productive. We must set aside our own agendas and focus more on the larger context of needs afflicting the human family.
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Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
While politicians play the blame game during the government shutdown, another event showed how ecumenical collaboration is pivotal to advancing the common good in a broken world.
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Seeking Common Purpose in Our
Seeking Common Purpose in Our "Gotcha" World
We can achieve more if we embrace our imperfections and work together for a common purpose. Too often, that purpose is derailed by concerns over who wins and who loses.
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Disasters Remind Us of Our Common Humanity
Disasters Remind Us of Our Common Humanity
Our diverse values lead to all kinds of stress and controversy, but a disaster like this week's Oklahoma tornado unites and reminds us of our common humanity.
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Using Pinterest to Advance the Common Good
Using Pinterest to Advance the Common Good

Pinterest has been growing in popularity since going live in 2010. And now EthicsDaily.com has created a Pinterest page to offer another way for you to advance the common good.

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Using Our Website to Advance the Common Good
Using Our Website to Advance the Common Good
Social media is an increasingly important means of disseminating information. With a few clicks, you can share all the content on EthicsDaily.com's website – even from your smartphone.
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Using Twitter to Advance the Common Good
Using Twitter to Advance the Common Good
With more than 500 million members, Twitter was 2012’s fastest-growing social media platform. Learn how you can help EthicsDaily.com advance the common good through Twitter.
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Using Facebook to Advance the Common Good
Using Facebook to Advance the Common Good
Networking is just as crucial in the digital world as it is in the physical world. Here are some ways you can help EthicsDaily.com advance the common good through Facebook.
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Skype Interview: Tyler Wigg-Stevenson on Saving the World
Skype Interview: Tyler Wigg-Stevenson on Saving the World
Those working for justice must be careful to avoid burnout and disillusionment, says the author of "The World Is Not Ours to Save" in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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 How 3 Alabama Churches United for Their Community
How 3 Alabama Churches United for Their Community

When three Alabama churches collaborated to help a local school, it also offered the congregations a chance to develop new friendships from another part of town and enlarge their worlds.

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New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961
New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961

A new EthicsDaily.com video features memories of Martin Luther King Jr.'s appearance at a white Baptist seminary in the early 1960s, a controversial decision at the time. (PhotoBucket)

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Skype Interview: Zach Dawes on New Role as Managing Editor
Skype Interview: Zach Dawes on New Role as Managing Editor
How does what EthicsDaily.com offers connect to a trend in local church life? Zach Dawes, new managing editor of EthicsDaily.com, explains in our latest Skype interview.
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Skype Interview: Sam Davidson Discusses Social Entrepreneurship
Skype Interview: Sam Davidson Discusses Social Entrepreneurship
Frustrated because you feel you're not making a difference? Maybe it's your cannonball. Find out what Sam Davidson means in the latest Skype interview on EthicsDaily.com. (PhotoBucket)
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Rich Man, Poor Man – Can You Be Both?
Rich Man, Poor Man – Can You Be Both?
Scripture exalts the deprived and humbles the affluent. When we recognize that everyone is rich and poor, we realize we're all able to serve and be served.
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Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Ignoring all that religion does for the common good, an atheists' group is buying billboards during the Democratic National Convention to slam Christianity.
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Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Four Political Litmus Tests for the Common Good
Voter guides provided a litmus test to rate candidates on hot-button issues. Perhaps we need a new litmus test – one that rates candidates on what's best for the common good.
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Why Should Anyone Work for the Common Good?
Why Should Anyone Work for the Common Good?
Why work for the common good? Why not just watch out for you and yours? A commitment to the common good recognizes that the community as a whole benefits from services that help everyone.
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Jesus and Ayn Rand – Common Good vs. Individualist Good
Jesus and Ayn Rand – Common Good vs. Individualist Good
With the recent surge in anti-government rhetoric, late author and atheist Ayn Rand is garnering attention. Does her ideology, which gives priority to the individual, conflict with the teachings of Jesus?
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Different Gifts, Common Good
Your gifts are not just for the church. Your gifts are for the common good through the church. The church was birthed so that it can help and equip disciples of Jesus do the next right thing by using their gifts for the common good.
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