By: Mitch Randall
They were my first ethics professors: my mother, my grandmothers and my great-grandmothers. And these women were only the tip of the iceberg. They dried my tears, corrected my course and walked alongside me in life.
By: Blake Hart
"Chain migration," an increasingly common term used by politicians and media, is a politicized phrase to attack efforts to reunite U.S. citizens and some lawful permanent residents with their families.
By: Jim Kelsey
Listening to one another's stories is a gift you can give to others this holiday season. If someone tells you the same story many times, perhaps it is because that story is important to them.
By: Mitch Carnell
Family stories are important. They tell who you are and where you came from. Make time to write or record your family stories. You may think no one would be interested. Think again.
By: Christina Embree
Many churches want to find ways to incorporate more times for families to stay together in worship, but these congregations don't know where to start. Here are 5 ways your church can make it happen.
In many churches, Father's Day gets scant attention while Mother's Day is a big deal. Many don't get it. Here are six ideas to help your church get it right on Father's Day and throughout the year.
By: Doug Dortch
Father's Day doesn't get the attention it deserves. Rather than view it as a cultural accommodation, churches can touch on the practical ways that dads might live into their God-given roles and responsibilities.
By: Matt Sapp
Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. This information overload hits all of us. Distractedness is killing our souls, but you can take steps to turn it around.
By: Thomas Kidd
Culture is extraordinarily complex and not susceptible to quick change, especially through politics. While evangelicals can participate in politics, we must remember that politics simply reflects culture.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. citizens who are "highly religious" tend to be happier, to spend time with extended family and to volunteer, a study discovered.
By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.
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)
By: Matt Sapp
In our fast-paced society, you can either take care of your family financially or you can actually be there to take care of your family. For a growing percentage of the population, you can't do both.
By: Zach Dawes
After two national politicians - one from each party - cited family priorities over their career ambitions, have we finally turned a corner toward a more productive conversation on work-life balance?
By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.
By: Robert Guffey
Summer has arrived, and it's time for kids to play and make memories. Summer also provides time to intentionally help your children - or grandchildren - engage with God's world and grow spiritually.
By: Jon Kuhrt
Children learn many positive lessons from team sports, but two studies find children are turned off from participating when their parents behave badly at games or put on too much pressure to win.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith is a distant third behind the influence of family and patriotism on self-identity in the United States, a recent survey conducted by The Barna Group says.
How does your family stack up against Jacob’s? Do you have some of the same dynamics going on? Do you see many similarities? No one inherits a perfect family or develops flawless friendships. Every relationship has its ebb and flow. Misunderstandings are inevitable and feelings get hurt. People and circumstances change and so must relationships. This is normal and natural.
For the most part, people come to know God by observing the lives of his followers. The way we as believers arrange our priorities, spend our money, do our jobs, parent our kids, handle our challenges, problems and temptations, treat our neighbors, react to those who hurt us and respond to those in need reveals the God we worship and serve. [ ]What kind of God do people see as they observe you?
It feels like a church service when brothers get together and remember what their parents taught them, and this, I think, is Jesus’ hope: that when we get together as brothers and sisters and remember what he taught us it will feel like a church service, and when we are what he taught us to be.[ ]It will feel like family.
By: Robert Parham
To make progress on reducing income inequality, we need to abandon either-or propositions and unite on sensible both-and solutions.
Even though many of us often hate to admit it and seek to ignore it, Scripture teaches us we are all family, connected by the same heavenly father. When will we live out that truth?
Addressing the nation's only private liberal arts institution dedicated to educating African-American men, President Obama talked to graduating seniors about race and fatherhood.
Even if you're not "Duck Dynasty's" target audience, you'll be hooked after one show. It's one of TV's funniest shows and features a family committed to each other.
Are you striving to be good in every way? Are you faithful to those who need you to be responsible? Is your love strong enough to see people through their worst times?
People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pose no threat to the institution of marriage. Marriages are threatened by hypocrisy, hatefulness, and self-centeredness.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a mother that her comatose son can feel her “presence” and “love.”
(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12.
(RNS) Single Mormon men who are postponing marriage should get to it right away, church President Thomas S. Monson said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from records of overseas births.
(RNS) Janine Winkler loves reading books to her 2-year-old grandson Judah, but he’s usually half a world away in Nigeria.
(RNS) While nearly all Americans celebrate Christmas, most focus more on family than religious traditions, a new survey shows.
(RNS) The definition of who makes a family is shifting in the minds of Americans to include more same-sex couples, new research shows.
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
(RNS) Same-sex couples can begin marrying in California again on Aug. 18 pending another appeal.
(RNS) The old adage “couples who pray together stay together” may be true, especially for African-Americans.
The British government's new family policy will acknowledge the importance of marriage, highlighting how much better children fare if their parents stay together.
Advocates of quiverfull theology believe any kind of contraception or any desire to prevent the conception of a child during the coital act is a sin against God. Here are eight ways they miss the target.
A dad, in town on business, took his freshman daughter out to dinner. As I watched them share tapas and sushi, I leaped 20 years into the future when I'll be picking up the check for my own daughter.
Domestic violence is still shockingly common and found too often in the church. Such violence is not an issue of anger management or marital strife; it is ultimately a matter of power.
The phrase "30 million uninsured Americans" doesn't really connect with those of us who have access to health care unless we know an uninsured American. I did. He was my father.
Where do you start to explain how the high school quarterback, the kid most everybody from his hometown really liked, could end up breaking our hearts? Two words sum it up.
There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, coercive about what I’m going to invite you to do now. It’s just this: in silence to recognize and to focus on your Ultimate Parent who makes you a part of an all-inclusive family, whose DNA is love, to recognize that God is strengthening you through the power of God’s Spirit to be a lover and someone who has the capacity to care not just for yourself but for others, to receive Christ into your heart again today, to let his DNA work within you so that you can recover and reclaim your own essential DNA, and to recognize, through the eyes of faith, that you are being rooted and grounded in love.
Gender-role ideology significantly impacts how evangelical families communicate, a study says. Egalitarians focus on conversation; complementarians on conformity.
Southern Baptists have watched their baptism totals decline, and two seminary presidents know who's to blame. The birthrate has also been declining among Baptist families. These leaders think Baptists need to have more kids.
If we truly believe in Christ, it has to include prayer because we want to talk to Christ. We want to know how Christ would lead us. If you are including on your short list the things that are absolutely essential for church, be sure to include relationships because there is no church without the relationships of common believers and believers who share together, people who lift each other up, people who pray for one another and encourage each other. Not one single person among us has everything that we need to be the Christian that God has called us to be. But when you start putting us together, I find that what I lack is made up by somebody else. What you lack is made up by someone else. We all come together and find that God gives us the resources to be who he has called us to be.
We all run current events through filters. Take the economy. When we heard of a recession on both coasts, we Texans barely raised an eyebrow. Our economy was robust and diverse. When the market crashed and the recession hit our state, we began paying attention.
Studs Terkel was born to a Russian Jewish tailor, Samuel Terkel, and Anna Finkelin in New York City. They moved to Chicago when he was a boy. Elder Terkel and his wife ran a boarding house where Studs met people from everywhere and cultivated an interest in all types of people.
Recently, I endured a bit of "down time" as I recovered from surgery. My normal routine seldom provides much in the way of down time. I can't say I enjoyed the experience, but it did have an up side: With time on my hands, I began to reflect on what matters most to me.
Living in this great land of opportunity might make the temptations more attractive, but it also provides great possibilities for incredible transformations. We can make healthier choices for our lives, more loving choices for our communities and more caring and serving choices for our neighbors.
Once, we just taught our children to look both ways before crossing the street. The busy intersections available on the Internet are proving just as dangerous. While none of us would want to go back to the horse and buggy, we also have learned the importance of safety precautions.
I must have been about three years old when this image was burned into my mind, and probably it will be the last thing I recall when I lay on my death bed as an old man.
What do you think of when you hear the term church?
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., actually does know why husbands abuse their wives.
Ah! The good old days--when men were men and women were kept in the kitchen; when being white was right for America.
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
After 31 years as a parent you would think I would have some sense of competence about the task. Well, I don't. If anything, as time goes along, I feel more perplexed than ever.
Baptist Press reported that Mike Huckabee said he "stands by" a Southern Baptist statement on wifely submission, but a moderate leader says the former Arkansas governor misrepresented what the statement really says in last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has ties to a controversial Bible teacher known for authoritarian views that critics say border on spiritual abuse.
As a child I would go to bed on Christmas Eve so excited I could hardly sleep. Of course, part of the problem was that the last words I heard from Mama before I went to bed were "Go to sleep now; Santa Claus won't come if you're awake." So I went to bed terrified that I wouldn't be able to sleep and certain that if I didn't sleep then there would be no gifts for me.
In 2000 the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines with theological arguments including women cannot be pastors and wives must submit to their husbands. Next year those controversies come to local churches in a new study by LifeWay Christian Resources.
A Southern Baptist pastor charged last month with domestic violence after a fight with his wife resigned from his Atlanta-area church on Sunday, according to media reports.