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How to Find Healing in the Shadow of Iniquity
How to Find Healing in the Shadow of Iniquity

By: Gary Furr
Battered by three devastating storms and now a senseless act of violence, our nation has lost beautiful and productive lives. We need laws, but more than that, we need transformation of the human heart.

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Profiles in Goodwill: Gary Furr
Profiles in Goodwill: Gary Furr

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Gary Furr is pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

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What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church
What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church

By: Gary Furr
When people look at today's church, they often see legalism and a bland pablum of politics and culture religion. They need to see the gracious, welcoming and boundary-breaching good news of Jesus.

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After Inauguration, Churches Begin Work of Empathy
After Inauguration, Churches Begin Work of Empathy

By: Gary Furr
For the last 18 months, the presidential campaign season has shown that our differences are complex and deep. For churches, it's an opportunity to become more deeply involved in the ministry of reconciliation.

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Being Thankful Even in Times of Great Desperation
Being Thankful Even in Times of Great Desperation

By: Gary Furr
Thanksgiving is a sober and joyful realization that without God and God's gifts we could not survive. And there's no better illustration than Squanto, whose generosity helped the Pilgrims survive their first brutal year.

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How Will You Respond in Divisive Election's Aftermath?
How Will You Respond in Divisive Election's Aftermath?

By: Gary Furr
Like everyone else, Christians were divided between the two candidates in this divisive election. We can choose to vent on social media or we can focus on morally elevating acts to lift others up.

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Questions Abound As Nation Grapples with Violence
Questions Abound As Nation Grapples with Violence

By: Gary Furr
Rage and death are all around us in our nation. As we search for the answers to the unrelenting violence that plagues our society, it seems like we only have more questions.

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Former ISIS Captive: 'They Fear Our Unity'
Former ISIS Captive: 'They Fear Our Unity'

By: Gary Furr
ISIS' world is totally closed to any rational thought. They believe their bizarre theology is correct and that they are the tripwire to cause the world's end, said a French citizen held captive by ISIS for 10 months.

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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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2 Antidotes to Cure Cynicism from Your Life
2 Antidotes to Cure Cynicism from Your Life
Cynicism can cripple the spirit. As Thanksgiving nears, try these two helpful practices – reframing and forgiving – as an antidote if cynicism rules your life.
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21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher
21 Lessons in Politics from a Baptist Preacher
Baptist churches are about the purest form of democracy around. Here are 21 lessons to help pastors hone their skills of diplomacy, bridge-building and persuasion.
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Our Twin Failures: Loveless Truth, Truthless Love
Our Twin Failures: Loveless Truth, Truthless Love
Love and truth belong together but are often separated. Because many of us prefer being right and in control to truth and love, our nation winds up in an endless impasse.
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10 Commandments for Working for Change: Part Two
10 Commandments for Working for Change: Part Two
Can we bring about change for the common good when the situation seems hopeless? It's always possible. Here are five more truths about making things better.
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10 Commandments for Working for Change: Part One
10 Commandments for Working for Change: Part One
Even when everything around us seems to be disappointing, there's always hope that situations can change. Here are the first five of 10 truths about making things better.
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How Can You Be Kinder? Here Are 30 Ways
How Can You Be Kinder? Here Are 30 Ways
With so many people facing difficulties in our tumultuous times, a simple act of kindness can go a long way. If you're not sure where to start, here are 30 ideas.
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"The Tree of Life"
With its unresolved story, "The Tree of Life" is a movie that few will like. However, its mystical reflection and stunning visuals are like taking in the Grand Canyon. Anything you say feels inadequate. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
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Down by the Riverside: A Brief History of Baptist Faith
Down by the Riverside: A Brief History of Baptist Faith is exactly what I look for to put into the hands of new converts, as a study guide for laypeople, and for new members coming to the Baptist church from other traditions.
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Mentoring: The Ministry of Spiritual Kinship
A church too focused on the "bottom line" needs to get more interested in what is at "the bottom of our souls" and help people who are asking for it.
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The Church: Reluctant Prophets?
Two articles recently crossed my desk, both of which scolded churches and pastors for our relative silence about the Enron scandal. "Are we so numbed by scandal that we don't care anymore?" asked the authors.
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