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'Denial'
'Denial'

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)

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Wesley's Call to Unconditional Love Still Resonates
Wesley's Call to Unconditional Love Still Resonates

By: James Gordon
John Wesley's sermon in 1749 on universal love dared his hearers to an act of trust where they could risk a middle ground with Christians from other denominations where mutual respect and shared grace enabled gratitude.

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An Unflinching Voice Speaking to a Greedy Culture
An Unflinching Voice Speaking to a Greedy Culture

By: James Gordon
When you become jaded by our culture's noise and greed or unsettled by the divisive rhetoric of power games and image makers, let the written words of Abraham Joshua Heschel refresh and renew you.

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No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians
No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians

By: James Gordon
When it comes to care for God's creation, Christians aren't in a neutral position. Reckless disregard for the health of this planet is an offense to deep principles of Christian theology.

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Seeking Better Discourse Above Social Media's Din
Seeking Better Discourse Above Social Media's Din

By: James Gordon
In our social media culture, the loudest voices are heard, the most attention grabbing sound bites absorbed, the least complex and easiest grasped explanations seized on. Can the church bring a higher standard of discourse?

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Reflecting on Your Past as You Prioritize Your Future
Reflecting on Your Past as You Prioritize Your Future

By: James Gordon
The clock and calendar are little different from the scrape marks on the prisoner's wall - recording time's passing. With a new year only days away, it's a time to reflect on your days passed and prioritize your days to come.

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When You Pray Boldly for Grace, Mercy and Help
When You Pray Boldly for Grace, Mercy and Help

By: James Gordon
How do we pray for a world impatient with mercy? How do we answer anger with understanding and make respect and compassion more persuasive than grievance and resentment?

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24/7 News Onslaught Makes You Want to Run - But Don't
24/7 News Onslaught Makes You Want to Run - But Don't

By: James Gordon
The onslaught of news - human suffering, global disaster, brutal conflict, economic doom and political instability - hits us from all directions all the time. Do Christians avoid the news or learn to listen differently?

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'Eye in the Sky'
'Eye in the Sky'

By: James Gordon
"Eye in the Sky" is a powerful exploration of the moral wilderness that is modern high-tech warfare. At the film's heart is a child, whose life hangs in the balance. (Photo: Bleecker Street)

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When the Rich Wash Their Feet in Tears of the Poor
When the Rich Wash Their Feet in Tears of the Poor

By: James Gordon
In a society fixated on individual self-interest, national economic advantage and tectonic shifts in wealth distribution, the poor rarely have life chances. The rich seemingly bathe their feet in the poor's tears.

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R.S. Thomas: When Science Outstrips Our Wisdom
R.S. Thomas: When Science Outstrips Our Wisdom

By: James Gordon
Many of the late R.S. Thomas' poems are negative about science, ambivalent about technology. His quarrel wasn't with science, but with science as dominance and lust for knowledge unrestrained by humility.

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When Your View's Biblical; Others, Not So Much
When Your View's Biblical; Others, Not So Much

By: James Gordon
The problem with using the word "biblical" as an exclusive truth claim is that by so doing it implies that all who disagree with the point being made are deemed to be less biblical.

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Christ Will Give More Than You Can Contain
Christ Will Give More Than You Can Contain

By: James Gordon
The story of Jesus turning water into wine resonates with a world that needs to recover hope from hopelessness. He will give you more than you can contain and offer more blessing than you can think.

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What Kind of Love Can Redeem Hatred?
What Kind of Love Can Redeem Hatred?

By: James Gordon
We live in a world of hate. One of hate's most dangerous features is its capacity to reproduce itself, often in the victims of hate-inspired violence. What kind of love does it take to redeem hate?

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Should We Balance Our Budgets on Backs of Elderly?
Should We Balance Our Budgets on Backs of Elderly?

By: James Gordon
As nations cut their budgets, Christian communities will have to think through what it means for wealthy countries to save money by making life harder for older people.

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Martha and Mary: Two Sides of Christian Discipleship
Martha and Mary: Two Sides of Christian Discipleship

By: James Gordon
Martha often gets the short end of the stick in the biblical account where Jesus visits Martha and Mary. But these women represent the two sides of discipleship - ministering to others and devotion to God.

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Fighting Against the Temptation of the Grocery Cart
Fighting Against the Temptation of the Grocery Cart

By: James Gordon
Grocery carts have a massive influence on our lifestyle, health, shopping habits and financial outlays. They clutter our world and enable our big shopping and habit of impulse buying.

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Holocaust's Lessons Call Us to Protect, Cherish Humanity
Holocaust's Lessons Call Us to Protect, Cherish Humanity

By: James Gordon
The remaining Nazi concentration camps were liberated 70 years ago. Whatever else the Holocaust demands, it requires us to identify what is human and humane, and then to protect, cherish and embody that humanity.

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Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric
Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric

By: James Gordon
Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.

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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 Governments Talk Austerity, The Poor Suffer
When Governments Talk Austerity, The Poor Suffer

By: James Gordon
'Austerity' has become quite the buzzword for governments. It's useful to explain why you need to policies that maintain the affluence of the rich and powerful while cutting back on programs that help the poor.

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Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry
Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry

By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.

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Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity
Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity

By: James Gordon
In many nations today, the new god on the block is austerity; deficit reduction is its demanding consort. Those of us who advocate for the poor and vulnerable must challenge this god's veracity, legitimacy and efficacy.

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Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric
Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric

By: James Gordon
Christians must call their leaders to a better path, reminding them of their moral obligation to set aside partisan politics and respond constructively to aid migrant refugees.

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"I Shall Not Hate"

By: James Gordon
In his book, "I Shall Not Hate," Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish reflects on his experiences following the Israel's incursion into Gaza in 2009 that claimed the lives of his three daughters and a niece.

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Do Your Words Grow Healthy or Toxic Landscapes?
Do Your Words Grow Healthy or Toxic Landscapes?

By: James Gordon
There's a connection between your words and human flourishing. When your words fall into the soil of other people's lives, do they create a healthy ecosystem or seep toxins into the landscape?

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By: James Gordon
With the same winning ingredients as its predecessor, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" offers an amusing and poignant reminder that growing older has its positives. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

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Consider How Your Words Can Heal or Hurt
Consider How Your Words Can Heal or Hurt

By: James Gordon
As we approach Lent, perhaps we should reflect on the power of words. They affirm or diminish, enlighten or deceive, liberate or oppress, heal or hurt. Do we consider how we use them?

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Profiles in Goodwill: James Gordon
Profiles in Goodwill: James Gordon
By: EthicsDaily Staff
James Gordon is part-time minister of Montrose Baptist Church in Angus, Scotland, and the former principal of the Scottish Baptist College. He is also a featured columnist on EthicsDaily.com.
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Christians Must Speak Truth to Counter Propaganda
Christians Must Speak Truth to Counter Propaganda
By: James Gordon
Some words have been hijacked to justify policies and attitudes that work against the common good. Christians must counter that propaganda with integrity. To ignore it erodes our witness.
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Jonah's Problem: A God Who Won't Do As He's Told
Jonah's Problem: A God Who Won't Do As He's Told
By: James Gordon
Jonah hated Nineveh; he wanted its violent inhabitants to get what they deserved. When Jonah fled rather than warn the city about its destruction, it was because he knew God wasn't in the hate business.
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Why Every Christian Needs a Little Reverie
Why Every Christian Needs a Little Reverie
By: James Gordon
Reverie allows you to be lost in your own thoughts, to take time to rest the mind and slow the body. It's an important part of our Christian walk, but we're often too busy to bother with it.
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Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches
Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches
By: James Gordon
Vision. It's a word that's been devalued. We use it in our churches for the latest good ideas, the currently fashionable ways of doing things, or to claim the high ground for our own agendas.
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A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life
A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life
By: James Gordon
The submission of all our nature and the integration of all our life into adoration and self-giving love describes a deep rootedness of mind and soul in the love of God. That's the core of worship.
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Are Charity Shops Becoming Too Pricey for Poor?
Are Charity Shops Becoming Too Pricey for Poor?
By:  James Gordon
Charity shops began as places where people with low incomes could find necessities for knock-down prices compared to the retail market. Are some of them becoming too expensive for the poor?
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Do You Settle for the Familiar or Risk Being Shattered?
Do You Settle for the Familiar or Risk Being Shattered?
By: James Gordon
We anxiously cling to the familiar. We must choose between insulated safety with the familiar or risk exposure by being open to that which might shatter us. The latter is the path of grace and faith.
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Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
The shooting of a teenage girl by Taliban militants has no connection whatsoever with Islamic doctrine and practice. By contrast, many Muslims live at peace with Christians.
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