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How Normal People Move Toward Evil
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.

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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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What Our Desensitized Nation Needs After Vegas
What Our Desensitized Nation Needs After Vegas

By: Shaun King
Our nation's capacity to be shocked is fading, its soul numbed and desensitized. While the Las Vegas massacre jolts our conscience, it is likely to fade quickly into the news cycle. More than ever, we need peacemakers.

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Maybe Society Needs to Do Without Its 'Time-Out Room'
Maybe Society Needs to Do Without Its 'Time-Out Room'

By: Mark Tidsworth
When their behavior was out of control, boys with mental health disorders went to the time-out room. When its door broke, staff and boys found new ways to relate. If only the world could do the same.

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When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story
When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story
By: Nick Lear
Tragic events are often measured in the number of deaths and injuries. Sadly, there's been a lot to count in the news. Those numbers, however, only reveal part of the story.
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Even From Oceans Away, Prayer Changes Things
Even From Oceans Away, Prayer Changes Things
When tragic events occur half a world away, we may believe our prayers won't make a difference. But prayer is doing something and it changes things, even from oceans away.
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Children Participating in Syria's Armed Conflict
Children Participating in Syria's Armed Conflict
As Syria's war rages on, extremist groups have enlisted children in both combat and support roles. Churches have a moral obligation to lobby their government to protect Syria's children.
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My Last Meal in Kenya's Westgate Mall Courtyard
My Last Meal in Kenya's Westgate Mall Courtyard
My last meal in Kenya was at the Westgate Mall. It was a personal and spiritual moment, now marred by the shooting that left many dead. When will the church bring us together?
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Jesus Told Us to Love Our Enemies, Not Kill Them
Jesus Told Us to Love Our Enemies, Not Kill Them
We cannot condemn violence when we believe it has no justification and exemplify those who enact it when we believe it is warranted. That's sending a dangerously ambiguous message.
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After Boston Tragedy, We Must Be Light in Darkness
After Boston Tragedy, We Must Be Light in Darkness
An act like Monday's bombing forces us to consider how we contend with the presence of a rage that is bent on destruction for no explicit or implicit reason.
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After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
For the most part, the blast of the first shockwave at the Boston Marathon moved people of faith to prayer. But what do we do after praying and mourning for the victims?
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7 Ways for Churches to Address Culture of Violence
7 Ways for Churches to Address Culture of Violence
Three sources – an entitlement attitude, media and poverty – fuel our nation's culture of violence. Here are 7 ways your church can make a difference to reduce the violence.
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During Gun Debate, Let's Examine Culture of Violence
During Gun Debate, Let's Examine Culture of Violence
We already have too many guns on the streets, and too many legally owned guns are accessible to questionable people. The larger issue, however, is our culture of violence.
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BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
In response to widespread violence in Nigeria, a Baptist World Alliance delegation visited the West African nation, urging the government to ensure the safety of all and to work toward peace.
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Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inconvenient Hero
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inconvenient Hero

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out in opposition to the Vietnam War, seeing it as an extension of the same type of injustice and violence being done to African-Americans in the U.S.

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Why Huckabee's Wrong to Blame Public Schools
Why Huckabee's Wrong to Blame Public Schools
Contrary to what Mike Huckabee believes, God can't be systematically removed from our schools. Even if you removed all Christians, that wouldn't keep God from showing up.
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Isn't It Time to Turn Down the Video-Game Violence?
Isn't It Time to Turn Down the Video-Game Violence?
We have gotten to a point where violence is not only packaged and sold; it is celebrated as welcomed entertainment. Isn't it time that we turn down the violence?
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It's Time to Find Solutions to End the Violence
It's Time to Find Solutions to End the Violence
As America comes to terms with our present-day "slaughter of the innocents," it's time to find solutions to gun violence, a broken mental health system and violent entertainment.
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Will We Offer Healing to Society's Disenfranchised?
Will We Offer Healing to Society's Disenfranchised?
The weak and broken in spirit among us have been pushed to the fringe and reappear as walking landmines, exploding from Tucson to Newtown. We must offer wholeness and healing.
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6 Suggestions to Enact Serious Gun Control
6 Suggestions to Enact Serious Gun Control
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., wasn't an aberration. Death and injury associated with firearms is sadly commonplace in the U.S.
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God and Guns Invoked Often After Newtown Tragedy
God and Guns Invoked Often After Newtown Tragedy
In the 24/7 coverage following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, three items stood out: Huckabee's absurdist judgment, people freely discussing faith and gun-control talk.
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This Year, Give the Gift of Peace
A peacemaker can even dry God’s tears and ease God’s troubled heart over the behavior of His children. No wonder Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
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BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
Violence in Nigeria has left two Baptist pastors dead and many Baptist properties destroyed. "We never faced this type of selective destruction before," a Baptist official said.
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War's Hypocrisy: When Civilian Deaths Don't Matter
War's Hypocrisy: When Civilian Deaths Don't Matter
When Western allies kill civilians during war, it's collateral damage. When our adversaries do it, we label it a war crime. Either way, innocent people are dead.
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Baptist Father of Five Among Fatalities in Gaza
Baptist Father of Five Among Fatalities in Gaza
A Baptist father of five was among the casualties when Israel bombed the Gaza Strip. A former Gaza Baptist Church pastor says "40 percent" of Gaza's casualties have been children.
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Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
A rebel military group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced thousands when it advanced on the city of Goma. Baptist families and churches are housing many.
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Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
In the wake of a bomb blast on Oct. 19 that killed a top security official and others, Lebanese Baptists are appealing to Baptists worldwide to pray for the country.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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How Addicted Are You to Sports Violence?
How Addicted Are You to Sports Violence?
Millions tune in to watch two teams battle it out in professional sports. It's an American pastime. But should we be concerned about society's addiction to violent sports?
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Drones - The Nuclear Weapon for This Generation?
Drones - The Nuclear Weapon for This Generation?

Drones could be this generation's nuclear weapons. So far, the church has been eerily silent about them. Will we intervene in their proliferation or remain quiet?

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U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
A warehouse in Jordan was the site for a U.S.-funded "weapons fair." Imagine the differences if we had offered agriculture resources instead of shilling weapons of war.
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Attack on Sikh Community Is Attack on Faith Community
Attack on Sikh Community Is Attack on Faith Community
With another shooting and mass murder – this time in a Sikh temple – it's time for the community to say no to violence and to the bigotry that can lead to such acts.
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Skype Interview: Lynne Hybels on Violence in the Congo
Skype Interview: Lynne Hybels on Violence in the Congo
Four years ago, Lynne Hybels heard an NPR story about the violence and brutal rapes occurring in the Congo. She knew she had to get involved, she tells EthicsDaily.com.
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In Theater Shooting's Wake, 3 Lessons for Your Church
In Theater Shooting's Wake, 3 Lessons for Your Church
What can your church learn from the Colorado movie theater tragedy? Don't live in denial. Faith doesn't inoculate us against misfortune. Is your church prepared?
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Skype Interview: Shane Claiborne on
Skype Interview: Shane Claiborne on "Dying by the Sword"
We may not be able to make sense of the shooting massacre in Colorado, but we can start talking about how to interrupt the patterns of violence, an activist and author tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Faith Without Works Kills
Faith Without Works Kills
In the wake of the Colorado theater shooting, we have witnessed leaders who point toward God without pointing toward the moral obligation for the well-being of neighbor.
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Faith Leaders Respond to Colorado Shooting
Faith Leaders Respond to Colorado Shooting
After one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, faith leaders are sharing words of comfort as the nation comes to grips with the tragedy that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
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Will Colorado Shooting Finally Move Us Toward Peace?
Will Colorado Shooting Finally Move Us Toward Peace?
We can't stop all the deranged persons bent on inflicting pain. But after Friday's tragedy in a Colorado theater, will we face the violence in human hearts and work for peace?
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Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people in Norway. The tragedy is "second only to World War II" in terms of national grief, a Baptist minister there says.
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Why You Can't Live in the Good Old Days
Why You Can't Live in the Good Old Days
We often yearn for the way things used to be, but those days never existed. As one teacher reminded, the world always changes and is always the same. What matters is how we respond.
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Gun Violence Claims Too Many Young Victims
Gun Violence Claims Too Many Young Victims
More than 5,700 children and teen-agers were killed by guns in two years. Because of gun violence, desks now sit empty that might have held the next great scientist or writer or parent.
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The Danger of Unquestioned Religious Devotion
The Danger of Unquestioned Religious Devotion
Unquestioned religious devotion takes its toll in many ways. Sadly, people throughout history have never done so much wrong as they have done in the name of religious conviction.
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Too Many Christians Are Obsessed with Violence
Too Many Christians Are Obsessed with Violence
The legislator who pushed Florida's 'stand your ground' law is a leader in a Baptist church. As we follow Jesus, it should become more difficult to engage in and approve of violence.
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Amid Israel-Iran Tension, Will U.S. Seek Peace?
Amid Israel-Iran Tension, Will U.S. Seek Peace?
Some sort of military strike by Israel to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon seems to be growing. Will a peaceful solution be a priority for our leaders?
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Egyptians Say Christian Party Is Not the Answer
WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said they do not support the development of a Christian political party.
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Report Calls Muslim Terrorism a ‘Minuscule Threat’
(RNS) The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is "tiny" and often exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert said in a new report.
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When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
Christians eager to condemn Islam as a religion that spreads itself through warfare should be reminded that Christians often have ignored Jesus' teaching in order to justify war.
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Judge Refuses to Free Leader of Amish Beard-cutting Sect
CLEVELAND (RNS) A federal judge refused to release the leader of an Amish splinter sect from jail on charges he orchestrated the cutting of beards.
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Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
As a new of religious violence moved across Nigeria, some Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous nation have exchanged sharp rhetoric while others called for peace.
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A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
The Christmas bells may ring "peace on earth," but the ringing has been drowned out by Christmas bombs signaling "no peace on earth." Perhaps we can echo the Christmas Day prayer of Pope Benedict XVI.
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One-third of Shelter Residents are Newly Homeless
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year.
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New Egypt Sees Coptic Christians Under Threat
New Egypt Sees Coptic Christians Under Threat
British Christians called for an inquiry into the deaths of at least 26 Coptic Christians during a peaceful protest in Egypt, condemning that nation's army for downplaying its role in the incident.
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Vatican Treads Carefully on Egyptian Violence
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the killing of two dozen Christian protesters in Egypt.
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Williams Confronts Mugabe with Dossier of Abuse
HARARE, Zimbabwe (RNS/ENInews) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has asked Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to intervene to stop attacks on Anglicans.
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An Interview with God:
An Interview with God: "Who Said I Endorsed Them?"
Granting a rare and brief "interview," God discusses politicians who say they're suited for office because they have a special relationship with God. Does the Almighty endorse?
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U.S. Conservatives on the Defensive after Oslo Killings
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
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Why Jesus Rejects the Eye-For-Eye Mentality
Why Jesus Rejects the Eye-For-Eye Mentality
Violence is a vicious cycle. We have fought for so long against each other that warfare has become our natural state. But Jesus' call to nonviolent resistance to evil shows us the path to genuine humanity.
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Churches Call for U.S. to Pull Out of Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of 40 religious leaders called for the president to “bring the war in Afghanistan to an end.”
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 Violence Builds Against Egypt's Christian Minority
Violence Builds Against Egypt's Christian Minority
Since massive protests forced Egypt's President Mubarak from power earlier this year, the country has seen a surge in violence against the Christian minority. And the interim government seems to be looking away.
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Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureates Tussle (Gently) Over Violence
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama says peace in the world begins with peace in oneself. Some of his fellow Nobel laureates, however, aren’t convinced.
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A Jewish Perspective on Osama Bin Laden's Death
A Jewish Perspective on Osama Bin Laden's Death
While many feel a sense of great relief that Osama bin Laden is not able to murder again, biblical and rabbinic traditions caution us not to rejoice when an enemy falls.
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White Man Found Guilty in Arson at Black Church
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Breaking a two-day deadlock, a federal jury convicted a white man, Michael F. Jacques, on all three charges.
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How Some Christians Fight Human Trafficking
How Some Christians Fight Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is alive and well in today's world. Women and children are trafficked for sexual purposes and as unpaid labor – even in the United States. And some Christians are doing something about it.
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The "Christ-Haunted" Music of Kate Campbell
Although the Christian music industry won't have her, Kate Campbell's music, as reflected in songs like "Bear It Away," brings a prophetic insight into social issues.
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Pope Calls for Libyan Cease-fire
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya.
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U.S. Christians, Commentators Debate U.S. Attacks on Libya
U.S. Christians, Commentators Debate U.S. Attacks on Libya
A handful of U.S. Christian leaders and commentators weighed in on U.S. military force against Libya. Other Christian quarters were silent, but several Christian right leaders predictably advocated for war.
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Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
The military campaign against Libya rests on untested assumptions and unexamined myths. Christians should be slow to pronounce the rightness of the campaign until they address those myths.
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Why 'Just' Violence Never Ends 'Unjust' Violence
Why 'Just' Violence Never Ends 'Unjust' Violence
The "war to end war" was nearly a century ago, but wars continue to erupt around the globe. Instead of trying to end violence with more violence, maybe it's time to practice the way of nonviolence taught by Jesus.
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Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent
Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent "Solutions"
When politicians ramped up their anti-immigrant rhetoric to garner votes, violence against Hispanics increased 40 percent. Is it any surprise that even Hispanic U.S. citizens are fearful?
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Pope Links Violence in God’s Name to Antichrist
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Violence committed in the name of God or religion is a “favorite instrument of the Antichrist.”
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Stopping Violence with Violence? It Never Works
Stopping Violence with Violence? It Never Works
Many believe the threat of war and violence is the only way to limit war and violence. Recent events in Egypt have revealed that this doctrine of mutually assured destruction is precarious at best.
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Supporting Reasonable Limits on Access to Guns
Supporting Reasonable Limits on Access to Guns
Thirty-four people a day are murdered by firearms in the United States, which means every three months, more people are killed by guns in this country than were killed by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.
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Baptist Minister Decries Persecution of Egypt's Christians
Baptist Minister Decries Persecution of Egypt's Christians
Following a church bombing that killed 23 and injured 80 and a shooting that killed one and injured five, Egypt is becoming a "very dark" place for Christians, according to a Baptist minister.
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Reckless Words Often Lead to Disaster
Reckless Words Often Lead to Disaster
Language has consequences. Words are powerful, and when they are carelessly unleashed, disaster almost always ensues. The psalmist is correct: "A soft answer turneth away wrath."
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Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
If we act as our brother's keeper, we care that incendiary political talk can harm. However, too many in our society – many of whom light verbal fuses for a living – favor the ethic of Cain.
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Time to Call Out Strident Rhetoric of Extremists
Time to Call Out Strident Rhetoric of Extremists
Freedom of speech has always given rise to extremists who abuse that freedom. When rhetoric turns violent, we need to do something about it. It's time to tone down the rhetoric and find a way to work together.
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Pope Warns Diplomats on Threats to Religious Freedom
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Leaders Must Repent from Hateful Rhetoric
Leaders Must Repent from Hateful Rhetoric
The political rhetoric of the past few years has been hateful and loveless. We need a national repentance that involves leaders from all sides coming together in confession of and remorse over their vitriolic speech.
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Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
The statements and actions of a few have consequences on the entire community. Let's encourage leaders who speak for less heated, self-righteous rhetoric and for more statements based on truth and care for neighbor.
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Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Egypt's President Needs to Ensure Egyptian Christians' Safety
Egypt's President Needs to Ensure Egyptian Christians' Safety
As Coptic Christian worshipers left a New Year's Eve service in a church in Alexandria in northern Egypt, a bomb exploded outside the church killing at least 21 Christians and injuring 97.
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Nigerian Islamic Extremists Take Credit for Attacks on Christians on Christmas Eve
Nigerian Islamic Extremists Take Credit for Attacks on Christians on Christmas Eve
An extremist Islamic organization took credit for multiple attacks in Nigeria on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of a Baptist pastor and the burning of Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri.
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Christmas Prayer Confesses Our Love of Violence
Christmas Prayer Confesses Our Love of Violence
The birth of Jesus represents the supreme effort on God's part to reshape our flawed humanity back into his own image. If we would only accept as true the things Jesus had to say to us, what a different world this might be.
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Western Society's Fascination with Death, Violence
Western Society's Fascination with Death, Violence
As longevity increases in Western societies and actual encounters with dead bodies and rituals of death become rarer in the lives of children and youth, the fascination with suicide and violent death increases.
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Remembering Victims of Violence during Advent
Remembering Victims of Violence during Advent
A small stand of solidarity may seem like a routine action but can be a source of God's healing love for those in need. For 14 Advents, Highland Baptist Church has placed crosses on their lawn in memory of victims of violence.
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Student Survey Says Some Likely to Throw Punches
(RNS) A recent survey found that public school students were more likely to participate in physical violence.
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Standing Firm in Difficult Times
Standing Firm in Difficult Times
We lived in a blessed time and place in the relative safety of the United States, but our brothers and sisters in Christ in war-torn corners of the globe aren't faring as well. When fear and anxiety grip us, we must stand firm.
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Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
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Ironically, Few Christians Aspire to Peacemaking
Ironically, Few Christians Aspire to Peacemaking
Society is so saturated and prone toward violence that people find it hard to believe in anything else, but only nonviolence can break the cycle of violence and open a door for peace.
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Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
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Shootings at Ohio, Texas Churches Stirs Concerns
(RNS) Three outbursts of violence in or near churches, including one during worship services, are raising safety concerns for church leaders.
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Understanding the Origins of Violence in Congo
Understanding the Origins of Violence in Congo
The tension that drives the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo developed long before the Rwandan genocide of '94 or before the conflict minerals became issues. So what ultimately motivates the ongoing violence?
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British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
While the British government talks about prison reform in its own country, it cannot turn a blind eye to women in Afghanistan who are unjustly imprisoned – some because they fled domestic violence.
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Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists have a distorted reverence for guns. They see protection in faith and a firearm. For these Baptists, the church is a mighty fortress – fully armed. Other Baptists have a more realistic approach.
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Passing U.S. Laws Won't End Africa's Violence
Passing U.S. Laws Won't End Africa's Violence
How do we bring an end to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? It won't be because the United Stated passed legislation to create an auditing and certification system for mineral supply chains.
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Does Court Ruling Mean No End to Gun Violence?
Does Court Ruling Mean No End to Gun Violence?
The U.S. Supreme Court has now made it clear in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment right to own a firearm in this country is inviolable. Why does the right to "keep and bear arms" trump the right to public safety?
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Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Once health care reform passed, the anti-reform minority became vitriolic, shouting racial epithets, carrying out acts of violence and claiming states' rights were usurped. It all mirrors the objections to civil rights in the '60s.
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Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
The rhetoric of the Tea Party members and others, who were unable to make their will mandatory through the electoral process, is crossing a dangerous line into a social activism that condones violence.
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Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
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Engaging in War to Forget Violence
Engaging in War to Forget Violence
Why do so many Christians support violence when our Savior seems to have done otherwise? Do we support war in order to forget that we were once victims?
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
The system failed Fiona Pilkington, who took her life and her daughter's after years of bullying. When will more Christians speak up for those who can't speak for themselves?
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Mixed Martial Arts: New Entrée on Violence's Menu
Mixed Martial Arts: New Entrée on Violence's Menu
Our society has an appetite for violence. The rise in mixed martial arts fighting is another way that appetite's being fed. What's the Christian response to pervasive consumer violence? (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps)
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Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Members of the Baptist World Alliance paused to pray for Nigeria, where more than 800 people were reportedly killed during the latest round of religious sectarian violence.
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Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
When a well-respected rabbi advocates the killing of civilians and the destruction of holy sites in time of war, one must ask what makes him different from Muslim extremists. Further, what do we say in response to this?
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How Do We Tote Guns in Church and Worship Prince of Peace?
How Do We Tote Guns in Church and Worship Prince of Peace?
A church encourages bringing guns to worship. A survey reveals regular church-goers believe torture is often or sometimes justified. Are we surprised that the Christian gospel has become associated with militaristic imperialism?
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How Will We Help Our Veterans to Handle War's Stress?
How Will We Help Our Veterans to Handle War's Stress?
The news that a U.S. soldier is suspected of gunning down five other U.S. soldiers in Baghdad is a sober reminder of the stress of war. With statistics showing a rise in violent crime within the U.S. military, what will we do to help?
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Congo Conflict Won't Be Slowed by Cutting Minerals' Demand
Congo Conflict Won't Be Slowed by Cutting Minerals' Demand
Efforts are under way to slow or even end the conflict in the Congo by cutting demand for minerals in the global market. However, the fight over these minerals, which power our mobile phones and LCD screens, is not the primary cause of the conflict.
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Columbine Was Never About Christian Persecution
Columbine Was Never About Christian Persecution
Ten years after the Columbine High School massacre, the shootings have become part of conservative evangelical culture war mythology. However, much of what we heard and much of what we as evangelicals told ourselves simply was not true.
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Let's Save Lives: Serious Gun Regulation Long Overdue
Let's Save Lives: Serious Gun Regulation Long Overdue
In less than a month, 49 people were murdered in a hail of bullets in eight separate incidents. We need a rational approach for serious gun regulation. We restrict driver's licenses by type of vehicle, why not gun owners and guns?
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Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
ATLANTA -- When many wouldn’t, Angel and Jason Pittman believe—in their neighbors, in the community, and in what God can do. After years of living that message in Overtown, the poorest neighborhood in Miami, the local community is starting to believe, too.
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‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
The narrative inspiring Mark Osler’s book, Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment, is compelling. In 2001, while teaching at a conservative Christian law school, this former prosecutor re-conducted Christ’s trial under Texas law in his Baptist church in Waco.
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Would Jesus Carry a Gun to Church?
Would Jesus Carry a Gun to Church?
Here is a question related to what the lawmakers in Arkansas are considering: “Would Jesus carry a gun to church?” I think most of us would certainly answer no to this question. But the issue over guns in church raises a larger question about our infatuation with violence that is directly contrary to Jesus’ message and life of non-violence.
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Church Must Go on the Offensive Against Violence
The church shooting last Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., was a nightmare I have long feared. Churches, like schools, are easy targets for madmen wishing to inflict harm on defenseless people.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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British Baptists Meet to Tackle Knife, Gun Violence
Churches should send a strong message to youth that carrying a gun or knife is "totally unacceptable," a speaker told about 100 Christians packed into a British Baptist church last weekend.
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African-American Men March Against Violence in St. Louis
At least 20,000 African-American men packed the streets of St. Louis on the first Sunday in June, marching one of the historic Annie Malone May Day Parade routes through "The Ville" and ending in Tandy Park.
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Don't Delete My Dalit
I wish I could find just one religion without its violent wackos. I've long given up on the Abrahamic faiths, and Japanese Buddhism during World War II rules them out. So how about Hinduism?
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Christian Delegation Says Recent Attacks on Indian Christians Worst in History
Recent violence in Orissa, India, was the worst ever targeting the Christian community in democratic India, according to a fact-finding report by the All India Christian Council.
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Baptist Leader Urges Solidarity With Christians Under Attack in India
An Asian Baptist leader called on Baptists worldwide to pray for peace and normalcy to be restored in India's Orissa state and that local and national governments there will stand by democratic principles of freedom of religion.
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Is Violence Among Humans Inevitable?
This Christmas season has been tragically scarred by a series of senseless violent acts. Shopping malls and churches are the latest venues for troubled individuals to take out their frustrations on the innocent.
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Pastor Accused of Domestic Violence Resigns
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.
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Christians Divided Over Annapolis Peace Talks
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
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My Meeting With Ian Smith
Ian Smith, the former white minority president of Southern Rhodesia, has died. Smith and his supporters unilaterally (and illegally) declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 and ran a white minority regime for 14 years, until an insurgency led by Robert Mugabe finally forced him into peace talks at Lancaster House in 1979.
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Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Domestic Violence
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Atlanta is on administrative leave after being arrested on charges of simple assault and obstruction of a 911 call after an altercation last week with his wife.
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This is Not the Time to Forget Iraq
The last few weeks I have noticed even less attention paid to Iraq in the newspapers and on the cable news channels. Then along came Thomas L. Friedman in this Wednesday's column in the New York Times titled "Remember Iraq."
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Reaching Young People At All Costs?
Having served as a pastor now for over 30 years, I have seen every sort of outreach gimmick you can imagine. Churches have been willing to do almost anything to get people into church, especially young people.
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Violent Young Men
I saw the Halo youth-ministry story that everyone's commenting on when I picked up a copy of the New York Times at the airport on Sunday.
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Advancing Peace as Divided Lebanese Christians Stockpile Weapons for War
Lebanese Christians are divided with factions stockpiling weapons and preparing for a civil war, according to a New York Times article last week.
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Another Anniversary: Six Years of War in Afghanistan
Six years ago, Sunday, Oct. 7, was the day we buried my wife's mother in the old cemetery in Farmersville, Texas. Following the burial services the family gathered for a late afternoon lunch. It was a time of remembering a fine lady and the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for.
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An Open Letter to Pastors: Have You Ever Preached A Sermon About Domestic Violence?
Pastors, have you ever preached a sermon against domestic violence? Odds are you haven't. I've listened to approximately 4,000 sermons and have yet to hear a pastor condemn domestic violence from the pulpit.
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Baptists Praying for Peace in Myanmar
Christians in Myanmar, including Baptists, planned prayer services for their country, while an American Baptist leader urged Christians everywhere to follow events and pray for peaceful resolution of a bloody government crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations now in its second week.
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