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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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Do Air Strikes in Syria Align with Just War Theory?
Do Air Strikes in Syria Align with Just War Theory?

By: Zach Dawes
EthicsDaily.com has consistently set forth just war theory's principles when U.S. leaders either contemplated or decided to wage war. Does President Trump's air strikes in Syria meet these high moral hurdles?

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Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts
Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. history reveals that too often the nation's immigration policies have resulted from fear more than facts. While Christians can differ on policy positions, we must speak against fear-based rhetoric.

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Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship
Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship

By: Zach Dawes
Robert Parham was a unique combination of determined and compassionate, prophetic and pastoral. He spoke his mind about issues of great importance. He was not simply a boss and colleague; he was a friend.

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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016
Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016

By: Zach Dawes
The Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com hit the ground running in 2016 and didn't slow down. As the year nears its close, we look forward to continuing our efforts to advance the common good in 2017.

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Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For
Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For

By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."

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When Condemning Hate, Avoid Broad Stereotypes
When Condemning Hate, Avoid Broad Stereotypes

By: Zach Dawes
In the aftermath of a divisive election, goodwill people of faith must be careful in how they speak out. We shouldn't assess an entire group based on its most extreme representatives.

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Taking Seriously Trump's Call to Work Together
Taking Seriously Trump's Call to Work Together

By: Zach Dawes
No matter how we voted or how we feel about the results, President-elect Donald Trump's call to "bind the wounds of division" and "to come together as one united people" should be applauded and embraced.

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Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition
Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.

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Christians Should Model Civility As Divisive Election Ends
Christians Should Model Civility As Divisive Election Ends

By: Zach Dawes
In the wake of a contentious presidential election, no matter the results on Nov. 8, civility will be vital to rebuild community and cooperation. Christians should model civility with humility and mercy.

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More Men Needed to Teach, Volunteer in Schools
More Men Needed to Teach, Volunteer in Schools

By: Zach Dawes
While women lead the way in K-12 education, few men are joining their ranks as volunteers or teachers. More men need to be involved in education. And here are some ways to do it.

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Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes
Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes

By: Zach Dawes
Repeat a lie often enough and people eventually believe it. Case in point, many people accept the myth that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes.

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Gallup: Education Views Linked to Political Affiliation
Gallup: Education Views Linked to Political Affiliation

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. views of education seems to be closely tied to their political affiliation, a Gallup survey suggests. Yet two-thirds of parents of K-12 students expressed satisfaction with their oldest child's education.

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Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?
Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?

By: Zach Dawes
Predatory lending practices within the U.S. payday loan industry are becoming more widely recognized as advocates push for reforms. But how widespread is the problem within the microfinance industry?

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Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community
Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.

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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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Fueled by Social Media, Society's Quick to Condemn
Fueled by Social Media, Society's Quick to Condemn

By: Zach Dawes
Our social-media savvy, quick-to-condemn society seems to relish calling for immediate resignations and firings. Such incidents reveal our lack of grace, compassion and mercy.

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As Part of Lent, Fasting Encourages Reflection
As Part of Lent, Fasting Encourages Reflection

By: Zach Dawes
Fasting is like journaling. It works for some, but not for others. The goal is intentional self-analysis. Fasting is a tool to aid Christian disciples in reflecting on their journey in the way of Jesus.

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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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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Unprecedented Lottery Jackpots Hide Troubling Realities
Unprecedented Lottery Jackpots Hide Troubling Realities

By: Zach Dawes
Record lottery jackpots in the U.K. and the U.S. are grabbing international headlines and emptying wallets. But lost in all the excitement over the big payoff are two troubling realities.

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President Issues Needed Gun Orders; Tone Was Off
President Issues Needed Gun Orders; Tone Was Off

By: Zach Dawes
President Obama took positive steps to reduce gun violence without infringing on the 2nd Amendment, but the tone of his speech is not likely to aid the emergence of bipartisan legislation in Congress.

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Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?
Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?

By: Zach Dawes
The recent tragic headlines cannot overpower the love and joy we experience as we celebrate Christmas. Both traditional and little-known holiday songs reflect God's powerful love.

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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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GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric

By: Zach Dawes
People of goodwill should speak out against harmful rhetoric perpetuated against Islam and Muslims. Thankfully, that's what GOP leaders are doing regarding Donald Trump's latest diatribe.

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Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence
Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence

By: Zach Dawes
Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is a global scourge with a significant presence in the U.S - up to 27 million victims. Here are 5 ways your church can help end this sinful practice.

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Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control
Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control

By: Zach Dawes
While the relationship between welcoming immigrants and wise border control is delicate, we cannot make decisions or form opinions rooted in fear.

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Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

By: Zach Dawes
While many newspapers charge readers to access their online information, EthicsDaily.com provides free content for churches and people of faith. And we're able to do it with your financial support.

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3 Ways Your Church Can Reform Criminal Justice System
3 Ways Your Church Can Reform Criminal Justice System

By: Zach Dawes
Folks on both sides of the aisle agree that our criminal justice system is broken and are finding significant agreement on how to correct the numerous failings. Here are three ways churches can help.

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Inching Closer to Achieve Work-Life Balance for All
Inching Closer to Achieve Work-Life Balance for All

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?

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Fantasy Sports Exploits Poor with Lure of Easy Wealth
Fantasy Sports Exploits Poor with Lure of Easy Wealth

By: Zach Dawes
Fantasy sports may not technically be gambling, but it has become a multimillion dollar industry that exploits the same instinct as a trip to Vegas or playing the lottery - the desire for quick, easy wealth.

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During Global Crises, Faith Groups are Unsung Heroes
During Global Crises, Faith Groups are Unsung Heroes

By: Zach Dawes
Day after day, global crises fill news headlines. While their efforts rarely make those headlines, global faith communities from all traditions make significant contributions to relief efforts

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"Phubbing" Strains Relationships, May Lead to Depression

By: Zach Dawes
If you're "phubbing" - that's the term to describe people who snub others so they can check the latest alert or distraction on their cell phones - it can have serious affects on your relationships, a study says.

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4 Ways You Can Curb Growth of Landfills Today
4 Ways You Can Curb Growth of Landfills Today

By: Zach Dawes
The U.S. sent 262 million tons of garbage into landfills in 2012, more than double the EPA's estimate, a study says. That means you send five pounds of trash to landfills daily. Here's how to change that.

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Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

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Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs
Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs

By: Zach Dawes
To ensure a vibrant Christian witness, academic theologians and congregational ministers must continually work together to bridge the gap between doctrine and daily life.

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Student-Athletes or Athletes Obligated to Attend Class?
Student-Athletes or Athletes Obligated to Attend Class?

By: Zach Dawes
The college football culture causes many to see themselves primarily as athletes. Are players primarily students who also play a sport or athletes who are obligated to attend classes?

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Labor, Wages Often Overlooked as Sermon Topics
Labor, Wages Often Overlooked as Sermon Topics

By: Zach Dawes
Working conditions, treatment of employees and balancing labor with rest are poignant topics as Labor Day nears. The Bible says much about labor and wages, but they're often overlooked sermon topics.

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Are We Redeeming Creation or Causing Its Suffering?
Are We Redeeming Creation or Causing Its Suffering?

By: Zach Dawes
God is working to bring about a "new creation" that involves both humanity and creation. It is not a replacement but a renewal movement in which all things are becoming fully aligned with God's design.

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Modeling Civility During Election Season
Modeling Civility During Election Season

By: Zach Dawes
To help quench the fires of division that plague our society, especially during election season, people of goodwill must model a better path: offering civil responses rooted in compassion and grace.

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Money Talks: Connecting Creation Care, Economics
Money Talks: Connecting Creation Care, Economics

By: Zach Dawes
We may want folks to implement creation-care measures because it's the right thing to do, but it's easier to motivate folks to recycle and live more sustainable lives when there's a financial incentive.

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Iran Nuclear Deal's Reaction: Partisan and Extreme
Iran Nuclear Deal's Reaction: Partisan and Extreme

By: Zach Dawes
Reaction to the nuclear pact between Iran and six leading global nations was partisan and often reflected extreme positions. A wiser position would be to learn what's in it before drawing conclusions.

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Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis
Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants in crisis situations face unique challenges because they are living outside of their country of origin and lack the family and community support they might otherwise have had.

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5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care
5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care

By: Zach Dawes
Pope Francis' wide-ranging encyclical on the environment speaks boldly about the imperative that Christians have to take care of God's creation and notes the frequent moral failure of humanity to do so.

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Majority Affirm U.S. Drone Strikes, Many Express Reservations About Civilian Casualties
Majority Affirm U.S. Drone Strikes, Many Express Reservations About Civilian Casualties

By: Zach Dawes
Nearly six out of 10 people approve of the use of drone strikes while more than a third express disapproval, a Pew Research Center survey says.

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What Role Do Faith-Based Groups Play in Humanitarian Aid?
What Role Do Faith-Based Groups Play in Humanitarian Aid?

By: Zach Dawes
Effectively responding to global crises requires greater awareness of religion's influence in shaping people and culture as well as recognition of faith-based organizations' role in providing humanitarian aid.

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Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis
Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants desperate to escape violence and persecution are being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. Although government action has been anemic, the faith community must point to a better path.

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Avoiding Unbalanced Stereotypes from News Hot Spots
Avoiding Unbalanced Stereotypes from News Hot Spots

By: Zach Dawes
Waco. Ferguson. Nigeria. We all know the violence that happened at these places, but the glimpses we receive via news reports never tell the whole story. How do we balance these unbalanced views?

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Churches Can Make Positive Impact on Early Childhood Education
Churches Can Make Positive Impact on Early Childhood Education

By: Zach Dawes
While government funding of universal early childhood education is important, churches can help fill the gap by providing tutoring and mentoring at all levels, especially the early primary grades.

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Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?
Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?

By: Zach Dawes
Food companies and restaurants spend millions each year on advertising their products to millions of viewers. Should churches place a greater emphasis on human health and the food we eat?

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When Genocide First Entered Our Vocabulary
When Genocide First Entered Our Vocabulary

By: Zach Dawes
Genocide is a term now recognized worldwide, but it wasn't until the 1940s when Raphael Lemkin began using the term to describe the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jewish people.

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Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round
Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round

By: Zach Dawes
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.

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Taxation - A Topic Rarely Engaged in Churches
Taxation - A Topic Rarely Engaged in Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Taxes are essential to a functioning society, yet you'll rarely hear a sermon or attend a church study on the topic. Christians need to engage in more frequent moral and ethical reflection on taxation.

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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
By: Zach Dawes
Moving toward a living wage to enable full-time employees to live self-sufficient, food-secure daily lives is a noble goal, but matching ideals to reality will be complicated and costly.
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8 Lessons Learned as EthicsDaily.com's Managing Editor
8 Lessons Learned as EthicsDaily.com's Managing Editor

By: Zach Dawes
After serving two years as EthicsDaily.com's managing editor, Zach Dawes shares eight leadership lessons he's learned. Some may apply to your area of service.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion
Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King's explicit references to religious liberty are few, but this conviction is found in a general emphasis on individual freedom and an assumed need for church-state separation.

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How to Provide the Best Education Possible
How to Provide the Best Education Possible
By: Zach Dawes
Everyone wants to provide the best education possible. To see progress, each "side" must stop portraying the other as the enemy or treating them as a scapegoat. No more blame game.
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Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture
Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture

By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act.

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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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Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
By: Zach Dawes
After the midterms, the hope for bipartisanship in our nation's capital appears dim. Despite the continued dysfunction, one issue may spark bipartisan collaboration in 2015: prison reform.
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Nonprofits, Like Ethics Daily.com, Rely on Your Support
Nonprofits, Like Ethics Daily.com, Rely on Your Support

By: Zach Dawes
Using resources without supporting the organizations providing them is a growing challenge in many industries. And it has long been a challenge for local churches and faith-based nonprofits.

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Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace
Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace

By: Zach Dawes
Obama's so-called latte salute is the latest illustration that we live now in a society too often lacking in common decency, much less grace, toward the shortcomings of others.

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Global Christians Call Attention to Human Trafficking on Freedom Sunday
Global Christians Call Attention to Human Trafficking on Freedom Sunday

By: Zach Dawes
Your church can join global Christians on Oct. 19 in calling attention to human trafficking and working to curb its spread.

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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Zach Dawes
Profiles in Goodwill: Zach Dawes
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Zach Dawes is the managing editor at EthicsDaily.com. In addition to reading his articles on our website, you can learn more about him in this quick profile.
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Connecting God's Kingdom to Your Daily Labors
Connecting God's Kingdom to Your Daily Labors

By: Zach Dawes
How do you embody God's Kingdom in your day-to-day life? Labor Day offers you a time to reflect on this connection so the good news does not become disconnected from your life.

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Are Sports' Salaries, Environmental Impact Out of Touch?
Are Sports' Salaries, Environmental Impact Out of Touch?
By: Zach Dawes
How does Jesus' message of good news for the poor guide us in addressing a pro-sports system that values athletic performances more highly than occupations providing essential services?
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Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice
Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice

By: Zach Dawes
Many Christians have a fervent desire for social justice but may be unrealistic about how fast change can happen. Two social ethicists from the last century can help you find the right balance.

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Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends
Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends

By: Zach Dawes
Previous climate-change studies have said temperature increases are nearly inevitable, but a U.N. report suggests there's hope. Can individuals and churches make a difference?

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Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution
Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus paints a portrait of God's dream for the world and calls us to shape our lives accordingly. When we follow this not-yet-materialized dream, we are often persecuted by those who don't understand it.
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Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com
Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com
By: Zach Dawes
As EthicsDaily.com moves into providing more faith-based content to TV outlets, we're still committed to the daily content on our website. Here are some of the recent improvements we've made.
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The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods
The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods

By: Zach Dawes
The debate rages over genetically modified foods. The way forward for Christians is to read the research on both sides of the argument and turn to the biblical witness to reflect on the data.

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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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Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day
Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day
By: Zach Dawes
Memorial Day offers churches an opportune time to practice Jesus' call to love our enemies, to be peacemakers and to reach beyond the boundaries by which we are too often constrained.
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Social Capital: Congregations Investing in Their Communities
Social Capital: Congregations Investing in Their Communities

By: Zach Dawes
Amid the often-justified criticisms and necessary exposés, people frequently overlook the consistent positive impact of local churches--the social capital they bring to their communities.

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Avoiding the Twin Dangers of False Body Images
Avoiding the Twin Dangers of False Body Images
By: Zach Dawes
Affirming that a person's worth and value is not tied to their appearance—particularly to how skinny they are or flawless their skin—must be informed by a proper understanding of a healthy weight and lifestyle.
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Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?
Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?

By: Zach Dawes
Too many churches follow the Wizard of Oz leadership model of a larger-than-life character hiding behind a curtain. Instead, author Brian McLaren says, your church needs a Dorothy.

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Does Your Church Love Your Neighbor by Caring for Creation?
Does Your Church Love Your Neighbor by Caring for Creation?

By: Zach Dawes
Persuading a church to become more eco-friendly is one of the most difficult "sales" of all, yet it's another way to live out our call to love our neighbor. And we can start with the midweek meal.

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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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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible?
Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible?

By: Zach Dawes
Whether the site is religious or secular, some of the most vitriolic and vulgar statements you will ever read appear in largely anonymous posts found in the comment forums of websites.

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The Needs Are Overwhelming, But You Can't Do It All
The Needs Are Overwhelming, But You Can't Do It All
By:  Zach Dawes
Our world is filled with needs. We can't respond to all of them. But some of us fall into the trap of believing that we're not doing anything worthwhile because we're not doing everything.
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Epiphany Signals the Coming Light of God's Justice
Epiphany Signals the Coming Light of God's Justice

Coming roughly 12 days after Christmas, Epiphany Sunday reminds us that the darkness will not yield easily to the manifestation of a new order. Each of us must seek the light of God's justice.

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Waiting Has Negative Impact on Humans, Positive Impact on God
Waiting Has Negative Impact on Humans, Positive Impact on God
Waiting is an inevitable part of life. No one really enjoys it, and it doesn't often elicit our best qualities. Still, the Bible presents waiting as something God enjoys.
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Real Joy Ensures Everyone's Basic Needs Are Met
Real Joy Ensures Everyone's Basic Needs Are Met

Each year, thousands of people pitch tents outside stores awaiting the promise of joy through low prices. Yet if a homeless person tried to sleep outside the store any other night, they'd be run off.

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Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration
Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration

Improving the education system requires a multi-faceted approach, combining the best practices of both public education advocates and school reformers.

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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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Advent Liturgies Offer Time-Tested Opportunities for Reflection
Advent Liturgies Offer Time-Tested Opportunities for Reflection
Advent, which is Latin for "coming" or "arrival," is the four-week period leading up to Christmas, offering worshippers a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth.
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Often Neglected, All Saints' Day Offers Moment for Remembrance and Reflection
Often Neglected, All Saints' Day Offers Moment for Remembrance and Reflection

Halloween began as a vigil of prayer and fasting to prepare for All Saints' Day, a time to remember the martyrs of the faith. Here's why your church should observe All Saints' Day Sunday.

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EthicsDaily.com Netcast Deals with Burnout in Small Churches
EthicsDaily.com Netcast Deals with Burnout in Small Churches
EthicsDaily.com's first live netcast featured a discussion on small churches, covering topics such as pastoral care, community involvement and burnout for pastors and laity.
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EthicsDaily.com Features Numerous Advent Resources
EthicsDaily.com Features Numerous Advent Resources
The Advent season will soon be upon us. If you're looking for Advent materials, EthicsDaily.com has compiled numerous resources for Advent planning and reflection.
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Muriel Lester – Baptist Pioneer for Women in Ministry
Muriel Lester – Baptist Pioneer for Women in Ministry
You may not have heard of her, but Muriel Lester, born in the late 1800s in England, was a shaper of Baptist social ethics and an early pioneer of Baptist women in ministry.
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Your Choice: Engaged with Risk or Disengaged with Safety
Your Choice: Engaged with Risk or Disengaged with Safety
To follow in the path of Jesus calls for risky social engagement that seeks to meet and understand, to engage and help, to welcome and embrace "the other." The choice is yours.
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"Just Peacemaking" Proponent Advocates for "Just War" Reflection

Support for a U.S. attack on Syria appears to be quickly rising. Advocates of "Just War" ought to call upon U.S. leaders to consider these standards before acting.

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Telling the Truth Carries Risks for Prophetic Witness
Telling the Truth Carries Risks for Prophetic Witness
Being prophetic is striving to tell the truth and seeking the welfare of the other over one's self. Even speaking at the right time, in the right manner and for the right reasons, telling the truth is risky.
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18 Resources for Labor Day Reflection from EthicsDaily.com
18 Resources for Labor Day Reflection from EthicsDaily.com
Labor Day weekend offers ministers an opportunity to discuss Christian perspectives on work, and EthicsDaily.com's columnists have written nearly 20 articles on the subject.
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5 Guides for Constructive Conversation with Your Opponents
5 Guides for Constructive Conversation with Your Opponents

Many opposing individuals and groups engage in unhealthy dialogue due to unhelpful presuppositions about one another. Can we find common ground without divisive rhetoric?

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Where's the Line Between Caution and Dishonesty?
Where's the Line Between Caution and Dishonesty?

Ministers face a delicate dilemma when sharing their knowledge with their congregations. Here are five suggestions to help you discern the boundary between caution and dishonesty.

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Why Do So Few Baptists Know Walter Rauschenbusch?
Why Do So Few Baptists Know Walter Rauschenbusch?

Walter Rauschenbusch was a Baptist pastor who emphasized the social nature of the gospel proclaimed and embodied by Jesus, yet few Baptists know who he is.

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The Ethical Implications of Your Retirement Investing
The Ethical Implications of Your Retirement Investing
Few of us know all of the companies in which we invest. This means we may be supporting businesses whose policies and practices do not align with our values. What can we do?
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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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12 Sources to Help Your Church Plan for Mother's Day
12 Sources to Help Your Church Plan for Mother's Day
Mother's Day is a significant holiday, and church members have high expectations. Here are a dozen columns from EthicsDaily.com to help churches prepare their services.
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Caring for Creation As If We're Owners, Not Renters
Caring for Creation As If We're Owners, Not Renters

Some believe since we're going to be taken up to heaven and the earth destroyed, why care for the planet? We must use the earth's resources, but we should do so as servants charged with its care.

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Baptist Pastors Share Texts for Creation-Care Preaching
Baptist Pastors Share Texts for Creation-Care Preaching

Pastors have a unique opportunity to preach about creation care this Sunday - the day before Earth Day. Several Baptist pastors shared biblical texts on environmental stewardship.

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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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How Do We Address Issues of Systemic Injustice?
How Do We Address Issues of Systemic Injustice?
Our socioeconomic system results in the pay for some jobs being far above and others far below the national average. How do we begin to tackle this systemic injustice?
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The Pros and Cons of Microfinance to Beat Poverty
The Pros and Cons of Microfinance to Beat Poverty
Microfinance institutions can be an effective tool to address poverty when handled ethically by lending organizations and clients. And that's where churches can help.
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Do You Balance Your Physical and Digital Worlds?
Do You Balance Your Physical and Digital Worlds?

Social networking sites and mobile devices with Internet access have made us more connected than ever, but are they disconnecting us from people in the same room?

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Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?
Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?

Nothing is wrong in celebrating only Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter, but we still miss a rich and rewarding worship journey when we don't observe Lent.

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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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What Linus Missed When Telling Luke's Christmas Story
What Linus Missed When Telling Luke's Christmas Story

Luke's Christmas Story was revolutionary when it was written and still is today. We need to see past all the sentimentality and shallow theology that has come to surround it.

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7 Questions to Become an Ethical Christmas Shopper
7 Questions to Become an Ethical Christmas Shopper

Shopping ethically this Christmas involves being aware of the effects of our purchases. We must look beyond the price we pay to consider the social and environmental costs.

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Why Our Polarized Nation Needs Moderating Voices
Why Our Polarized Nation Needs Moderating Voices
In our increasingly polarized nation, we need people who can be a moderating presence, willing to engage those with whom they disagree in civil and respectful dialogue.
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Technology Transforming War into Video Game
Technology Transforming War into Video Game

The more military technology results in people sitting at computers, the more war begins to resemble playing a video game. And that makes it easier to forget the hell of war.

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After the Election, Let's Discuss Ideas with Civility
After the Election, Let's Discuss Ideas with Civility

Following a polarizing election, it's time to cease using inflammatory rhetoric. We must sit down with those of opposing opinions and do the hard work of seeking to understand.

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Sadly, Mudslinging Campaigns Are Nothing New
Sadly, Mudslinging Campaigns Are Nothing New

If you believe that present-day politics are more partisan and negative than ever before, you should see the mudslinging tactics from earlier political campaigns.

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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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Desiring Righteous Lives Spurs Work for Justice
Desiring Righteous Lives Spurs Work for Justice
If you truly hunger and thirst after righteousness, it's because you recognize its absence in your life. And that drives you to work for justice when you see it absent elsewhere.
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Big Vs. Small Government: A Misleading Claim
Big Vs. Small Government: A Misleading Claim
To claim the presidential election is a choice between big government and small government is misleading. Both parties want big and small government. The question is where.
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Do Politicians Really Represent All the Founders?
Do Politicians Really Represent All the Founders?
Politicians often say they reflect the views of the Founding Fathers, but the founders often disagreed. Aligning one's position or party with the founders is foolish or misleading.
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Why Pointing Fingers Won't Solve Health Care Crisis
Why Pointing Fingers Won't Solve Health Care Crisis
Who's to blame for our skyrocketing health care costs? We can point fingers at hospitals, insurance and even ourselves, but to solve the problem we'll need to work together.
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3 Ways Politicians Can Run More Ethical Ads
3 Ways Politicians Can Run More Ethical Ads
Although propaganda and outlandish promises seem inextricable from politics, our nation's leaders can take three steps to improve the content of their political ads.
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Should Churches Tell Others How to Vote?
Should Churches Tell Others How to Vote?
North Carolina churches and pastors were proclaiming their positions on Amendment One. Is it proper for churches to tell people how to vote on legislation?
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With No Pat Answers, Faith Must Embrace Mystery
With No Pat Answers, Faith Must Embrace Mystery
Being a person of faith is not about simple or easy answers. Rather, faith is about waking to mystery – to the obscurity, ambiguity, inscrutability, vagueness and uncertainty of life.
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Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
The "us versus them" attitude adopted by the Egyptians that led to their unjust oppression of the Hebrews is a prevailing influence on immigration discussions today
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What John Lennon, Picasso Bring to Advent
What John Lennon, Picasso Bring to Advent

Maybe John Lennon and Picasso had the right idea. During Advent, we are called to imagine the world not as we see and know it to be, but as we think and hope it could be.

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Will Baptist School Follow All or Some of Bible?
Will Baptist School Follow All or Some of Bible?
Now that Shorter University requires its employees to reject all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, shouldn't they expect them to accept all sexual activity in agreement with the Bible?
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Remaining Silent in the Face of Injustice
Remaining Silent in the Face of Injustice
When we see injustice and inequality and say nothing, we participate in the injustice. Many Christians, however, remain silent out of fear of losing pay, position or prestige.
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In Aftermath of S&P Downgrade, We Must Cooperate
In Aftermath of S&P Downgrade, We Must Cooperate
Everyone's playing the blame game over the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Instead, we should accept our current situation and begin looking for workable solutions.
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What Does the Bible Say About the Rapture?
What Does the Bible Say About the Rapture?
Many folks truly believed the world would end on May 21, investing time, energy, money and other resources to tell as many people as they could about the rapture. But is the rapture a biblical concept?
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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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Elected Officials Use Deficit as Political Pawn
Elected Officials Use Deficit as Political Pawn
The House GOP has proposed $61 billion in budget cuts, knowing Senate Democrats will reject their proposal. Both parties seem more interested in getting re-elected than working together for the good of all.
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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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Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
The bulk of President Obama's State of the Union address focused on changes he believes need to be made for our country to thrive, but the speech was couched in the language of American exceptionalism.
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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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Many Faiths, One Common Commandment – Love
Many Faiths, One Common Commandment – Love
Sacred texts and prophetic voices from myriad faith traditions across the world all contain a call to love one another in the form of exhortations to treat others as we would have them treat us. So what stops us?
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What Will It Take For Churches To Mentor?
What Will It Take For Churches To Mentor?
When churches search for a pastor, their process focuses mostly on what the minister can offer the church, with little consideration of what the church can offer the minister. We need more churches to commit to mentoring.
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The Absurd Logic of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The Absurd Logic of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
According to those opposed to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," being honest about one's sexuality undermines the military, but being secretive about one's sexuality doesn't. Anyone else see the problem?
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Some Equate Gospel with Subjugating Women
Some Equate Gospel with Subjugating Women
Some Southern Baptists claim that preventing women from serving as pastors is defending the gospel. When did Jesus proclaim that the good news of the Kingdom of God is that women should not exercise authority over men?
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Supporting War but Opposing Health Reform
Supporting War but Opposing Health Reform
Some opposed to health care reform claimed they couldn't support such drastic increases to the national deficit. Yet we continue to spend roughly $11 billion per month on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Responsibility Accompanies Free Speech
Responsibility Accompanies Free Speech
Free speech comes with responsibility. When a person's speech leads to violence and harm of others, the speaker becomes complicit in the deed. They should be held accountable for the negative power of their words.
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Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
The debate over global warming will never be won because many focus on personal beliefs rather than the data. Perhaps if we rally around the issue of sustainability we can move forward.
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Christians Support Religious Liberty – For Themselves
Christians Support Religious Liberty – For Themselves
Christians ought to be champions of religious liberty yet often defend their religious freedom to the exclusion of others. Why do so many Christians not grasp the First Amendment?
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Ideas vs. Ethics: What's Your Faith's Foundation?
Ideas vs. Ethics: What's Your Faith's Foundation?
Jesus never proclaimed a faith in ideas, but a faith in ethics. In other words, for Jesus, lifestyle took precedent over concepts. Do we live our lives in accordance with Jesus' reign of love?
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King of Pop's Advice to Church: Look in Mirror
King of Pop's Advice to Church: Look in Mirror
Michael Jackson had it right. Those who follow Jesus Christ can make the world a better place, but they better start with the man in the mirror first.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Conservative leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention have exalted "pet doctrines" and personal opinions to the status of dogma. Those who disagree risk condemnation and expulsion.
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Churches with Country-Club Mentality Resemble Narcissus
Churches with Country-Club Mentality Resemble Narcissus
Do our churches resemble a religious version of a country club or the beloved community spoken of by Martin Luther King Jr.? Have we chosen inward-focused church busyness over outward-focused Kingdom business?
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Does Your Church Measure Success Like Jesus Did?
Does Your Church Measure Success Like Jesus Did?
Numbers often function as the yardstick of a church. Increased numbers lead to an increased budget, which leads to increased ministry opportunities. It's often championed as the paradigm for a church's success, but is it the paradigm for faithfulness?
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