By: Jim Hill I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.
By: Charles Cheek Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.
By: Mark Tidsworth Perhaps the most disturbing development in 2016 was watching the forces, rhetoric and actions of hate escalate. To deal with the hate movement, churches need to become love extremists.
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.
By: Pam Strickland Many practicing Christians view pornography, which drives demand for prostitution and sex trafficking. To stop human trafficking, the church must end the demand for victims. And we must start with us.
By: Duane Brooks and Jen Whittenberg More than just football comes to town with the Super Bowl. In addition to the thousands of visitors in town for the game, there is an increased demand for commercial sex. Here's one church's response.
By: Stuart Blythe While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.
By: Blake Hart Whether or not someone has proper documentation should be irrelevant to Christians' desire to fellowship with them, to share our abundant resources in love and to fight for and defend their dignity.
By: David Crocker For two decades, Operation Inasmuch has mobilized congregations in 22 states to minister to people in need. The ministry now offers a new way that churches can help - packaging nutritious meals for distribution.
By: Dennis Bickers When churches face change, a leader can't make the mistake of a lack of communication. During change, communication is crucial. Most people in church will do the right thing when they have the right information.
By: David Kerrigan Worship can teach us theology and draws us into the presence of God, but sometimes it falls flat. So what are the hallmarks of the best of sung worship? Here are six characteristics.
By: Mark Tidsworth Churches are tasked with developing human beings into disciples of Jesus, in collaboration with the Holy Spirit. Is your church aware of and focused on this unique and clear calling to help believers walk the walk?
By: Bill Wilson Going through airport security can leave people discombobulated. Similarly, many congregations are discombobulated by the challenges of being a 21st century church. We need a recombobulation area.
By: James Gordon The clock and calendar are little different from the scrape marks on the prisoner's wall - recording time's passing. With a new year only days away, it's a time to reflect on your days passed and prioritize your days to come.
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.
By: Ircel Harrison Many church leaders often review the health of their church with questions that are internally focused. While that's important, you can't stop there. You need to ask externally focused questions. Are you?
By: Yohanna Katanacho In modern times just like at Jesus' birth, the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem came with consequences and questions - political, legal and theological. Which road will you take to Bethlehem?
By: Mike Massar We call them the wise men, but those magi who visited Jesus at his birth were viewed with scorn. While it wasn't their intelligence quotient that made them wise, it was the commitment of their hearts.
By: Chuck Summers Working to preserve and protect the creation is both a religious obligation and an act of worship. People of faith must now, more than ever, be willing to take a stand for creation care.
By: Bob Newell Obscured by today's cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its main characters. It's a story to which immigrants can relate.
By: Julius Medenblik We sometimes separate joy and sorrow, but they're nearly always intertwined, building on one another. This season is a time of joy as families reunite, but it's also a time of sorrow for loved ones we miss.