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A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon
A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon

By: Bader Mansour
Everyone who grew up Southern Baptist knows Lottie Moon. A missionary to China in the 1800s, she personified the missionary spirit of Southern Baptists. But do you know the story of George Laty?

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Questions as You Travel the Road to Bethlehem
Questions as You Travel the Road to Bethlehem

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?

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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Financial Crisis Continues for Christian Schools in Israel
Financial Crisis Continues for Christian Schools in Israel

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian schools in Israel "are at risk of collapsing financially." After the schools ended a strike last September, the government agreed to pay $12.7 million to the schools but has not done so yet.

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The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me
The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me

By: Bader Mansour
As a gentile who lived and worked among Jews for many years, many people were a light along my way. You can choose to be a blessing, lighting the path of others, or you can be a curse.

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Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine
Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine

By: Hailey Brenden
Bethlehem Bible College in Jerusalem prepares Christian leaders to serve Arab churches and society despite difficult circumstances and a dwindling Christian population.

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Church Attendance, Religious Tradition Sway Israel-Palestine Views
Church Attendance, Religious Tradition Sway Israel-Palestine Views

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How often you attend church and your religious tradition influence whether you sympathize with Israelis or Palestinians in the Middle East conflict, a Gallup poll discovered.

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Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank
Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, working with the European Baptist Federation, is involved in starting two new churches in the West Bank.

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To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights
To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights

By: Alex Awad
U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle keep decrying that Israel has the right to defend its citizens but neglect to mention the needs, rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike
Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

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Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike
Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the state of Israel fully funds state-run public and Orthodox Jewish schools, it provides only 29 percent for Christian schools, leading them to strike.

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Will Christian Education in Israel Vanish?
Will Christian Education in Israel Vanish?

By: Yohanna Katanacho
Nearly 50 church schools in Arab towns and villages in Israel educate more than 30,000 Christian and Muslim Palestinian Israeli Arabs. Yet Israel has been imposing increasing pressure on these schools.

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"I Shall Not Hate"

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

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2

By: Azar Ajaj
While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1

By: Azar Ajaj
The events of the Israeli election are a wake-up call to the church in Israel, a challenge to become more effective in its mission. How can churches better serve Arab Israelis as well as the Israeli community?

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Why Christians Should Support ICC's Investigation
Why Christians Should Support ICC's Investigation
By: Wissam al-Saliby
The International Criminal Court is investigating alleged crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories since last June. In the interest of international justice, Christians should support the ICC.
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Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
By: Brian Kaylor
When GOP Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage amid a chorus of boos during a conference, it vividly demonstrated a religious and political divide between many Christians in the U.S. and the Middle East.
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How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
By: Leroy Seat
As part of the International Day of Prayer and Peace on Sept. 21, churches and people of faith are being encouraged to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Will your church join?
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4 Reasons Your Church Can Stagnate and Die
4 Reasons Your Church Can Stagnate and Die
By: Elijah Brown
One of the most celebrated churches in the New Testament is no longer around today. How did it and other vibrant churches of that time die? The reasons can apply to today's churches as well.
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Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.
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"Because Here It's Not Far From Hell"
By: Azar Ajaj
This carnage in the Middle East, is it anything but madness and evil? We must dare to pray courageously for a just settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, resulting in a durable peace.
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Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Even in the Israel-Palestine conflict, political and religious affiliations often define responses. The partisanship shows the need for the faithful to pray for peace.
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Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from 59 countries are converging in Turkey this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. They'll elect a new president, whose five-year term will begin next July.
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Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism
Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism

By: Brian Kaylor
The Christ at the Checkpoint conference examined biblical teachings in today's Israeli-Palestinian context.

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Israel-Palestine: When Theology and Politics Mix
Israel-Palestine: When Theology and Politics Mix

By: David Kerrigan
The third Christ at the Checkpoint conference explores how the teachings of Jesus contribute to the task of achieving peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

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Ahab: Weakling
So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Was Ahab weak because of Jezebel’s strong, overbearing personality, or did she have to take up the mantle of strength because he was so weak?
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Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel
Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel

Many evangelical Christians are politically obsessed with Israel, arguing that Israel is "the apple of God's eye" and, therefore, should be free to act in any way current leaders choose.

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Will Peace Without Justice Solve Israel-Palestine Conflict?
Will Peace Without Justice Solve Israel-Palestine Conflict?
During a gathering focused on the challenges facing Israel today, one speaker said the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be peace without justice. Is he right?
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ACLU Files Suit against Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument
ACLU Files Suit against Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument
Bruce Prescott is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Oklahoma against placing the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
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Your Moral Obligation to Address Climate Change
Your Moral Obligation to Address Climate Change
It is dishonest and immoral to deny the reality of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the most important ethical issue of our time. It is a moral imperative.
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Opposing Prejudice and Intolerance Against All
Opposing Prejudice and Intolerance Against All
On his trip to Israel, President Obama spoke against anti-Semitism, prejudice and intolerance. He could have taken steps to speak against injustice toward everyone, but didn't.
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How I Saved Energy, Money Switching to Geothermal
How I Saved Energy, Money Switching to Geothermal
With electric bills rising even as our use declined, our move to a geothermal system for our home used less electricity, saved cash and was better for the environment.
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Palestinian Christian Struggles with Zionists' Support for Israel
Palestinian Christian Struggles with Zionists' Support for Israel
An evangelical Christian whose family has lived in Palestine for hundreds of years struggles to understand Christian Zionists who blindly support Israel at all costs.
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Remembering Rachel: Fighting for Human Rights in Palestine
Remembering Rachel: Fighting for Human Rights in Palestine
As a girl, Rachel Corrie dreamed of helping people. Her dream ended when she was killed in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home.
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Common Security: Path to Peace in Middle East
Common Security: Path to Peace in Middle East
Realities are changing so dramatically in the Mideast that we could see a surprising game-changing opportunity for achieving human rights and common security for both Palestine and Israel.
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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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The Challenge Facing Christians in Gaza
The Challenge Facing Christians in Gaza
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more intractable than ever. Both sides live in fear and will continue to do so until a peaceful resolution provides justice for all.
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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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Judge Roy Moore's Odd View of the Constitution
Judge Roy Moore's Odd View of the Constitution
Judge Roy Moore, elected as the Alabama Supreme Court's chief justice, believes the Constitution establishes the Judeo-Christian religion. Those who don't follow it are second-class citizens.
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During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
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Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Two girls – one Jewish, the other Muslim – from a school in Israel set off a chain of events that led to a Texas Baptist church's involvement in peacekeeping in the Holy Land.
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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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Faith-Filled Divestment of U.S. Businesses in Israel
Faith-Filled Divestment of U.S. Businesses in Israel
To participate in an investment campaign in and for Palestine without standing against Israel's subjection of the Palestinians sides with the oppressors and opposes the oppressed.
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High Court Erases State's Corrupt Practices Act
High Court Erases State's Corrupt Practices Act
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that held that the higher court's Citizens United decision did not erase the state's Corrupt Practices Act.
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Skype Interview: Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Christian Zionism
Skype Interview: Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Christian Zionism
Raised as a Christian Zionist, Porter Speakman Jr., producer and director of a documentary, "With God on Our Side," had his eyes opened after living in the Middle East.
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Israel and Palestine: Is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?
Israel and Palestine: Is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?
As the nation of Israel celebrates its 64th anniversary, it's hard not to sympathize with its citizens' desire for a homeland and with Palestinian Arabs. Will they ever coexist peacefully?
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Religious Liberty – A Core American Value
Religious Liberty – A Core American Value
Religious convictions divide us, but religious liberty is a right that unites us. That's why people of all faiths and atheists have joined the Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection for nine years.
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Ecumenical Activists to Meet in Oklahoma City
Ecumenical Activists to Meet in Oklahoma City
Sharing a common hope, ecumenical activists from every Christian denomination will unite for the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity this month in Oklahoma City.
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600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
Seeking to counter the militaristic approach of Christian Zionism, a conference to raise awareness about injustices to Palestinian people drew more than 600 participants.
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Seeking Justice for Palestinian Christians
Seeking Justice for Palestinian Christians
Palestinian Christians live in constant fear in a tense and perplexing situation. Building intentional relationships with Jewish and Orthodox Christian faith leaders is a first step to negotiate for justice.
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Obama Admin's Summits Could Be Better Timed
Obama Admin's Summits Could Be Better Timed
White House summits planned this year in 12 cities resemble conferences that Bush's White House held in politically strategic cities in 2004. It's less-than-ideal timing during an election year.
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Company Touts Medical Tourism to Israel for Sick pilgrims
JERUSALEM (RNS) Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures.
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Peace Activists Encouraged in Oklahoma
Peace Activists Encouraged in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, peace activists on a street corner spoke out against U.S. involvement in a possible war between Israel and Iran. And motorists continually honked their approval.
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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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U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
Turning a blind eye to injustices in the Middle East, much of the U.S. public, including many of its church leaders, are profoundly ignorant of Middle East history.
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Christians Report Lowest Growth Rate in Israel
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report.
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German Jews Ride Renaissance Against Tide of Assimilation
LUEBECK, Germany (RNS) After years of celebrating behind drawn curtains, Paliy went to Luebeck’s historic synagogue and lit the candles in freedom for the first time.
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Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
The only evangelical church in one of the most fiercely Muslim areas of the world is under severe pressure and may close its doors without support from Western Christians, the founder of Open Doors said.
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Obama Defends His Israel Policy at Jewish Conference
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (RNS) President Obama told a crowd of Reform Jews that no other administration “has done more in support of Israel’s security.”
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New Reform Jewish Leader Promises Revitalization
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Richard Jacobs understands why so many Jews avoid synagogues.
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GOP Candidates Make Pitch to Jewish Voters
WASHINGTON (RNS) Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Israelis, Resentful of Orthodox Grip on Society, Fight Back
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Kolben Dance Company’s studio faces a busy downtown plaza, but few passers-by have ever glimpsed one of the troupe’s rehearsals inside.
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Israel Inaugurates Gospel Trail to Follow Jesus’ Steps
GALILEE, Israel (RNS) Perched on Tel Kinrot, a hill above the Sea of Galilee, Winston Mah turned his face toward the warm sun.
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One Torah, Two Tales
METAIRIE, La. (RNS) Until recently, two remarkable stories surrounded the beautiful hand-lettered Torah scroll at Congregation Beth Israel
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Chief Rabbis Show Support for Burned Israeli Mosque
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
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Chosen People, Chosen Ways
I guess, when it comes to the commandments of God, it all depends on how great you want to be in the kingdom. Or, perhaps we should think of how chosen we would like to be. Either way, it sounds like grace to me.
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Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
History reveals sufficient evidence to condemn all three Abrahamic faiths for resorting to violence. Despite these shortcomings, all three share a common hope for peace.
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Presbyterians Target Caterpillar for Divestment
(RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the church add heavy equipment giant Caterpillar to its divestment list.
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U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
Following their end-of-the-world beliefs, Christian Zionists in the U.S. misuse the Bible to theologically justify displacing and oppressing Palestinians, thwarting efforts for Middle East peace.
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Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism, the belief that Christians should take control of the government and all of society's institutions, is a misguided theology that seeks to turn Christ into a political messiah.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Cole Understates How Bush Tax Cuts Affected Debt
Cole Understates How Bush Tax Cuts Affected Debt
At a town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole opposed raising taxes to ease the national deficit and claimed rolling back the Bush tax cuts won't make a dent in the deficit. Turns out, he was comparing apples to oranges.
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Governors Seek Prayers for Rain, Deny Climate Change
Governors Seek Prayers for Rain, Deny Climate Change
Two prominent governors, who are skeptics about the evidence for climate change, have called for prayer for their drought-plagued states. But God doesn't perform tricks on demand to further political ambitions.
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Israeli Ambassador Praises Wartime Pope
(RNS) Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his “actions to save the Jews” during the Holocaust.
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Jerusalem Should Be City of Peace for All Faiths
Jerusalem Should Be City of Peace for All Faiths
Nothing continues to threaten the prospect of peace in the Middle East like religious extremism, but what is an authentic Christian response to the Middle East question?
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Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Palestinians who seek a safe homeland in the Mideast have been lied to and mistreated repeatedly, but that doesn't mean they can rewrite history by denying that there was ever a Hebrew nation in Palestine.
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Israel Sees Slow but Growing Acceptance for Gay Orthodox
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) This year’s annual gay pride festival included a parade float representing the country’s religious gay and lesbian communities.
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Revising Pledge of Allegiance for U.S. Politicians
Revising Pledge of Allegiance for U.S. Politicians
After giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 24 standing ovations during his 50-minute speech before Congress, maybe it's time for our national politicians to revise their pledge of allegiance.
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Flipping Taxes to Turn Around States' Deficits
Flipping Taxes to Turn Around States' Deficits
To turn around states' budget shortfalls, one group proposes flipping the percentage of taxes paid by each state's wealthiest and poorest citizens. Those in the middle would see no change.
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Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel are mainly Arab, an evangelical minority within a Christian minority. That they have survived 100 years in good heart is a cause for deep gratitude and rejoicing.
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Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
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Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Jewish, Christian and Muslim American religious organizations affirmed President Barack Obama's speech last week aimed at pushing Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace. Other faith leaders were more critical.
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Israel Removes Land Mines from Site of Jesus’ Baptism
West Bank (RNS/ENInews) Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River.
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Yad Vashem: A Visit to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial
Yad Vashem: A Visit to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial
A visit to Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust memorial, is at times strangely peaceful – not the peace of beauty or harmony, but the peace that says this horror is now over, but please don't ever forget it.
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Supreme Court to Weigh `Israel’ on U.S. Passports
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether American passports issued to children born in Jerusalem should include the word “Israel.”
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Jews, Evangelicals Search for Ways to Discuss Israel
WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jews and evangelicals need a formal mechanism to discuss their differences and similarities on support for Israel.
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Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need
Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need "Any Stinking Papers"
Our nation's immigration laws intimidate and persecute the loyal, honest and courageous poor who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families. It's time to seek just and fair laws.
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Burning Coal Too Harmful to Human Health
Burning Coal Too Harmful to Human Health
A lot of good reasons exist to stop using coal. Strong arguments can be made for ecological and economic reasons, but the adverse effect that coal has on human health outweighs all other considerations.
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Jewish Group Gives Passover Cheer for Beck’s Exit
(RNS) A Jewish organization is celebrating Passover two weeks early, proclaiming freedom from Glenn Beck’s television show.
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"Inside Job" Unveils Finance Industry's Greed
For 69 riveting minutes, "Inside Job," which won the Oscar for best documentary, examines the financial meltdown caused by the larcenous greed of America's still-unregulated finance industry. (Photo: Representational Pictures)
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Oklahoma Democrat Tries to Call GOP's Bluff
Oklahoma Democrat Tries to Call GOP's Bluff
An Oklahoma state senator tried to call the GOP's bluff by proposing an amendment to eliminate the state's income tax, which provides a third of the state's revenue. The amendment passed 39-8.
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Israel Won’t Renew Permit for Jerusalem Bishop
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Israel has declined to renew a residency permit for Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem.
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Israeli Ambassador Prompts Debate over Campus Free Speech
IRVINE, Calif. (RNS) “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!”
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Toppling Tyrants with Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Toppling Tyrants with Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Tyrants hang on to power for as long as possible. If the Arab world adheres to Gandhi-style civil disobedience, then this historic movement, which began in Tunisia, will depose the tyrants of the Arab world.
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U.S. Rabbis Blast Israel over New Conversion Rules
JERUSALEM (RNS) American rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they perform outside Israel be recognized.
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New Pipe in Israel Aims to Halt Worship Water Shortage
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays.
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Israel Trips for Jewish Youths Expand
(RNS) Jewish organizations are aiming to send more North American teens and young adults than ever to Israel this year.
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Four Kinds of Speech that Promote Civil Society
Four Kinds of Speech that Promote Civil Society
Amid all the talk about "hate speech" and the "rhetoric of violence" in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, here are four kinds of speech that could promote civil society.
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Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
An international coalition of development, human rights and peace-building organizations says conditions in Gaza grow dire and that Israel has not followed through on its commitment to ease the blockade.
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Palestinians Await Angels Herald of 'Peace on Earth'
Palestinians Await Angels Herald of 'Peace on Earth'
The angels' celestial anthem over the skies of Bethlehem reminds us that God yearns for peace on earth, but he also longs for the peace of Palestine and of Israel – for serenity in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
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U.S. Jews, Evangelicals Help Israel Rebuild After Fires
JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking a central role in rebuilding the Carmel region in northern Israel.
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Turkish Church Fears Cover-up over Bishop’s Murder
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic leader has rejected medical findings that the man who brutally murdered his predecessor was insane.
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Palestinians Remove Claim to Western Wall after U.S. Objects
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
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Princeton Students Divided on Israeli Ties to Campus Hummus
PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) Princeton University’s great hummus war is going to the polls this week.
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Palestinians Claim Ownership of Western Wall
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
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Netanyahu Tells U.S. Jews He Won’t Allow Nukes for Iran
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.
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Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
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Middle East Needs More Peacemakers, Fewer Ideologues
Middle East Needs More Peacemakers, Fewer Ideologues
Followers of Christian Zionism, which sees the nation of Israel as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, objected to a Baptist magazine's guest editorial. What the Middle East needs is less ideologues and more peacemakers.
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Young Men's Lives Cut Short By Intolerance
Young Men's Lives Cut Short By Intolerance
The death of Zack Harrington, who took his life a few weeks after witnessing the intolerant anti-homosexual exchange at a city council meeting, is a haunting reminder of another young man's suicide years ago.
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In Middle East, Religion Has Added to the Conflict
In Middle East, Religion Has Added to the Conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political issue and should be worked out using political and diplomatic resources, not theological debate. Religion, in this case, has contributed more to the problem rather than the solution.
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U.S. Bishop Says Jews Have No Exclusive Right to Israel
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East ended with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions.
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Religious Leaders Can Sway Politics, Support Pluralism
Religious Leaders Can Sway Politics, Support Pluralism
Religious leaders have a moral responsibility to address the injustices they see in society and a civic responsibility to work to secure justice. And they have an obligation to be strictly nonpartisan.
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Israel A Model on Gays in the Military
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for 17 years.
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Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
As another Mainstream Baptist group comes to an end, it's a sad reminder that historic Baptist distinctives, such as the priesthood of all believers and church-state separation, have lost their appeal for many Baptists.
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Bloom Where You’re Planted
If you have the courage to look back and trace the journey of your life, I think that for the most part your testimony would be that your life is not only good but it is better for the way you’ve done it. In fact, had your life turned out the way you planned it, chances are it wouldn’t be nearly as good as it really is.
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Survey: Jewish Disapproval of Obama Rising
(RNS) President Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews has dropped in the past year.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Israeli Court Rules Against Segregated Sidewalks
JERUSALEM (RNS) Ultra-Orthodox leaders removed barriers separating men and women after Israel’s High Court ruled that the tall screens were illegal.
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Why Baptists Need Modern-Day Prophets in Their Midst
Why Baptists Need Modern-Day Prophets in Their Midst
The Baptist concept of the priesthood of the believer has been and continues to be attacked, often redefined to mean submission to some form of earthly authority. But Baptists are all called to be prophets to each other.
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U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
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Early End to Daylight Saving Time Frustrates Israelis
JERUSALEM (RNS) The government’s decision to end daylight saving time early has set off an angry debate.
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Pope Meets with Israeli President, Calls for Peace and Clarity
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday (Sept. 2).
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Ensuring Interest Rates Don't Gouge the Poor
Ensuring Interest Rates Don't Gouge the Poor
If the poorest Americans can obtain a credit card at all, they will be required to pay an interest rate of more than 20 percent. The poorest among us must have access to credit at a reasonable rate of interest.
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Western Wall to Feature New One-way Partition Between Men, Women
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jewish authorities hope to replace the existing partition that separates the men’s and women’s prayer areas.
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Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Key early organizers of the Religious Right convened secret meetings in the mid-1970s to link their political agenda with conservative Christianity. Their goal was to elect Christian conservatives and build a “Christian Republic.”
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Orthodox Jews Issue Statement in Support of Gays
JERUSALEM (RNS) More than 100 modern-Orthodox rabbis and others have signed a document that urges respect for homosexuals.
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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
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First Steps
If we will indeed walk with the one true God, without our usual excuses, our steps will take us there. And when our journey is complete, and our final steps taken, we will know that the stumbling and the wobbling and the falling – not to mention the getting back up – is all worth it.
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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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A Scandalous Relationship
Hosea and Gomer were to be object lessons to Israel about the moral and spiritual condition of that society's relationship to God. Just as Gomer was scandalously unfaithful to Hosea, Israel was scandalously unfaithful to God.
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Francis Wayland – The First Baptist Ethicist
Francis Wayland – The First Baptist Ethicist
Francis Wayland, the first Baptist ethicist and America's foremost ethicist during the pre-Civil War era, answered the call for a public ethic to guide the "liberated conscience" of American society.
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Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
The situation in the Gaza Strip polarizes opinions. One extreme believes the blockade should be unconditionally lifted; the other believes Gaza deserves all it gets. What will it take to begin reconciliation?
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Worldview: The History of a Concept
Worldview: The History of a Concept
David Naugle's book, "Worldview: The History of a Concept," deserves a thoughtful reading – if for no other reason than to observe the strides that some Baptists have made toward philosophical respectability.
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Neo-Conservatives Attack Islamic Moderate
Neo-Conservatives Attack Islamic Moderate
A neo-conservative think tank has labeled a Turkish Islamic scholar as an "ultraconservative," but the label is a gross distortion. In the eyes of intolerant secularists, all religious people appear to be ultraconservative.
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Kenneth Starr: Man of Principle or Hired Gun?
Kenneth Starr: Man of Principle or Hired Gun?
While investigating President Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr often opined that no one was above the law. Is Starr truly a man of principle trying to preserve the sanctity of the rule of law? His defense of Blackwater raises doubts.
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Politician: Bible Verse Guides Foreign Policy
Politician: Bible Verse Guides Foreign Policy
Rep. Michele Bachmann argues that the United States should base its foreign policy in the Middle East on one particular way of reading a verse from Genesis. Her rationale has several flaws.
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"Different Books, Common Word" Screening Announced for Houston, Planned for Judson and Duke Universities
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," will be screened next month in Houston, which has "one of the largest populations of both Baptists and Muslims of any city in the United States."
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An Accurate Look at Timothy McVeigh's Beliefs
An Accurate Look at Timothy McVeigh's Beliefs
Some right-wing bloggers have been distorting the record about the beliefs of Timothy McVeigh, who was deeply influenced by the Christian Identity movement.
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The Contemporary Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part Two
The Contemporary Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part Two
Amid all the cries of joy and jubilation at the Christmas season, will we finally hear the cries of those in the Middle East who await the coming of the God of justice and peace?
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Don't Atheists Have the Same Rights as All Americans?
Don't Atheists Have the Same Rights as All Americans?
An atheist was elected to a city council in North Carolina, but some critics have invoked that state's constitution, which forbids anyone who denies God from holding public office. Have they forgotten the U.S. Constitution?
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Manhattan Declaration: Feeble Echo from Religious Right
Manhattan Declaration: Feeble Echo from Religious Right
Christians have no business embellishing the truth and twisting it for political purposes. That is what the Manhattan Declaration does from beginning to end.
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False End-Times Prophecy Shifts Focus Off Gospel
False End-Times Prophecy Shifts Focus Off Gospel
The message that the false prophets of end-times theology have is that the world is ending, so let's hurry things along. Let's forget about seeking good in the world, making peace in the world and improving our world.
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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Do We Guard Our Privileges or Share Our Blessings?
Do We Guard Our Privileges or Share Our Blessings?
Too many Baptists in America are more concerned about preserving the privileges of their nationality than with sharing the blessings of the good news about God's love for all people.
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Can We Conclude the Baptist Ethos of Legalism?
Can We Conclude the Baptist Ethos of Legalism?
Defined by a moral mood most often perceived to be negative, censorious and legalistic, Baptists have long cultivated an ethos of legalism. Can we be known for our liberty of conscience?
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Revive Our Commitment to Liberty of Conscience
Revive Our Commitment to Liberty of Conscience
Baptists began by dissenting from the established church and asserting their right to a free conscience on matters of religion. Will 21st century Baptists follow their ancestors?
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Step Seven: Little Agreement Among End-Times Authors
Step Seven: Little Agreement Among End-Times Authors
Before I went to seminary, another step away from fundamentalism occurred when I started reading about end-times theology. I soon discovered little consensus among the authors.
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Step Six: What I Learned From a 'Liberal' Theologian
Step Six: What I Learned From a 'Liberal' Theologian
My first encounter with a "liberal" theologian convinced me that using the word "inerrant" to describe the Bible is a dead end. It is a word that claims more for the Bible than the Bible claims for itself.
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Step Five: Not Confining God to Man's Expectations
Step Five: Not Confining God to Man's Expectations
Evolution has always been a burning issue among fundamentalists. My step away from fundamentalism came when I realized that I needed to stop trying to limit God. He is free to create any way he wants.
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Step Four: An Education in Fundamentalist Scholarship
Step Four: An Education in Fundamentalist Scholarship
J.M. Carroll's booklet, "The Trail of Blood," was wildly popular among fundamentalist Baptists for more than a generation. I swallowed it hook, line and sinker at age 13. Then I did some research.
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Step Three: Breaking the Chain-of-Command Family Myth
Step Three: Breaking the Chain-of-Command Family Myth
While the marital relationships of their fundamentalist friends crumbled, my parents didn't let fundamentalism's sexist and patriarchal chain-of-command family structure find a foothold in their house.
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Step Two: Slowly Realizing the Flaw with Inerrancy
Step Two: Slowly Realizing the Flaw with Inerrancy
I found things in the Bible that my fundamentalist mentors seemed to miss. In high school, I was shocked to observe a discrepancy over the sequence of events surrounding Peter's denial of Christ.
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Baptist Youth Camp: Taking The First Step Away
Baptist Youth Camp: Taking The First Step Away
The youth camp may have been run by independent fundamental Baptists, but it was where I heard my call to ministry and took my first step away from fundamentalism at age 12.
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Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
More than 50 religious leaders, including Baptists from the United States, signed a letter sent to President Obama, calling for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
With their roots stretching back to 1911, the Baptist community in Israel numbers 3,000 people making up 20 churches in Galilee and central Israel. They are a minority group in a multifaith, multicultural society.
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
Sixty years ago, Christians constituted more than 25 percent of the overall Palestinian population in the Holy Land. Today, those numbers have dwindled alarmingly, due largely to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
The lasting effect of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed 30 years ago, makes it the most successful modern effort toward Middle East peace.
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Resolving Middle East Conflict Requires More Than Prayers
Resolving Middle East Conflict Requires More Than Prayers
While prayer and financial support are important keys to resolving the conflict in the Middle East, they are not the only keys. Our own silence and complacency must end if justice and peace are to prevail.
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Still Praying for Gaza
Still Praying for Gaza
News that even in these straitened times international donors have responded so generously to the needs of Gaza is very welcome.
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Podcasts from "Religious Talk"
Learn more about and download podcasts from Bruce Prescott's "Religious Talk."
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The Israeli-Palestinian Debate
One of the most disturbing wars in history began with British protectorate rule over Palestine. Begun in the 1920s, the "Holy Land" war continues between Arabs and Jews to this day. With such tremendous hatred for one another, will a solution ever be found?
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two
In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part One
The purpose of this essay is not to air a laundry list of serious errors in judgment infracted by some over the years. Rather, it is intended to help shed light on and perhaps assist in sweeping away some of the cobwebs and pre-conceived notions most Americans have about Palestinians.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part Two
Raouf Halaby sometimes asks his students, as he’s breaking the ice about his background, how big they think the Jordan River is.
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Relief Pours in for Victims of Gaza War
Baptists around the world have been showing support for the beleaguered civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part One
The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Hope for Change in the Middle East
More than anything else, it appears the American populace may simply be too disinterested or too distracted to engage in believable change on this issue, despite its obvious far-reaching importance not just in the region but across the globe.
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Inflammatory Comments About Gaza Fuel the Fire
With family living in Israel and two cousins in the Israeli army, I have been watching the Gaza situation carefully. It is heartbreaking. It is tragic. Innocent people on both sides are suffering. But now is not the time for inflammatory remarks. Now is not the time to callously throw around words like "genocide." Now is not the time to point fingers at only one side, without taking a critical look at what both sides are doing.
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Deep in the Heart of … Gaza
American politicians have been arguing that if America were hit by Katyushas from Mexico or Canada, we would attack these countries just as Israel has been hitting Gaza. The question is, if Americans had been squeezed into a hermetically sealed Florida and denied food, medicine, fuel and freedom of movement, would we not hit the perpetrator with missiles?
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Making Sense of the Gaza Strip
Like me you’ve no doubt been following the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas. How much do you know about the situation? I’d like to offer a few bits of information as you seek to make sense of what’s happening there.
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Factually Inaccurate Gaza Story Spreads on Religious News Sites
A Jan. 5 Baptist Press article on the conflict in Gaza included several misleading claims and untrustworthy sources. The BP story quickly spread and was picked up by other news sites, including the Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Townhall, Crosswalk.
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Gaza: 100 Eyes for One
Like many in this part of the world and around the globe my heart aches when I read and see pictures of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and likewise when I see Israelis killed or injured by Qassam rockets.
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Gaza’s Only Baptist Pastor Comments on Attacks
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
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Rant By CNN's Lou Dobbs Example of Demagoguery in Media
Lou Dobbs' rant about Treasury Secretary Paulson last Monday was way over the line. He did more than challenge Paulson's policies and proposals, he attacked him personally with some of the most condescending and insulting language I have heard from a host on CNN.
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State's Congressional Delegation Turns Down Dialogue With Muslims
I got an e-mail Wednesday morning from a Muslim friend who was distraught to discover that every member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation declined to accept his invitation to a dinner and dialogue with moderate Muslims.
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Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the Other
When John Winthrop sailed across the Atlantic in 1630 the perceptions of others was at the forefront of his mind. Born into a family of English gentry, Winthrop was elected governor of Massachusetts Bay by speculators and investors who had never set foot in New England.
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Lieberman to Speak at Hagee Summit
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate turned Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is listed as a headline speaker at an upcoming event sponsored by John Hagee, a preacher from San Antonio, Texas, whose controversial views recently caused Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.
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Report Says Global Anti-Semitism on the Rise
United States embassies have reported an upsurge in anti-Semitism over the last decade, according to a recent government report.
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One Nation Under Surveillance
Our nation is under surveillance for fear of terrorists. Terrorists are people who have given up hope of finding justice in this world. Their aim is either to change the world or destroy it. In their eyes, they've got nothing to lose.
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'Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel'
"Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel" begins with Abraham and takes the reader through a tremendous graphic representation of what is called "Israel's world view."
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Lebanese Baptists Question Proposed Middle East Truce Resolution
Lebanese Baptists questioned a proposed U.N. resolution drafted by the United States and France seeking a truce in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that has lasted more than three weeks.
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The Founding Fathers and Baptists
A newspaper religion reporter sent me an e-mail and asked what I thought the founding fathers--and specifically George Washington--meant by freedom of religion (the First Amendment). Here's my response:
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Raising Minimum Wage Is a Moral Issue
Editor's note: The following is the text of remarks prepared by Bruce Prescott, executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, for delivery at a "Raise Oklahoma Rally" Monday on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
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America's Late, Great Public Schools
Thomas Jefferson was convinced that democracy depended on a well-educated citizenry and he was right. Our nation's founders rejected the rule of divinely ordained aristocratic elites. We were to be governed by the common consent of the people. That meant every citizen would need an education.
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How Enron Buried Bill Peterson
The criminal trials of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling for their roles in the Enron scandal begin today.
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The 'War' Against Christmas
Thirty-three years ago, I was attending the police academy in Albuquerque, N.M., preparing to become a police officer in that city. I was one of about 30 young men and women who were completing our last month of training before we would be commissioned.
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The Toxic Flood of Fundamentalism
Twenty-five years ago fundamentalists vociferously contended that unnamed "liberals" at Southern Baptist Convention seminaries were leading the denomination on a slippery slope that would undermine our effectiveness in proclaiming the gospel.
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Shaking North Carolina's Biblical Foundations
A recent controversy over which "Holy Scriptures" on which Muslims must place their hands when swearing to tell the truth threatens to shake the biblical foundations of the state of North Carolina. When finally resolved, it might also set a precedent that sends aftershocks across the nation.
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The Tulsa City Zoo
A recent skirmish in the struggle over relations between religion and the state took place at the city zoo in Tulsa, Okla. That Tulsa would be a frontline in America's culture war comes as no surprise.
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Politicizing Church Discipline
Southern Seminary President Al Mohler has been cozying up to politicians for so long that he is now confusing church discipline with political-party discipline.
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