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

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

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Why Many Christians Don't Hunger or Thirst for Justice
Why Many Christians Don't Hunger or Thirst for Justice

By: Larry Eubanks
Many folks equate righteousness with sinlessness. But righteousness is tied more closely to innocence and aligns with our treatment of the poor, the powerless, the foreigner, even the sick.

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Book: Caring for Poor Aligns with God's Presence
Book: Caring for Poor Aligns with God's Presence

By: Rupen Das
Caring for those who are not part of the mainstreams of society because of their poverty, brokenness and rejection is a prophetic act, says the author of "Compassion and the Mission of God."

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Dueling Narratives Seek to Define Our Culture
Dueling Narratives Seek to Define Our Culture

By: Colin Harris
Our society is defined by dueling narratives, with each side fighting to control their message. The volume and intensity of this struggle are greater than ever, but the struggle has been around a long time.

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Why Luke Referred to Bethlehem as 'City of David'
Why Luke Referred to Bethlehem as 'City of David'

By: Larry Eubanks
The title of "city of David" had always referred to Jerusalem until Luke's Gospel, when he bestowed that title on Bethlehem. It was Luke's way to highlight Jesus' opposition to the powers that be in Jerusalem.

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In Fractured Times, Don't Take Your Eyes Off the Prize
In Fractured Times, Don't Take Your Eyes Off the Prize

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Zephaniah, a biblical prophet, spent much of his time railing against the excesses of the day. We live in no less fractured times. Zephaniah reminds people of faith to keep our eyes on the prize.

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God's Christmas Gift: It's the Contents Not the Wrapping
God's Christmas Gift: It's the Contents Not the Wrapping

By: Colin Harris
Every Christmas season looks familiar: gift shopping, holiday entertaining, time off from work and school, special church services. But that's just wrapping. Let's look at the gift's contents.

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Jesus Calls for Justice; We Prefer Self-Righteousness
Jesus Calls for Justice; We Prefer Self-Righteousness

By: Christopher B. Harbin
Jesus called us to righteousness, but we've since changed the definition. We've adapted it to following of a specific code that has more to do with cultural norms than what is truly right. Jesus calls for justice.

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Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 2
Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 2

By: Vickey Casey
Knowledge is power in countries such as Mozambique and Uganda, but telling people they have rights is only half the battle. Making affordable legal services available is another challenge altogether.

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Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 1
Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 1

By: Vickey Casey
Countless poor people all over the world need legal advice, advocacy and support but can't afford lawyers. Lawyers partnering with BMS World Mission are restoring balance to a system weighted against the poor.

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What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'
What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'

By: Barry Howard
Our ancestors envisioned a nation in which liberty and justice would be for all people. Some folks, however, have reduced 'liberty' to a license for self-centeredness and 'justice' to mere retaliatory action.

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

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

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How Our Notion of Justice Compares to God's
How Our Notion of Justice Compares to God's

By: Stephen Holmes
The ideas of justice differ enormously across the whole spread of human culture and history. The Bible doesn't offer a clear definition, but we know God expects justice to reach all people without fear or favor.

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How Does God's Grace Shine Through You?
How Does God's Grace Shine Through You?

By: Molly T. Marshall
To reach the fullness of the unique human identity purposed for us, we must focus attention on God's self-revealing in Christ and the ways he continues to shine through faithful sisters and brothers.

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What the Apostle Paul Says about Economic Justice
What the Apostle Paul Says about Economic Justice

By: Simon Jones
The Apostle Paul lived in a world where an elite few owned almost everything and called the shots. But Paul believed the principles of mutuality and equality were God's blueprint for human society everywhere.

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The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice
The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice
By: Drew Smith
Jesus was a political figure, but not in the sense that he was involved in any political power system of his day. His message and his mission confronted the social structures of his day with the politics of God.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement
Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement
By: Joe LaGuardia
The fair trade movement, focused on obtaining needed food while sufficiently and fairly supporting the farmers and manufacturers who make it, is breaking through in the Christian world.
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Baptism's Fruit? Pursuit of Righteousness, Justice
Baptism's Fruit? Pursuit of Righteousness, Justice
By:  Larry Greenfield
Before Jesus' baptism, John the Baptist spoke about bearing fruit. And what fruit should our baptism produce? The start of our pursuit for righteousness and justice.
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Magi's Visit Reminds Us Rulers Must Rule with Justice
Magi's Visit Reminds Us Rulers Must Rule with Justice
By: Drew Smith
The Magi's visit reminds us that the rulers of this world are not the true authorities over God's cosmos, particularly if they seek to rule with illegitimate, unjust and oppressive power.
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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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Why I Hate
Why I Hate "Silent Night" During Advent
With angels, shepherds and barnyard animals present, Mary and Joseph weren't likely to have a silent night. Amid the season's clutter, it's hard to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
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David: This is the One
We are told that David was a man after God’s own heart, but what exactly does that mean? It is when Samuel anoints David that the spirit of the Lord, as the Bible says, “came mightily upon David from that day forward.” Could it be that God made certain, on that momentous day, that his heart was entwined with the heart of this young shepherd boy? We can’t really say for sure. The only thing that is of certainty here is that David is God’s chosen... for whatever reason.
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As Rich Get Richer, Will Ancient History Repeat Itself?
As Rich Get Richer, Will Ancient History Repeat Itself?
When a nation allows a few to have way too much while many have insufficient resources or barely enough, God's blessing and protection goes away and judgment follows. It's the biblical pattern.
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Don't Always Play it Safe
I understand. Standing against the strong winds of injustice is hard, but there is nothing on this table today which calls us to play it safe when it comes to living out our faith. Everything here encourages us to be as bold as Jesus was in the pursuit of justice.
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Righteousness - Far More Than Personal Piety
Righteousness - Far More Than Personal Piety

Many folks consider themselves righteous if they're upright, pure and above approach, but there's another meaning to the word that they miss. It involves a desire for justice.

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Proud Texan Ashamed of Death Penalty Record
Proud Texan Ashamed of Death Penalty Record

Texas executed its 500th person since 1982, executing 40 percent of all people put to death in the U.S. since capital punishment was reinstated by the Supreme Court. Hardly a reason to brag.

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Governments Accountable to God for Poor's Care
Governments Accountable to God for Poor's Care
Throughout Scripture, God pronounces judgment on Israel and her neighbor nations for oppressing the poor. Our government is just as accountable to God for our care of the poor.
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Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment, leading groups like Amnesty International to conclude that our judicial system is discriminatory.
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5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
Pope Benedict XVI has decried the abuse of animals in our food production. Consider these five moral challenges about how the food on our table gets there.
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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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Fear or Faithfulness?
As much as it might mess with our traditional understanding of the widow’s mite and her sacrificial giving, we must not leave her on the pedestal of a stewardship lesson. When doing so, we miss the life application lesson of Jesus’ radical teaching moment.
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Power Principles
Justice is the standard by which we are to measure every political and social system. Justice is the standard that defines whether a ruler is a success or failure.
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Skype Interview: Sister Simone Campbell on Justice in Democracy
Skype Interview: Sister Simone Campbell on Justice in Democracy
People must go beyond charity and work to establish justice for the hard problems facing our society, Sister Simone Campbell tells EthicsDaily.com in the latest Skype interview.
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What Do You Do When You See Injustice?
What Do You Do When You See Injustice?
What do we do about the injustice we see in our society, culture and churches? If we don't do anything about eliminating oppression and achieving justice, we are the problem.
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Worker Justice in the 21st Century Empire
We must decide whether to live for God as prophets or for the Enterprise Empire as pawns.
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Where Worship and Justice Meet
Where Worship and Justice Meet
A connection between the vast mystery of the universe and the dimension of morality that makes human community possible seems woven into the biblical concept of creation and the prophetic call for justice.
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How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
When churches provide aid to the needy, are they unwittingly helping governments abdicate their duty to poor citizens? Perhaps more churches ought to be crying out for justice for the poor.
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Catholics' Message: Peace Through Justice
Catholics' Message: Peace Through Justice
Since 1968, the Catholic Church has designated the first day of every year as "World Day of Peace," but not everyone likes the Church's message of seeking peace through justice.
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Like Mary, Do You Believe God Will Right Injustice?
Like Mary, Do You Believe God Will Right Injustice?
A person of fierce faith, Mary believed the promises of God to her downtrodden people. Do you have the same profound expectation that God's strong arm will put to rights the world's injustice?
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Gallup Poll: 35 Percent Oppose Death Penalty
(RNS) More than one-third of Americans now oppose the death penalty—the highest level in nearly 40 years—according to a new Gallup Poll.
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Executing People Just Because the Law Says We Can
Executing People Just Because the Law Says We Can
Despite witnesses' recanted testimony, Georgia has once again set an execution date – Sept. 21 – for Troy Davis. The state may execute an innocent man just because the law says we can.
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Seeing Justice through God's Eyes
Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden is dead. The Taliban regime that hosted him in Afghanistan has been overthrown by a military coalition led by the United States. But justice still seems far from us. Ten years later, are we not walking in gloom?
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Swell of Clergy Rallies Around Ga. Death Row Inmate
(RNS) In a last-minute bid to stop a Sept. 21 execution in Georgia, religious leaders have rallied in previously unseen numbers to call for clemency.
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Gospel for "The Help"
God is sending prophetic people to challenge the empires of wealth and power that oppress workers, immigrants, those who are poor, elderly, weak, and otherwise oppressed. God's gospel is always working on people, working in people, and working toward justice.
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In Caylee Anthony Case, Where is Justice?
In Caylee Anthony Case, Where is Justice?
After the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, people across the nation felt robbed of justice. Funny thing about justice. We want it for others, but prefer mercy for ourselves.
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Mission Group: Seafaring Laborers Face Isolation, Danger
Mission Group: Seafaring Laborers Face Isolation, Danger
Many seafaring laborers choose the job to escape poverty in their home countries. They face incredible isolation and even danger. One mission group says churches can help them.
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Empty Religiosity Ignores Issues of Justice
Empty Religiosity Ignores Issues of Justice
When Christian leaders in powerful nations discuss truth only in matters of religious apologetics but not in issues of justice and accountability, is it any wonder that evangelical Christianity faces a crisis of credibility?
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When Religious Values, Common Good Coincide
When Religious Values, Common Good Coincide
Catholic bishops recently took Speaker of the House John Boehner to task, claiming his congressional actions didn't uphold Catholic teachings. At what point do religious concerns become issues of the common good for society?
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Justice or Vengeance: Which Do You Choose?
Justice or Vengeance: Which Do You Choose?
If we're true to our faith, we must value human life without a "but" or an "if." Once we think people are too far from saving or restoration, this is when we renounce our faith.
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On What Kind of Foundation Do We Build Our Ethics?
On What Kind of Foundation Do We Build Our Ethics?
When an enemy's defeated, the glee born of sweet revenge often gives way to deeper wisdom. It's a reminder to build our ethics on the rock of careful theological reflection and not the sand of impulse.
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Faith Leaders Cite Justice, Caution Celebrating Bin Laden's Death
Faith Leaders Cite Justice, Caution Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

Reflecting on Osama bin Laden's death, Islamic, Christian and Jewish faith leaders reflected on the need for justice, cautioned against celebrating his death and discussed how to move forward toward peace.

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Feeling Troubled While Still Grateful for Justice
Feeling Troubled While Still Grateful for Justice
Osama bin Laden killed thousands of Americans. American forces have killed him. Justice has been done. The formula seems so simple. So why is it difficult to feel good about it?
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When an Enemy Falls, How Do We Respond?
When an Enemy Falls, How Do We Respond?
The United States celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden as a triumph of justice. Revelers waved flags and shouted chants of victory. What is the appropriate response to the death of an enemy?
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Why We Need Less Charity, More Justice
Why We Need Less Charity, More Justice
We need more than charity if we want to make a meaningful difference to address poverty. When we work for justice, we can address the larger issues of taxation and education that keep poverty alive.
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British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
Since Great Britain turned its back on the death penalty, the mother of a man executed in the United States wants the United Kingdom to ban British companies from exporting drugs for executions.
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Tent Rules
With the presence of almighty God in the tent of our soul, I am persuaded, with the Apostle Paul, that neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall separate (or shake) us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
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A Close Look at The Divine Mandate
Religion does not exist to make people more religious. God's light calls us to focus on living with justice, compassion, and humility.
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Living in a Post-MLK World
At its core, racism and segregation were theological problems then and now in that we don’t recognize the sacredness of all humans but treat others as “less than.” The social system that affirmed the separation between the “haves and the have-nots” meant that those in the latter category were given very few opportunities to grow, to learn, to earn, and ultimately to have dignity. The system rewarded one class while suppressing another and Dr. King was moved to change the way things were.
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Social Gospel Squares with Jesus' Teachings
Social Gospel Squares with Jesus' Teachings
Is the gospel purely personal, having only to do with individual salvation and life after death? Or is there a social component to the gospel? Does Jesus' message say anything about economics and politics?
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Will Constitution's Reading in U.S. House Resonate?
Will Constitution's Reading in U.S. House Resonate?
When the Constitution is read at the beginning of the new session of the House of Representatives, may it be more than a ritualistic gesture and serve as a reminder of the responsibilities of our public officials.
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Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Nothing's wrong with a festive attitude toward Christmas, but our festive Christmas observances seem disconnected from God's prophetic work in Christ. We need to celebrate being prophetic followers of Jesus.
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What Might Jeremiah Say to Midterm Elections?
What Might Jeremiah Say to Midterm Elections?
Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet, spoke out against economic injustice and religious idolatry that favored the few at the expense of the many. Should he be the patron prophet for our times?
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Reflections on Justice, Mercy, and Trust
Fight the good fight with courage trusting God's justice and mercy for strength. Finish the long race trusting God's justice and mercy as you run.
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Vatican Appeals for Former Iraqi Leader’s Life
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death penalty.
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Faiths Call for Raising Funds for Common Good
Faiths Call for Raising Funds for Common Good
Questions of taxation would seem to be political issues upon which the faith community has little to say. However, the three Abrahamic traditions speak of the need for funds to be gathered for the common good.
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Paying Taxes: Seeking the Welfare of All
Paying Taxes: Seeking the Welfare of All
To "seek the welfare of the city" in our day takes the form of generosity of heart when paying taxes. We all benefit by a tax system that protects the most vulnerable and requires those with greater resources to live justly.
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British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
A British watchdog group issued a report examining how fair Great Britain is. While equality is impossible in many areas, Christians are called to work for a fairer society.
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Orthodox Thoughts on Capital Punishment
Orthodox Thoughts on Capital Punishment
The entire theory of capital punishment is based on retribution. However, Jesus teaches that retribution is not right in the love that we are to have toward our neighbor.
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What Teresa Lewis' Execution Will Say About Us
What Teresa Lewis' Execution Will Say About Us
Like the adulterous woman brought before Jesus, Teresa Lewis, scheduled for execution on Sept. 23, has been cast off as a disposable person. But Teresa's fate will say more about us than it does about her.
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A Woman I Know Faces Execution in Virginia
A Woman I Know Faces Execution in Virginia
Teresa Lewis, the first woman scheduled for execution in Virginia in nearly 100 years, is set to die Sept. 23. The two men who pulled the trigger were spared the death penalty. Her former prison chaplain says she should be, too.
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Free At Last—To Serve
But Christians in America are called to reserve their first loyalty not to the government in Washington but to the Kingdom of God. Our Commander in Chief is ultimately Jesus, not the President.
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U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists
U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists

That Baptists in the United States are among the more enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty is a shame upon the wider Baptist world. It is time for the death penalty to be abolished everywhere.

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A Divine Sense of Justice
People who love God know that evil is real and that people can choose to behave in wicked ways. People who know God know the difference between misfortune and wickedness, both personal and social.
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Today's 'Centurions' Let Those in Need Suffer
Today's 'Centurions' Let Those in Need Suffer
Today's politicians have much to learn from the centurion who knew the limits of his authority before Jesus. They are more concerned with their own survival and refuse to submit to the authority of serving the common good.
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 Part 2: Carter's Steady Pursuit of Peace, Justice
Part 2: Carter's Steady Pursuit of Peace, Justice
After leaving the White House, President Jimmy Carter decided to put his faith and his political visibility to work in the cause of justice, promoting democracy in places no one dreamed democracy was even possible.
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Culture Clash: No More Taxes vs. Charity and Justice
Culture Clash: No More Taxes vs. Charity and Justice
Two great systems of thought are colliding. There are those who complain they are taxed to death, and others who proclaim the moral imperative of charity and justice growing out of the Abrahamic religions.
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When Church and State Should Interact
When Church and State Should Interact
Separating church from state does not mean our public life should be void of faith. Since the days of the biblical prophets, the voice of faith has called for justice and peace in our common existence.
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African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
Five African-American Baptist conventions have started a historic and ambitious collaborative effort to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti after January’s devastating earthquake.
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What Tea Party Protesters Get Right
What Tea Party Protesters Get Right
Christians can learn something from the tea partiers. We ought to be in serious discussions about a whole range of issues that must include the roles of government.
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Three Reasons to Abolish the Death Penalty
Three Reasons to Abolish the Death Penalty
The death penalty should be abolished because it is unjust and a waste of taxpayer of money. But there's an even greater reason to oppose it. Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful."
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Prophet on the Edge
The God-called prophets always see things the rest of us don’t see.
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Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians ran with perseverance the race for justice, passing ballot measures that will avert a shortfall in the state's two-year budget that would have resulted in cuts to services affecting the poor and middle class.
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Hanging It Up? Whistle-Blowers Face Uphill Battle
Hanging It Up? Whistle-Blowers Face Uphill Battle
Whistle-blowers take great personal risks to bring to light wrongdoing. They often face reprisal from the very organizations they've exposed. In Bradley Birkenfeld's case, it meant going to prison.
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Alabama Nonprofit Advocates for Poor
Alabama Nonprofit Advocates for Poor
What does it mean to do justice? Ask a nonprofit group like Alabama Arise. Its annual list of issues affecting the state's poor, coupled with strategies to address them, is a reflection on how to do justice.
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Seasonal Charity: A Doorway to Biblical Justice
Seasonal Charity: A Doorway to Biblical Justice
Poverty won't yield to charity alone. There aren't enough soup kitchens and shelters in the whole country to begin to make a dent in America's poverty. To make a difference, we need a commitment to justice.
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Do 90 Percent of Us Not Want to Hear Injustice?
Do 90 Percent of Us Not Want to Hear Injustice?
Does 90 percent of America have hearing loss? They do if you count people who willfully ignore what is happening in the world. Many tune out the lack of health care, rampant Wall Street greed and other injustices.
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Biblical Justice: More About Forgiveness Than Revenge
Biblical Justice: More About Forgiveness Than Revenge
As the 9/11 trials approach, it is an appropriate time to examine the Christian perspective of justice. In biblical terms, justice is closely related to forgiveness, not to revenge.
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Do Teenage Criminals Deserve Life Without Parole?
Do Teenage Criminals Deserve Life Without Parole?
An estimated 100 prisoners are serving life sentences for crimes they committed as minors. Are teenagers mentally capable of making decisions with adult-size consequences?
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Why Have Americans Been So Quick to Justify Torture?
Why Have Americans Been So Quick to Justify Torture?
Politicians tell us torture has provided crucial security information, but one study says that doesn't hold water. Why have so many of us been willing to accept this rationale? One word says it all.
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When Calamity Strikes: Is God Our Punisher or Healer?
When Calamity Strikes: Is God Our Punisher or Healer?
Some ministers are quick to see God's judgment in calamity, but they work from an incomplete picture of God. As a result, they teach too many people to live under God's scorn rather than his grace.
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Will You Take a Stand During Your Normal Routine?
Will You Take a Stand During Your Normal Routine?
Among the 125 notable vehicles of the 20th century in the Henry Ford Museum, including a string of presidential limos, you can actually board only one and sit where its most famous passenger sat.
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The DNA of God: Justice
Let us today, as children of God, have an understanding of justice. There are two different means, the justice in the world and the criminal justice system, that is one. But let us also understand what God wants for justice. As much as we would ever commit ourselves to personal morality and trying to live the right way, let us commit ourselves to justice for all people, that the people of God in this world would be known for treating all people, through all systems, the way the children of God are supposed to treat people. “Let justice roll down like the river and righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
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Leafy Green Justice
We, too, are living in the power of that resurrection, but we are often less than cooperative and generous. With cheap energy we have chosen endless sprawl. We rattle around in enormous houses and enormous suburbs, distant from one another in every way. I put signs in our yard supporting a school board candidate in the recent election and then I went up the street and got permission to plant signs in yards of the neighbors I know – a grand total of four across the street and two on our side. The signs were signs of the limits of our neighborliness. 
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Baptist States Judged Poorly on Tax Laws
Baptist States Judged Poorly on Tax Laws
States with tax policies that oppress the poorest and most vulnerable citizens were also likely to have large Baptist populations, new research says.
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Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
Down on Today's Youth? Try Spending a Week with 500 of Them
So you think today's young people are hopeless? Maybe you should spend a week with nearly 500 of them at the annual Lott Carey Youth Seminar. You'll find visionaries who believe God will do more than we can ever imagine.
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Support for Full Range of Sanctity of Life Creates Diverse Allies
Support for Full Range of Sanctity of Life Creates Diverse Allies
What do the state of New Mexico, Mike Huckabee and Planned Parenthood have in common? When you support the full spectrum of the sanctity of life, it can bring you into contact with a diverse range of unlikely allies.
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Social Justice Requires Personal Sacrifices from Each of Us
Social Justice Requires Personal Sacrifices from Each of Us
You don't have to look hard to find examples of social injustice in the world. Too often, however, many of us choose to overlook injustice because it's not convenient to act. Next time, let's each do our part to do the right thing.
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Georgia Death Penalty Case Calls Christians to Consider Justice
Georgia Death Penalty Case Calls Christians to Consider Justice
Troy Davis was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of an off-duty police officer. No weapon was found, and no evidence linked him to the crime. As a matter of justice, will Christians call for the reopening of the case?
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Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley used the analogy of children coloring pictures to explain his hopes and goals for Baptists. He noted that young children don’t always color within the lines, adding that he is excited by such actions even though teachers may tell children otherwise.
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April Is Genocide Prevention Month, Remember to Act for Darfur
April Is Genocide Prevention Month, Remember to Act for Darfur
The faith community’s commitment not to stand idly by in the face of genocide and mass atrocities calls for us to be a voice for Darfur again. (Photo: Save Darfur Coalition)
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The Power of Love
Who needs your help right now? Who needs you to be courageous and compassionate? Whose heart is as troubled as Jesus’ was in this text and needs you to walk with them along their journey? What could you do that might change the way they live the rest of their life?
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Proclaiming God’s Justice Will Draw Wrath of Powerful
Proclaiming God’s Justice Will Draw Wrath of Powerful
The Gospel of Mark narrates John’s arrest and death in a way that implies something deeply theological about the vulnerability of those who would dare to be prophets of God.
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We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
So long as we persist in holding on to the idea that government is some sort of alien power, is in fact our adversary, we will live as a nation divided against itself.
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Liberationist Approach Troubles Conservatives and Liberals
Liberationist Approach Troubles Conservatives and Liberals
My intelligence is challenged by students (as well as by some faculty and administrators) when I allow the spirituality of marginalized communities to inform and impact my scholarship.
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Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Religious groups are more than eager to love their neighbors when it comes to regulating personal behavior. But when it comes time to take on the big issues of social and economic injustice, conservative Christians begin to sound more like a certain character in one of Jesus' parables.
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BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
Raimundo César Barreto Jr. of Brazil is being recommended as the BWA’s first director of its Division of Freedom and Justice.
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‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
The narrative inspiring Mark Osler’s book, Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment, is compelling. In 2001, while teaching at a conservative Christian law school, this former prosecutor re-conducted Christ’s trial under Texas law in his Baptist church in Waco.
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The Compassionate Community
But if we’re to be the compassionate community molded by the way of our Leader, we must look over the wall of the community to see who’s outside the gates, banished there by the people of God, unable to get in other than to get on their knees to beg. There’s a risk in loving the outsiders to be sure. But if we’re the people of faith we claim to be, that’s the kind of love we must share.
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MLK and the Missional Church
MLK and the Missional Church

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he say to the growing missional church movement?

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Global Poverty
Too many American Christians have myopia about the malnourished and their moral obligations.
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Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
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True Liberation Requires Self-Evaluation
At an academic conference I was challenged publicly for "airing dirty laundry" about "our" people when I critiqued intra-Hispanic oppressive structures. In other words, it was OK for me to criticize the dominant culture, but I must never turn that critical gaze inward, lest I betray my own people and expose our shortcomings.
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Bold Claims for a National Reformation
Maybe it was the timing of New Year’s with all the resolutions and stuff, but I too am intrigued by Chopra’s simple yet bold request to our President-elect to reframe our national direction from warring to peace with nine basic steps.
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Liberation Theology a Significant Theological Movement
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former minister, continues to be a factor in the ongoing presidential campaign. His recent media blitz has put his theology and social views on the front burner. I find it interesting to hear his views characterized as representative of Black Liberation Theology.
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Baptist Minister/Judge Says Incarceration a Moral Issue
Baptists should condemn the idea that incarceration cures crime, advocate just alternatives to prison and work to reclaim and restore persons leaving the penal system, says an appellate judge and ordained Baptist minister.
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Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injections
A fragmented United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a three-drug protocol most commonly used for lethal injections does not violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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Poverty and Justice Bible 'Megaphones' God's Concern for the Poor
A British Bible society is launching the first-ever study Bible highlighting more than 2,000 verses that emphasize God's concern about injustice and the poor.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Seasonal Charity and Biblical Justice
The holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food, and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets.
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Up and At 'Em
The good news is, if you're awake, you're alive. The bad news is, you have to get out of that comfy bed, find something to wear, and at least try to be someone who is pleasant to be around.
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Immigration IS a Social Issue
Immigration continues to dominate much of the discussion among Republican presidential candidates. The issue sparked a fierce back-and-forth exchange between candidates Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney during the recent CNN/YouTube debate.
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Lawyer Group Urges Moratorium on Executions; SBC Leader Favors Death Penalty
The American Bar Association has called for a nationwide moratorium on executions, citing a three-year study of state death-penalty systems that found unfairness and other flaws.
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Letter from the Birmingham Jail

April 16, 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely."

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