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Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School
Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School

By: Ed Hogan
Public education is a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. That's why it's important for goodwill people of faith to help engage our public schools.

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Her Faith Was Renewed When Her Neighbor Did This
Her Faith Was Renewed When Her Neighbor Did This

By: Ed Hogan
Foot washing is an intimate act and can be uncomfortable to many participants. For one woman, the act of foot washing became a transformational moment in her life.

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Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger
Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger

By: Ed Hogan
Phil Lineberger, who passed away May 31, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas through its darkest hours. First and foremost, however, he was a pastor who loved his congregation.

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Profiles in Goodwill: Ed Hogan
Profiles in Goodwill: Ed Hogan
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pastor of The Path to the Cross Church in Houston, Ed Hogan also serves as a board member for the Baptist Center for Ethics. Learn more about him here.
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War of Words Precedes Real War
War of Words Precedes Real War
The "war of words" about Syria has hit a fever pitch. Before most conflicts begin on an international scale, we wage a "war of words" to alienate or emasculate those in opposition.
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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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Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Why are some ministers quick to assign blame for tragic events? Pat Robertson cruelly claimed Haiti was hit by an earthquake because of its sin. Now an Islamic cleric has blamed women for quakes.
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What Jesus Thought about Paying Taxes
What Jesus Thought about Paying Taxes
When Jesus was asked about whether taxes should be paid to the government, his response was timeless. We must be good citizens and good Christians. The two go hand in hand.
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Pastor's Opulent Lifestyle Raises Questions
Pastor's Opulent Lifestyle Raises Questions
A Dallas TV station reported that megachurch pastor Ed Young Jr. travels in a private jet operated by the church, lives in a 10,000-squre-foot home and earns $1 million annually. How much is too much?
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Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Many were outraged by news that Christmas toy drives in Houston were requiring proof of citizenship. What does it say about our country if we won't extend Christmas joy to the child who is here without documentation?
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Three 19th Century Women Offer Inspiring Examples of Motherhood
Three 19th Century Women Offer Inspiring Examples of Motherhood
For pastors, Mother's Day presents the most challenging sermon of the year. However, the stories of three mothers from the 19th century offer inspiring examples of Christian women who followed their convictions and made the world a better place.
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The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
With more people saying they have no religious preference, does it spell the end of Christianity? Maybe they're growing weary of religion and angry religious politics. One can only hope.
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Greed Can Be Found on Wall Street, Behind Pulpits
Greed Can Be Found on Wall Street, Behind Pulpits
It is hard to have a consistent ethic when you look at the economic mess that we are in. Will we learn from the lessons of greed and impatience or will we look for a new Ponzi scheme?
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Be Creative and Pastoral in Financial Crunch
Be Creative and Pastoral in Financial Crunch
We all run current events through filters. Take the economy. When we heard of a recession on both coasts, we Texans barely raised an eyebrow. Our economy was robust and diverse. When the market crashed and the recession hit our state, we began paying attention.
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Market Problems Are Systemic and Chronic
Rather than allowing the market to "punish" those companies that have acted irresponsibly, could we be reinforcing bad behavior by propping up those companies financially?
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Georgia, Russia Clash … in Beach Volleyball
Wednesday morning I watched women's beach volleyball at the Olympics. I had hoped to find the Americans playing. When watching MSNBC, you never know who you will get. I quickly became intrigued with the match. It was Russia versus Georgia. Not Georgia the Peach State, but Georgia the country that Russia invaded this week.
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Open Letter to Brett Favre
It is no secret to those who know me, that I love sports. It is the ultimate reality show. Take the Brett Favre fiasco for example. He retired last spring and the team has moved ahead with their new quarterback. He has now changed his mind and wants to play again. He either wants to start with Green Bay or be released. Neither of those are options are viable for the Packers, so the drama begins.
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Open Letter to Brett Favre
It is no secret to those who know me, that I love sports. It is the ultimate reality show. Take the Brett Favre fiasco for example. He retired last spring and the team has moved ahead with their new quarterback. He has now changed his mind and wants to play again. He either wants to start with Green Bay or be released. Neither of those are options are viable for the Packers, so the drama begins.
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We Need Unbiased Data About Climate Change
The government is struggling with a huge issue. They are debating the sensibilities of changing the map on the back of seed packets.
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Battling Prejudice at Home and Abroad
I recently traveled to Romania, where Buckner International enables churches to give shoes and socks to orphans who live in group homes. Meeting these children to give them humanitarian aid was amazing. Considering the country is less than 20 years removed from the dictatorial reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, it is all the more remarkable.
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The Bible and Pedophilia
I have been pondering this issue of sexual predators in the church. Much of the conversation has revolved around larger denominational structures, rather than local churches. I think that has happened for at least two reasons. Pedophilia was for the most part perceived as a Catholic issue. It was too convenient to ignore the imagery of non-married clergy and altar boys. Huge court cases and enormous financial settlements only served to reinforce our prejudices. It has now become apparent that issue is an iceberg in the Baptist ocean as well.
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4,000 War Dead More Than Just a Number
The number of dead Americans in Iraq passed 4,000 this week. It was almost lost in the midst of the Easter holidays. I only knew one of those 4,000, but it changed my view of the families that have lost, the soldiers who fight and the awful cost of war.
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The New Baptist Covenant Will Be Judged Not By How We Feel But By What We Do
I was unable to travel to the New Baptist Covenant Celebration, due to meetings I had to attend related to an opportunity to purchase land on the highway next to our church. I am sorry that I missed it.
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Sacrifice Was Jesus' Master Plan
Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a time to think of sacrifice. It is a time to think of willing sacrifice. We give something up; usually physical in nature to appreciate the sacrifice of the cross and to sharpen our spiritual vision for Easter, which is just around the corner.
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Did '60 Minutes' Toss Roger Clemens a Softball?
Did you watch Roger Clemens on "60 Minutes" Sunday night? I was at a meeting, but I caught the highlights on various news channels later on. What did you think: guilty or not guilty?
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Ten Commandments for Driving in Houston
The pope has given a list of "Ten Commandments" for driving, warning against sins of road rage, drinking and driving and even being rude. Taking them in the spirit in which they were given, this Baptist preacher can't help but wonder what the list would be if the Vatican was in the city where I live, Houston, Texas.
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What Would Jesus Wear?
In recent weeks we had a couple of separate issues that converged to create the "perfect storm." The main issue is this: "What should we wear to church?"
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Group Seeks Middle Ground in Culture War
The First Amendment Center in Nashville held a conference last week entitled "Beyond the Culture Wars: A Leadership Conference on the Future of Religion in Public Schools."
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Teaching Abstinence Alone is Not Enough to Protect Girls From Cervical Cancer
A pleasant surprise occurred in Texas politics this past weekend. For the first time, in a long time, Texas may be the first state to be proactive in an issue of public health.
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Christmas Should Be About Inclusion, Courtesy
A rabbi in Seattle sued the airport for having Christmas trees in front of the airport. His solution: construct an 8-foot menorah alongside.
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Texas Pastor Honored for Support of Public Schools
A Houston school district recently honored a Baptist pastor in large part for his support of a pastoral letter supporting public education issued this spring by the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Christian Bloggers Should Have An Ethical Standard
I remember hearing about bloggers for the first time two years ago. They were all the rage at the Democratic National Convention. There were even reports about how much or little their work was influencing events, policy, and thought at the convention. One reporter was almost breathless as the cameras turned toward a man and a laptop. He was blissfully "blogging" away.
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Concerns About the 'Exodus' Movement
As a father of two students enrolled in a public school, I have become increasingly alarmed by anti-public school rhetoric. Most of that talk is coming from Christian groups. I would like to share my concerns, but a bit of biography is necessary to explain my passions and possible prejudices.
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