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Faith Leaders Urge Prayers for Peace in Israel-Palestine
Faith Leaders Urge Prayers for Peace in Israel-Palestine

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith leaders around the world called for continued prayers for peace in Israel-Palestine amid escalating tensions and increased violence surrounding new security measures for the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

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How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?
How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?

By: Martin Accad
The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa region has become a well-documented tragedy. Amid all of it, Christians struggle to find the appropriate response to their suffering.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
Some have claimed that when Muslims speak and behave positively toward non-Muslims, they are being hypocritical and hiding a stealthy agenda. Christians who affirm that claim are bearing false witness.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The concept of "taqiyya" refers to the permission in Islam for Muslims to dissimulate their beliefs to avoid bodily harm. Some have misstated the belief in order to accuse Muslims of holding a stealthy agenda.

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A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 2
A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 2

By: Elias Ghazal
A century after the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement, we still struggle with the same questions concerning the Middle East's Christians and Muslims. Can they coexist in peace?

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A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 1
A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 1

By: Elias Ghazal
European imperialism was the chief source of division in the modern Middle East. To uncover the root cause, you can go back 100 years ago to the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

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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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3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm
3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm

By: Mike Kuhn
Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.

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Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission
Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission

By: Martin Accad
Many people see the world as divided between Muslims and "the rest." How will the church repudiate this stereotyping driven by fear and return to God's hopeful mission?

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UN Commission: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis
UN Commission: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The United Nations' Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has determined that the Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidi people.

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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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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2

By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1

By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?

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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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U.S. House Says ISIS Committing Genocide against Christians, State Department Still Investigating
U.S. House Says ISIS Committing Genocide against Christians, State Department Still Investigating

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution declaring actions by IS against religious minorities in the Mideast to be genocide.

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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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European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts
European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts

By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.

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4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East
4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East

By: Nabil Costa
For people living in the Middle East and North Africa, life is incredibly hard. This Christmas season, here are four gifts that would help children and families escape their daily burdens.

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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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When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 2
When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The idolatry of shaping God in our own image has been the root of much evil in the world. Those who believe the church's hands are clean are guilty of one of the most dangerous sins - apathy.

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When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 1
When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
When we attempt to make sense of the world by ordering the mind of God, we are inevitably fashioning him in our own image because the human mind is never free of prejudice. This is idolatry.

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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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Living Lives of Faith in Our Fearful Society
Living Lives of Faith in Our Fearful Society

By: Blake Hart
Fear causes us to take our trust away from Jesus and to place it in lesser things. We may not pray to golden calves, but we place a lot of confidence in border fences, armies, guns, bombs and predator drones.

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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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Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired
Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired

By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?

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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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Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East
Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East

By: Jesse Wheeler
Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East. Certain misperceptions have proven to have profound socio-cultural consequences and destructive policy ramifications.

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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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What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors.
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How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis
How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis

By: Rupen Das
Syria occupied Lebanon for 20 years. The memory still burns in many Lebanese families. But when Syrian refugees cascaded into Lebanon to flee their nation's civil unrest, Lebanese churches had to make a choice.

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The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
By: Jonathan Langley
Most religious people in the Middle East – Muslims, Jews, Christians and others – make up a "silent majority" who are tired of fanaticism, says Martin Accad, speaking at Catalyst Live 2014.
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Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness
Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness

By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.

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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four.
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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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Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares
Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"

By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.

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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up?
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Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.
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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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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Sarajevo's Peace Conference Falls 100 Years After WWI
Sarajevo's Peace Conference Falls 100 Years After WWI
By: Massimo Aprile
One hundred years after the start of World War I, religious and peace groups from more than 60 nations met to share memories and make concrete peace proposals for the future.
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A Pentecost of Another Kind
But let’s go back to that fateful night when the Risen Christ appears to his frightened disciples in the upper room. There is rejoicing then as well, but a different kind of joy... a joy that comes more in the form of relief, like when it appears that all is lost and suddenly the Cavalry comes to the rescue. It wasn’t with the force of a wind that would knock them off their feet, but with a soft puff of the cheek that Jesus breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
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Bridge Over Troubled Water
Jesus wanted the disciples to know neither his enemies nor death would have the final word in his life. God would, and that word would be a good one. That tomb would not hold him because God would raise him from the dead, just as God will give abundant and eternal life to all who are faithful in the pursuit of justice and peace as Jesus was. Furthermore, Jesus wanted the disciples to know sin would not have the final word in their relationship. Grace and mercy would, because Jesus loved them unconditionally.
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From Fear to Faith
Why did Jesus appear to the disciples the same day God raised him from the dead? He loved them too much to let them wander hopelessly through the cemetery of broken dreams. He was as anxious to turn their grief to joy as he had done for Mary earlier that day.[ ]Jesus also wanted his followers to know he cared for them even though they had abandoned him the night he was arrested and the next day when he was crucified. The resurrected Jesus was still their Good Shepherd, something they needed to know before they tried to sleep another night.
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Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills
Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills
By: Jesse Wheeler
Theology encompasses our very core beliefs as to how the universe functions and how we function within it. While good theology brings life, bad theology kills. Here's how to tell the difference.
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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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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
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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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One Truth at a Time: Creator of Community
It feels like a church service when brothers get together and remember what their parents taught them, and this, I think, is Jesus’ hope: that when we get together as brothers and sisters and remember what he taught us it will feel like a church service, and when we are what he taught us to be.[ ]It will feel like family.
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Three Years after the Arab Spring
Three Years after the Arab Spring
By: Terence Ascott
When the Arab Spring began three years ago, many in the Arab world had high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity. Fast forward to today, the disappointment and frustration are palpable. 
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Lessons Learned from Singing about Peace Amid Hostility
Lessons Learned from Singing about Peace Amid Hostility
In our world torn by war and dysfunction and stress, peace seems to be an elusive prize. Jesus offers a peace to us that can't be shaken by storms or enemies or crisis or even death.
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Peace
The Old Testament longs for the day of peace, the day of the Messiah. And Zacharias and the angels declare with the coming of the Christ child, “peace has arrived.” What do we know about peace?
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A Place of Peace
In our world, as good as it is to have “a place of peace” in a comfy chair or in a bubble bath, it is just not enough. For what we truly long for is not just a “private peace” for ourselves while the rest of the world wages war. What we desire is not an “escapist peace” for ourselves while millions of others are left behind to suffer.[...]What we truly need is “Emmanuel,” the dwelling of God being with us. That is the place of peace, of shalom, of wholeness and completeness that we humans and the whole cosmos long for.
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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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On the Road with Jesus: Not Peace but a Sword
[Y]ou do have only one life to live, and you have to make a choice between what matters, and what matters most. There you are, standing on the station platform, and there’s Jesus, holding out his hand and begging you, “Come with me!” He’s creating a crisis; he is forcing a decision; the moment is as sharp as a sword. Will you reach for his hand, or will you stay where you are?
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CBF Crowd Gets Sneak Peek at New EthicsDaily Documentary
CBF Crowd Gets Sneak Peek at New EthicsDaily Documentary
Retired warden Vernon Pittman created a scholarship foundation for the offspring of inmates and their victims. His story is one of several told in a new documentary from EthicsDaily.com.
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3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
As the dynamics shift in Syria, new priorities are being set in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. The emerging environment poses three opportunities for the church.
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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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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
A Middle East conference in Lebanon will examine the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights and responsibilities, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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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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Two Gifts
The greatest gifts of all come from God – the giver of all good things. And the two good gifts today are joy, which no one can take away from you, and peace despite tribulation, because He has overcome the world.
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Precious Gifts
We don’t conjure up our own peace. It is a by-product of a vital relationship with this babe from Bethlehem who is uniquely qualified to give us security when life is falling apart at the seams.
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Encountering God in the Placidity of a Garden
Encountering God in the Placidity of a Garden
Where do you encounter God? Perhaps the time one spends quietly turning shovels of earth in a backyard garden can reveal the significant mysteries of God's creation.
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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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Fear and Exclusion: Difficult Roadblocks to Peace
Fear and Exclusion: Difficult Roadblocks to Peace
When religion or politics focus on fear and exclusion, they provide a kind of false peace. Jesus wants to dismantle that false peace and show us a new way forward.
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This Year, Give the Gift of Peace
A peacemaker can even dry God’s tears and ease God’s troubled heart over the behavior of His children. No wonder Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
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Peace Child
The coming Peace Child wants to make fractured people whole. The coming Peace Child wants to save us from our enemies, even when the enemy is ourselves.
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God With Us: Anticipation
The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth encourages us to bring our fears to the feet of the One who is born into our midst this season, and leave them there. It is then that we will be rescued from the hands of our enemies and will be free to serve the Lord.
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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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Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
When Western Christians support Israel without reserve, they run the risk of perpetuating the oppression of Palestinian Christians. They value real estate more than people.
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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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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Palestinian Christians: PLO Deserves UN Recognition
Palestinian Christians: PLO Deserves UN Recognition
Palestinian Christian leaders signed a letter urging the United Nations to grant observer-state status to the PLO, calling it a step in the right direction to peace.
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No Matter What the Future Holds, God is Present
No Matter What the Future Holds, God is Present
When churches feel besieged and when they're anguished and uncertain about their future, they can find comfort in knowing that God is always present with them.
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Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
In the wake of a bomb blast on Oct. 19 that killed a top security official and others, Lebanese Baptists are appealing to Baptists worldwide to pray for the country.
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What's Wrong with Society? It's Those Other Guys
What's Wrong with Society? It's Those Other Guys
Whenever we seek an explanation for what's wrong with our society, we're very good at blaming those at the margins and not as good at examining our own faults.
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What’s Your Sign?
Love is the first sign. What’s Your Sign? When people see us, do they see love?
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The Role of Theological Education in Social Engagement
The Role of Theological Education in Social Engagement
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary trains its students to serve in churches as effective leaders, who are able to respond to the pressing social issues of the day.
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Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
As Lebanon's poor and marginalized are endangered by a fractured social safety net, will churches step up to be true advocates for those most at risk?
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What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
As the Arab Spring advances, which side should the Church take? Our moral stance should be driven by a concern for human life and should support those who seek peace.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
As Syria deteriorates, faithfulness to the Gospel requires caring for the thousands of displaced refugees rather than taking a political side, one Baptist tells EthicsDaily.com.
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U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
A warehouse in Jordan was the site for a U.S.-funded "weapons fair." Imagine the differences if we had offered agriculture resources instead of shilling weapons of war.
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European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
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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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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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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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Women in Ministry Stepping Out of Shadows
Women in Ministry Stepping Out of Shadows
Long kept in the shadows by Baptist churches, women in ministry are moving into the spotlight. Participation in a program that highlights women in the pulpit has quadrupled in two years.
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Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
The United States and Western Europe are strong advocates of human rights in Africa and the Middle East – as long as it doesn't block their economic and political interests.
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Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon, whose name and likeness are used by Southern Baptists to fuel fundraising efforts for foreign missions, was a "defiant pioneer" who saw no restrictions on women in ministry.
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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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Finding Peace When There Is No More Medication
Finding Peace When There Is No More Medication
We're going to have to learn to live with less healthcare. That's the reality. Will we learn to live in peace under this new paradigm or will we face it with ingratitude?
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Questions Are Better than Answers
Thank goodness for Thomas and his need for experiential proof. Poor guy, he has gotten a bad rap for a long time and really, his demand for proof provides us just what we need to explore our own doubts, our questions, and it exposes the disciples very human fear.
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Traveling the Path to Civility and Peace
Traveling the Path to Civility and Peace
Language and cultural barriers may separate us. However, as we become willing to help and health each other, we travel the road to civility and peace.
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Martin Luther King's Prophetic Words Still True
Martin Luther King's Prophetic Words Still True

In a speech given 45 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. called the U.S. to account for its military adventurism, materialism and racism. We have a long way to go, but his words are still true.

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EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
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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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Eisenhower: Military Man and a Man of Peace
Eisenhower: Military Man and a Man of Peace
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II. Yet he made some excellent statements about peace as our 34th president.
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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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Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
The saber-rattling in this presidential election year has replaced Iraq with Iran as the global villain. As politicians in the U.S. and Israel escalate fear of Iran, will they create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
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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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Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Vandals spray-painted threats to Arabs and Christians on a school and a monastery in Jerusalem. For the school, which has Arab and Jewish students, it was an opportunity to draw closer together.
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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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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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Sing With Joy
Advent and Christmas must have been created for the sake of the artists. Poets, painters, writers, composers, sculptors and every other artist has seemingly been moved to create art in order to capture the beauty of the story of the birth of Jesus.
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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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This Advent, You Can Be a Peacemaker Close to Home
This Advent, You Can Be a Peacemaker Close to Home
While many of us don't have the ability to influence peace on a global scale, we can still do our part to seek peacemaking opportunities that are closer to home.
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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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U.S. Aid Withdrawal Hits Arab Children
U.S. Aid Withdrawal Hits Arab Children
The United States has cut funding to several Palestinian Christian groups, apparently as a response to Palestine's recent bid for statehood, says a British charity organization.
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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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Joy and Peace in the Present
What is robbing you of joy and peace today?
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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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Why Christians Ignore Jesus' Call to Nonviolence
Why Christians Ignore Jesus' Call to Nonviolence
While many have tried to live true to Jesus' straightforward call to nonviolence, many Christians have found this command unsettling, and perhaps even ridiculous.
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Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
A cross-section of influential faith leaders in Iraq have come together to call for peace through dialogue rather than military strength. One leader said they have a duty to initiate a "moral generation."
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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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Panel: Civil Voices Must Speak Up on Immigration
Panel: Civil Voices Must Speak Up on Immigration
With anti-immigration activists screaming at their legislators to crack down on the undocumented, goodwill people of faith must make their voices heard in a civil tone to impact the common good.
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Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System
Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System

After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," panelists and audience members noted that the current perception and treatment of immigrants was similar to the "Jim Crow" laws in the U.S.

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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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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
As Libya illustrates, the world is still not so safe that it can do without a powerful and effective military alliance. And Christians must more deeply engage questions of peace, war and the appropriate use of force.
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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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Church Signs
Love. Blessing. Peace. These are the signs that Paul calls us to show, if not with our hands, then through our lives.
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Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Whether between nations or within a church, steps to resolve conflicts are similar. A BWA-supported initiative and former Prime Minister Tony Blair both offer ways to achieve peace.
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Peace Service Held Amid London Riots
LONDON (RNS/ENInews) The annual peace service at Westminster Cathedral acquired fresh significance as Londoners gathered to pray for their city.
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What Prevents Us from Resolving Our Conflicts?
What Prevents Us from Resolving Our Conflicts?
When leaders whip their constituents into a frenzy, they do a grave disservice to the common good. As long as we fail to listen to each other, we will not resolve our conflicts.
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Wresting With a Just Response to National Debt, Taxes
Wresting With a Just Response to National Debt, Taxes
What's the Christian response to the national debt? How do the debt and our weak economy affect the poor? Participants viewing the EthicsDaily.com documentary on faith and taxes wrestled with these questions.
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Dalai Lama Turns 76 as He Kicks Off D.C. Peace Festival
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama celebrated his 76th birthday by speaking before throngs of well-wishers at an 11-day peace event in the U.S. capital.
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Film Highlights Forgiveness in African Cultures
Film Highlights Forgiveness in African Cultures
Focusing on forgiveness and conflict resolution that occurred in the aftermath of civil war in Sierra Leone, a documentary illustrates the courage and grace of ordinary people.
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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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Why Jesus Rejects the Eye-For-Eye Mentality
Why Jesus Rejects the Eye-For-Eye Mentality
Violence is a vicious cycle. We have fought for so long against each other that warfare has become our natural state. But Jesus' call to nonviolent resistance to evil shows us the path to genuine humanity.
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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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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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Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureates Tussle (Gently) Over Violence
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama says peace in the world begins with peace in oneself. Some of his fellow Nobel laureates, however, aren’t convinced.
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Dalai Lama Brings Peace Message to New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama has a message for Newark: Peace does not come easily, but the strategy for attaining it is simple.
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Three Survival Rules for the Global Neighborhood
Three Survival Rules for the Global Neighborhood
A Pakistani IT consultant tweeted "there goes the neighborhood" as he described Osama bin Laden's assassination in real time. The phrase reminds us that out global neighborhood needs new rules to survive. Here are three.
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Asking Questions – The Task of a Christian Peacemaker
Asking Questions – The Task of a Christian Peacemaker
If we refuse to examine issues from our enemy's point of view, we limit our ability to create the conditions for peaceful coexistence. Jesus told us to love our enemy. Will we listen?
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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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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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Jews Pressure Facebook over Palestinian Page
(RNS) Facebook shut down a “Third Palestinian Intifada” page and similar groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups.
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Churches Press Obama to Reengage on Middle East
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Protest Movements Could Open Doors for Christians
Protest Movements Could Open Doors for Christians
The success of protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa could provide "incredible opportunities" for the regions' Christians, who are in the minority and often face persecution.
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
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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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Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
How do we understand the extraordinary events of the Middle East, including the tottering regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya? God does not care very much about political calculations, but he does care about justice.
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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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Consequences of the Middle East's Arab Uprising
Consequences of the Middle East's Arab Uprising
Deep uncertainty has enveloped the Middle East. Tunisia and Egypt have been transformed. Yemen and Jordan are experiencing discontent. Even Lebanon is asking fresh questions about democratic freedoms.
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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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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Christmas Trees Banned in Israel, Lit in Lebanon, Sold in Egypt
Christmas Trees Banned in Israel, Lit in Lebanon, Sold in Egypt
Christmas trees are in the news all over the world. They were banned in a Nazareth suburb. Another one was lit by a Sunni Muslim official in Beirut. And Egyptians purchased a half-million Christmas trees.
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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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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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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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The Dream of Peace
Pope Paul VI said it plainly, “ If you want peace, work for justice.” We’re meant to be witnesses for a day that’s yet to dawn! May we yearn to live differently by believing less in the wild kingdom than in the peaceable kingdom God wants to bring about with our help.
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Homeland Insecurity
Peace is a dominant theme in Isaiah and each time a new king was crowned, the writers prayed, above all else, he would be a peacemaker. They never envisioned a world that would be free of tension or conflicting interests, but rather a world in which leaders and all people would resolve their conflicts without bloodshed.
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Now That I Believe: I Wage Peace
The next time you see somebody at an intersection with a sign that says, Will work for food, or the next time you see a parody of the sign, think of this instead: Will work for peace. Let us commit ourselves to being a part of the will of God that wants peace upon the earth.
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Sword
What are you hoping for this season? Perhaps responding to an invitation will help. No, not an invitation to yet another party. An invitation offered you by the prophet Isaiah. He says to you and me, “Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.”
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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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Middle East Clergy Pray for Drought Relief
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
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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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Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
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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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Ironically, Few Christians Aspire to Peacemaking
Ironically, Few Christians Aspire to Peacemaking
Society is so saturated and prone toward violence that people find it hard to believe in anything else, but only nonviolence can break the cycle of violence and open a door for peace.
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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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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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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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Remembering the Woman Who Walked for Peace
Remembering the Woman Who Walked for Peace
She had no plan or organizational backing, but nearly 30 years after her death, Peace Pilgrim, who walked across America for 28 years for peace, continues to inspire others.
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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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British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
The director of a Christian organization in the Middle East urged British Baptists to learn more about the plight of Christians in Palestine. While they try to live peacefully amid the conflict, many constantly feel weak.
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Zacchaeus’ Tree Now a Top Tourist Destination
JERUSALEM (RNS) A huge sycamore tree that some believe was climbed by Zacchaeus is the centerpiece of a new tourism campaign.
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Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
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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 Obeying Jesus' Call to Peace is Hard for Christians
Why Obeying Jesus' Call to Peace is Hard for Christians
Jesus' command to practice peacemaking requires nonviolent responses to evil. Why do many Christians find this instruction to turn from violence unsettling? Because it requires forgiveness.
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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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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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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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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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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
As part of a church series on social issues, a former judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, who's now a pastor, addressed educational issues for African-Americans in the South.
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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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George Edwards: A Giant in Peace Activism
George Edwards: A Giant in Peace Activism
George Edwards, a New Testament professor at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and author of "Jesus and the Politics of Violence," died June 2 at 90. He invested his life in a bigger dream for the world.
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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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 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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Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Jimmy Carter made being "born again" a campaign issue in 1976, vowing that his faith would help him govern. In the aftermath of Watergate, the American people were looking for someone they could trust.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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Nonprofit Helps Arkansas Businesses Thrive
Nonprofit Helps Arkansas Businesses Thrive
A nonprofit organization in Helena, Ark., helps business start-ups and small local governments in Arkansas to go through strategic planning, branding and marketing plans at a fraction of the usual rates.
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Entrepreneurial Spirit Permeates Arkansas Delta
Entrepreneurial Spirit Permeates Arkansas Delta
Two events – the Delta Grassroots Caucus and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas' spring assembly – illustrated the entrepreneurial spirit permeating one of the nation's poorest economic regions.
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One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
Lepers. Orphans. HIV patients. Prisoners. The elderly. Marginalized youth. They are among the poorest of the poor in India. And Leena Lavanya forges her own path to minister to all of them.
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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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Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Among the earliest to champion individual rights and civil society, Quakers have a long history of involvement in Russia. While their numbers are few, they're still active in Russia today.
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Engaging in War to Forget Violence
Engaging in War to Forget Violence
Why do so many Christians support violence when our Savior seems to have done otherwise? Do we support war in order to forget that we were once victims?
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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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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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Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
A London Baptist church was the focus of protests after hosting a carol concert organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. A minister at the church stood by the program, but one critic said it politicized Christmas.
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Some Times Call for...Peace
We can’t do much about alliances and peace treaties.  But all of us face sisters who fight over mama’s money, brothers who haven’t spoken for so many years that they can’t even remember why, children who won’t come home and parents who don’t want them at home.  In each of these situations there is something we can do.  The peace of Christmas can break out in my relationships if I would but learn these things.
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Advent is Most Satisfying Way to Celebrate Jesus' Birth
Advent is Most Satisfying Way to Celebrate Jesus' Birth
Many churches will mark the beginning of Advent on Sunday, a month-long reflection on the meaning of Jesus' birth. It's far more significant than simply encouraging retail outlets to say "Merry Christmas."
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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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Known In All the World
When you read about conflict in the Mid-East, if the Prince of Peace could somehow be present in the hearts of more people, could that be a positive thing?  When these are places where people are starving and places where refugees are displaced, could any of these things be helped if there were more people in those places who knew about Christ?  If the answer to that is no, then why do we even bother being here?  If the answer is yes, then let us just continue with the faith that is recognized by others, the faith that is not done working yet.
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What Lies at the Heart of Jesus' Message? Peacemaking
What Lies at the Heart of Jesus' Message? Peacemaking
Jesus' call for peacemaking requires nonviolent responses to evil. However, Christians often have found his command to turn from violence unsettling and even ridiculous.
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Churches Call for Peace This Sunday
Churches Call for Peace This Sunday
Churches from three denominations in Great Britain are being urged to observe Sunday, Sept. 20, as Peacemaking Sunday, the day before the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
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Lost and Found: Stolen Cell Phone Unites Volunteers
Lost and Found: Stolen Cell Phone Unites Volunteers
A mission volunteer's stolen cell phone contained the only photos of her recently deceased brother. That bad news, however, brought volunteers and children closer together.
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Making a Splash: CBF Camp Helps Young Swimmers
Making a Splash: CBF Camp Helps Young Swimmers
Nearly 400 youngsters from impoverished homes participated in an Arkansas swim camp led by CBF staffers. Six went on to a competitive meet, but getting there was an adventure.
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Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
For the fourth consecutive year, Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Ark., partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to ensure more than 300 students received much-needed school supplies.
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Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Some churches fear controversy, but not Second Baptist of Little Rock, Ark. Their Sweet Justice series tackled hot-button issues and offered first steps on how to get involved.
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No Homeless in Your Back Yard? Think Again.
No Homeless in Your Back Yard? Think Again.
The homeless issue is all around us if we choose to see it. More than one in four homeless people, for example, are children. Will churches work with others to achieve solutions?
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Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
Baptist Luncheon Highlights Racism DVD, Panel
A panel attempted to unravel several tangled strands from “Beneath the Skin” during a screening of the award-winning documentary at the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly July 2.
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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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Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home for College Professor
Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home for College Professor
A college professor had lectured on "the least of these" for years. But it wasn't until she adopted her infant daughter, who was on the verge of being sold into slavery, that the subject went from her head to her heart.
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Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
When a well-respected rabbi advocates the killing of civilians and the destruction of holy sites in time of war, one must ask what makes him different from Muslim extremists. Further, what do we say in response to this?
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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Jewelry Co-Op Gives Inner-City Girls a Chance for Future
Jewelry Co-Op Gives Inner-City Girls a Chance for Future
About 10 teen and pre-teen inner-city girls in Arkansas came together through a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ministry to form a co-operative to sell jewelry. The girls learned valuable business skills and gave back to others.
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Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
While the green movement is still taking root at many churches, some congregations are taking steps to be more faithful stewards of God's creation, from reducing their use of foam products to cleaning up a nearby park.
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Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are reaching out to churches and faith-based organizations for partnerships on issues of environmental stewardship.
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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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Faith Conquers Far Right's Fear-Inducing Propaganda
Faith Conquers Far Right's Fear-Inducing Propaganda
Far right commentators often rely on fear to fuel their political agendas. History, however, has shown that this path leads to isolationism and hate-filled violence. Faith in God can defeat the manipulative power of fear.
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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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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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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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Be Careful What You Ask For
We ask Jesus to come to us and show us his wounds, to prove to us that he is alive and is willing to invest himself in who we are and what we do. We want to know for certain that Jesus will walk with us and encourage us in our faith and in the journey of life. We ask for Jesus to do this, and because he is One who loves us beyond all human abilities to measure, he walks up to us, shows us the wounds in his hands, reveals to us the gash in his side, and in his woundedness he says to us, “Follow me.”
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Images of Atonement: Sacrifice
Our faith is the cross of Jesus Christ and all the ways we have come to understand it, all the ways that scripture describes it. It is what makes us whole with God, what gives us our peace and where our forgiveness is found. That is what makes us Christians. 
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Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
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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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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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A Racial Unity Service Hits Home for Minister
A Racial Unity Service Hits Home for Minister
Staley caught the irony of singing and talking about progress in racial relations—yet until that service, two people who work in the same church every day had never worshiped together. She made a public commitment to doing something about it.
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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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Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
PASADENA, Calif. -- While applauding President Obama's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq by 2011, a longtime peace activist cautioned that Afghanistan may be the next U.S. military quagmire.
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Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Listening to the voices of the marginalised, opposing discrimination of women and noting the impact of climate change were among the commitments made by Baptists around the world in Rome as part of the 'urgent Gospel task of being justice seekers and peacemakers'.
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‘Pentecostal Wind’ Gives Energy to a Dying Event
‘Pentecostal Wind’ Gives Energy to a Dying Event
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—New fruit is budding from a previous dying-on-the-vine event, which originated from some tiny seeds planted here in 1971.
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I Want to Go to Iraq
I want to go to Iraq. Not today, or tomorrow. Probably not for several years, and certainly not as a soldier -- but I want to go to Iraq. I want to go as a tourist, a student, a pilgrim of sorts.
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Little Rock Pastors Recall Ministry at Crossroads of History
Little Rock Pastors Recall Ministry at Crossroads of History
Former pastors, ministers and staff members at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock gathered there recently on the church’s 125th anniversary to dialogue about ministry.
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DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
DVD Showing on Racism Hits Home
Showings of “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” in two tiny south Arkansas towns hit home.
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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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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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Obama’s ‘Peter Moment’
During his inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the Apostle Paul, but it was really a Peter moment.
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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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Miracle near 34th Street
Sometimes a sense of awe is lacking nowadays in society. The story of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 is awesome.
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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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Clarity Is Needed in a Time of Uncertainty
Serious times call for serious people, and it's hard to imagine more serious times than these. War in Afghanistan is going badly (read the history books, and you will realise that the only non-Afghan who could not have written that sentence was Alexander the Great).
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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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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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CBF Outreach Brings Christmas to the Poor in Arkansas Delta
The Mohawk haircut on the shepherd gave it away. This wasn�t going to be a typical Christmas nativity depiction.
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Pastor Saves Babies Through Hole in Church Wall
Rev. Cheryl Allen didn't tear down a wall; she just created a small hole in it. As a result, about 720 abandoned babies have been rescued through the "Door of Hope."
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Female Baptist Pastor in South Africa Loves on the Edge
Cheryl Allen is a senior pastor because she literally has gone where no man would go.
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Little Rock Screening of Racism DVD Prompts Substantive Dialogue
The DVD screening, sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas, brought old and painful memories to many in the diverse audience of about 170--a 60-40 mix of white and minorities.
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Global Violence Rooted in More Than Religion
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
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Wanted: Peacemakers in the Culture War
There's been lots of bad news this past week. Hurricane Ike ran ashore over Galveston, Texas, and folks as far away as Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky felt its force. The collapse of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae was quickly followed by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the eventual bailout of American International Group (AIG). All the while, our country is tossed into turmoil of a different sort.
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Waging Peace Rather Than War
"Ain't Gonna Study War No More" is one of those old songs we don't hear sung much these days. It comes from some of the very insightful and meaningful verses in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (The first four books of the New Testament Bible.)
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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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A Short History of Memorial Day
As a child I wasn't aware that Memorial Day observances were intended for those felled on the battlefield. I thought of it as a day of family remembrance, honoring relatives gone before us--veterans and non-veterans alike--something akin to a low-church All Saints Day--but with flowers; lots of flowers.
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Baptists Show Solidarity With Palestinians
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
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Democracy Grows As Truth and Honesty Prevail
Most of us would love to see more democracy in the nations of the world. Just suppose the Middle East had a fledging democracy 50-plus years ago. Iran did have a thriving and growing democracy, until August 1953.
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God's Kingdom is a Kingdom of Peace
At the beginning of his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus makes nine statements that would be enough to offer us a guide to living the way God would have us live even if they were the only extant words of Jesus we had. Each statement promises blessings if we live according to what is demanded by Jesus. Unfortunately, his demands are not easy, as he tells us that to find blessings we must be poor, be mournful, be meek, hunger for righteousness, be merciful, and endure persecution in the name of Jesus.
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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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Workshop Challenges New Covenant Baptists to Seek Peace
Humans are caught "in an inextricable network of mutuality" that requires nations to overcome differences to work together for peace, Baptist ethicist Paul Dekar said Thursday at a special-interest session on peacemaking at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Constantinian Christianity
Erick Prince, founder of Blackwater, testified last fall before the House Oversight and Government reform committee concerning his company's activities in Iraq. Steeped in conservative Christian traditions, the Prince dynasty has deep Republican roots whose fortunes were freely spent to support religious causes like James Dobson's Focus on the Family or provide seed money for the Family Research Council, ran by former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
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Jerusalem Should Be a City of Peace for People of All Faiths
On May 14, 1948, the modern State of Israel declared its sovereignty as an independent state and a home for the Jewish people. That action opened a floodgate of violence that continues to this day, and it created a human catastrophe as nearly a million Palestinians were forced from their homes and became refugees--a number that, according to the United Nations, has increased exponentially.
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Christians Divided Over Annapolis Peace Talks
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
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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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Baptists Hold Rare Meetings with Lebanon's Prime Minister and President
BEIRUT, Lebanon--A European Baptist Federation delegation held rare meetings with two of Lebanon's most powerful political leaders.
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Super Bowl: A Holy Day or a Holy War?
"America stops on Super Sunday," proclaims the television promotion.
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Bobby Knight and Ethics
On initial examination, any ethical consideration concerning the dismissal of Bobby Knight as Indiana University's basketball coach is a slam dunk.
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