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Robert Parham (1953-2017): In Memoriam Slideshow
Robert Parham (1953-2017): In Memoriam Slideshow

A reception in memory of Robert Parham's 26 years leading Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com was held June 29, 2017, during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2017 general assembly in Atlanta. This PowerPoint, highlighting Robert's life, work and legacy, was on display during the reception.

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2 BCE / EthicsDaily.com Events at CBF Assembly
2 BCE / EthicsDaily.com Events at CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com will hold two events on June 29 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2017 general assembly in Atlanta.

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Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees
Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees

By: Simon Jones
Volunteers showed up to feed about 100 refugees near the site of the former Calais refugee camp in France. But paramilitary police stood between the two groups, ready to use brute force to ensure no one is fed.

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Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle
Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle

By: Simon Jones
The Calais Jungle, a makeshift camp in northern France where refugees awaited passage to the United Kingdom, may have been wiped away by authorities, but the people didn't disappear.

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Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief
Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief

By: Jesus Romero
In these perilous times of social and political polarization, immigrants need more people who can help them find legal relief. Here's how one Christian ministry does that, standing in the gap and serving as their advocate.

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Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration
Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Food insecurity is a complex reality. Not only does it often grow out of armed conflicts, it also contributes to them. Food insecurity and conflict must be considered together, and a U.N. report offers six solutions.

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Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?
Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?

By: Molly T. Marshall
As provisions erode for our nation's most vulnerable, God hears the cries of the oppressed and empowers us to accomplish this holy intention. Now is the time to advocate for those who suffer unjustly.

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Reaching Your Hispanic Neighbors During Cinco de Mayo
Reaching Your Hispanic Neighbors During Cinco de Mayo

By: Jesse Rincones
Reaching your Hispanic neighbors begins with understanding them. Cinco de Mayo, one of the most celebrated Hispanic holidays in the U.S., is a great place to begin.

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Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 2
Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 2

By: Brent Hamoud
Children who can't attend school. Young adults who can't pursue their dreams. Partners in love who can't marry. These are some of the consequences of statelessness - and it contradicts God's design for creation.

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Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 1
Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 1

By: Brent Hamoud
Travel and refugee bans have been in the news quite a bit, but one particularly harsh type of ban garners scant media attention or public protest. It's statelessness, and it affects some 15 million people.

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1 Refugee Family's Story Reflects Countless Others
1 Refugee Family's Story Reflects Countless Others

By: Samar Mansour-Samawi
In search of a brighter future, a family of five fleeing war-ravaged Syria endured a treacherous sea crossing, being used as human shields and a harsh refugee camp. And their story reflects the lives of millions.

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How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 2
How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 2

By: Mark Glanville
Many in our society respond to refugees with suspicion and fear. However, Jesus taught that when his people welcome the strangers, they are welcoming him. Here are 5 ways your church can do that.

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How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1
How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1

By: Mark Glanville
Most refugees are here because they are fleeing persecution, conflict and possibly death. Here's how churches can avoid being swayed by fear-based rhetoric and respond from a loving biblical perspective.

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Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts
Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. history reveals that too often the nation's immigration policies have resulted from fear more than facts. While Christians can differ on policy positions, we must speak against fear-based rhetoric.

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Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims
Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims

By: Kathryn Kraft
How should Christians respond to the vast wave of refugees fleeing Muslim-majority nations and living in Muslim-majority nations? Recall our history when millions of refugees fled after WWII from Christian-majority nations.

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The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind
The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind

By: Sue Smith
The decision to emigrate is a highly individual decision based on many factors. It is never made lightly and isn't without sacrifice for both parents and children. It changes the family dynamics forever.

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"Closing the Borders" Mindset Touches All Areas of Life

By: Colin Harris
The closing-the-borders mindset is prominent in our political life, but further reflection suggests that rhetoric may be a symptom of a deeper problem in our human experience, affecting even our theology.

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My Friend's Unswerving Devotion to Ministry, Family
My Friend's Unswerving Devotion to Ministry, Family

By: Bill Wilson
Over the years, Robert Parham's straightforward, no-nonsense approach to ministry has been unswerving and unyielding. I could not be more grateful for his life and friendship.

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In Memoriam: Friends, Colleagues Remember Robert Parham
In Memoriam: Friends, Colleagues Remember Robert Parham

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Friends and colleagues of Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, who died March 5, share their reflections on Parham's life, work, legacy and friendship.

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'I've Never Seen a Better Picture of Courage'
'I've Never Seen a Better Picture of Courage'

By: Don Sewell
I lost a great friend in Robert Parham. Attuned to injustices where many would turn a deaf ear, he applied heart-felt application to Jesus' words of "when you've done it to the least of these, you've done it unto me."

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'Coyotes' Aid, Exploit Undocumented Immigrants
'Coyotes' Aid, Exploit Undocumented Immigrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
'Coyotes' - the most widely used term for those who smuggle undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border - both aid and exploit undocumented immigrants.

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Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View
Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View

By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.

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Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship
Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship

By: Zach Dawes
Robert Parham was a unique combination of determined and compassionate, prophetic and pastoral. He spoke his mind about issues of great importance. He was not simply a boss and colleague; he was a friend.

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Lessons from 17 Years Mining for Truth
Lessons from 17 Years Mining for Truth

By: Cliff Vaughn
Robert Parham was not afraid. Instead, he lived into an intentional moral engagement with his culture and world, getting up each morning, Bible and newspaper in hand, to advance the common good.

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BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist
BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist

Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, died Sunday evening, March 5 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after a prolonged illness.

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Robert Parham (1953 - 2017)
Robert Parham (1953 - 2017)

We are sad to report that Robert Parham, founder and director of Baptist Center for Ethics, and its website, EthicsDaily.com, passed away this evening (Sunday, March 5).

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When Building Walls, Make Sure They're Good Ones
When Building Walls, Make Sure They're Good Ones

By: Wade Smith
If good fences make good neighbors, then surely bad fences make bad neighbors. As the debate rages on in our nation, may we have the courage to listen to each other and commit to building only good fences.

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Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.
Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.

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Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees
Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees

By: Ruth Rosell
After watching the mounting refugee crisis in Europe last year, members of Prairie Baptist Church in Kansas found ways in their own community to help Syrian refugee families.

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Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion
Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion

By: Philip Jenkins
Whatever might drive migrants to move, they carry their religions with them. And for many, the experience of migration produces religious demands that simply can't be met within the older religious framework.

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Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees
Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis stressed that addressing the global refugee crisis requires an urgent, coordinated response based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.

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Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees
Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees

By: Lynne Hybels
A majority of white evangelicals don't feel a responsibility to Syrian refugees, but I believe as a Christian that caring for refugees is an act of worship and obedience to a God whose kingdom is global.

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Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It
Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com's mission is straightforward: challenging people of faith to advance the common good. Rather than protest or rant, we supply moral education resources to congregational leaders and their congregations.

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Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers
Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers

By: Neville Callam
The Bible shows Christians the right attitude toward the stranger. Hospitality to strangers links us both with God and with others. It is a wonderful way of experiencing the presence of the Holy One.

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Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home
Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home

By: Greg Magruder and Mary Lynne Moore
Don't think you can be involved in international ministries? You can, and you don't even have to travel overseas. International students are in your community, and your church can reach out to them.

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Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts
Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts

By: Julio Guarneri
Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.

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The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?
The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?

By: Juan Aragon
The needs in our world are so overwhelming that we run the risk of becoming unresponsive and impervious. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us to bestow his love and grace to everyone.

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U.S. Refugee Resettlement: How It Works, What It Costs
U.S. Refugee Resettlement: How It Works, What It Costs

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. refugee vetting and resettlement process is lengthy, complex and not widely understood. Here's an explanation of the process that refugees must go through to enter the U.S.

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Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty
Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty

By: Edgardo Martinez
First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas, ministers to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Moving beyond charitable acts, they are also challenging a system that causes poverty and other injustices.

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How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?
How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?

By: Matthew J. Tuininga
While Christians respect the government's right to determine when and how refugees come into the U.S., we must pray and advocate for accepting as many refugees as is safe and feasible.

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North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families
North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families

By: Don Gordon
While government has a duty to secure its borders, a North Carolina Baptist church adopted two refugee families, responding to God's call to help the stranger and give aid to the needy.

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Migrants Sacrifice, Risk Death for Chance at Better Life
Migrants Sacrifice, Risk Death for Chance at Better Life

By: Juan Aragon
Migrants know the challenges facing them, even the lingering threat of death. Like Uziel, many make the sacrifice not only for their own personal benefit but also for the good of those they love. Here's his story.

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First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships
First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships

By: Victor Gomez
Building relationships is the first step for any ministry with immigrants. We can provide fish and teach people to fish, but will we make sure they have a fishing pole and access to the lake?

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Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines
Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.

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Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement
Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement

By: Philip Jenkins
While immigration is a political hot potato in the U.S., it also has religious implications. When ordinary people move from one area or another, sometimes reluctantly, they take their religion with them.

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8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary
8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary

By: Cliff Vaughn
With the abundance of news about immigrants, migrants and refugees, I reflected back on January 2011 when I worked on EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders." Here's what has stuck with me.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.

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Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant Leaders Endorse BRIDGE Act
Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant Leaders Endorse BRIDGE Act

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many Christian groups are supporting a bipartisan bill that safeguards from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

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Faith-Based Groups Central to U.S. Refugee Resettlement
Faith-Based Groups Central to U.S. Refugee Resettlement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. State Department assigns refugees admitted to the U.S. to one of nine organizations that assist them in the resettlement process. Six are faith-based organizations.

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What Is the Trump Wall?
What Is the Trump Wall?

By: Robert Parham
President Trump issued an executive order last week that authorized the building of a 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border barrier. While he's right to protect the nation's borders, the status of 750,000 dreamers is unclear.

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Bible Diversity on Display at Presidential Ceremony
Bible Diversity on Display at Presidential Ceremony

By: Robert Parham
The Bible was on display at President Trump's inauguration with passages from Psalms, Matthew and 1 Timothy. One would hope that these biblical texts shape President Trump's moral perspective.

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Divergent Approaches To POTUS Inaugural - Protest and Prayer
Divergent Approaches To POTUS Inaugural - Protest and Prayer

By: Robert Parham
Protest and prayer are divergent approaches to the inauguration. Protests express opposition. Prayers may express agreement with the new administration or be faithful to the biblical mandate to pray for leaders.

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Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources
Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources

A free PDF resource sheet with links to related EthicsDaily.com articles and videos, as well as outside resources to help churches engage constructively the issue of immigration.

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What King Taught Us About How To See One Another
What King Taught Us About How To See One Another

By: Alan Cross
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember that King did not just call us to come together. Rather, he challenged the reasons why we were apart in the first place.

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?
What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?

By: Robert Parham
Martin Luther King Jr.'s moral vision would encompass freedom for modern-day sex slaves and care for the undocumented.

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A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking
A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking

By: Robert Parham
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. While there's no doubt Baptists have taken a stand, let's use this day to become further engaged.

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3 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Call Immigrants 'Illegal'
3 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Call Immigrants 'Illegal'

By: Blake Hart
Whether or not someone has proper documentation should be irrelevant to Christians' desire to fellowship with them, to share our abundant resources in love and to fight for and defend their dignity.

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Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year
Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year

By: Robert Parham
Retired missionaries Bill and Audrey Cowley showed courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966 and built one of Africa's transformative educational institutions. They are EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
498 columns. 139 contributors. 125 news articles. These are a few snapshots of EthicsDaily.com's 2016 initiatives, providing a global perspective from goodwill people of faith on engaging pressing issues facing the world.

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3 Reasons Why Readers Give Donations to EthicsDaily.com
3 Reasons Why Readers Give Donations to EthicsDaily.com

By: Robert Parham
Seven columnists have shared why they support the Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com. Three common themes have emerged from their individual perspectives: trust, reliability and resources.

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Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants
Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants

By: Bob Newell
Obscured by today's cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its main characters. It's a story to which immigrants can relate.

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What Do I Want for Christmas?
What Do I Want for Christmas?

By: Robert Parham
"On earth, peace" was a ridiculous announcement at Jesus' birth. Since his birth, it's been an outlandish expectation, a preposterous promise. And yet, as Christmas nears, are we trying enough?

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Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For
Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For

By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants
European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
European churches are assessing media portrayal of refugees, highlighting ways in which media promote refugees' rights to speak on their own behalf and to uphold journalistic practices to challenge disinformation.

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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Mosquitoes, Mustard Seeds Have Huge Transformative Impact, So Do Our Readers
Mosquitoes, Mustard Seeds Have Huge Transformative Impact, So Do Our Readers

By: Robert Parham
Little things, like the mosquito, make a big impact. And the support of you and other readers helps us advance the common good and equip churches.

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Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers
Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers

By: Robert Parham
For 25 years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has walked through doors of opportunities, often not knowing what awaited us on the other side. Now, it's your turn to walk through a door with us with your financial support.

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Why Your Church Will Profit from Showing, Discussing 'The Disturbances'
Why Your Church Will Profit from Showing, Discussing 'The Disturbances'

By: Robert Parham
Seven reasons your church will profit from showing our new film on how missionaries saved lives in Nigeria in 1966 during a time of tribal genocide.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The tendency for selfish nationalistic policy and shifting blame toward the other is not a Lebanese problem. It is a human problem. We lack a moral and social imagination that can envision the needs of the other.

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The Day After a Season of Dysfunctional Politics:
The Day After a Season of Dysfunctional Politics: "Always Stay Humble and Kind"

By: Robert Parham
After a bruising presidential election, the Country Music Association's 2016 song of the year reminds us to always stay humble and kind.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.

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When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters
When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters

By: Simon Jones
When the French government closed the refugee camp in Calais, the lives of 2,000 people, many of them children, were disrupted. Neither the French nor British government had a plan to deal with the aftermath.

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Join in 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 2017
Join in 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 2017

By: Robert Parham
While Baptists have often been standoffish, one way to partner with other Christians would be for Baptists to participate in the global celebrations of the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary in 2017.

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Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp
Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp

By: Simon Jones
It's mid-afternoon at the refugee camp in Calais, France. An autumn sun warms the air and the show is about to begin. A government spokesperson explains to the press that this is not a destruction, but a cleansing.

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Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan
Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan

By: Brian Kaylor
An estimated 1.4 million Syrians fled south to Jordan over the past few years, a number equivalent to about 20 percent of Jordan's population. For many in Jordan, welcoming refugees is an act of hospitality.

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Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right
Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right

By: Robert Parham
A Pentagon video warns that mega-cities will break down into urban chaos by 2030. If the video's accurate, how will churches engage such a society?

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Plan for Nov. 9: Refocus Your Congregation from White House to Church House
Plan for Nov. 9: Refocus Your Congregation from White House to Church House

By: Robert Parham
Americans are unhappy with their presidential choices, and that gloom extends to churches. But remember this: Life is more than presidential politics.

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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Preventing Genocide Will Benefit from Christian, Jewish Teamwork
Preventing Genocide Will Benefit from Christian, Jewish Teamwork

By: Robert Parham
Genocide is painfully frequent, but few churches address it. By collaborating with the Jewish community, Baptists and evangelicals may perhaps make progress preventing future genocides.

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As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims
As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims

By: Robert Parham
Muslim leaders are concerned about the possibility of one of their holy days coinciding with 9/11's 15th anniversary. Before that date, Christians can take proactive steps now to build bridges with their Muslim neighbors.

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Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes
Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes

By: Zach Dawes
Repeat a lie often enough and people eventually believe it. Case in point, many people accept the myth that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes.

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Telling for the First Time Horrifying and Inspiring Stories of Christian Engagement
Telling for the First Time Horrifying and Inspiring Stories of Christian Engagement

By: Robert Parham
"The Disturbances" recounts the heroism of Christian missionaries and Nigerian leaders during 1966's genocide.

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New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos
New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos

By: Robert Parham
We've done the morally right things on the immigration front, but the dial hasn't moved, despite our moral critique and Bible thumping. To change the cultural ethos, we must shine the light on telling positive stories.

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A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe
A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe

By: Clare McBeath
We all know the Exodus story, in which Israelites wandered through foreign lands for 40 years en route to the Promised Land. Do we recognize the modern-day exodus story unfolding in Europe?

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How the Church Can Speak Up for the Thin Blue Line
How the Church Can Speak Up for the Thin Blue Line

By: Robert Parham
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said law enforcement faces a steady barrage of criticism and urged the silent majority to stand up and show their support. Here are four ways to do just that.

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Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?
Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?

By: Robert Parham
Two national Baptists bodies took steps on refugees but had little or nothing to say about the undocumented. Both refugees and the undocumented deserve a welcome and just treatment by Christians.

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Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary
Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary

By: Robert Parham
The people at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering were the event's highlight. Here are a few who shaped our past and lead our future.

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Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood
Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood

By: Martin Brooks
Why are these "foreigners" moving here? It's a sentiment shared by many, even Christians, as immigrants settle into their cities. But God determines where people move and live and does so with purpose.

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Mass Shooting Calls Christians to Prioritize the Fingerprints of God
Mass Shooting Calls Christians to Prioritize the Fingerprints of God

By: Robert Parham
The blame-game started soon after news broke about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Rather than finger pointing, one Christian path forward is looking for the fingerprint of God in others.

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When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting
When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting

By: Phil Palmer
Some media call them migrants, others may say immigrants or refugees. Much of our media is guilty, consciously or otherwise, of dehumanizing people in their reporting.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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Choosing the Apocalypse: Disaster or Utopia
Choosing the Apocalypse: Disaster or Utopia

By: Robert Parham
We're both fascinated with and fearful of an apocalyptic future. Our presidential candidates and their visions of the future reveal more about who they are than what the future will be.

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Two Revised, Expanded Study Guides Mark 25 Years of Proactive Moral Content
Two Revised, Expanded Study Guides Mark 25 Years of Proactive Moral Content

By: Robert Parham
Baptist Center for Ethics releases updated versions of two moral study guides designed to equip churches and encourage clergy.

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Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years
Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Fragmentary experiences inform and sharpen one's understanding of the world. As the Baptist Center for Ethics' executive director for 25 years, here are a few that have expanded my view of the world.

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What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?
What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?

By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.

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Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis
Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis

By: Bob Newell
As it wrestles with its own economic crisis, Greece must now feed and house many desperate refugees seeking safety and a better chance at life. And the daily grind of life wears almost everyone down.

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Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years
Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Plenty of serious issues have been tackled by the Baptist Center for Ethics over the last 25 years. But as we celebrate our quarter-century anniversary, let's focus on a few lighter moments.

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How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey
How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey

By: Juan Aragon
Noemi worked long hours for meager pay to support her family in a small Mexican town. After prayer and fasting, she made the treacherous journey to the U.S., where God has provided for her and her family.

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Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking
Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Child refugees are "particularly vulnerable" to exploitation by human traffickers, a report said. Unaccompanied minors as well as children separated from families are particularly susceptible.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants
Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (86 percent) of U.S. Protestant pastors said Christians should "care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners," yet 46 percent said their churches feared refugees coming to the U.S.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians
Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians

By: Sean McKenzie
Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.

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Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances
Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com's forthcoming documentary has its final title: "The Disturbances," scheduled for release this fall. It is the untold story of Christian missionaries saving lives in Nigeria amid genocide there in 1966.

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Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?
Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?

By: Robert Parham
Incivility and profanity are running rampant in the GOP primary season, with Donald Trump leading the pack. The same woes are surfacing on the Democratic side. Can churches help restore civility?

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How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment
How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment

By: Rebecca Brown
Worldwide, more than 20,000 people have been recruited by the smooth rhetoric of ISIS and their self-declared holy war. However, we can slow their recruitment efforts down if each of us does this.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits
U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits

By: EthicsDaily Staff
There's a lack of knowledge about the U.S. refugee resettlement process. And that inspired a panel discussion at a national mayors' gathering.

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Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration
Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-two Iowa pastors and a handful of national leaders have informed the 2016 presidential candidates that evangelical voters "are looking for a biblical approach regarding immigrants and immigration."

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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New Report Finds That Churches Create Stronger, Happier Families
New Report Finds That Churches Create Stronger, Happier Families

By: Robert Parham
The church plays a significant role in strengthening families, especially among African-Americans and Latinos, the authors of a new book said. Stronger families mean a stronger and healthier nation.

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?
Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?

By: Robert Parham
On Feb. 1, the question everyone is asking will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity?

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Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies
Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis addressed the global migrant-refugee crisis in a speech on Monday, urging a focus on human rights, global solidarity and compassion.

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A White Cracker and Colored Man Sat in the Same Boat
A White Cracker and Colored Man Sat in the Same Boat

By: Robert Parham
My grandfather put a small crack in the TV race barrier when he had an African-American guest on his local hunting-and-fishing show in the 1950s - a move that drew criticism from fellow church members.

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric
Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.

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Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way
Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way

By: Robert Parham
We won't win the war against Islamic extremists with drone strikes and military firepower. Overcoming terrorism must include Christians collaborating with goodwill Muslims. Here are five reasons why.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall
Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall

By: Robert Parham
A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training and president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Molly Marshall is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015.

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Bridging 4 Cultural Obstacles to Share God's Love
Bridging 4 Cultural Obstacles to Share God's Love

By: Juan Aragon
Followers of Jesus need to be intentional about making real and meaningful bridges with people from different languages, beliefs, values, behaviors, customs and attitudes.

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Where's the Good News?
Where's the Good News?

By: Robert Parham
The Christian Christmas tradition is about proclamations and promises of good news. Newspapers and cable TV, however, offer a steady drumbeat of bad news. So, where is the good news?

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Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels
Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels

By: Stuart Blythe
We dehumanize others by reducing them to mere labels and not seeing them as complex human being like us. What will it take for us to imagine them beyond the labels?

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Recognizing Refugees as the Shape of God's Heart
Recognizing Refugees as the Shape of God's Heart

By: Trevor Barton
Many refugees, like 7-year-old Maria, are seeking a new life and a deeper hope in a place that will welcome them with an open heart and a helping hand. Can you see them? They're in the shape of God's heart.

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The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees
The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
How should U.S. citizens in general and Baptists in particular respond to the U.S. accepting 12,000 Syrian refugees? We have two models. One serves those in great need; the other rejects them out of fear.

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Let's Build on the Good of Thanksgiving Day for the Good for Our Neighbors
Let's Build on the Good of Thanksgiving Day for the Good for Our Neighbors

By: Robert Parham
Thanksgiving in and of itself strengthens community and encourages neighborliness. Let's build on that for the continuous good for our neighbors.

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The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity
The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity

By: Colin Harris
The marriage between the evangelical and political right seems to have evolved into a relationship where the power it sought is now defining that faith and its responses to issues. But there may be hope.

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Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control
Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control

By: Zach Dawes
While the relationship between welcoming immigrants and wise border control is delicate, we cannot make decisions or form opinions rooted in fear.

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Faith Leaders Turn to Twitter to Express Prayers, Solidarity with the People of Paris
Faith Leaders Turn to Twitter to Express Prayers, Solidarity with the People of Paris

By: Robert Parham
In the wake of the Paris attacks, the faith community has rightly been at the forefront of lament, condemning terrorism as evil and refusing to demonize Islam.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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Meeting Donor Expectations with Tangible Results
Meeting Donor Expectations with Tangible Results

By: Robert Parham
Donors to EthicsDaily.com want to know their gifts make a difference, that we're good stewards of what they entrust to us. Here are 10 tangible results you receive from your EthicsDaily.com donation.

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Doing Good With Christmas Shopping
Doing Good With Christmas Shopping

By: Robert Parham
Americans will soon spend billions of dollars during the frenzied Christmas shopping season. Why not spend some of that money in ways that will advance the common good?

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What Is G-Word? And Why It Needs to be on Your Church's Agenda
What Is G-Word? And Why It Needs to be on Your Church's Agenda

By: Robert Parham
Religious leaders have urged President Obama to declare the actions of ISIS as genocide. Church leaders can help by doing what is morally prudent and stepping up with statements and sermons about genocide.

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Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration
Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration

By: Walid Zailaa
Because of the ongoing Middle East crisis, many from neighboring countries have crossed into Lebanon to seek a safer location. The story of Ruth has lessons to teach the church on how to respond.

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4 Things Confederate Rebels, Immigrants Have in Common
4 Things Confederate Rebels, Immigrants Have in Common

By: Sean McKenzie
You wouldn't think those who fly rebel flags from pick-up trucks have much in common with advocates of undocumented immigrants, but here are four things they share - along with one key difference.

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Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.
Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.

By: Robert Parham
The persecution of Christians is undeniable in some parts of the world. However, we water down these real hardships when we overstate what we claim is persecution of Christians in the U.S.

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Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.
Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.

By: Robert Parham
The persecution of Christians is undeniable in some parts of the world. However, we water down these real hardships when we overstate what we claim is persecution of Christians in the U.S.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week
The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

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Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

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Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda
Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda

By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

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Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis
Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis

By: Nabil Costa
One Lebanese Baptist knows the unease many European Christians feel as refugees cross their borders, but now's the time to cast off fear and reflect God's love.

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Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric
Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric

By: James Gordon
Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.

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Ze or Xyr Proposed to Replace Gender Pronouns He and She
Ze or Xyr Proposed to Replace Gender Pronouns He and She

By: Robert Parham
If some U.S. universities get their way, "ze" and "xyr" will replace the "he" and "she" in the English language. Will replacing gender-specific pronouns for gender-neutral ones really contribute to a good society?

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Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria
Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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4 Reasons to Support Iran Nuclear Agreement
4 Reasons to Support Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Robert Parham
More than 50 U.S. Christian leaders signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation's nuclear program.

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British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants
British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants

By: Paul Hobson
British volunteers, including two Baptist ministers and several young Baptist church members, visited a migrant camp in a French coastal city where thousands hope to make it to Britain's shores.

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Survey: U.S.-Born Hispanics Receive Better Societal Treatment than Foreign-Born
Survey: U.S.-Born Hispanics Receive Better Societal Treatment than Foreign-Born

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Mistreatment of foreign-born Hispanics living in the U.S. remains significantly higher than that experienced by Hispanics born here, a poll found.

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Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface
Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface

By: David Swartz
On one hand, modern-day secularism seemingly runs rampant throughout Europe. However, the numerous storefront immigrant churches suggest that narratives of secularization aren't so rigid.

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Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric
Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants continue to make headlines, joining a host of other false and negative narratives about immigrants.

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Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness
Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness

By: Robert Parham
Donald Trump's headline-grabbing agenda on immigration is unbiblical and unworkable. The biblical witness is abundantly clear. We are to treat immigrants with kindness and justice.

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British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect
British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect

By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings
Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings

By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.

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Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants
Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
Prejudices and cultural biases hinder our mission efforts, much like they did back when Peter and other believers avoided the Gentiles. Today, we see immigrants as a threat, not as a chance to reflect God's love.

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Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress
Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress

By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. Here's an overview.

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EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story
EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is taking four initiatives to provide extensive coverage of the Baptist World Congress meeting from July 22-26 in South Africa.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists
Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

By: Robert Parham
U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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3 Observations about Supreme Court's 5-4 Decision
3 Observations about Supreme Court's 5-4 Decision

By: Shaun King
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states will be debated for years to come. Here are three observations to help Christians respond to our 5-4 culture.

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4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants
4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
The practices of hospitality and loving strangers are essential to our identity as Jesus' followers. How can we put those disciplines into practice with the immigrants among us? Here are four ways.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon
Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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Praise Be for Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
Praise Be for Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

By: Robert Parham
Pope Francis will release his encyclical - one of the highest forms of teaching for a pope - on the environment next week. His words will wash over every other church body - even Baptists.

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U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally
U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority in the United States supports avenues to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, a new Pew Research Center survey says.

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Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader
Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader

By: Robert Parham
Ethics luncheon attendees will get a peek at a new documentary - an untold story - about missionaries during a time of genocide in Nigeria in 1966.

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Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis
Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants desperate to escape violence and persecution are being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. Although government action has been anemic, the faith community must point to a better path.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families
U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Catholic report says the U.S. immigrant detention system causes despair, fractures families, violates human rights standards and lessens national prestige.

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Let's Not Confuse Freedom of Speech with Moral Rightness
Let's Not Confuse Freedom of Speech with Moral Rightness

By: Robert Parham
When does provoking hatred cross the line from free speech to irresponsible speech? What the Pamela Gellers of the world do may be legally acceptable. But that doesn't make it morally right.

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Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric
Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric

By: James Gordon
Christians must call their leaders to a better path, reminding them of their moral obligation to set aside partisan politics and respond constructively to aid migrant refugees.

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Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds
Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds

By: Robert Parham
The church faces many disagreements over social issues, worship, theology and structure, but one area of agreement appears to be the need to treat the stranger with kindness and justice.

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Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible
Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible

By: Robert Parham
To understand better white Baptists of the South on race, you need to remember a forgotten figure, A.C. Miller, and a slice of history, 1954's Southern Baptist Convention.

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How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose
How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose

By: Juan Aragon
God not only shows compassion and mercy toward foreigners in the Bible, but also uses immigrants today to fulfill his divine purposes in the world. Here are two examples.

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Genocide Is Worse Than War
Genocide Is Worse Than War

By: Robert Parham
Genocide needs to be part of the moral agenda of churches. The church is a global network with boots on the ground almost everywhere. Perhaps the church could be the first fire alarm to stop genocide.

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Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good
Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good

By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.

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Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants
Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
More than 41 million people living in the U.S. were immigrants in 2013. For their condition to change, they can't remain nameless. We must get to know them and their stories.

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Obamacare's Critics Childishly Play 'Simon Says'
Obamacare's Critics Childishly Play 'Simon Says'
By: Colin Harris
Challenging the effort to make health coverage available to the millions who did not have it on the basis of wording that obscures the stated intention of the law sounds a lot like a childish game of "Simon Says."
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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent
Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.

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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling
Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War
Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War

By: Robert Parham
Bryant Durham was one of at least 12 Southern Baptist missionaries in eastern Nigeria after that region declared independence in 1966. His dissertation chronicles the Christian relief effort during the genocide.

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When We Make Children Live in Shadows
When We Make Children Live in Shadows
By: Trevor Barton
Tomás is 9 years old and from Honduras. He is trying to learn new words and strange phrases that will allow him to live in his new world in South Carolina. But for now, he lives in the shadows.
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Economic Inequality Is Pressing Challenge for the Church
Economic Inequality Is Pressing Challenge for the Church
By: Robert Parham
As the gap between the super rich and everyone else continues to expand, an anti-poverty advocacy group offered three objectives that are worthy of church advocacy.
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Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks
Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than two dozen governors shared positive economic outlooks in their State of the State addresses. Education and criminal justice were popular topics with most of those politicians.

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Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
By: Robert Parham
The Catholic Church appears to be ready to take on climate change in an energetic way, putting them at odds with the anemic response from the U.S. Protestant community. Let civility prevail.
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7 Reasons To Be Bullish in 2015 When Pessimism Abounds
7 Reasons To Be Bullish in 2015 When Pessimism Abounds
By: Robert Parham
Pessimism is in abundant supply in America, but there are plenty of reasons to be bullish about 2015. Here are some of those reasons that we see at EthicsDaily.com. 
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Start 2015 with a Covenant of Renewal
Start 2015 with a Covenant of Renewal
By: Robert Parham
Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Unbroken," organized her life around her brilliant storytelling skills. Martin Luther King Jr. organized his life around helping others. For 2015, what will you organize your life around?
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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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Global Religious Leaders Pledge to Eradicate Modern Slavery
Global Religious Leaders Pledge to Eradicate Modern Slavery

By: Robert Parham
Leaders of the world's major religions gathered recently at the Vatican to show their united commitment to ending "modern slavery." It's an issue around which many rank-and-file churches can collaborate.

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Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
By: Zach Dawes
After the midterms, the hope for bipartisanship in our nation's capital appears dim. Despite the continued dysfunction, one issue may spark bipartisan collaboration in 2015: prison reform.
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Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries on prisons, racism and immigration are coming back for an encore on an expanding network focused on African Americans.
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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger

By: Robert Parham
Political power has shifted. Will it lead to more partisan fragmentation, public frustration and government failure? Or will both parties seek collaborative effort and the common good?

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10 Principles for Just Money
10 Principles for Just Money
By: Robert Parham
As the Christian faith developed Just War principles to guide governments and soldiers, we need Just Money principles to guide governments and financial traders – and bankers.
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Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com makes a difference for one simple earthly reason: our community. That includes our staff, our board and our readers. It's time to share our grateful thanks with them.
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Jesus Loved the Poor. Why Don't Some of His Followers?
Jesus Loved the Poor. Why Don't Some of His Followers?
By: Mike Harton
Jesus spent most of his time on this earth ministering to the poor and disenfranchised. However, when it comes to issues affecting the poor today, many of his followers show little sympathy.
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7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.
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4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
By: Robert Parham
Before "Through the Door" premieres on Oct. 9 on National Religious Broadcasters Network, you can help spread the word via these four ways.
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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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"Duck Dynasty" Patriarch's Phil Robertson Plan for ISIS Sounds Like Holy War
By: Robert Parham
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson cherry-picks Bible verses to justify his convert-or-die theology.
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A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees
A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees

By: Elijah Brown
As the Old Testament's Ruth shows us, people of faith should be among the first who follow the biblical narrative's call to welcome the refugees and displaced within our communities.

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Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
By: Robert Parham
We often hear calls for "macro-justice"—sweeping actions for social change to correct wrongs. Frankly, we need more micro-justice initiatives for social change and less macro-justice rhetoric.
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Fundraising Goal Met; Documentary Airs Tonight
Fundraising Goal Met; Documentary Airs Tonight
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com met its $3,000 fundraising to cover costs for getting "Gospel Without Borders" quality-ready for TV broadcast on the same week that the documentary aired on Soul of the South Network.
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Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
By: Robert Parham
Washington failed to pass federal immigration reform, leaving U.S. Christians at a proverbial fork in the road.
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Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope
Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope
By: Juan Aragon
Immigrants live in the shadows of reality. They come to live in a land where their labor is desired and needed, yet they are unwanted and unwelcome. Will the church provide a community for migrant people?
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Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast
Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast

By: Robert Parham
Ethics Daily.com addresses real issues in a 24/7 world. That's why we're seeking your help to raise $3,000 this week.

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Special Appeal: $3,000 Needed This Week for Documentary TV Broadcast
Special Appeal: $3,000 Needed This Week for Documentary TV Broadcast
By: Robert Parham
A special version of "Gospel Without Borders" will air next week on Soul of the South Network. Learn how you can partner with us today.
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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Faith, Immigration
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Faith, Immigration
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will begin airing "Gospel Without Borders" at 8 p.m. Central time on Aug. 18.
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Learn to Speak BCE
Learn to Speak BCE
By: Robert Parham
Laughter is missing in much of the Christian community, even though the biblical witness has encouraging words about laughter. As good as laughter is for the soul, we laugh too little.
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Prayer, Action Needed in Response to Ebola Virus Outbreak
Prayer, Action Needed in Response to Ebola Virus Outbreak

By: Robert Parham
The spreading epidemic of the Ebola virus challenges houses of faith to pray for West Africa and governments to act. Will we turn away from those in need or be moved to action?

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Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
By: Robert Parham
The cultural narrative that building prisons builds up the local economy doesn't appear to apply to Alabama's Pickens County. That's just one finding uncovered during a trip to the South.
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Faith Leaders Call for Compassion Toward Undocumented Children
Faith Leaders Call for Compassion Toward Undocumented Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith leaders are calling their followers to be compassionate toward the undocumented children crossing in large numbers into the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Alliance pivoted to Sub-Saharan Africa at its annual gathering in Turkey, with the election of a new president from Africa and plans for the 2015 World Baptist Congress in South Africa.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

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

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Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
By: Robert Parham
Witnessing for peace through tweets and prayers might seem an anemic alternative to the hard power of missiles and military budgets, yet Jesus chose such "anemia" with his message of peace.
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border
Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border

By: Robert Parham
More than 37,000 children--most without accompanying parents--have crossed the border this year. It's a humanitarian calamity, a political debacle and a moral challenge for the Christian community.

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Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
By: Robert Parham
Having spent $1.7 trillion in war costs in Iraq, not counting the long-term veteran care, is it right to go into this war? The eight Just War principles give us some nonpartisan guidance.
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Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration
Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The primary crossing location for undocumented immigrants has moved to Texas' Rio Grande Valley, and Central American children are crossing in record numbers.

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TV Network Will Broadcast EthicsDaily Documentaries
TV Network Will Broadcast EthicsDaily Documentaries
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com is coming again to your television. Soul of the South Network, an African-American network reaching more than 20 million homes, will air three of our documentaries in July.
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What's Next?
What's Next?
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is more intentionally providing faith content for TV. We hope that TV will increase the use of our documentaries in churches as tools for moral education and engagement.
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Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
By: Robert Parham
Secular partisan division is increasingly occupying and harming congregations. Churches that remain nonpartisan are becoming increasingly rare. We must abandon our political silos.
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Majority Still Favor Path to Citizenship for Undocumented
Majority Still Favor Path to Citizenship for Undocumented
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Despite Washington's delays, a strong majority of Americans—62 percent—still favor immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, a new report says.
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Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?
Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?

By: Robert Parham
Attention has increased on the plight of Christians in the Middle East for several years. Are we approaching a tipping point?

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Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient
Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient

By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good.

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Mistaken Hearing Leads to Rewarding Discovery--Hebrew Prophets in Hip Hop
Mistaken Hearing Leads to Rewarding Discovery--Hebrew Prophets in Hip Hop

By: Robert Parham
Whether or not The Black Eyed Peas are Christian, their compelling song, "One Tribe," could easily be a theme song for the faithful.

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Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
By: Robert Parham
As both political parties posture, the U.S. relentlessly detains and deports the undocumented, almost all of whom are poor and most of whom seek a better life.
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Undocumented Shift Crossing Location to South Texas
Undocumented Shift Crossing Location to South Texas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Undocumented immigrants have shifted their crossing location into the U.S. More now move through the Rio Grande Valley area rather than the Tucson, Arizona, sector.

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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry
Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry
By: Mark Reece
Piney Grove Baptist Church is rediscovering who their neighbors are in their multiracial community, starting ministries to tutor children with immigrant parents and to feed their community.
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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform
Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform

By: Robert Parham
As Alabama struggles to address its broken corrections system, a GOP state senator there said three reforms are needed to fix the nation's prison system. How will churches help in the meantime?

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Should You Hail High Court's Redefinition of Civic Prayer?
Should You Hail High Court's Redefinition of Civic Prayer?
By: Chuck Warnock
Many will regard the Supreme Court's ruling on public prayer as an unqualified win for Christians. Before we celebrate, we must ask if we want our public prayers defined by the high court's criteria.
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Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 2
Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 2

By: Phil Jump
Romania's entry into the European Union in January revealed immigration fears within the United Kingdom, but British Baptists must allow their attitudes to be shaped by the values of their faith.

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Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 1
Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 1

By: Phil Jump
Inaccurate and misleading statistics and anecdotes inform an alarming amount of public opinion about immigration. Will churches accept this negativity or follow the biblical call to welcome the stranger?

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A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
By: Robert Parham
Two Baptist ethics professors, Glen Stassen and Dan McGee, recently passed away; their deaths represent an end of an era in Baptist ethics.
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Study: Language, Work Key for Immigrants to Integrate Successfully
Study: Language, Work Key for Immigrants to Integrate Successfully
By: EthicsDaily Staff
While immigration reform remains divisive, everyone wants to see immigrants thrive in the U.S., a new report says.
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Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
By: Robert Parham
Twitter can bring great harm and much good. Houses of faith can use it to fill the public square with transformative values.
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Are You Reaching the Samaritans in Your Community?
Are You Reaching the Samaritans in Your Community?
By: Juan Aragon
Jesus invites us to follow his example to go into forbidden territory to be in relationship with racially rejected and unwelcomed people so we can share the hope we have found in him.
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What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?
What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?

By: Robert Parham
The U.S. had about 850,000 mental health inpatient beds in 1985. Today, there are only about 50,000 beds. Where are all these patients going? And what can churches do to help?

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NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
By: Robert Parham
Pastor Sam Tolbert, interviewed in an EthicsDaily.com documentary about Baptists and Muslims, is one of three running to lead a major African-American Baptist denomination.
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Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
By: Robert Parham
We need to challenge the entitlement mindset, not necessarily all "entitlement programs."
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What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience
What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience
By: Cliff Vaughn
Sharing conversations with people who have decades of experience is a privilege that's enlivening and empowering. EthicsDaily.com's media producer discusses several souls who have impressed him.
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Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility
Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility

By: Robert Parham
As recidivism rates go up, prisons are costing more and failing society. But they are not the only ones that are failing society. Too few churches have prioritized a commitment atop Jesus' moral agenda - prisons.

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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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Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection
Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection

By: Robert Parham
When wild-game dinner outreach events transform into Second Amendment rallies, houses of faith are used for political purposes.

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Aspirations for the
Aspirations for the "Son of God" Diverge from Those for "The Passion of the Christ"
By: Robert Parham
Aspirations for "Son of God" are more down to earth as Christian leaders have learned from hype surrounding "The Passion of the Christ."
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Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation
Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation
By: Robert Parham
Christian meetings in 2014 disclose two trends. One: Predictable gatherings with the same "old" programs and speakers. The other: Passionate, content-rich events with much to celebrate and contribute.
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Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
By: Bob Newell
Like a baby chick crying out for rescue in a busy street, immigrants often have their ears attuned to hear the desperate cry of the less fortunate over life's background noises. What do we hear?
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Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking
Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking
By: Robert Parham
Sex trafficking exploits some 21 million people globally, including 100,000 children in the U.S. While the church has said little, we can begin to reach across the aisles to make a difference.
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If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We?
If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We?
By: Robert Parham
If Jesus were alive today, "he would be causing havoc," said the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The church needs to spend a lot more time considering the upside to havoc or disruptive innovation.
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One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
By: Robert Parham
Those involved in prison ministry don't draw attention to their good works. As you'll see in "Through the Door," they give thanks for the privilege to do good works that point toward the Father.
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Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
By: Robert Parham
To make progress on reducing income inequality, we need to abandon either-or propositions and unite on sensible both-and solutions. 
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Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading
Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading
By: Robert Parham
President Obama's comment comparing marijuana as "no more dangerous than alcohol" was misleading and muddled. One would have hoped he would have been more clear-headed. 
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Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List
Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List
By: Robert Parham
Christians need to be informed and on guard against political and ideological half-truths. One way to do so is to have multiple sources of news and information. Al Jazeera is a good start to your list.
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Competing Theological Frameworks Shape Approaches to Criminal Justice
Competing Theological Frameworks Shape Approaches to Criminal Justice

By: Robert Parham
From across the theological waterfront, a number of thoughtful faith leaders and those with experience working in prisons favor restorative justice. But when will our society follow suit?

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Pope Francis' Catchword Could Be Our Watchword for 2014
Pope Francis' Catchword Could Be Our Watchword for 2014
By: Robert Parham
Getting to know the other for the sake of knowing the other, rather than persuading them that they're wrong and must change, is the more Christian way. For Pope Francis, this is the "culture of encounter."
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
One of the best ways to "keep Christ in Christmas" is to think more about what we can mine from the biblical story that enriches our understanding of who Jesus was. Joseph is a good place to start.
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Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ
Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ

Radio show host Rush Limbaugh accused Pope Francis of Marxism following the pontiff's warning about the idolatry of money. What's clear is how little Limbaugh knows about Christianity.

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Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Let's remember our history. Not all who now praise the late Nelson Mandela or their spiritual forefathers were with the South African leader when it counted. Many of them were with apartheid.
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Desert Trip Offers Unique Perspective on Immigration
Desert Trip Offers Unique Perspective on Immigration
More than 180 migrants, who died crossing tan Arizona desert, were commemorated in a church service. One of them, 22-year-old Mireya, made an impression on one volunteer.
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Jesus' Financial Backers Included Philanthropists from the East - The Wise Men
Jesus' Financial Backers Included Philanthropists from the East - The Wise Men

Scripture doesn't say what happened to the wise men's gold. Is it unreasonable to speculate that good things happened for Jesus and his family because of the gift of gold?

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Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations
Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations

After peeling away the layers of mythology that now surround the first Thanksgiving meal, we find a needed reminder that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to offer help.

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What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
After months of deliberation – and vacillation – the deadline is upon us to put a title on EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith. As the editing process draws to a close, it's time to decide.
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Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Washington's failure to deal with immigration reform need not set the church's agenda. Our agenda ought to be set by the biblical witness to treat the undocumented kindly and to seek justice for them.
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Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?
Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?

The premier screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith will be held in February 2014. Your church can make a difference by scheduling a screening in your community.

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Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
When the U.S. Supreme Court gathers today to hear oral arguments in a case on legislative prayers, it could lead to a new era of defining the First Amendment. Baptist groups are split on the issue.
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Skin in the Game is Needed in Corporations, Churches, Even in Nation's Capital
Skin in the Game is Needed in Corporations, Churches, Even in Nation's Capital
If you believe in something, you'll have a personal investment in it. It's true for companies, churches and government. Federal politicians should show moral leadership and sign up for the ACA.
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Recovering a Moral Critique of Debt
Recovering a Moral Critique of Debt

Progressive Christians have a truncated moral agenda when it comes to economic debt. Instead of pretending it doesn't matter, we must recognize the biblical witness: Debt is destructive.

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Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
If you decide to watch "Captain Phillips," a PG-13 film loosely based on a 2009 maritime hijacking, go armed with more than an understanding that the American way is not the global way.
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The Bible Speaks on Prisons
The Bible Speaks on Prisons

As prisons and imprisonment are threads that run through the Bible, prison ministry and concern about prisons ought to run more powerfully through churches.

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Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
While politicians play the blame game during the government shutdown, another event showed how ecumenical collaboration is pivotal to advancing the common good in a broken world.
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Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Finding the balance between our vocations and making time for vacation is a challenge for many. God called us to do his work, but the biblical narrative teaches us that God rested.
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Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs are wisdom sayings that keep us grounded, give us insights into wise living, and help us make good decisions. They may be secular; they may be religious.
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ISAAC Project Opens Center to Help Immigrants
ISAAC Project Opens Center to Help Immigrants
The Immigration Service and Aid Center recently opened its doors on a Texas campus to directly help immigrants work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship.
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Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
President Obama has set forth a false choice: Do nothing about Syria's use of chemical weapons or bomb Syria. The either/or framing makes military action appear righteous.
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As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the
As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the "Just War" Rules?

"Just War" is a time-honored, moral tool for critiquing government war-making arguments. As Obama lobbies for military action - war - against Syria, what are the "Just War" rules?

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Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
As a humanitarian agency reports thousands suffering from a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the international community ponders what to do, and the global Christian community remains mostly silent.
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As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement
As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement

Abundant press reports underscore the reality of interfaith conflict - from deadly to mean-spirited. But there are unseen stories of goodwill Christians, Muslims and Buddhists working together.

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Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual
Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual

Many conservative people of faith are involved in prison ministry. But they're far less concerned about where to place the blame than what to do that makes a difference to offenders and their families.

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Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
If it's wrong for whites to speak derogatorily about blacks, it is just as wrong for blacks to speak derogatorily about whites. Here's what goodwill people of faith can do about racial slurs.
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Ark. Faith Leaders to Congressmen: Support Immigration Reform
Ark. Faith Leaders to Congressmen: Support Immigration Reform
Undocumented immigrants living in our society's shadows are our neighbors. It's time for our congressional leaders to help these families and pass a just and humane reform of our immigration system.
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Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Don't think that today's older Americans just dream about the past. Retirement-aged Christians are at the leading edge of addressing a host of social justice and mercy ministry initiatives.
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What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
Mitch Swallows won't be released from prison until 2034. With about 20 years to go on his sentence, he's using his time to be productive and to make his family proud.
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For Christians, Immigration Reform Boils Down to Love
For Christians, Immigration Reform Boils Down to Love

The U.S. Senate passed sweeping immigration reform, but the bill's journey in the House is going to be difficult. As Christians, our love for neighbor should move us toward immigration reform.

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Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch following George Zimmerman's acquittal, but inflammatory rhetoric only makes a reasonable conversation on race next to impossible.
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House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
The House GOP passed a farm bill that included no funding for food stamps, placing our most vulnerable at greater risk. Christianity's message is clear – protect the poor.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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Catholic Justices Break with Church's Advocacy for Workers
Catholic Justices Break with Church's Advocacy for Workers
In two rulings, five of the six Supreme Court justices, who are Roman Catholics, went against their church's tradition of advocating for the dignity and rights of workers.
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Border Control Is a Moral Issue
Border Control Is a Moral Issue

While elected officials in both congressional houses bat around the details of border control, perhaps it would be helpful for the Christian community to think morally about border control.

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How Should Christians Respond to Immigration Reform Debate?
How Should Christians Respond to Immigration Reform Debate?
As Christians who follow a Savior who lived as an alien rejected by his own, why are so many apathetic about developing a compassionate response to the immigration issue?
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Uriah – An Outsider Welcomed When It Was Useful
Uriah – An Outsider Welcomed When It Was Useful
Although he abided by the Torah, Uriah the Hittite was regarded as an outsider. Because of his hybrid identity, his story is all too familiar to immigrants struggling for identity.
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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
Citing the Bible, a Tennessee congressman justified cutting food stamps to the poor even though he's accepted millions in federal farm subsidies. That's hypocrisy.
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Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Our children need responsible fathers. Our social well-being depends on it. This Father's Day, churches would do well to make responsible fatherhood a hallmark for their moral agenda.
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Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
The targeting of conservative faith groups with a moral perspective at odds with the Obama administration should concern Americans of faith. Making matters worse – the IRS' pattern of deception.
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Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
When government engages in abuses of power, faith leaders should offer a moral critique without regard to political leanings or alliances. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.
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Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
If patience is a virtue to which Christians aspire, then impatience and passivity – resting at opposite ends of the continuum – are temptations to which Christians often succumb.
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"Duck Dynasty" Offers Good, Clean Television Fun
The bearded and camouflage-clad men of TV's "Duck Dynasty" prove that a show can be a hit without profanity and promiscuity. Just ask the 9.6 million who saw the finale.
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What If Immigration Proposal Applied to Christianity?
What If Immigration Proposal Applied to Christianity?
The first-century church may have quarreled about who could be legitimate Christians, but let's be glad they didn't require all the steps proposed for undocumented immigrants.
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Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Executed April 9, Rickey Lynn Lewis left behind a few possessions – shoes, slippers, a coffee pot, soap, deodorant, a few clothes. Not much, but they held great value to newly freed prisoners.
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After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
For the most part, the blast of the first shockwave at the Boston Marathon moved people of faith to prayer. But what do we do after praying and mourning for the victims?
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Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
If religion is to be more than ritual, and Christianity more than ceremony, houses of faith and faith groups need to think more about the theology of taxation.
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4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
Poverty, lack of education, no health insurance all create barriers for many people who need health care. Here are four ways your church can help meet their needs.
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Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Following United Methodists' lead, the Christian community must separate itself from politics and drop the words "illegals" and "illegal immigrants" from their vocabulary.
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Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
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Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
When civil rights groups align with disease-causing industries and oppose initiatives to improve the health of their communities, they work against their own communities' common good.
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase
Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase

Given the high probability that drones kill mostly civilians, it's hard to see how their use passes one of the time-honored rules of Just War - avoiding civilian casualties.

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Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Migrant workers in Lebanon are governed by a system prone to abuse and that gives too much power to employers, but churches offer reconciliation between Lebanese and migrants.
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Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Over the past two decades, states' expenses on prisons and jails have quadrupled, costing an average of $31,307 per inmate. What role can the faith community play?
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Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
When sequestration brinksmanship is more important to Washington than justice, faith leaders must speak out. Some 100 faith officials have done just that. Will local clergy join in?
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Skype Interview: Eileen Kidd and Tutoring Immigrants in North Carolina
Skype Interview: Eileen Kidd and Tutoring Immigrants in North Carolina
A North Carolina church's decision to tutor immigrant Hispanic children grew into a ministry to reach their parents. Learn more in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Moral Witness by Signature – Does It Make a Difference in Public Square?
Moral Witness by Signature – Does It Make a Difference in Public Square?
If ministers affix our names to documents, vote for resolutions or support public efforts in private, let's make sure our own shareholders know what we've done and why.
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For Christians, Immigration Reform Rooted in Solidarity
For Christians, Immigration Reform Rooted in Solidarity
In our culture of divisive politics, Christians have missed the mark when it comes to immigration. Our Christian duty is to love and be in solidarity with immigrants. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Skype Interview: Stephen Copley on Immigration DVD's Impact
Skype Interview: Stephen Copley on Immigration DVD's Impact
When church people are exposed to good information about what the Bible says about immigration, they are receptive to change, a Methodist minister says in an EthicsDaily.com Skype interview. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Obama:
Obama: "The Time Has Come" for Immigration Reform
As he urged a joint session of Congress to tackle immigration reform, President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of faith leaders.
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Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Faith leaders' first responsibility is to speak morally about the plight of the undocumented and the need for just and compassionate change. A five-point statement does just that.
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Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law
Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law

While federal immigration reform is needed, we must take care not to feed false stereotypes about the undocumented, including the notion that they don't pay taxes.

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How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
Human beings need their physical needs met at a basic level. As winter hits Greece, PORTA – the Albania House in Athens has a warm building to welcome immigrants.
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Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
"Gospel Without Borders," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, will be screened at this week's annual meeting of Christian Churches Together.
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Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Lance Armstrong's confession provided a splendid but largely missed opportunity to talk about sin, confession, forgiveness, redemption and restitution. Do we have moral amnesia?
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Albanian immigrants in Greece often can't take advantage of extra private schooling for their kids. Bob and Janice Newell explain how they help in the latest EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long
January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long

Human trafficking, which enslaves nearly 27 million globally, is one of the issues where the faith community can make a meaningful difference. And many already are.

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President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
Mitt Romney was pulverized for flip-flopping, shading ideas to the point of distortion and making up facts. Within weeks of re-election, President Obama has done the same thing.
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Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
In two of 2012's most media-covered sermons, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for peace. Their messages also contained a defense of Christianity.
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Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen
Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen

Glen Stassen, who has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years, is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012.

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Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Practicing Christians would do well to remember and recite how the faith community builds social capital. Look at Nashville and consider what your faith community has done.
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Hope Plus Five
Hope Plus Five
The Baptist Center for Ethics began in hope. Hope has kept BCE on track and keeps it moving forward. But hope doesn't travel alone. Meet hope's five companions.
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Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
A forthright critique of Obama's plan to limit tax deductions on charitable giving is now required. Charitable giving is fundamental to tens of thousands of houses of faith and their many institutions.
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For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
Surviving the end of civilization is popular on TV shows. While faith seems to play a minor role in these shows and with real-life preppers, it matters when things fall apart.
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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
After the election, the prospects for civility and the common good are even bleaker. But churches can help our society find a constructive way forward in this polarized culture.
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Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
With calcifying incivility, ideological rigidity and deadening polarization, churches must play their part to hold our nation together. Now is the season for healing and creating common ground.
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Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
More civility from pulpits and in church programs would go a long way toward decreasing cultural polarization, ideological rigidity, plain meanness and outright falsehoods.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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Where Is the Good News?
Where Is the Good News?
No matter where you turn – your TV, newspaper or computer – bad news is easy to find. But there's a source of good news, too. And it's as close as EthicsDaily.com's Skype interviews.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
A papyrus fragment that some say shows that Jesus was married has created a global flutter. In today's itchy-ear culture, it's tough for sound teaching to compete with wild myths.
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Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
The White House ruled that young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for federal health care, but denying them access to health care benefits is no real welcome.
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Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
The dominant narrative is that Muslims are filled with rage and hate the U.S. As Islamic leaders speak out against extremist violence, will Christians have the courage to stand with them?
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Problems or Partners? How Will Churches View Migrants?
Problems or Partners? How Will Churches View Migrants?
Migration and mission have always been an important part of the Christian story. Will the church see migrants not as a problem but as partners in our missional journey?
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Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
The Democratic National Convention revealed that the Democratic Party is struggling to become a mirror image of the GOP – on faith. It's a move that misuses faith.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Screening in Charlotte

The EthicsDaily.com documentary Gospel Without Borders screened at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012. This page accumulates resources related to the event.

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Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
As the football season kicks off, fans will soon see athletes kneeling for touchdown prayers. We should be grateful for this countercultural witness in our culture of autonomy.
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BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
The Baptist Center for Ethics assembled ecumenical panels for two screenings of its documentary on faith and immigration, including one across the street from the Democrats' convention.
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Religion Emerges at Democratic National Convention
Religion Emerges at Democratic National Convention
Over 90 faith leaders, elected officials and Democratic delegates filed into a Catholic church in downtown Charlotte yesterday for a screening and panel discussion focused on faith and immigration.
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Undocumented
Undocumented "Freedom Riders" to Attend Faith and Immigration Event in Charlotte
Undocumented immigrants will be among the attendees at the Baptist Center for Ethics' faith and immigration event on Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.
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A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
What do you get when faith leaders from many denominations unite at a gathering during the Democratic National Convention? A collaborative effort to focus on the plight of the undocumented.
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Methodist Bishop Praises EthicsDaily.com Immigration Documentary
Methodist Bishop Praises EthicsDaily.com Immigration Documentary
EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" thoughtfully shares the gospel truth about the critical work of immigration reform, says United Methodist bishop Minerva Carcaño.
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Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Ignoring all that religion does for the common good, an atheists' group is buying billboards during the Democratic National Convention to slam Christianity.
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Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
David Barton's book, "The Jefferson Lies," has been pulled by its publisher, citing too many errors. Conservatives have called out Barton for his misuse of history.
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Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Atheists and Christians will offer competing agendas about religion's role in the public square when the Democratic National Convention meets in North Carolina in early September.
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Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
The humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria is "very difficult" and "very painful," a Lebanese Baptist leader said. Baptist groups are offering humanitarian aid and helping refugees.
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Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
After the killings and woundings in the Colorado movie theater shooting, one would have expected faith leaders to take on the gun lobby. One would have been wrong.
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EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com's showing of its documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," during the Democratic National Convention will show political leaders the urgency of addressing immigration reform.
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Faith Without Works Kills
Faith Without Works Kills
In the wake of the Colorado theater shooting, we have witnessed leaders who point toward God without pointing toward the moral obligation for the well-being of neighbor.
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Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
The prison population is exploding. And the U.S. has shifted from a focus on rehabilitation to punishment only, former President Jimmy Carter tells EthicsDaily.com.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Screening During Democratic National Convention
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Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology shapes how we read the Bible and how we connect to community. Can people of faith continue to make use of the best of affordable technology while avoiding its temptations?
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Leaders at the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering approved a resolution to direct two of its agencies to develop a plan to offset the carbon footprint of BWA meetings.
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Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
As more people are becoming victims of environmental degradation, can Christians stop the exploitation and injustice? Perhaps looking at the Trinity holds the answer.
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Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists honored an Englishman, who wrote 400 years ago to the King England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed they had the divine right to determine their subjects' faith.
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Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptist-Muslim relationships. Sustainable development. Religious freedom. All are on the agenda when global Baptists meet for the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Chile.
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Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
While reaction to the high court's decision on Arizona's immigration law is mixed, one thing is clear: We need intensive moral education from goodwill people of faith.
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High Court Erases State's Corrupt Practices Act
High Court Erases State's Corrupt Practices Act
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that held that the higher court's Citizens United decision did not erase the state's Corrupt Practices Act.
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Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
When people are whipped up into a frenzy to fear those who are different, it widens the chasm that makes it more difficult – if not impossible – to build bridges toward community.
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A Church of Christ Show Pushes Comedy, Cultural Critique in All the Right Ways
A Church of Christ Show Pushes Comedy, Cultural Critique in All the Right Ways
What is Tokens? It's a rarity in Christian entertainment, both irreverent and reverent with first-rate performers, as it advances the common good through good Christian theology, music and comedy.
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If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
The Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigration law is expected this month. Anti-immigration forces are ready to push similar laws in other states. Are churches prepared?
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Partisan Polarization Increases; Democrats More Secular
Partisan Polarization Increases; Democrats More Secular
Americans are more divided along political lines than at any time in the last 25 years, a new report says, with clear differences over the social safety net, immigration and belief in God.
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Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
After his court victory, John Edwards took responsibility for his sin. We'll learn about the authenticity of his confession in time, but hearing such an admission in our day is rare.
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If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
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Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Social justice advocates and fiscal conservatives agree that our prisons' recidivism rates are too high and the fiscal demands are breaking budgets. The system needs reform.
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Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
A billboard by The Heartland Institute linked those who believed in climate change with mass murderers. It did what many do who lack a persuasive case – compare the other side to evildoers.
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Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
A disturbing video of Border Patrol agents beating a Hispanic to death illustrates the rampant abuse of undocumented immigrants. How long will we remain silent?
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Skyping Advances Common Good, Becomes New Tool on EthicsDaily.com
Skyping Advances Common Good, Becomes New Tool on EthicsDaily.com
EthicsDaily.com's Skype interviews help to connect global Baptists with one another. Consider posting these compelling interviews on your church's website or using them in Sunday school.
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Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
For those Christians who favor anti-immigration legislation, Romans 13 is their text of choice – even though Scripture overwhelmingly favors a generous kindness toward the undocumented.
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Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary
Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary
A Catholic agency's national conference will screen EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders," another example of the film's growing use in churches and Christian conferences.
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Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's economic problems are seriously dislocating for everyone, but research shows that the economic upsets are disproportionately felt among immigrants.
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Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?
Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?

The hand of God is a mysterious reality. Whether you tilt toward coincidence or providence probably depends on your presupposition about the divine.

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Why Post Ten Commandments and Not Sermon on the Mount?
Why Post Ten Commandments and Not Sermon on the Mount?
Tennessee passed a law to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings. Why don't conservative Christians make a push to post the Sermon on the Mount instead?
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SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
Richard Land, the SBC's public policy official, made reckless statements about the Trayvon Martin shooting, stoking the fires of anger toward people of color, the media and the administration.
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Seeking God's Law in Complex Immigration Policies
Seeking God's Law in Complex Immigration Policies
Our immigration system is complex and dysfunctional, often leading to many family separations. People of faith must advocate for the broken system to be changed.
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Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Disappointed you didn't win a Mega Millions windfall? Join the club. State lotteries have failed to deliver on repeated assurances that they would be a windfall for public schools.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Honored with Telly Awards
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Honored with Telly Awards
EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" earned a Silver Telly Award, and "Sacred Text, Social Duty" was honored with a Bronze Telly. The two documentaries were among 11,000 entries.
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Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Boycotts are as American as apple pie. But people of faith must carefully calculate whether their boycotts will be able to create change for the common good.
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8 Facts for Pastors to Help Undocumented Immigrants
8 Facts for Pastors to Help Undocumented Immigrants
While undocumented immigrants have few people they can trust, they will often seek help from the church. Here are 8 facts that will help pastors assist them.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
Following a "Gospel Without Borders" screening during the Democrats' convention, an ecumenical panel of bishops will speak from a moral perspective on the immigration issue.
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Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
The morality of the double standard is alive and well in America. We are outraged by Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic vulgarity but laugh at Bill Maher's. And vice versa.
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Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges
Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges

Linda Jimenez is a model student. But she and other undocumented immigrants in Georgia would be kicked out of their colleges if a state senator's bill becomes law.

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What Does the Term
What Does the Term "Goodwill Baptist" Mean?
From dancing to Disney, Baptists have long been known for their anti-everything stance. Goodwill Baptists, however, seek to engage culture constructively and to frame issues positively.
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Few Leaders Grasp Outrage of Average Citizens
Few Leaders Grasp Outrage of Average Citizens
Certain fundamental issues – health care, immigration, hunger and housing – shouldn't be politicized, but we have used political posturing to avoid dealing with crucial issues.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues
Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues

A delegation of 60 goodwill Baptist leaders met with White House officials to discuss issues including the environment, human trafficking, immigration and predatory lending.

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What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
The Southern Baptist Convention may elect its first African-American president this year. It would be a powerful symbol, but will the SBC's white power structure allow that symbol to lead to transformation?
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Mississippi Pushes Anti-Immigration Bill Similar to Alabama's 2011 Law
Mississippi Pushes Anti-Immigration Bill Similar to Alabama's 2011 Law
Lutheran and Catholic bishops are voicing opposition to an effort to pass a harsh anti-immigration bill in Mississippi, which the state's governor has already endorsed.
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Alabama Faith Leaders Urge Anti-Immigration Law's Repeal
Alabama Faith Leaders Urge Anti-Immigration Law's Repeal
Religious leaders in Alabama are urging state lawmakers to make the noble and honorable action of repealing the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation.
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Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House
Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House

Roughly 60 Baptists from across the country will meet with White House officials in the nation's capital on March 7 for a candid discussion of faith and social issues.

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10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
Latino evangelicals, anti-Muslim fear, and Mormon leaders avoiding electoral politics are among the 10 issues where religion may affect this year's elections. What are the others?
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Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Tennessee faith leaders wrote to officials with the four leading GOP presidential campaigns, urging them to keep highly charged anti-immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Politicians from both parties say undocumented immigrants must go to the back of "the line" if they want to be here legally. It's meaningless talk because the line doesn't exist.
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Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
As Tennessee's presidential primary nears, many of the state's faith leaders urged GOP presidential candidates to keep bitter immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Newsweek Feeds Fear
Newsweek Feeds Fear
Continuing its trend away from civil discourse, Newsweek's recent cover story focused on the fear-based narrative that Christians are the victims of a global war against them by Muslims.
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Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
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Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
The "us versus them" attitude adopted by the Egyptians that led to their unjust oppression of the Hebrews is a prevailing influence on immigration discussions today
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Arizona Schools Forced to Ban Ethnic-Studies Books
Arizona Schools Forced to Ban Ethnic-Studies Books
Arizona schools that are largely comprised of Mexican-Americans are eliminating ethnic-studies programs to avoid "biased, political and emotionally charged" teaching.
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Tennessee Legislature Considers Alabama Copycat Immigration Bill
Tennessee Legislature Considers Alabama Copycat Immigration Bill
GOP lawmakers in Tennessee have filed some 30 anti-immigration bills during the current legislative session, including one described as a copycat of Alabama's harsh bill.
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Debunking the Bootstrap Myth
Debunking the Bootstrap Myth
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he earned his fortune through old-fashioned hard work. While he may have worked hard, the idea that any of us pulls ourselves up by our bootstraps is a myth.
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GOP Rancor Over Immigration Overshadows Party's Moderate Voices
GOP Rancor Over Immigration Overshadows Party's Moderate Voices
With the GOP presidential campaign locked in a slugfest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over immigration, more reasoned Republican voices struggle to get an audience.
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Documentary Screening, Panel Highlight Need for Congregational Focus on Immigration
Documentary Screening, Panel Highlight Need for Congregational Focus on Immigration
After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders," panelists said it will take interfaith cooperation and congregational conversations to change the anti-immigration tide.
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2012 Is About Leadership
2012 Is About Leadership
Leadership is the pole to which many issues are tethered in 2012. And for people of faith, the biblical witness provides the best record of the upside and downside of leadership in transition.
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Citizens United: One of High Court's Worst Fails
Citizens United: One of High Court's Worst Fails
One of the Supreme Court's worst decisions ascribes free-speech rights to corporations and unions, allowing them to pour money into politicians' election coffers. It must be overturned.
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Are Exemptions Given to Religious Groups Just?
Are Exemptions Given to Religious Groups Just?
Religious groups are granted tax-exempt status. Now the Supreme Court has ruled they are exempt from employment discrimination laws. Are these exceptions just?
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John Wesley Speaks to Vulture Capitalism
John Wesley Speaks to Vulture Capitalism
Politicians and pundits in the GOP presidential campaign are tossing around the phrase, vulture capitalism, as a verbal bomb. Did the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, speak to this idea?
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Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
An interfaith panel featuring bishops from three denominations will speak to the issue of immigration following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 24.
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Christian Right Group Files Brief in Favor of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Christian Right Group Files Brief in Favor of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Claiming the safety of U.S. citizens was threatened, a Christian legal organization filed a brief with an appeals court to support Alabama's harsh anti-immigration law.
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Tebow Stars in Morality Play for Some, Offers Template for God Conversation
Tebow Stars in Morality Play for Some, Offers Template for God Conversation
While Tebow-mania is troubling if fans seriously believe the Broncos' QB has a divine anointment, the anti-Christian hostility toward Tebow reflects bigotry and hypocrisy.
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Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
When Southern Baptists withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance eight years ago, SBC leaders issued a series of false accusations. Any reconciliation must begin with the SBC's confession of wrongdoing.
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Immigration Documentary to Be Screened in Nashville, Local Churches
Immigration Documentary to Be Screened in Nashville, Local Churches
Although it remains mostly beyond the media's radar, an educational effort by many in the faith community is under way to address immigration from a moral perspective.
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On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
A Chamber of Commerce report debunks seven myths about immigration. It's a resource every pastor needs to answer the anti-immigration crowd and the uninformed.
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5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
Pundits and journalists are predicting what the top issues for 2012 will be. Here are five of the issues that will be on the minds of church members in the new year.
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Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt
Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt

Known as "the conscience of Alabama," Wayne Flynt has spoken with moral clarity and prophetic passion for decades. He's EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011.

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A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
The Christmas bells may ring "peace on earth," but the ringing has been drowned out by Christmas bombs signaling "no peace on earth." Perhaps we can echo the Christmas Day prayer of Pope Benedict XVI.
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What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
The wise men's gold should have lifted Mary and Joseph out of poverty. So what happened to that wealth? While the Bible doesn't literally give us an answer, it does offer some strong clues.
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Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Catholic and Protestant leaders in Alabama wrote Gov. Robert Bentley, urging him to repeal the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation. How did he respond?
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Atlanta TV to Show Trio of Baptists' Social Justice Documentaries
Atlanta TV to Show Trio of Baptists' Social Justice Documentaries
Three social justice documentaries by EthicsDaily.com will air in early 2012 on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, the nation's largest interfaith broadcast channel.
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Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action
Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action

An Alabama United Methodist bishop said he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in his state. He urged 300 Tennessee faith leaders to speak against similar bills in their state.

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Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Because detaining the undocumented is a billion-dollar industry, inmates are often denied basic needs and face abuse. The most vulnerable are at the mercy of corporations that profit by their detention.
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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
People use anonymous online postings to spew anti-religious bigotry and pure anger, and some newspapers are cracking down on these comments. But is there a positive side?
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Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
As Tennessee politicians weigh an anti-immigration bill similar to Alabama's harsh law, hundreds of the state's faith leaders will gather Nov. 30 for a session on faith and immigration.
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New Bible Includes the Word
New Bible Includes the Word "Immigrant," Brings Moral Clarity
Making the Bible's witness completely relevant and its moral imperative inescapable for the faithful, a new translation replaces the words "stranger" and "alien" with the word "immigrant."
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Faith or Fear: What Shapes Your Immigration View?
Faith or Fear: What Shapes Your Immigration View?
Does your immigration position model Jesus' teachings? If we claim to follow Jesus, our views should be more informed by the compassion of our faith than the fear our culture feeds us.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
A new short video from EthicsDaily.com will be broadcast at this week's New Baptist Covenant 2, noting that some Baptists have watered down and spiritualized Jesus' agenda while others have been bolder.
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Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Many of our nation's wealthiest corporations don't pay their fair share in taxes. When they leach off society, the burden for a good society spreads to others less able to pay. That's unfair.
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Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
With the news of a global warming skeptic concluding that global warming is real, the ice under the global warming deniers is thinning as fast as the ice is thinning from climate change in the Arctic.
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I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
Two years ago, Robert Parham noted that many of Jesus' short messages were well suited for Twitter. Today, he follows Jesus' example of brevity and begins to tweet. Won't you join in?
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Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
While right-wing leaders seek to discredit Occupy Wall Street, the Vatican issued a moral statement favoring regulation of the financial markets for the sake of the common good.
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Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Many in the Christian community have been silent about Occupy Wall Street, but those faithful to the biblical witness know that Jesus challenged economic power.
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S.C. Undermines Immigrants' Right to Feel Safe
S.C. Undermines Immigrants' Right to Feel Safe
For students whose parents are undocumented immigrants, school should be a safe place. But for their parents in South Carolina, society is far from safe thanks to the state's harsh anti-immigration law.
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Who Will Proclaim Hospitality to a Hostile World?
Who Will Proclaim Hospitality to a Hostile World?
As harsh anti-immigration laws are passed throughout the U.S., will communities of faith respond with a new emphasis for the theology of our time? Will they proclaim hospitality to an increasingly inhospitable world?
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Immigration Issue Far More Than a Legal Problem
Immigration Issue Far More Than a Legal Problem
Reducing the issue of immigration to a matter of legality seriously oversimplifies the economic, social and theological dimensions of this arena of our common life. The issue reveals a human and theological problem.
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Seven Ways to Change Attitudes about Immigration
Seven Ways to Change Attitudes about Immigration
After a showing of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, panelists discussed ways that churches can help change attitudes about immigration.
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Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
A Southern Baptist pastor's attack on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith is the latest effort by conservative Christians to sway the 2012 presidential election. But they err when they hint that they speak for God.
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Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Reflecting the growing interfaith collaboration on immigration reform, some 500 DVDs of EthicsDaily.com's new documentary were sent to Catholic leaders by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Immigration About Family Values, Civil Rights: Religious Leaders
Immigration About Family Values, Civil Rights: Religious Leaders
Anti-immigration laws are destroying families, said one panelist after a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration. Another called immigration the 21st century's civil rights issue.
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Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
If GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul wants churches to cover health care costs for the uninsured, the self-proclaimed Christian should disclose his charitable giving as evidence of his commitment.
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Panelists Urge Repair of Broken Immigration System
Panelists Urge Repair of Broken Immigration System
Following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, an interfaith panel encouraged people of faith to work for immigration reform.
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Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law reveals how political power and religious power, especially the power of Southern Baptists, have advanced a law rooted in bigotry.
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Anti-Immigration Law Harms Georgia's Farmers
Anti-Immigration Law Harms Georgia's Farmers
Georgia's newly adopted anti-immigration law is credited with driving undocumented migrants from the state and costing the agricultural industry almost $400 million.
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Immigration Documentary Featured in Alabama TV News Segment
Immigration Documentary Featured in Alabama TV News Segment
EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration was profiled Sunday on a TV station in Alabama, earning notice in the state with the newest and toughest immigration law.
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Politicians, Faith Leaders React to Anti-Immigration Ruling
Politicians, Faith Leaders React to Anti-Immigration Ruling
Following a federal district court's ruling that upheld most portions of Alabama's anti-immigration law, state officials voiced a triumphant note while faith leaders offered mixed commentary.
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Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
One version of Christianity preaches that capitalism is God's divine economic plan. Its followers must ignore the biblical message that warns against marketplace corruption and economic power that exploits the poor.
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Churches Lose Fight over Ala. Immigration Law
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate by approving most parts of Alabama’s aggressive immigration law.
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Supreme Court to Weigh Churches’ Hiring Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court will hear one of the most important religion cases in decades, centered on religious institutions exemption from anti-discrimination laws.
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Federal Judge Upholds Most of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Federal Judge Upholds Most of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
A district judge upheld most parts of an Alabama law widely viewed as the nation's harshest anti-immigration law but blocked the part of the law that made it a crime to help undocumented immigrants.
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Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
A private prison corporation will profit from the harsh anti-immigration laws that it has quietly helped to pass. For for-profit prisons, more undocumented immigrants in jail equal higher profits.
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Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic and United Methodist bishops are scheduled as panelists at screenings of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" in Georgia and North Carolina. Screenings are also set in Florida and Denver.
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Sometimes, We're Called to Abandon Common Sense
Sometimes, We're Called to Abandon Common Sense
Does the Gospel have common sense? Jesus and the prophets often defied the common sense of their times. Yet many of Jesus' parables appealed to common sense. Where do we find the balance?
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Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Albanians have worked hard at sub-par wages in Greece. Now with the country's economy in shambles, they must choose between a bleak future in their homeland or find a rare chance to continue working in Greece.
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College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
With big-revenue football schools raking in tens of millions in profits, it's not surprising corruption in college sports and the exploitation of so-called "student-athletes" aren't far behind.
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Documentary Screenings Shine Light on Immigration in N.C.
Documentary Screenings Shine Light on Immigration in N.C.
Participants were energized after North Carolina screenings of EthicsDaily.com documentary "Gospel Without Borders," helping to build the needed momentum for immigration reform.
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Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
In the first years they are in the United States, immigrant students are both valuable and vulnerable. Many, including some as young as first grade, have mastered two languages to navigate home and school.
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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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Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
When renowned British preacher C.H. Spurgeon spoke about why some people have stony hearts, he may as well have been characterizing the comments of some on immigration.
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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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What Will You Do for Your Immigrant Neighbor?
What Will You Do for Your Immigrant Neighbor?
Some immigrants face such hardship they can barely attend church without getting deported. In these difficult situations, we must ask ourselves what an authentic Christian response looks like.
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Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
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GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
During Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, many candidates clashed on immigration reform with the very president they paid homage to with the debate location.
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"Circle of Protection" Differs Morally from "Christians for a Sustainable Economy"
The Circle of Protection says budget cuts shouldn't be made on the poor's backs. Christians for a Sustainable Economy says our focus should be on the economy. Which one reflects the authentic Christian message?
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Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hector Villanueva, pastor of a North Carolina church, was facing deportation when he was interviewed in EthicsDaily.com new documentary, "Gospel Without Borders." Last Friday, he received good news.
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Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Christian Right leader Jay Sekulow and his family have benefited handsomely from his two nonprofits – the latest example of what happens when faith become a lucrative family business.
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Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
As second-graders learn about Harriet Tubman's legacy, one boy's innocent observation is a reminder that Tubman's story is still being lived out by undocumented immigrants throughout the nation.
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Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
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New Documentary on Immigration and Faith Now Available
New Documentary on Immigration and Faith Now Available
Shot in five states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," is now available. Separating myth from fact, it examines the biblical record about the treatment of the "stranger." (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible
Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible

Some folks are editing a mean Bible for the stranger in our midst. They're fashioning a Jesus who doesn't love me or you or Juan or anyone else very much.

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Republicans Talk Tax Hike on the Poor and Middle-Class, Protect Rich from Taxes
Republicans Talk Tax Hike on the Poor and Middle-Class, Protect Rich from Taxes
Having earlier opposed the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest Americans, Republicans want to raise the payroll tax on the poor and middle-class.
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Examining Immigration – One Family at a Time
Examining Immigration – One Family at a Time
Should we examine the immigration issue only through the lens of economics? It's dehumanizing to refer to people in terms of money. What if we start looking at the issue one family at a time?
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Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
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Billionaire Buffet Calls for Shared Sacrifice, Anti-Tax Advocates Yelp
Billionaire Buffet Calls for Shared Sacrifice, Anti-Tax Advocates Yelp
Billionaire Warren Buffett struck a nerve with the anti-tax, anti-government crowd when he called on a tax for the super-rich. Yet not one of them spoke to his call for shared sacrifice.
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What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?
What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 falling on a Sunday, churches will have an ideal opportunity to frame the issue from a faith perspective in a culture saturated with conflicting messages and opportunism.

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Republican Leaders Confront Extremist Talk
Republican Leaders Confront Extremist Talk
Two GOP leaders – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. John McCain – bluntly labeled the rhetoric of extremists as "crazy" and "bizarro." They understand that extremist talk contaminates society.
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Unitarian Universalist Head Convicted on Protest Charges
(RNS) The head of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been convicted on misdemeanor charges for participating in a protest rally.
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Couple Face Deportation, Allege Abuse by British Guards
Couple Face Deportation, Allege Abuse by British Guards
A Nepali Baptist couple in Britain claim they were verbally and physically abused by guards when they refused to be deported. The couple fear their lives will be in danger if forced to return to Nepal.
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Faith Leaders Challenge Alabama’s Immigration Law
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a federal lawsuit to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Is Scheduled for August Release
On the heels of anti-immigration forces passing punitive laws in several states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration, "Gospel Without Borders," comes in the fullness of time.
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Refugees' Journeys Often Come to Standstill in Morocco
Refugees' Journeys Often Come to Standstill in Morocco
Many migrants and refugees enter Morocco with hopes of eventually making it into Europe and the promise of improved opportunities. For many, it's an extremely dangerous journey.
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"Gospel Without Borders"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Gospel Without Borders

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Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Most Christians rightly shudder at the identification of the Norwegian terrorist as a Christian. Yet U.S. Christians don't shudder at the political advocacy of Christian leaders who ignore Jesus' moral vision.
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Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Countering a position urged by a Southern Baptist official, United Methodist leaders said weakening the DREAM Act by limiting the full rights of students' citizenship is "immoral."
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Reality Is on Our Side
Reality Is on Our Side
With the fossil-fuel industry spending big bucks to spread doubt about climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said there's one thing all their cash and influence can't alter – reality.
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Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Rather than judging politicians by their preachers, we need more preachers who judge politicians by their record of protecting the least among us, by their moral vision of the common good.
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Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
The world's newest nation, South Sudan, was born last weekend, and Christianity played a role. Prayers of global Christians, a 2005 peace accord and a team of international observers that included Jimmy Carter all helped.
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Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
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A Suggested Political Solution to Immigration Reform
A Suggested Political Solution to Immigration Reform

A solution to the often politically charged immigration issue is to give today's undocumented immigrants a path to lawful permanent residency without the full political rights of citizenship.

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Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
After Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the nation's harshest immigration bill into law, goodwill leaders of faith began to voice opposition. It's time for faith leaders to break the defective tradition of being reactive.
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Justices Rely on Standing in Church-state Disputes
WASHINGTON (RNS) Legal scholars say a decision issued two months ago is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come.
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MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board presented its first Century of Service Leadership Award to Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics and executive editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

Two awards were handed out and EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration was screened at the annual luncheon of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Tampa, Fla.

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When Immigration Reform Punishes the Innocent
When Immigration Reform Punishes the Innocent
Not every undocumented immigrant in the United States willingly or intentionally breaks immigration law. Some, like 19-year-old Nati, were brought here when they were children.
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Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
President Bush vowed in 2001 that tax cuts would mean “a better life in a more prosperous America.” But how many of his claims about what tax cuts would do actually turned out to be true?
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Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Members of Westboro Baptist Church held protests in Nashville. But some counter protesters objecting to Westboro's intolerance displayed a profane and angry intolerance toward the intolerant.
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Bishop Calls Ala. Immigration Law Nation’s Meanest
(BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected theologian.
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Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Obesity is a real problem; more than 20 percent of preschoolers are obese or overweight. But the issue is complicated by deep disagreements rooted in conflicting ideologies and vested corporate interests.
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Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law Concerns Faith Leaders
Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law Concerns Faith Leaders
Following Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law, faith leaders around the nation are speaking up about Alabama's crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
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Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Harshest Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Harshest Anti-Immigration Law
While the state's Christian denominations sat on the sidelines, Alabama's governor, a Republican and a Baptist, signed the nation's harshest anti-immigration law on June 9.
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Five Reasons Some Christians Overlook Trump's Lack of Piety, Humility and Fidelity
Five Reasons Some Christians Overlook Trump's Lack of Piety, Humility and Fidelity
A profane, twice-divorced self-promoter, Donald Trump has made a living on building casinos and objectifying women. So why do some Christians worship the ground he walks on? Here are five reasons.
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Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
When's the last time you took some time off? Nearly six in 10 U.S. workers don't use all the vacation days they're entitled to, and one in four don't have access to vacation at all.
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British Churches Support Nepali Asylum-Seekers
British Churches Support Nepali Asylum-Seekers
If deported to their homeland, a Baptist couple from Nepal, currently detained in an immigration detention center in Great Britain, fear for their lives. Several churches are rallying to keep them in Britain.
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Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Draws Applause, Criticism
Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Draws Applause, Criticism
Anti-immigration advocates applauded the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld a 2007 Arizona law that would punish businesses that hire undocumented migrants; several faith leaders criticized the ruling.
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What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
As scientists gather data to determine whether the recent crop of tornadoes are an outgrowth of climate change, will evangelical leaders be willing to listen to the answer or continue their hostility against science?
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"Let the Churches Do It" Is a Deceptive Myth
The idea that churches can tackle national poverty, take care of those who are ill, and rebuild communities after natural disasters requires a spoonful of bad moral theology and a cup of dishonesty.
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Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
An anti-immigration group's report card gave failing grades to President Obama and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Other federal politicians didn't do much better although U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann earned a B-.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Georgia Governor Signs Anti-Immigration Bill into Law
Georgia Governor Signs Anti-Immigration Bill into Law
Despite opposition from business leaders and some religious leaders in Georgia, GOP Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill modeled after Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-immigration measure.
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Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
President Obama's 12-minute immigration speech mocked the GOP and in two short paragraphs outlined his understanding of comprehensive reform; faith leaders said his words fell short.
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Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
President Obama said his administration had beefed up border security and gone beyond what the GOP said it wanted in order to support comprehensive immigration reform.
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Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Using "illegals" or "illegal immigrants" to describe unauthorized or undocumented immigrants paints them as criminals. The terms are regularly used by media and are an attempt to stereotype the undocumented.
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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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Three Reasons Florida's Anti-Immigration Bills Are Flawed
Three Reasons Florida's Anti-Immigration Bills Are Flawed
Florida's lawmakers are considering two anti-immigration bills that would cost the state billions. Here are three reasons that the morally defective bills need to be dropped.
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Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Evangelist Franklin Graham blessed a Donald Trump presidential bid on Easter but has yet to criticize Trump for his F-bomb outburst a few days later. He further questioned Obama's faith but is silent about Trump's.
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Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
How do you learn the three-step tango to introducing anti-Shariah bills? Fabricate facts. Testify to threats. Take a stand against problems that don't exist. Lawmakers in as many as 13 states have performed the dance.
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More Than Arizona Desert Led to Maira's Death
More Than Arizona Desert Led to Maira's Death
Maira Zelaya died from exposure in a desert while trying to enter the United States to reunite with her family. But cruel and unjust immigration laws also played a factor in her death.
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Immigration: An Opportunity to Truly Love Our Neighbor
Immigration: An Opportunity to Truly Love Our Neighbor
Every person was created by God and deserves respect and consideration, including the undocumented immigrants among us. Society tells us we must either condone or condemn them, but other options exist.
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Supreme Court Limits Prisoners’ Right to Sue
WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison inmates who are deprived of their religious rights cannot sue states for monetary damages.
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What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
Is the Christian left giving President Obama a pass on his promises to end the nation's wars and remaining mostly mute as he expands our military involvement in Afghanistan and now Libya? The question merits reflection.
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Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need
Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need "Any Stinking Papers"
Our nation's immigration laws intimidate and persecute the loyal, honest and courageous poor who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families. It's time to seek just and fair laws.
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Georgia Lawmakers Pass Arizona-Style Anti-Immigration Bill
Georgia Lawmakers Pass Arizona-Style Anti-Immigration Bill
Georgia lawmakers passed an anti-immigration bill that follows Arizona's 2010 crackdown on the undocumented. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill, which drew opposition from business and faith leaders.
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EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
The Baptist Center for Ethics – the parent organization of EthicsDaily.com – observes its 20th anniversary this year, challenging a religious myth that only conservative evangelicals can build vigorous organizations.
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Anglicans Tighten Rules to Prevent Sham Marriages
LONDON (RNS) Couples suspected of using their wedding vows as a ruse to skirt immigration laws will be required to meet strict identity checks.
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Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Young adults who regularly attend religious services are more likely to become obese by middle age, says a recent study. Obesity is more than poor personal choices. It's a social justice issue and a spiritual matter.
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Anti-Immigration Bills March Through State Legislatures
Anti-Immigration Bills March Through State Legislatures
Although the Arizona Senate rejected five bills that would have added even greater restrictions to last year's controversial anti-immigration legislation, it hasn't slowed other states' efforts to pass anti-immigration laws.
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Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Against a backdrop of simmering racial tensions, two fast approaching anniversaries – the Civil War and the Freedom Rides – offer a time for truth-telling by those of moral good will.
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Supreme Court Takes Dim View of Church-state Challenges
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program.
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What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
With 975 employees in its tax department and spending more than $200 million to lobby Congress for favorable treatment, General Electric lets taxpayers foot the bill while it rakes in profits and avoids taxes.
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Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time. While the rules are useful tools for moral discernment, too often presidents itching for military conflict neglect them.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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Methodist Foundation Funds EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Immigration
Methodist Foundation Funds EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Immigration
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is the major sponsor of EthicsDaily.com's next documentary, designed for use in churches to bring more light and less heat to the inflammatory issue of immigration.
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Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent
Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent "Solutions"
When politicians ramped up their anti-immigrant rhetoric to garner votes, violence against Hispanics increased 40 percent. Is it any surprise that even Hispanic U.S. citizens are fearful?
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Anglican Priest Arrested on Marriage Charges
LONDON (RNS) A Church of England vicar has been arrested in Britain’s second major police investigation in as many years.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Speak Up for the Bipartisanship Principle of Shared Sacrifice
Speak Up for the Bipartisanship Principle of Shared Sacrifice
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators proposed a plan of shared sacrifice to get the nation's deficit under control by raising taxes and reducing the growth of entitlements, triggering a temper-tantrum from right-wing bloggers.
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U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
A Baptist pastor who came to America as a child may be sent back to Mexico because of U.S. immigration policy. His story illustrates the complexity and absurdity of America's seemingly unfixable immigration impasse.
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State Legislators, Business Leaders at Odds Over Anti-Immigration Measures
State Legislators, Business Leaders at Odds Over Anti-Immigration Measures
As state legislators from Arizona to South Carolina propose tougher laws to crack down on undocumented immigrants, business leaders in some cases are opposing these anti-immigration bills.
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When Will America Truly Become
When Will America Truly Become "Land of the Free"?
Eighty years ago, "The Star-Spangled Banner" became our national anthem, extolling America as "the land of the free." Today, many still long for the freedom that brought many of our ancestors to this nation.
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After Phelps Wins, Uncertainty About What Lies Ahead
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” protesters from Westboro Baptist Church have First Amendment rights.
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World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
Evangelicals don't really care about the world's impoverished. They want the federal government to cut back on economic assistance to the poor, and their churches don't give two cents about the world's hungry.
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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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Uncut Tax Movement Is Morally Righteous
Uncut Tax Movement Is Morally Righteous
A grassroots tax justice movement is drawing attention to corporations that dodge taxes by funneling their profits to tax havens. While these havens may be legal, they're certainly not moral.
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Learning Firsthand How Immigrants Are Treated
Learning Firsthand How Immigrants Are Treated
As a fifth-generation Texan of Mexican-American heritage, I wasn't interested in immigration – until I moved out of Texas. I learned how immigrants are treated because others now assumed I looked like one.
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What God's Holiness Says to Anti-Immigrant Legislation
What God's Holiness Says to Anti-Immigrant Legislation
A group in Arkansas wants to bar immigrants from receiving public assistance benefits from state agencies, but a religious or social ethic that seeks to justify denying help to immigrants isn't true to the heart of God.
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Fringe Christian Politicians Feed
Fringe Christian Politicians Feed "Birther" Movement
Bills have been introduced in at least 10 states that would require presidential candidates to supply proof that they are natural-born Americans. Are conservative Christian politicians fueling the "birther" movement?
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Orphan, 9, in Immigration Detention Must Be Freed
Orphan, 9, in Immigration Detention Must Be Freed
Despite relatives' offers to care for him, a 9-year-old Iranian boy, who survived when a boat of asylum seekers sank near Christmas Island, remains in detention by Australian officials. You can sign a petition to seek his freedom.
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BCE's Annual Luncheon Showcases New Documentary, Gains Corporate Sponsor
BCE's Annual Luncheon Showcases New Documentary, Gains Corporate Sponsor
The first screening of the Baptist Center for Ethics' new documentary on immigration will be this June at the BCE's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly. Tickets are available now.
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What Will House Republican Budget Cuts Do to Churches?
What Will House Republican Budget Cuts Do to Churches?
House Republicans are placing low-income Americans at risk with their proposed spending cuts. When the poor turn to churches for help, churches won't have the resources to make up such cuts.
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Undocumented Straight-A Student Faces Deportation
Undocumented Straight-A Student Faces Deportation
For people who think we'll be safer when undocumented immigrants are locked up or deported, check out Jonathan Chavez's story. Are we better off deporting and separating this straight-A student from his family?
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Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Gene Lefebvre and John Fife, both in their 70s, are two crusty social justice saints who talk immigration reform and walk Arizona's immigration trails. They are the founders of No More Deaths.
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Pew Report Counters Myth Driving 14th Amendment Repeal Efforts
Pew Report Counters Myth Driving 14th Amendment Repeal Efforts
National and state lawmakers have said that hundreds of thousands of "illegal aliens" cross the U.S. border to give birth to children in an effort to obtain citizenship. A new report busts that myth.
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EthicsDaily.com Sets New Record in Readership
EthicsDaily.com Sets New Record in Readership
With a record-setting January of more than 840,000 pages read, "a thousand fathers and mothers" can rightly claim credit for the growing readership that turns to EthicsDaily.com's biblically grounded and centrist perspective.
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Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Climate change is driving extreme weather events – events that destroy crops. The loss of crops drives up food prices. Increased food prices cause political unrest and increased hunger.
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Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Juan Pedro, a 17-year-old migrant, tried once before to cross the border, and now he was trying again. He hoped to find work – any type of work. Instead, he was deported. Hundreds of others die in the unforgiving desert.
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It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
Goodwill faith leaders must sound the alarm and put taxation on the moral agenda of houses of faith. To continue avoiding the topic and denying the good that derives from a just tax system is morally irresponsible.
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Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
If we act as our brother's keeper, we care that incendiary political talk can harm. However, too many in our society – many of whom light verbal fuses for a living – favor the ethic of Cain.
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Georgia Shouldn't Pursue Arizona-Style Immigration Law
Georgia Shouldn't Pursue Arizona-Style Immigration Law
Though the political winds blow hard in a terrifying direction, Georgia should act in a more humane fashion than Arizona has with its anti-immigration law. Here are three reasons.
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State Department to Leave Mother and Father on Documents
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from records of overseas births.
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Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
The statements and actions of a few have consequences on the entire community. Let's encourage leaders who speak for less heated, self-righteous rhetoric and for more statements based on truth and care for neighbor.
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Pray for Sudan
Pray for Sudan
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
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Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
The real threat to the freedom of Hispanics is shifting to state governments. Some state lawmakers are proposing to limit access to public colleges and to seize the property of those who "harbor" the undocumented.
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States Plan to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration
States Plan to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration
Seven states may seek to pass Arizona-style laws in 2011 that crack down on illegal immigration, according to a report from an immigration advocacy organization.
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Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
When facing troubling days, when standing at the crossroads, the biblical witness urges God's people to remember, and walk in, the ancient ways. Make a commitment in an uncertain future to walk those ways faithfully.
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Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
A Fox News official instructed network reporters in December 2009 to slant news reporting about climate change, revealing how slanted Fox News is and how harmful it is to the quest for truth.
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Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh
Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh

Babs Baugh makes things happen. She acutely senses where goodwill Baptists are and recognizes the need for us to get our act together. She's EthicsDaily.com's pick for Baptist of the Year.

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Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Nothing's wrong with a festive attitude toward Christmas, but our festive Christmas observances seem disconnected from God's prophetic work in Christ. We need to celebrate being prophetic followers of Jesus.
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What Happened to the Wise Men's Gold?
What Happened to the Wise Men's Gold?
We all know the Christmas story so well that it's a challenge to see it with fresh eyes. Perhaps if we ask some different questions, we can hear this beloved story anew. Here's a three-question start.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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Religious Leaders Join White House in Dream Act Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters are calling it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country’s immigration system.
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Mosquitoes and Cell Phones Buzz Across Tanzania
Mosquitoes and Cell Phones Buzz Across Tanzania
One of Tanzania's sharpest contrasts is between the lack of mosquito nets and the abundance of cell phones. One kills malaria-bearing mosquitoes; the other allows instant contact across the immense east African nation.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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EthicsDaily.com Seeks Moral Investors
EthicsDaily.com Seeks Moral Investors
Active people of faith support lots of good, nonprofit causes. Here are five reasons why goodwill Baptists and others ought to support EthicsDaily.com through its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Churches Push Hard on Last-Minute Legislation
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills.
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What EthicsDaily.com Readers Are Saying about EthicsDaily.com
What EthicsDaily.com Readers Are Saying about EthicsDaily.com

We receive lots of feedback from EthicsDaily.com's readers. We wanted to share some of the positive comments with you and explain how you can become a moral investor.

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Immigration Bill's OK Would Be DREAM Come True
Immigration Bill's OK Would Be DREAM Come True
Some 65,000 students who entered America illegally with their parents graduate from high school each year. If passed by Congress, the DREAM Act will give these students a path to citizenship.
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Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
The biblical testimony has a clear word in favor of the poor. But too many people of faith negotiate away the biblical imperative to protect the poor in favor of the materialistic imperative to protect the rich.
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A Word of Thanks, A Note That Leadership Is Fragile – Like Holding an Egg
A Word of Thanks, A Note That Leadership Is Fragile – Like Holding an Egg
EthicsDaily.com succeeds because it provides a place for goodwill people of faith to address a variety of issues mostly from a biblical vantage point and always out of a desire to advance the common good.
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Culture War Is Back for Christmas
Culture War Is Back for Christmas
America's culture war at Christmas is back, except this year fundamentalist Christians and Fox News didn't fire the first salvos. This season, it appears the godless fired first.
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Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Under the pretense of a prayer meeting, conservative Christian leaders are plotting to remove President Obama from the White House. Their deception reveals their lack of moral integrity.
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Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
The British government's policy of detaining children at immigration removal centers has been challenged in court. The Baptist Union of Great Britain has called regularly for the policy to end.
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What Do Results of 160 Ballot Questions Say About Moral State of America?
What Do Results of 160 Ballot Questions Say About Moral State of America?

Based on the 160 ballot measures in 37 states during the midterm elections, what can one conclude about the moral state of America? Despite the media narrative, we disagree on a number of social and moral issues.

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Reagan's Budget Director Wants Bush Tax Cuts to Expire, Critiques Tax-Cut Religion
Reagan's Budget Director Wants Bush Tax Cuts to Expire, Critiques Tax-Cut Religion
With every GOP leader preaching tax cuts, one Republican sounds like John the Baptist in the wilderness. His words affirm that Americans are in a dream world about cutting taxes. And we had better wake up.
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EthicsDaily.com Readership Skyrocketed in October
EthicsDaily.com Readership Skyrocketed in October
EthicsDaily.com had a record-smashing month in October. What caused our readership to skyrocket? One reason is that we address timely issues from a centrist moral perspective that is rooted in the biblical witness.
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When You Meet a Stranger, Who Do You Really See?
When You Meet a Stranger, Who Do You Really See?
What do we see when we encounter a stranger who looks different from us? The United States may need some spiritual awakening as to who is "the stranger" in our midst.
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Dueling D.C. Rallies Pitch Religion and Reason As Adversaries
Dueling D.C. Rallies Pitch Religion and Reason As Adversaries
At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert offered an entertaining show, devoid of the self-righteousness at Glenn Beck's earlier pompous celebration of a generic god.
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Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Few Tea Party adherents think global warming is a problem, and most GOP Senate candidates in heated races expressed doubts about the science of climate change. Scientific certitude is no match for ideological absurdity.
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Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Who would have imagined that one of the world's most holy rivers would be so defiled that an environmental group would call for a halt to baptisms there for health reasons? The Jordan River isn't what we think it is.
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2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
Jimmy Carter led a planning meeting for next year's New Baptist Covenant, which will provide opportunities to form friendships, cooperate across denominational trenches and give witness to the best of the Baptist tradition.
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Cleaning Up Public Language Is a Social Justice Issue
Cleaning Up Public Language Is a Social Justice Issue
Laura Schlessinger and Rahm Emanuel are two examples of how foul language has soiled the public square. Without civility and respectful mutuality, disagreements degenerate and widen.
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Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
People have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity, but other religions have done worse. At least that's the reasoning some have used to defend their faith. But is that really how we want to argue for Christianity?
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EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
The newest documentary from EthicsDaily.com tackles the most forbidden topic in houses of faith – taxation. How do people of faith address one of the most contentious topics in the public square?
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9/11 Families Shocked After Supreme Court Rejects Burial Appeal
WASHINGTON (RNS) Relatives of 9/11 victims are “shocked” that the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.
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Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Will you and your church be part of 100 million Christians praying on Oct. 10, 2010, for a "fresh vision" that will result in freeing a half-billion people from extreme poverty? It's part of the vision of the Micah Challenge.
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Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
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Ruth's Story Reflects Today's Immigration Woes
Ruth's Story Reflects Today's Immigration Woes
People often have a good reason when they make the difficult decision to migrate. For many who have been hit hard by the economy, they need work to support their families. It's true today just as it was in Ruth's time.
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Romania Church Leaders Condemn Roma Deportations
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France.
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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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Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
A Southern Baptist pastor from Tennessee burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday, claiming "it's about love." Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky honored different faith traditions' sacred texts at an interfaith service.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by "Dog-Whistle"
After Gen. Petraeus said a church's plan to burn the Quran would endanger U.S. soldiers, conservative religionists started lining up in opposition to the church. Of course, that's after they had stoked the fires of Islamic fear.
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Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
With a new surge of anti-Muslim feeling breaking across the United States, goodwill Christians, especially clergy, must end their ambiguous silence to counter the hateful rhetoric against Islam.
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Immigration Must Be Handled with Compassion
Immigration Must Be Handled with Compassion
Our political leaders must address immigration issues in a fair and compassionate manner. Tens of thousands of members of American Baptist Churches are among those affected.
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Anglican Priest Gets Four Years in Prison
LONDON (RNS) An Anglican vicar has been sentenced to four years in prison for conducting hundreds of fake marriages.
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Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About
Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About "Terror Babies"
The Texas politicians who alleged an international conspiracy of "terror babies" are Southern Baptist. Far too many conservative Christians have such fringe conspiratorial views, making decisions based on fear instead of facts.
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What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
Glenn Beck's "black-robed regiment" is on the loose. His followers believe he knows the Bible and is armed with the truth. What will you say when they ask you where the Bible teaches social justice?
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Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
No amount of Bible reading, sermons masquerading as prayers and Christian hymns can cover up Fox News host Glenn Beck's civil religion that slides back and forth between authentic faith and patriotic religion.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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CBF "2012 Task Force" Must Navigate Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho
Charged with "visioning the missional and organizational future" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the CBF's 2012 Task Force will soon begin the urgent work of re-envisioning and adopting a new roadmap for the future.
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Hispanic Leaders Warn GOP on Repealing Birthright Citizenship
WASHINGTON (RNS) Hispanic evangelical leaders said Republican proposals could erode support from Hispanic voters.
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What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
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Faith Leaders Missing in Action About Public Policy
Faith Leaders Missing in Action About Public Policy
What do the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero and calls to deny citizenship to children born to parents who are in the United States illegally have in common? Too many faith leaders have remained silent.
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Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Since Sarah Palin's tweet opposing a mosque near Ground Zero, speechifying against the project has heated up. The intense opposition has been drowning out voices of goodwill and moral clarity.
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Don't Avoid Welcoming Strangers on Life's Path
Don't Avoid Welcoming Strangers on Life's Path
In these days of political wrangling about how to deal with immigration problems in our country, it's good to remind ourselves to reach out and minister to strangers. You never know who you'll encounter on life's path.
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British Officials Help Churches Spot Sham Marriages
CANTERBURY, England (ENI) The British border protection agency says it is helping clerics spot “sham” marriages.
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A Scriptural Response to the Immigration Debate
A Scriptural Response to the Immigration Debate
As Christians look to Scripture to determine a biblical response to the current immigration debate, a passage in Hebrews delivers a stark reminder. The parent of our faith family was an undocumented immigrant.
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Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Some 4,000 Baptists studied two verses in Luke 4 during the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu. Will the seeming insignificance of a few leaders in Bible study bring significant change for millions of others?
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Vampire Novelist Quits Christianity, Criticizes Christians, Claims Allegiance to Christ
Vampire Novelist Quits Christianity, Criticizes Christians, Claims Allegiance to Christ
Novelist Anne Rice has rejected Christianity but claims allegiance to Christ. She wants a Christ in whom she can pour her own definition. She vaults individualism above community – an expression of self-centered religion.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
Paying attention to nature was not part of the faith tradition or secular education of Helle Liht, who grew up Baptist and in a country under Soviet Union domination. It wasn't until she was an adult that she saw the connection.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
The White House and U.S. Senate missed a "fullness of time" moment, failing to pass needed climate change legislation. And the American faith community displayed an equal failure in moral will.
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Georgia Speeds Down Arizona's Anti-Immigration Highway
Georgia Speeds Down Arizona's Anti-Immigration Highway
Georgia is well on its way to an Arizona-style immigration law. However, the preponderance of Scripture speaks clearly on how we treat the alien among us. Will we stand up for the vulnerable and voiceless?
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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 Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey showed courage and demonstrated wisdom during his presidential tenure of the Baptist World Alliance. As his term draws to a close, he reflected on his service in an EthicsDaily.com interview.
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Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
What do the younger generation of Baptists think about where we are headed? While no Baptist speaks for another, these voices of influence will be among those who will one day define what it means to be Baptist.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
The false narrative that scientists are in widespread disagreement about climate change is driven by the ideological party of short-term greed and the theological party of fundamentalism.
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Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?
Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?

More than 40 states, including Tennessee, have lotteries. And they use predatory marketing practices to prey on the poor to spend their limited income on tickets, benefitting those who are better off.

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Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists have a distorted reverence for guns. They see protection in faith and a firearm. For these Baptists, the church is a mighty fortress – fully armed. Other Baptists have a more realistic approach.
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Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
The recent horrific downpours in America and around the world were not isolated events. Global warming sets the table for these intense downpours. People of faith must urge elected officials to take action.
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Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Resume embellishment is widespread, chronic and as old as the Bible itself. Why is resume embellishment so widely practiced? For many, it's a way to elevate status and intimidate opponents.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Does Court Ruling Mean No End to Gun Violence?
Does Court Ruling Mean No End to Gun Violence?
The U.S. Supreme Court has now made it clear in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment right to own a firearm in this country is inviolable. Why does the right to "keep and bear arms" trump the right to public safety?
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Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
An elected official in an Arizona community took offense at a school mural featuring different ethnic children, questioning why the biggest picture was a black person. But, as the councilman tells it, that doesn't make him racist.
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Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Rather than listen to the biblical heroes of freedom and justice, anti-immigration forces have embraced two of the darkest biblical figures – Pharaoh and Herod – who targeted children to pursue their fear-laden political objectives.
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Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Has the SBC pivoted away from its position over the past 20 years of fidelity to angry fundamentalist leaders and faithfulness to the political right? Are the results of the SBC's annual meeting an aberration or a new positive trend?
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'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
What was it that movie star Denzel Washington saw in our documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," that struck him so sharply that he tied it to his movie, "The Book of Eli"? It was the power of the Bible.
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Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
In his first Oval Office address to the nation, President Obama accurately diagnosed the root causes of the Gulf gusher and laid out in broad strokes a constructive plan forward.
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Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad religion reverses the biblical imperative to protect the powerless in favor of guarding the powerful. And some conservative Christians are shielding BP from criticism by blaming every conceivable source – even God.
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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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Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Six weeks after oil began gushing into the Gulf, the U.S. faces what appears to be its worst man-made ecological disaster. And three moral transgressions – greed, sloth and pride – manifest themselves in BP's disaster.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
Efforts at so-called educational and immigration reforms in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of racism and prejudice. Still, perhaps we should thank Arizona for a valuable lesson.
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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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Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Speaking up for tax increases for public education is the right and hard thing to do. If the conservative state of Arizona can do it, then other states can do it – no matter how loudly the conservative forces of "no we can't" yell.
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Open Letter to American Baptists on Immigration Reform
Open Letter to American Baptists on Immigration Reform
Those of us who sign this letter gathered not because we are all of one mind on every aspect of immigration reform. We know that any reform must consider widespread concerns.
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The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The story of God's people is the story of aliens. Throughout the biblical text we are reminded of God's concern for the alien and the stranger who reside among us.
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Does a Protestant on the Supreme Court Matter?
Does a Protestant on the Supreme Court Matter?
If Elena Kagan is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, the court will have no Protestants. While that may not matter constitutionally, it seems to matter culturally for any number of commentators.
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SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
Missing from criticism about the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, intended to reorganize the stagnant Southern Baptist Convention, is concern about the statement's anti-public school agenda.
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Marching for Immigration Reform, Citizens' Rights
Marching for Immigration Reform, Citizens' Rights
A Dallas march for immigration reform provided a chance for participants to stand up for undocumented workers and to protect the rights of U.S. citizens.
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Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Anxiety and abundance were two themes that emerged during a retreat of organizational leaders related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Baptists should rejoice at the challenges and prioritize the opportunities.
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Arizona Moves Immigration Reform to Forefront
Arizona Moves Immigration Reform to Forefront
Overshadowed by a looming health care vote, immigrants' rights advocates marched in our nation's capital in March. Today, Arizona's immigration law has placed the issue back in the news. Here's what you missed at the march.
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Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Arizona recently passed the most fascistic law imaginable. Heaven forbid if you are a Latina or Latino who left your papers in the hotel room. So why aren't tea party activists protesting? Maybe because fascism is selective.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
When's the last time you heard a sermon advocating for a good tax policy? No topic is more avoided in pulpits than the moral good of taxation. It's often a forbidden topic in churches.
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Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
The U.S. Army made the right decision to prohibit Franklin Graham from speaking at a prayer event in May at the Pentagon. The prohibition resulted from Graham's continuous hostile and insulting statements about Islam.
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Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Bible-believing Christians are living big – and driving up health-care costs. And most churches avoid moral teachings about gluttony and the social injustice that contributes to obesity.
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If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
Do recent record-setting high temps across the U.S. prove global warming? Not so fast. Weather and climate are different. We must be careful to not use the same faulty logic that global-warming deniers used in the winter.
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Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Pro-tax millionaires are pushing back against the anti-tax crowd. USA Today reported that more than 700 wealthy Americans favored the elimination of President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the rich.
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Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Protesters opposed to the detention of children in immigration centers in Britain believe a "perfect storm" of circumstances may work in their favor to end the controversial practice.
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Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Five years ago, the news was indescribably good. After a month on Vanderbilt Medical Center's oncology floor, it was time to be released. I packed my bag and waited – and waited some more – until finally I was home.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Unable or unwilling to create a fair and just tax system to provide for public services like education and health care, states have embraced the lottery as an alternative source of revenue. But it's a form of public tax evasion.
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Is "Washington Is Not Listening" Charge a Precursor to Political Violence?
A steady drumbeat of anti-government rhetoric repeats the same charge – Washington is not listening. One purpose of this mantra: To validate public displays of anger and to justify anti-government protests.
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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
As tens of thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend to call for comprehensive immigration reform, we must not forget the deaths caused by the government’s current border policy.
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Get Health Care Reform Passed
Get Health Care Reform Passed
We've debated heath care reform long enough. While neither side has handled well either the content of health care reform or the process, the choice for people of faith is clear. It's time to pass health care reform.
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D.C. Rally to Push for Immigration Reform
D.C. Rally to Push for Immigration Reform
While health-care reform occupies center stage, others will not let immigration reform die. This weekend, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather in Washington, D.C., to advocate for comprehensive reform.
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Texas Becomes Ground Zero for Historical Revisionism
Texas Becomes Ground Zero for Historical Revisionism
Conservative Texans have been recreating reality, replacing the time-honored concept that "the truth will set you free" for the dishonorable practice of fudging facts to fit a fictional fantasy upon which to frame the future.
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Is Hate Up in USA?
Is Hate Up in USA?
No doubt, the extreme right is a contributing factor to the surge of political hate in our nation. Yet goodwill people of faith need to consider what we can do to advance the common good without creating even more anger.
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Many goodwill Christians favor freedom of religion and oppose witnessing that is manipulative and coercive. Regrettably, other Baptists think their work is so important that they can be secretive and covert.
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Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
With their introduction of Ken Starr as Baylor University's next president, the school's regents and advisory committee members cheapened Baptist church membership.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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Reading the Bible on the Plains of Alabama When Things Fall Apart
Reading the Bible on the Plains of Alabama When Things Fall Apart
Wayne Flynt is known as the conscience of Alabama. Author of two books nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and founder of the Alabama Poverty Project, he also teaches Sunday school at First Baptist of Auburn, Ala.
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Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Many conservatives believe the world revolves around the United States, claiming that massive snowstorms here disprove global warming. Such repeated distortions can't be allowed to go unchecked.
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Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
If Sarah Palin drew the lion's share of the media attention at the recent National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, a Revolutionary War re-enactor may be the runner-up. Here's something you may not know about him.
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Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
The latest scrimmage in the American culture war revolves around a Super Bowl ad paid for by Focus on the Family. Some opposed to the ad have elevated the Super Bowl to hallowed ground. Really?
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Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Forty days focused on Lent might be just what we – wealthy and powerful global Baptists – need to reconnect with a more robust faith that remembers those who suffer from poverty, injustice and violence.
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Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Humans are more than economic puppets. As Christians, we are called to see others as equals who deserve good and just treatment. When the prevailing economic system fails, it must be challenged and changed.
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Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians ran with perseverance the race for justice, passing ballot measures that will avert a shortfall in the state's two-year budget that would have resulted in cuts to services affecting the poor and middle class.
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 Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, armchair debaters of all varieties speculate what it says about the existence and compassion of God. For those of faith, there is a better way forward.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
Most goodwill Christians have written, spoken and preached too little about taxes, yet taxation is foundational for almost every social justice cause. It's time for a lot more biblical, theological and moral reflection about taxes.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Campaign to End Child Detention in Britain Gathers Steam
Campaign to End Child Detention in Britain Gathers Steam
Medical professionals, the creator of Paddington Bear and church leaders have called on the British government to end the practice of detaining an estimated 1,000 children in immigration centers.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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"Invictus" Has a Christmas Message
In Clint Eastwood's new movie, "Invictus," the director returns to the theme of forgiveness. During this Christmas so full of cultural bile, "Invictus" has some powerful lines that American Christians need to hear.
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Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Too many American Christians are like Will Ferrell's character, Ricky Bobby, in "Talladega Nights." They adore the little baby Jesus of Christmas but pay no heed to the man who makes moral claims on people of faith.
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Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Nine days after announcing that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there, the U.S. president – without a presidential portfolio of accomplishment – accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Lou Dobbs: Immigration Reform's New Champion?
Lou Dobbs: Immigration Reform's New Champion?
Immigration reform has taken a back seat to other issues, including health-care reform and unemployment. Now proponents of immigration reform may have a new champion – Lou Dobbs?
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
A recent EthicsDaily.com editorial cautioned against Obama's Afghan war plan, echoing our concern eight years ago when Bush made his case for war there. Will you be reading a similar editorial in 2017?
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Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Many were outraged by news that Christmas toy drives in Houston were requiring proof of citizenship. What does it say about our country if we won't extend Christmas joy to the child who is here without documentation?
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Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
When it comes to meaningful immigration reform, the marginalized have more to fear from political allies, who often are quick to profess solidarity but slow when they fear votes could be lost. Shame on them.
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Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success.
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Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was center stage recently, celebrated by some and condemned by others. What triggered the public brawl? It's the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th of "On the Origin of Species."
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Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Verbal grenades have been launched once again in the Christmas wars. Caught in the crossfire are Americans of all religious convictions and no faith commitments who want to enjoy the season without a culture war.
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Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
With chest-thumping boldness and abundant fear-mongering, the Christian Right trotted out the Manhattan Declaration. It's the same old political agenda in which Jesus is a secondary moral guide.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
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North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted last week to deny churches the opportunity to give through the convention to the Baptist Center for Ethics, thereby ending an almost 20-year partnership.
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Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, some conservative American Christians are demonizing American Muslims. Authentic Christians must stand up now for goodwill American Muslims.
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Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Some have attempted to sabotage health care reform with the canard of "death panels," but making decisions about the end of life makes more sense when the living can discern their choices with their family doctors.
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NBC President Offers Moral Vision
NBC President Offers Moral Vision
In a wide-ranging interview with EthicsDaily.com, the new president of the National Baptist Convention offered a moral critique of the prosperity gospel, race relations, Rush Limbaugh, taxation and health-care reform.
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Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Andy Schlafly is behind the Conservative Bible Project that aims to remove the alleged liberal corruption from English translations of the Bible. He sees the Bible as a mirror, reflecting his own political image.
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Pretty in Ink? What Christians Are Saying About Tattoos
Pretty in Ink? What Christians Are Saying About Tattoos
Christians are getting tattoos and talking about them. Some talk is negative. Some is positive. Some is satirical. At least, the faith community is talking about tattoos – even if not all the conversation is civil.
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Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Leaders of two Christian relief agencies disavowed proselytism. Yet others think they can trick government officials and citizens in foreign countries into believing they aren't really proselytizing.
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Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
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No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
If America truly is a nation based on Judeo-Christian values, why does the U.S. prohibit us from being Good Samaritans to people desperate to migrate here? It repudiates Jesus' teachings.
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Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Eight years ago, religion was misused to validate violence. Today, Christian and Muslim leaders are seeking common ground around the common word found in both their faith traditions – love for neighbor.
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Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
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Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
A GOP senator has again parted ways from the Republican right, the Birthers and conservative cable TV and radio hosts. If only more refused to be silent or bullied by the Christian right and its allies.
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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
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Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Would Jesus tweet? Simplicity and clarity were hallmarks of his communication, unlike much of contemporary Christianity that favors brain-numbingly wordy theology.
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"Gran Torino" Is a Parable for the Age of Rage
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is about death and redemption as well as the loss of an American way of life. It's theological and timely given our age of rage against people of color.
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Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Many Christians regularly practice scapegoating. Whether our anger is full-throated, oxygen-deprived rage or snake-eyed sarcasm or mocking humor, we readily blame others for what is wrong.
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Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Coming, perhaps, to a sanctuary near your home is a new version of the Bible, one released by the National Rifle Association, updating time-honored texts in words more reasonable for today's gun owners.
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com finished a record-setting month with well over a half-million page requests. So why are we going gangbusters? Consider some of these reasons.
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Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Since the horror of 9/11, our nation has developed a fear of foreigners. We need to make sure our views on immigration are guided by the compassion of our faith, not the fear of our culture.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
In order to make good decisions about the balance between private and public health care in the current reform debate, we need more information from private health insurance companies.
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Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Right-wing conspiracy theorists and political opportunists have argued that Barack Obama isn't president because he's not a natural born U.S. citizen. A Baptist congressman is the latest to join the act.
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"I Won't Let You Pray for Me"
American Christians care about the health of church members and friends but apparently aren't concerned enough to change a badly flawed health system. It's cheap discipleship.
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Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Racism is flourishing in the United States. What can churches do? Screen "Beneath the Skin" in Sunday school classes and sponsor public forums to dialogue about racism.
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 Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Rather than tackle the humiliations of being Hispanic today in this country, the president announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws will be delayed until next year.
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Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
You don't have to look long to find proof that civility and commitment to the common good are in short supply. How can churches better promote moral education?
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Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
There's good reason for goodwill Baptists to be optimistic about the New Baptist Covenant. In fact, there are seven of them. And trust tops the list.
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Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Looking beyond Baptists' 400th anniversary, several Baptist leaders from around the world discuss what they hope will become Baptist hallmarks in the future.
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BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
Global Baptist leaders see the harmful realities of global warming and pin their hopes for governmental action on the United Nation’s upcoming conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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BWA Nominates Two
BWA Nominates Two "Virginians" as President-Elect, First Vice President-Elect
Two Baptists with connections to Virginia have been nominated to serve as the top leaders of the Baptist World Alliance – the largest organization of global Baptists.
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Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
A professor presented a history of Baptists as transformers during the BWA gathering, and a woman from India provided a modern-day example of that legacy.
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Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Whether in a test tube or a woman's womb, a human embryo is a human being with moral status and should not be destroyed for its stem cells, a Samford University prof says.
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Baptists are at the crossroads of history, a Dutch theologian said at the European Baptist Federation meeting in Amsterdam. Will we be spectators or partakers?
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Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Gathering in Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement, global Baptists reflect on how they can remain champions of religious freedom.
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Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
It's not just the leaders of the male-dominated Southern Baptist Convention that stifle women. Those who disagree but remain silent are also culpable.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor show that the SBC has chosen to become even more political than the Republican Party.
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Bonuses Are Wrong, White House Needs Stress Test Over AIG
Bonuses Are Wrong, White House Needs Stress Test Over AIG
AIG wants the Obama administration's blessing on $2.4 million in bonuses to 40 senior corporate officers. For the common good, the government must say no.
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Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Building Bridges, the New Baptist Covenant gathering in Oklahoma, is a must-attend event for goodwill Baptists, transcending racial, ethnic, theological, political and cultural boundaries.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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Can Sin Be Mapped?
Can Sin Be Mapped?
Thanks to Kansas State University and Forbes, Baptists and other Christians now know where we can safely go to avoid certain sins. While we may be able to map out the geography of sin, don't forget the universality of sin.
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Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Forgetting Jesus' great commandment, conservative Christian bloggers began barking their disapproval as soon as they learned mega-church pastor Rick Warren would speak to the Islamic Society of North America.
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Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Where do Baptists stand on baptizing children raised in same-sex households? This is one issue where all Baptists may get it right theologically. The focus is on the child being baptized, not on validating the child's parents.
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SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
If the Southern Baptist Convention believes that actions speak louder than words, then its action of having a program of virtually all whites and all males places a big question mark over the convention's 2009 meeting logo.
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Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
The Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer advocates the launch of a Christian alternative to public education. Rather than retreat from public education, however, goodwill Baptists must speak up for public schools.
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Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Like the behemoth General Motors, which was once too big to fail, the titanic SBC is taking on water, and its current leadership knows not what to do to salvage the ship. The one thing they could do is a crystal-clear biblical teaching.
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Name-Calling, Attacks Won’t Solve America’s Immigration Woes
Name-Calling, Attacks Won’t Solve America’s Immigration Woes
As Christians, we are not compelled to agree on the political resolution of the immigration situation. We are called to be the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth." Can we lead by example without drifting into name-calling?
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
The last place one would expect to meet the father of Jesus is in a Washington, D.C., office shoehorned between the Supreme Court and the Dirksen Senate Office Building. But meet him I did. And he is a Muslim.
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Supreme Court Nominee's Diabetes Can Be Teachable Moment
Supreme Court Nominee's Diabetes Can Be Teachable Moment
While some have been speculating about the implications of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's condition as a Type 1 diabetic, those affected by the disease see it as a teachable moment for America.
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Sotomayor's Privileged Critics Hurl Clueless Charges of Racism
Sotomayor's Privileged Critics Hurl Clueless Charges of Racism
Critics of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor suggest her remarks in a 2001 speech reveal her racism. In fact, their criticisms disclose that those with power and privilege have no concept of what it means to be marginalized.
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Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
An imperfect bill should not sideline people of faith from supporting "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." We must not allow the tyranny of moral perfectionism to block the urgency of moral realism.
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Supreme Court Nominee's Critics Lack Sense of Decency
Supreme Court Nominee's Critics Lack Sense of Decency
Not long after President Obama nominated the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court, her critics attacked. Regardless of why any senator should or shouldn't support Sonia Sotomayor, she deserves to be treated with respect.
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Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
The message from the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was clear: The poorest everywhere are the ones most at risk to the impacts of climate change. Will Christians be part of the solution?
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National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of
National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of "Beneath the Skin" in Pasadena
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will be screened by National Ministries during a luncheon at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA in Pasadena, Calif., in June.
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Pentagon Reports with Biblical Quotations Illustrate Crusade Mentality
Pentagon Reports with Biblical Quotations Illustrate Crusade Mentality
During the initial stages of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, cover sheets of intelligence reports for Pentagon officials featured Bible quotes – painful evidence that a crusade mentality coursed through the veins of the Pentagon.
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
“Muslim Demographics," a fear-mongering, fact-distorting video on YouTube, has gone viral with almost 5 million views thanks to conservative Christians who are posting it on their blogs and e-mailing links to their church friends.
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Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
When the Ottoman Empire was an expansionistic power, threatening Christian-dominated Europe, a little-known Baptist layman advocated religious liberty for Muslims to the king of England, who was no friend of religious diversity.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Without science on her side, a Tennessee congresswoman had only one course to perpetuate the pathetic pattern of doubt creation about global warming: question Al Gore's integrity.
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Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
"Beneath the Skin," an award-winning documentary, and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon at this year's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
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Economy Becomes Smoke Screen for Immigration Inaction
Economy Becomes Smoke Screen for Immigration Inaction
Some opponents upset by President Obama's announcement to push for immigration reform this year are using the economy as a reason to take no action. Their rationale is just the latest smoke screen.
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Warren Must Decide the Purpose of His Life Before Speaking Publicly About His Flip-Flop on Proposition 8
Warren Must Decide the Purpose of His Life Before Speaking Publicly About His Flip-Flop on Proposition 8
Rick Warren has a pattern of political activism followed by political denial of activism. This time he's been caught on videotape, supporting an anti-gay marriage initiative in California and then saying he didn't campaign for it.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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EthicsDaily.com Has Role in Transformative Time Akin to Age of Gutenberg
EthicsDaily.com Has Role in Transformative Time Akin to Age of Gutenberg
We are living in a power shift similar to the advent of the Gutenberg printing press. As more people turn to online sources for news and information, secular and religious newspapers struggle to survive. What will emerge?
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Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
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America’s Nonprofits Are Running Out of Cash
America’s Nonprofits Are Running Out of Cash
Over 50 percent of nonprofits surveyed said the recession will have a “permanent negative financial effect on their organizations.”
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$60,000 Gift to Pastor Helps Spark Lawsuit; Case Calls for Codes of Conduct
$60,000 Gift to Pastor Helps Spark Lawsuit; Case Calls for Codes of Conduct
Were such generous gifts coincidence or collusion? Were the gifts coerced or contributed voluntarily by a responsible individual?
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
For Limbaugh, there’s nothing wrong with running up the score, but there is something wrong with firing the coach who did.
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Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Given the thunderous silence of Christian Right leaders about Limbaugh’s worldview, one wonders if talk radio’s man of excessive individualism and political extremism has replaced the biblical witness as a moral compass.
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Lose Some Life to Save Some
Lose Some Life to Save Some
Americans have been led to think that all they have to care for is their own selves. And that turns out to be a lot of people in this country—people who have bought into, whether upon deep examination or casual and almost unconscious commitment, a comprehensive philosophy of self-interest.
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Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Beyond all particularities of race, origin, gender and the like, all of us are members of the human family, and none of us should be denied our dignity whatsoever, under any circumstance.
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Economic Crisis Fosters Agreement within U.S. Christian Community
Economic Crisis Fosters Agreement within U.S. Christian Community
Americans of faith and those unaffiliated with a faith group agree that fixing the economy should be the government’s first priority, according to a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life analysis.
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Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
No Baptist woman is more deserving of the Baptist World Alliance’s human rights award than Leena Lavanya, who runs homes in India for lepers, female sex workers and children living with HIV/AIDS.
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What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
James Dobson’s detractors responded with glee to his announced resignation as chair of the board of directors of Focus on the Family. The reaction of his supporters was muted.
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Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress stood light-years apart from President George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.
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Jimmy Carter Said What?
Jimmy Carter Said What?
With only a few minutes left in his address at the New Baptist Covenant gathering Jan. 31, former president Jimmy Carter asked the 1,200 congregants at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., “How many believe we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ?”
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Federal Government Launches Underfunded Media Campaign to Encourage Marriage
With a growing percentage of Americans avoiding wedlock, the federal government has decided to fund a $5 million media campaign to promote marriage. That’s right, a whopping $5 million.
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Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
The cry of “socialism” is the Christian Right’s new sling blade in its attacks against President Barack Obama, disclosing full-throated anger and repeating the same charge as the political right.
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Lawsuit Reveals Ministerial Ethics Breach at Prominent Baptist Church
The complaint charged that the pastor “manipulated” Bennett’s “religious beliefs and convictions so that she sold the condominium she lived in" and "transferred all of the sale proceeds, approximately $530,000.00 to the Defendants.”
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What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What is demanded from people of faith is doubt--doubt about claims of “clean” coal, doubt about the veracity of the coal industry’s environmental commitment.
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Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
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Enjoy the New Day for Ethics
Enjoy the New Day for Ethics
Our new Web site means a new day for ethics. EthicsDaily.com will continue its commitment to providing timely news about issues and relevant moral commentary. But the presentation of these and other articles will change.
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Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
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American Theological Education Is in Financial Trouble
American seminaries and divinity schools across the theological spectrum are in financial trouble, according to news reports, open letters and blogs about budget cuts and staff layoffs.
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President Obama Offers Religious Continuity with Previous Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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Arkansas CBF Initiative on Racism Goes Viral
A virus broke out in early December in Little Rock, one that infects people of faith with a passion to do justice. Ground zero was, of all places, a Baptist church. And day one wasn’t even Sunday.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Baptist of the Year: David Coffey

David Coffey is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2008.

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Obama Selects Bible for Inauguration, Nation Awaits His Text Choice
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a Bible for the swearing in ceremonies, but not a Bible verse upon which to place his hand.
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The Christmas Story as Moral Resource in the Vortex of Conformity
Forgotten in Christmas homilies and hymns is the gritty story of human of resistance. Yes, resistance.
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From Wright to Warren, Is Obama Moving from Social Gospel to Private Faith?
Barack Obama once credited a prophetic black preacher as his spiritual mentor. Now he has selected a self-promoting white preacher to give the invocation at his inauguration. What does Obama’s shift from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren say about the president-elect?
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Deathbed Conversions of the Big Three U.S. Automakers Are Unreliable
What we are witnessing from the Big Three--Ford, General Motors and Chrysler--is nothing more than deathbed conversions.
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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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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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Financial Crisis Will Shape Long-Term Religious Ethos
A deeper and prolonged financial crisis will likely result in a survival-of-the-fittest scenario among local and national faith organizations, which, in turn, will reshape the religious ethos for years to come.
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Bob Jones University Apologizes for Racial Policies
The university's new interpretation of the Bible marked an about-face from a 1986 pamphlet, "Race Relations," written by a Bible department faculty member, Marshall Neal, who argued that racial segregation was based on the authority of the Bible.
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Dear President-Elect: Prioritize Immigration Reform
How do you say "thank you" in Spanish? Appointing a few brown faces to your cabinet or to the Supreme Court is not the answer. We should not feel gratitude for something that should be the norm. You say thank you by not ignoring the number one reason we went out to the polls and voted.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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War on Christmas Is Back, Thanks to Atheists and Christian Fundamentalists
Aside from the humanists/atheists and Christian fundamentalists, about the only ones who benefit from the verbal brawls over the war on Christmas are the cable TV talk shows, which both feed on and feed off the extremists, relishing false choices, ranting guests and narcissistic hosts.
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Why Faith Matters in a Time of the New Atheists
Let's stop assuming that folk know why faith matters. Let's start making the case for faith outside the circle of faith.
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Theological Realism Is Needed about President Obama
President-elect Barack Obama is neither the messiah, nor the antichrist. He is first and foremost a politician, whose adoring adherents deny his feet of clay and demonizing opponents refuse to respect him. Hopes are too high; despair is too deep.
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Is Obama a Christian?
Sen. Barack Obama is not a Christian, according to the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an organization that claims advocacy for Christian religious liberty and opposition to anti-Christian bigotry.
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New NEA President Wants Partnership with Churches
Regarding criticism of the current educational system, Van Roekel said: "We need to change that system. I don't want to tinker with that system. I don't want to fix it. I want to change it."
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EthicsDaily.com DVD Wins Documentary Award at Black Film Festival
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" won the award for best documentary at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville over the weekend.
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What Do Islamic Women Want?
The question of what Islamic women want is asked in the larger context of who speaks for Islam, which raises these questions: What do a billion Muslims really think? How does one answer such questions? Who would dare tackle such complicated and risky questions?
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Advent Is the Antidote to Economic Bad Times at Fast-Approaching Christmas
More than prophetic critique and hollow promises of political change, perhaps what our culture really needs from church leaders is a word of hope—hope understood as the courage to wait.
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Mark Your Calendars
Mark your calendars for upcoming screenings of our documentary-style DVDs which will be shown in public gathering in seven states this fall.
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Gore Says Faith Community Decisive in Tackling Climate Change
Al Gore knows that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to an issue which evokes reptilian opposition in some quarters of corporate America and skepticism within certain church circles: global warming.
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U.S. Policy Pushes and Pulls Migrants
Migrants are easy targets on both sides of the borders. Not since the days of Jane and Jim Crow has the U.S. government had a policy in place that systemically brought death to a group of people based on their race or ethnicity. Our deterrent policy is killing Hispanics.
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McCain and Obama Are Afraid of Sacrifice
Why would two card-carrying Christians evade the issue of sacrifice in a nation where the overwhelming majority professes faith and a significant slice say the nation is Christian?
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HBO's Maher Attacks Mostly Christianity in Docu-Rant
Bill Maher's newly released documentary, "Religulous," is more rant than research, more designed to belittle interviewees than to explore religion, more profane than profound.
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Faithful Leaders Discern the Lord's Wisdom
Like many Americans, our presidents have expressed their dependence on God and sought God's blessing. Some presidents have been very private about their faith. Others have been accused of parading their piety. Of course, discerning Christians listen to pious presidential statements with caution, hoping for integrity and watching for evidence of authentic faith in personal practices and public policies.
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Islamic Creationist Links Terrorism to Darwinism
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Answering the Attack of the New Atheists
Atheists and theists, the God-despisers and the God-fearers, the faithless and faithful, are locked in combat over public opinion. For a long time, atheists were seen at best as wacky, thanks to Madalyn Murray O'Hair. That is no longer the case due to books and appearances by men like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The new atheists have a credible attack.
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What Should Faith Leaders Say and Do about the American Economic Crisis?
President Bush told an anxious and angry American public on Wednesday that the nation faced "a serious financial crisis." In a structurally sound speech devoid of poetry and short on hope, Bush said that "these are not normal circumstances," "the market is not functioning properly," "there's been a widespread loss of confidence," "major sectors of America's financial system are at risk of shutting down," "America could slip into a financial panic" and "our economy is facing a moment of great challenge."
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The Truth Is That White Evangelicals Are Not Shifting to Obama
Evangelicals are not shifting to presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to a new survey from a prominent political scientist who shared his results last week at the annual convention of the Religion Newswriters Association. The findings counter the repeated claims of left-leaning Christian activists, Democratic Party advocates and liberal reporters who have contended that white evangelicals are undergoing a major shift away from the Republican Party.
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Thumbs Up for President Bush
President Bush deserves a word of thanks from goodwill Baptists for his inclusive approach to one of the three religions in the Abrahamic faith tradition. For the past eight years, he has hosted in the White House an annual Iftaar dinner, a meal after sunset that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. He has shown the world the good side of people of faith.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Moderate and Conservative Southern Baptists Differ on Race at Three Points
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary doctoral student David Roach is writing his dissertation under the working title of "The Southern Baptist Convention and Civil Rights, 1954-1995." These bookend dates begin with the Supreme Court's ruling against the segregation of public schools and conclude with the SBC's resolution apologizing for current individual and systemic acts of racism. When he asked if he could interview me, he said that he knew my response would be cordial and candid.
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Claim of Evangelical Voter Shift Is More Prayer Request than Answered Prayer
Claiming evangelicals are converting from Republican sin to Democratic salvation doesn't make it so no matter how many times that chorus is sung, and it has been sung over and over by progressive community organizers, quasi-religious politicians and liberal reporters. Praying for a miracle is not the same as declaring that the miraculous has happened.
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Politician Palin Forces Theological Revisionism
The nomination of Sarah Palin changed Southern Baptist fundamentalism quicker than Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, metaphorically speaking. The Republican Party's first woman caused Republican Party's first-line male clergy to revise their theology about women, while claiming they never meant what they said earlier.
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What I Learned and Heard From Two Days Among American Muslims
The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America was more like an annual convention of Baptists than most Baptists would want to know: leaders wrapped the will of God around appeals for funds; scripture citation was frequent; cell phones rang at inopportune times; participants were more interested in hallway fellowship than platform presentations; displays sold books, CDs, DVDs, religious trinkets and hair loss-prevention products. Some speakers were dynamic; others were pedantic. Some attendees were smartly dressed; others were casually clad.
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American Muslims Define Themselves as Americans
Two speakers—one Muslim and the other Christian—raised similar questions about being American at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North American, held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, questions that found parallel expressions throughout the gathering attended by a reported 30,000 Muslims and a delegation of nine Baptists.
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A Baptist Statement at the Islamic Society of North America Convention
Dr. Syeed, I am honored by your invitation. I am energized about the potential to advance the common good through such a public exchange. I commend you on your proactive leadership.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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Is John Edwards' Affair a Warning to the Religious Left?
Former presidential candidate John Edward's extramarital affair with a younger woman paid to produce videos of Edwards is a headshaking disappointment. It shouldn't have been.
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Review the Cancer Chronicles of CBF
Cecil Sherman, founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, has acute leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. At 80 years old, he received his first round of chemotherapy early last week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He knew going in that his protocol would require hospitalization for 30 days. Sadly his wife, Dot, died on Fr