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Health Care for Poor Isn't Charity; It's Justice
Health Care for Poor Isn't Charity; It's Justice

By: Matthew Tuininga
While Christians differ on how government should most effectively secure justice for the poor, we owe the poor their rights - to basic sustenance and to basic health care - as a matter of justice.

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Proclaiming Gospel Draws Ire from Powers of Injustice
Proclaiming Gospel Draws Ire from Powers of Injustice

By: Drew Smith
Like John the Baptist, prophets of God's justice face persecution when speaking truth to the powerful who oppress the vulnerable. Becoming prophets will put us on a collision course with retribution.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When You Pray Boldly for Grace, Mercy and Help
When You Pray Boldly for Grace, Mercy and Help

By: James Gordon
How do we pray for a world impatient with mercy? How do we answer anger with understanding and make respect and compassion more persuasive than grievance and resentment?

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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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The Dangers I See in Liberation Theologies
The Dangers I See in Liberation Theologies

By: Roger Olson
Liberation theology carries some dangers. Deep involvement in liberating social justice on behalf of the oppressed must be guided by sound interpretation of Scripture, tradition and reason.

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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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Which Matters More? What The Church Says or What It Does?
Which Matters More? What The Church Says or What It Does?

By: Jon Kuhrt
Some believe the church should focus on proclaiming the gospel. Others believe our faith is best reflected through our social actions. Guess what? They're both right.

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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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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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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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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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Don't Be Blind to Idolatry's Silent Partner
Don't Be Blind to Idolatry's Silent Partner

By: Colin Harris
While the presumption of divine prerogative may be the more obvious expression of idolatry, the failure to see the divine presence in the life of the "other" seems to be a subtle partner that is just as damaging.

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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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Maintaining the Flow of Justice
Maintaining the Flow of Justice

By: Chuck Summers
No matter how big the crowds, how glorious the music or inspirational the preaching, our worship services are found unsatisfactory to God if we are not at the same time committed to maintaining justice.

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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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How Olympics Can Reignite Our Resolve for Justice
How Olympics Can Reignite Our Resolve for Justice

By: Phil Jump
Olympic athletes have been supported by policymakers and funding bodies in their pursuit of success. It begs the question: What injustices might we eradicate if we approached them with the same collective determination?

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice. Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole.

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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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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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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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The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship
The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship

By: Michael Shaw
Modern worship has become a privatized experience that does not lead into care and concern for others, but our own personal edification. That is not Christian worship.

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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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Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'
Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri, will hold a series of 'provocative conversations' - human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education - and how they affect their community.

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Do You Accept All of Christ or Just Part of Him?
Do You Accept All of Christ or Just Part of Him?

By: Larry Eubanks
Many Christians accept the basics of Christianity but still reject Jesus' overall teachings. They advocate violence toward enemies, do little to help the poor and discriminate against foreigners and minorities.

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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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Legislation Won't Make Us Christian
Legislation Won't Make Us Christian

By: Michael Helms
Lawmakers are eager to pass laws to keep our nation 'Christian.' Tennessee, for example, wants to make the Bible the state book. Instead of forcing the Bible on people, what if we lived out its commandments?

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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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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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Why Churches Need to Talk About Seeking Justice
Why Churches Need to Talk About Seeking Justice

By: Guy Sayles
Most churches respond with mercy to those in need. The next step is how do churches seek justice, which is a harder conversation we often avoid, in order to change the conditions that cause the need.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Making Faith Relevant by Supporting a Living Wage
Making Faith Relevant by Supporting a Living Wage

By: Jon Kuhrt
How can Christians share their faith in relevant ways that do not make people squirm with embarrassment? One way is through a commitment to social justice, such as support for living wages.

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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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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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Pope Calls Attention to Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton
Pope Calls Attention to Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton

By: Jerrod Hugenot
In Pope Francis' speech before the Congress, he offered a word of gratitude for the lives of four notable Americans: a Baptist, a president and two Catholics - Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

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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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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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UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support
UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support

By: Gershon Nimbalker
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have been an ambitious undertaking to address many facets of extreme poverty. Christians should be passionate champions of these goals.

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Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor
Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor

By: Molly T. Marshall
It's always easier to blame the poor for their circumstances rather than appraising the systemic realities making upward mobility nearly impossible. We prefer the poor to be invisible, even in our churches.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2

By: David Fitch
While programs that alleviate pain and suffering are important, our relationship with the poor is not to be organized as a church program. Instead, out of everyday life, we are to come alongside the poor.

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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1

By: David Fitch
Churches dedicate whole ministries to do justice and mercy as programs for the poor. While such ministries do alleviate immediate suffering, they inevitably keep the poor at a distance.

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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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Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity
Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity

By: James Gordon
In many nations today, the new god on the block is austerity; deficit reduction is its demanding consort. Those of us who advocate for the poor and vulnerable must challenge this god's veracity, legitimacy and efficacy.

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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 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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The Unique Ethical Struggle for the Middle Class
The Unique Ethical Struggle for the Middle Class

By: Colin Harris
The middle class faces a unique ethical challenge. Do we primarily look to the upper class with envy and a desire to be like them? Or do we look to the lower class with compassion and a desire to help?

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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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Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples
Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples

By: Jon Kuhrt
The church exists for two reasons, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The first reason is to worship God in Jesus Christ. The second is to make disciples. Everything else is decoration.

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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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Stop Payday Lenders from Preying on Poor
Stop Payday Lenders from Preying on Poor

By: Kathryn Freeman
Needing to meet unexpected expenses, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's misfortune. We need reform to end this exploitation.

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How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
By: Barry Howard
Without any long-term objective to your church's mission strategy, your church could be encouraging a sense of entitlement that trends toward continual poverty. Here are five steps to break that cycle.
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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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The Kindest Way for Churches to Destroy People
The Kindest Way for Churches to Destroy People
By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to re-evaluate how to best use its resources for the poor and vulnerable? The author of "Toxic Charity" examines the ineffective approach taken by many churches and nonprofits.
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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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8 Ways to Support Causes When Your Time's Limited
8 Ways to Support Causes When Your Time's Limited
By: Sarah Fegredo
You're bombarded by calls to engage in justice issues, but you have limited money, energy and time. How do you choose? Here are eight steps to get involved in causes that stir your passions.
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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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Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths.
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When It's Hard to Believe That God is With You
When It's Hard to Believe That God is With You
By: Larry Eubanks
When you live in relative comfort, believing that God is with you is easy. Those who are vulnerable or impoverished find it hard to believe that God is with them – unless we serve as God's hands.
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The Common Good: Allowing All to Flourish and Be Fulfilled
The Common Good: Allowing All to Flourish and Be Fulfilled
By: Rod Benson
The principle of the common good is prominent in Catholic social teaching but not often articulated in Baptist ethical thought and praxis. It seeks to protect a community against the excesses of despotism and individualism.
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Why Christians Cannot Ignore Climate Change
Why Christians Cannot Ignore Climate Change
By: John Weaver
As climate change continues, it is the poorest in our world who will suffer the most. If we are to call ourselves a gospel people, we cannot ignore the condition and well being of creation.
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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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The Eucharist: A Call to Justice and the Poor
The Eucharist: A Call to Justice and the Poor
By: Ron Rolheiser
Some think that the practice of justice, especially social justice, is an optional part of being a Christian, mandated by political correctness rather than by the gospels. The Lord's Supper reminds us that is wrong.
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Why Churches Remain at Heart of Tackling Poverty
Why Churches Remain at Heart of Tackling Poverty
By: Jon Kuhrt
Christians don't have a monopoly on making a difference to those in need, but even the most hard-bitten critics of Christianity have to admit that the church makes a massive contribution in combating poverty. 
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Why Christians Should Care for the Weak
Why Christians Should Care for the Weak
By: Roger Olson
Our society worships the strong, the beautiful, the powerful and the rich and blames the poor, the disadvantaged and those who struggle to survive. Christianity turns that order upside down.
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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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More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice
More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice
By: Dawn Hood-Patterson
Ebola is more than a health crisis. As the rich and privileged get the best care and the poor are left to die, Ebola illustrates social oppressions and issues a call for social justice.
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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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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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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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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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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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Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice
Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice

By: Zach Dawes
Many Christians have a fervent desire for social justice but may be unrealistic about how fast change can happen. Two social ethicists from the last century can help you find the right balance.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Old Testament's Deuteronomy Puts Women on Equal Footing
Old Testament's Deuteronomy Puts Women on Equal Footing
By: Claude Mariottini
Israelite laws provided relief to the plight of women and developed a special sense of social responsibility for the poor and underprivileged. The book of Deuteronomy reflects the rise of humanism in Israel.
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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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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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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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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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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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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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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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What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?
What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?
By: Larry Eubanks
While the Lord is happy when we give generously to support the church, the message of Malachi reminds us that we cannot forget the poor when we give our tithe to the Lord.
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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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Mary's Song Gives Voice to True Christmas Message
Mary's Song Gives Voice to True Christmas Message
Mary was a lowly peasant girl. Most of us wouldn't have trusted her to babysit our kids. Yet her song, the Magnificat, reads, not like a normal Christmas carol, but like a song of social subversion and reversal.
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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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Pope Francis' Vision Seeks to Reawaken the Church
Pope Francis' Vision Seeks to Reawaken the Church
Pope Francis challenges us to rethink our ways of being church. He is doing something that Jesus embodied and called his followers to do: embrace the poor, the lame and the outcasts above our own enrichment.
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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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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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Why Your Church Must Participate in Social Justice
Why Your Church Must Participate in Social Justice
It's not enough to merely come to church to worship, hear good preaching and enjoy fellowship. Churches are called to reach out to their local communities to provide for the needs of the many.
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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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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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Muriel Lester – Baptist Pioneer for Women in Ministry
Muriel Lester – Baptist Pioneer for Women in Ministry
You may not have heard of her, but Muriel Lester, born in the late 1800s in England, was a shaper of Baptist social ethics and an early pioneer of Baptist women in ministry.
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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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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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Labor Day and Faith: Rauschenbusch's Prayers for Workers
Labor Day and Faith: Rauschenbusch's Prayers for Workers

In the late 1800s, Walter Rauschenbusch grasped the plight of the ordinary U.S. worker, who often worked long hours and for low wages. His series of prayers reflected their struggles.

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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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Building Bigger Barns While Ignoring the Hungry
Building Bigger Barns While Ignoring the Hungry
The U.S. House of Representatives, under the guise of cost cutting and fiscal responsibility, passed a farm bill that aids the rich and attacks the poor. It reflects Jesus' parable about a foolish farmer.
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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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Will Churches Speak Out Against Unequal Medical Coverage?
Will Churches Speak Out Against Unequal Medical Coverage?
About 20 percent of the U.S. has no medical insurance, and many others have inadequate coverage. The U.S. healthcare system has evolved into a giant "shell game." Will the church speak up?
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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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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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Why Do So Few Baptists Know Walter Rauschenbusch?
Why Do So Few Baptists Know Walter Rauschenbusch?

Walter Rauschenbusch was a Baptist pastor who emphasized the social nature of the gospel proclaimed and embodied by Jesus, yet few Baptists know who he is.

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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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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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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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Dr. Seuss Reminds Us to Care for the Least of These
Dr. Seuss Reminds Us to Care for the Least of These
Dr. Seuss has delighted children with his whimsical tales. Those same stories – such as "Horton Hears a Who!" – are drawing attention from theologians and philosophers.
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Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
The first-ever gathering of a group of minority scholars was a chance to share stories of oppression in the hopes of working toward restoration, justice and reconciliation.
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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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An Expansive Dream
What other ways may God be challenging us to open our eyes and minds to see God’s expansive dream? While we may scoff at those early Jewish Christians for obeying strange dietary laws, let us examine our own lives and consider our own list of what or who is clean and unclean, acceptable or detestable. We often find those who are unlike us to be “impure,” people with whom we would rather not associate. But this morning, we are confronted with the question in verse 17: “If God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who are we to think that we could oppose God?”
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"Through the Door"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Through the Door, on faith and prisons.

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How Your Church Can Discover Authentic Worship
How Your Church Can Discover Authentic Worship
Everyone seeks a church that really worships, that really knows how to praise God. While we don't know exactly what worship is, we are always quick to point out what it isn't.
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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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50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home
50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" 50 years ago today, addressing the need for nonviolent action to overcome the nation's deeply rooted racism.

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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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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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Being Obedient to God Through Serving Others
Being Obedient to God Through Serving Others
Obedience to Christ goes beyond personal holiness and figuring out what job you'll do. It's about the fundamentals of being human – loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.
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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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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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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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New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961
New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961

A new EthicsDaily.com video features memories of Martin Luther King Jr.'s appearance at a white Baptist seminary in the early 1960s, a controversial decision at the time. (PhotoBucket)

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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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Are Public Charity and Social Justice Different?
Are Public Charity and Social Justice Different?
The life of service includes both personal and communal acts of mercy as well as social justice and peacemaking. Why have some Christians given up on the latter?
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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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Caring for the Poor: It’s Not Just for Christmas
Caring for the Poor: It’s Not Just for Christmas
During Christmas, much emphasis is placed on acts of kindness, including giving to the poor. But we need a system of social justice that operates all year long, not just at Christmas.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More Than a Vice, Gambling is Social Justice Issue
More Than a Vice, Gambling is Social Justice Issue
The expansion of gambling is more than a mere "values" issue. It is a social justice issue that defines how it is that we love our neighbors and uphold the common good.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Catholics' Message: Peace Through Justice
Catholics' Message: Peace Through Justice
Since 1968, the Catholic Church has designated the first day of every year as "World Day of Peace," but not everyone likes the Church's message of seeking peace through justice.
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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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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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Occupy Protesters Fill Void Left by Churches
Occupy Protesters Fill Void Left by Churches
Churches should have been prepared to join the charge of the Occupy movement. Instead, many have dropped the mantle of social justice in favor of a religion of future rewards.
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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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Will Churches Really Help Those Without Hope?
Will Churches Really Help Those Without Hope?
As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, many around us don't seem to find many things that give them cause for hope. What role does the church play in offering solutions to today's huge problems?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
As the national monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opens to the public, it's an appropriate time to measure President Obama's record to King's concept of social justice. The assessment isn't favorable.
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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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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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Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
In the debt-ceiling debate, President Obama caved in to those who demanded drastic cuts to programs to help the needy, children and elderly. He needs to believe in social justice enough to fight for it.
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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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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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Maybe "The Least of These" Need a Good Lobbyist
Many different voices in U.S. society are calling for protection for the individual, rather than seeking what's good for the community. Why is the voice of social justice barely a whisper amid the current clatter?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Would Bonhoeffer Say to 21st-Century Issues?
What Would Bonhoeffer Say to 21st-Century Issues?
Baptists have long revered Dietrich Bonhoeffer – one of the few German ministers willing to think deeply about the implications of being a person whose chief allegiance was to God and not the state – but from a safe distance.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scholar Challenges Widely-held Beliefs About the Bible and Sex
(RNS) Is the Bible good for your sex life, but bad for a sex ed class?
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Jewish Group Gives Passover Cheer for Beck’s Exit
(RNS) A Jewish organization is celebrating Passover two weeks early, proclaiming freedom from Glenn Beck’s television show.
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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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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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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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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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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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How the United States Can Find Its Voice Again
How the United States Can Find Its Voice Again
Two extended wars and an unregulated banking system have just about brought the United States to its knees. Not a bad place to be if you happen to be a person of faith, but a tough place if you're part of a people of pride.
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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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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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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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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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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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How to Fulfill the Greatest Commandment
How to Fulfill the Greatest Commandment
The bold ethical challenge to love God and neighbor is reduced to a lowest common denominator of personal piety in many faith communities. But the biblical expectation laid on people of faith is to seek a just community.
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Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
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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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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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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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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African-American Faith Groups Join Forces
African-American Faith Groups Join Forces
Nine major African-American denominations are working together for the betterment of their collective churches and the African-American community.
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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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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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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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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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Who Glenn Beck Thinks Environmentalists Worship
Who Glenn Beck Thinks Environmentalists Worship
Glenn Beck's crusade against the environment took a bizarre turn when he recently accused environmentalists of worshipping the weather god of ancient Babylon because they value nature over people.
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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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Glenn Beck Revises History to Suit His
Glenn Beck Revises History to Suit His "Facts"
Glenn Beck asserted that German churches in the 1930s and early '40s aligned themselves with the Nazis under threat of death. In fact, many of them believed God had anointed Hitler to restore Germany.
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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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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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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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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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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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What Role Does Mormonism Play in Glenn Beck's Civil-Religion?
What Role Does Mormonism Play in Glenn Beck's Civil-Religion?
Glenn Beck's tent of civil religion, by celebrating a generic god and holding a particular view of U.S. history, automatically includes a wide range of theological and historical perspectives.
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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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Obama Rumors? Beck as Moses? Catching Up After Time Off
Obama Rumors? Beck as Moses? Catching Up After Time Off
During 13 weeks of sabbatical, it was hard not to write about a provocative news story or someone in religious life doing something bizarre. Now, with the R&R over, several things really need to be addressed.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by
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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What Does Glenn Beck Want to Revive with His Revival?
What Does Glenn Beck Want to Revive with His Revival?
Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally was an example of American civil religion on parade. Whatever civil religion's value to the common good, it tends to favor the nation over religious faith.
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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: Defending Faith or Perverting Gospel?
Glenn Beck: Defending Faith or Perverting Gospel?
Glenn Beck declared that President Obama practiced a religion that was "a perversion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ" by focusing on victims and the oppressed. Yet these are the very people that Jesus invited.
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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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Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Thousands turn out for housing voucher applications in Atlanta. Hundreds seek shelter in the tunnels under the Las Vegas strip. When will Americans re-evaluate our commitment to society's most vulnerable?
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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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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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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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10 Lessons I've Learned Making Documentaries
10 Lessons I've Learned Making Documentaries
After five years of making documentaries focused on theology and social justice for EthicsDaily.com, some lessons have emerged along the way. Here are 10 of them.
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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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One Pastor's Perspective: What is Social Justice?
One Pastor's Perspective: What is Social Justice?
Glenn Beck has urged people to leave churches that support social justice. However, to deny the need to pursue social justice would force us to ignore the prophets and the largest portion of Christ's teaching.
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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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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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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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South African Christians Involved in World Cup
South African Christians Involved in World Cup
Christians, including Baptists, in South Africa are involved in several evangelical and social-awareness issues as hundreds of thousands of people flock to watch soccer teams compete in the World Cup.
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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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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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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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It's OK To Be a Social Justice Christian
It's OK To Be a Social Justice Christian
If there is anything at the center of Jesus' teachings and his actions, it's the idea of justice for the outcast, the oppressed, the poor and the sick. If we are not for social justice, we have abandoned our following of Jesus.
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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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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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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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Will We Help Terminal Patients Feel Whole?
Will We Help Terminal Patients Feel Whole?
It's easy to oppose a problem but tougher to offer compassionate solutions. When it comes to physician-assisted suicide, are we willing to help people recover their identity, purpose and a sense of hope?
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Gospel's Minor Characters Play Major Roles
Gospel's Minor Characters Play Major Roles
There are people in the Gospels that we need to see clearly even though we might skip over them in casual reading. One was the widow who gave everything she had. She is a true model of discipleship.
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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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Beck and O'Reilly: Blind Guides on Social Justice
Beck and O'Reilly: Blind Guides on Social Justice
Two personalities dominating cable news among conservatives these days, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, addressed social justice in the church. If only they understood what they were talking about.
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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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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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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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Beck's Claim at Odds with Jesus' Teaching
Beck's Claim at Odds with Jesus' Teaching
Glenn Beck claimed that churches used "social justice" and "economic justice" as code words for Nazism and Communism. But many churches silently agree with him as they worship at the altar of personal piety.
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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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Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Quakers Maintain Presence in Russia
Among the earliest to champion individual rights and civil society, Quakers have a long history of involvement in Russia. While their numbers are few, they're still active in Russia today.
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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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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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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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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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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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The America Glenn Beck and Company Long For
The America Glenn Beck and Company Long For
Right-wing pundits and politicians as well as angry citizens at town-hall meetings have called for a return to their America. But what kind of America do they really want?
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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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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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Choosing Sides: In Health Care, Jesus Sides with Poor
Choosing Sides: In Health Care, Jesus Sides with Poor
God is always on the side of the poor and vulnerable. If we are to be on God's side of the issue of health care, we too must side with the nation's poor and vulnerable.
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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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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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Good Christians Don't Eat Beef in Their Solar-Powered Hybrids
Good Christians Don't Eat Beef in Their Solar-Powered Hybrids
Every day, there seems to be a new battle cry for a social justice issue. The list of things to do and don't do seems to go on forever. Isn't there a simpler way to be a responsible follower of Jesus? There is.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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BWA Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change, Address Zimbabwe
Baptist World Alliance leaders repeatedly addressed the issue of climate change last week at their annual gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, even extending deliberations in the final session to strengthen a resolution on the issue.
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Global Baptists Voice Fear, Call for Positive Dialogue with Muslims Religious Leaders
When some Indonesian Muslims were looting, demonstrating, making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school protected the wife of a Baptist pastor when he was out of the country, showing him the positive side of Islam.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks to Become Baptist Hub for Disaster and Develop Initiatives
Baptist World Aid wants to become the "network hub" for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Bangladeshi Baptist Leader Receives Human Rights Award
Dennis Datta stood at the cutting edge of Baptist moral leadership in 2002, criticizing worldwide Baptists and calling them to support a bold plan to halve global poverty by 2015.
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Baptist Leader Raises 10 Questions About Ordination
Nearly 400 years after the founding of the first Baptist church in Amsterdam by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, Baptists are still debating the meaning of ordination, a topic that will be considered during six hours of formal presentations and discussions at the Baptist World Alliance meeting this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Baptist World Alliance Aims for Greater Global Representation
Baptist World Alliance leaders this week will consider a proposed restructuring aimed at what one leader described as building "a truly global organization."
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European Seminary Prioritizes Creation Care, Sustainable Development
How many Baptist seminaries celebrate their diamond jubilee with a gift wish list that includes funding for solar panels to produce hot water and photo voltaic panels for electricity production for street lights?
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Global Baptists Gather Next Week in Prague with Record of Growth, Organizational Change
When the Southern Baptist Convention voted in June 2004 to withdraw from and defund the Baptist World Alliance, a tiny body stepped up a month later at the BWA's annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with a commitment to help rebuild the world's largest organization of Baptist conventions and fellowships.
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Global Baptists Must Voice Opposition to Italy's Fingerprinting of Roma People
Denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere. Silence to injustice any time furthers injustice every time. Indifference to the suffering of any group increases indifference to the suffering of all groups.
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What Will We Do about Hunger When Bread Prices Are Linked to Oil Prices?
Two statements about global hunger appeared a month apart. The latter statement will test the depth of commitment of the former.
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Federal Sentencing May Turn Up Heat on Fraudulent Seminary Degrees
Maintaining muteness this week about the Southern Baptist Convention president's honorary degrees from two diploma mills will become much more difficult for denominational officials, given the federal sentencing on Wednesday of the owners of a diploma mill. Mainstream media coverage and the blogosphere commentary about degree factories will likely spike.
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Baptist Press Misleads Its Readers with False Subheading
Baptist Press falsely labeled a Baptist Center for Ethics' DVD screening at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual meeting last week in Memphis with an inaccurate subheading and lead in a news story, leading one to wonder if the editor actually read the story. Perhaps the editor wanted to say what the actual text as reported in the body of the story did not say.
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Holocaust Is Wrong Analogy for SBC Takeover
The Holocaust is a singular event of 20th-century social evil that should not be watered down by flawed analogies to other moral wrongs. Defective analogies trivialize genocide and the suffering of survivors.
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What Is Wrong with Diploma Mills?
Theological diploma mills are a significant problem of moral integrity. If ministers will take educational shortcuts and misrepresent their ministerial training, then they will probably cut corners and engage in deception on other church fronts. If prominent ministers claim honorary degrees from diploma mills, they validate these entities, making them credible options for younger ministers.
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New SBC President Has a Resume Problem
The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a credibility problem.
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SBC Enters Age of Decline, Not Promised Golden Age
Southern Baptist leaders promised years ago with their takeover of the convention's agencies and seminaries a golden age. They have delivered an age of denominational decline, division and dishonesty.
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Attend Screening of DVD Calling Baptists to Nurture Common Good with Jews
The premier event on Thursday morning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Memphis will be the Baptist Center for Ethics' screening with a panel discussion of a new DVD that challenges Baptists to nurture the common good with their Jewish neighbors.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Payday Lenders Prey on Working Poor, Let's Pray Christians Work To End Predatory Lenders

Payday lenders are like McDonald's and dry cleaners--good businesses that want good locations to provide ready accessibility to customers who need good financial services. Payday lenders offer a popular product in economically tough times for which customers express overwhelming satisfaction. Only a few complain, according to a payday lending spokesperson.

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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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What Constitutes an Authentic Prophet?
The late Baptist ethics professor Henlee Barnette contended that his friend and mentor Clarence Jordan stood in the tradition of a biblical prophet.
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Pundits and Politicians Label Opponents as False Prophets
Pundits and politicians are hurling around the term false prophets, making one wonder if the term is the newest way to smear an opponent with a negative religious image. Are all our opponents false prophets? What really is a false prophet?
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Seven Touchstones for Reclaiming the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics
Last Thursday, I spoke at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Christian Action Council held at Zion Canaan Baptist Church in Columbia. I significantly condensed that lengthy presentation and repackage it as an editorial.
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Sectarian Violence Rocks Lebanon, Engulfs Baptists
Street fighting in Beirut at the end of last week forced the closing on Thursday of the Beirut Baptist School, led to the postponement of a public lecture today at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and enveloped a BMS World Mission staff member.
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Recognizing the Moral Stewardship of Communication Technology
Accra's National Arts Centre had everything an American could want as a souvenir--wood carvings, talking drums, colorful clothing, leather goods, glass jewelry and masks.
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Let's Question Winner's Circle Theology
After the failed vote on Sunday at Nashville's Two Rivers Baptist Church to expel church members, one of the targeted members gave God the credit for the vote which allowed her to remain a member.
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Will the Christian Left Criticize or Justify Obama's Divorce from Wright?
Senator Barack Obama filed divorce papers against Reverend Jeremiah Wright on the grounds of irreconcilable differences one day after his pastor of 20 years appeared at the National Press Club, even though Wright's substance and style had not really changed.
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Academic Freedom Sometimes Neither Academic nor Freedom
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
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Corporate America Goes Green, Will Pulpits Follow?
The March issue of Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine has a green theme. An SUV, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, is being sold as the green car of the year. BASF, a chemical company, brags about its breakthrough product: a biodegradable plastic bag. Target has a print ad with the title "Love your mother (earth)." Clorox sells a cleaning product made from plants and markets its support for the Sierra Club.
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Will Prosperity Theology Bring Peace between Christianity and Islam?
The "Atlantic" magazine has a cover title of "Which Religion Will Win" with an artistic question mark designed out of a crescent moon intersecting with a crucifix atop a globe. One of the issue's major articles examines the competition between Christianity and Islam for adherents in Nigeria, "God's Country," Africa's most populous country.
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Clintons Provide Moral Example with Charitable Giving
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton, reported late Friday afternoon that they made since 2000 more than $109 million and gave $10.25 million to charity.
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Dobson Is Troubled by McCain's Opposition to Torture and Global Warming
How did Sen. John McCain's commitment to addressing global warming and advancing human rights become sources of opposition from Christian Right leader James Dobson?
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Confederate Flag Issue Flies in Face of Anniversary of MLK Assassination
Racism is racism. Sexism is sexism. Wrong is wrong. Secular hate speech is as wrong as religious hate speech. Liberal untruthfulness is as wrong as conservative untruthfulness. Yet human nature compels us to rationalize, to justify and to defend our dehumanizing action and beliefs, and those of our friends, those on our side.
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Gore Challenges Global Warming Deniers
Al Gore compared naysayers of manmade global warming to those who reject historical and scientific fact in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night.
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Iraq War Bill is $5,000 Per Second
EthicsDaily.com editorials and columns expressed opposition to the war in Iraq before the war in Iraq, when TV news show pundits, politicians and too many preachers either crusaded for the war or said too little in opposition. Our opposition was rooted in the rules of just war.
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Australian Baptists Support Earth Hour 2008--Will Others Join In?
Australian Baptists announced last week that they support Earth Hour 2008, an initiative launched last year in Sydney that focuses on global warming and has spread across the globe, signing up individuals, corporations and cities to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
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Addressing the Myth of AIDS as a Means of Genocide
Did the American government invent AIDS as a genocidal tool against African-Americans, as claimed by Jeremiah Wright, the controversial preacher best known as Sen. Barack Obama's spiritual mentor?
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Did Skin Pigmentation or Prophetic Imagination Fuel Jesus' Vision?
What color was Jesus? Was it skin pigmentation that determined Jesus' message or was it the prophetic imagination that defined his mission? Are pigmentation and imagination separable or inseparable? How is it that we remake Jesus in our own image?
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Headlines Mislead Public About SBC Shift on Global Warming
Untruth anywhere harms truth everywhere. Misleading headlines misdirect public opinion. False charges cover up flawed documents. No matter how noble the cause, wrongful means damage the desired goal.
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Letter to New Baptist Covenant's Next-Step Planners, Meeting Wednesday
Climate change's impact on church ministries and missions must be a top drawer issue for the North American Baptist leaders, who will meet at the Carter Center on Wednesday to discuss next steps for the New Baptist Covenant.
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Timidity on Global Warming Comes from Lack of Special Revelation
Unless a 21st century Moses comes down from Stone Mountain with a new commandment about global warming, don't expect the majority of Southern Baptist clergy to tackle the issue of human-induced climate change. Scientific consensus simply isn't enough to trigger responsible moral action for those who demand the absolute certainty of divine revelation.
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Global Warming Worsens, New Ethic Needed
Global warming is worse now than when I first wrote about it in my out-of-print book, Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth, published in late 1991. Scientific evidence is more definitive. Moral action is more urgent. Opposition is more boneheaded now than then.
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Where Do Payday Lenders Go to Church?

Do a Google search for the words "Baptists" and "payday." You will be surprised by what you find and disappointed by what is missing. You will find abundant references to the Baptist preacher R. G. Lee, who preached over 1,200 times the same sermon--"Payday Someday." You will find little evidence that Baptists care enough about predatory lenders to take reformatory initiatives.

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Payday Lenders Boom Where Conservative Christians Exercise Political Power

The predatory practice of payday lenders flourishes in the Bible Belt, the very place where one would think that the piety and morality of church goers would oppose such ventures that charge the poor exorbitant interest rates exceeding those of "the old mafia loan sharking syndicates." That is not the case, according to a new study that maps the correlation of payday lenders and conservative Christians.

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Florida Education Board Should Stick to Science, Avoid Theology
The Florida Board of Education should discount a letter from the top official of the Florida Baptist Convention opposing the approval of language for the new science standards that reads: "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence."
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Baptists Must See Crisscrossing of Race, Poverty and the Environment
Goodwill Baptists in North America are having feverish public and private conversations about next steps. Of course, trying to get Baptists heading in the same direction is like herding cats, a near impossibility.
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McCain Can't Enter Promised Land of Presidency Without Miracle of Christian Right Support
The Republican Party is heading toward a spiritual smack down. In one corner are the party officials, waving the placards of pragmatic compromise. In the other corner are the conservative Christian leaders, holding high the cross of moral conviction. Their grudge match is over presidential candidate John McCain, who has received no endorsements from any significant Christian Right leader and downright opposition from the movement's indisputable head: James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, whose radio audience reaches millions of listeners daily.
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Wall Street Journal Column about New Baptist Covenant Has Too Many Errors

What in the world was the Wall Street Journal thinking when it sent its "deputy Taste editor" to cover the three-day meeting of the New Baptist Covenant?

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Washington Post Gets It Wrong About New Baptist Covenant
Does journalist Sally Quinn know enough about religion to co-moderate the faith discussion in the Washington Post?
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Gore Delivers Most Important Baptist Address in 30 Years
Former Vice President Al Gore delivered the most energetic, substantive and potentially transformative speech made by a Baptist to a Baptist audience in 30 years.
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Urgent Invitation to 'An Inconvenient Truth' Screening at New Baptist Covenant
Unpublicized is a jewel of an opportunity for Baptists concerned about the environment. If you want to know more about global warming and what you can do, then attend one of two special screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" during the New Baptist Covenant gathering next week in Atlanta and interface with two Baptist ministers who have shown the documentary in their churches.
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New Baptist Covenant Is Already a Success
Announcing success before an event is risky, even foolish business. But in the Pauline tradition of being foolish for Christ's sake and forsaking the wisdom of the world, which warns against naming success in advance during problematic times, I want to announce that the New Baptist Covenant next week in Atlanta is a success based on what it has already accomplished.
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Attend Lunch with Nobel Laureate
Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore will speak at a luncheon scheduled for Jan. 31, 2008, from noon to 2 p.m., in Atlanta, in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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BCE Is Better Known as EthicsDaily.com
One thing became crystal clear in 2007: Baptist Center for Ethics became better known as EthicsDaily.com.
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Baptist of the Year: Al Gore

Al Gore is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2007. He has pressed for the global good with a compelling message about the danger of climate change and a clear call for moral responsibility, knitting together science and faith, reason and passion.

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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Romney Misfires in Faith Speech, Offers Building Blocks for the Future
Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was more patriotism than piety and more civic faith than Mormon faith. Romney is no John Kennedy.
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Reinvite Huckabee to Speak at New Baptist Covenant
Republican presidential candidate and Southern Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee needs to speak at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, 2008, in Atlanta. He needs the support of goodwill Baptists--Baptists of goodwill need his support.
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Romney Tries to Thread Impossible Theological Needle
Religion is neither a qualifier nor a disqualifier for public office, unless you are a Mormon, one of your opponents is a Southern Baptist and you are both running for the presidential nomination of your party.
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Jesus' Moral Manifesto in Luke 4 Includes Call for Earth Care
Pro-environmentalism is embedded in Jesus' moral manifesto found in Luke 4:18-19, a note long ignored among Baptists who consistently water down, spiritualize or privatize this text.
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Thanksgiving Trumps Christmas, Orange Is the Color for the Common Good
Thanksgiving trumps Christmas. Cultural fundamentalists and sentimental Christians may read that statement as heresy.
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Does EthicsDaily.com Matter?
No Baptist media source has given more timely and thorough attention to the issue that almost every Baptist preacher wants to avoid than EthicsDaily.com. The issue is child-sexual abuse in Baptist churches.
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No Clergy Endorsements for Thompson Create Religion-Free Zone Campaign
Why aren't Christian Right leaders endorsing Fred Thompson? They are certainly backing his competitors for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, even those who are alien to their moral and doctrinal orthodoxy.
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What Drives the Theology of Blame That Follows Disasters?
Theological declarations of blame follow terrible disasters.
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Does Fred Thompson Worship at the Church of Civil Religion?
Fred Thompson exemplifies civil religion--religion that honors the nonspecific idea of the little "g" God and requires nothing more than a nod in political speeches. Civil religion is the opposite of authentic religion.
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Presidential Candidates Risk Spiritual Smack Downs When Visiting Baptist Leader
Unless presidential candidates want a spiritual smack down, they should avoid talking to Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page, who failed to retain the pastoral confidentiality of two conversations and then boasted to other pastors about his soul-winning ways. In both cases, Page elevated his own evangelistic credentials and degraded the spiritual character of candidates.
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Who's On Jesus' Side in Mississippi?
His momma read him Bible stories at bed time and rocked him to sleep singing the old hymn "In the Garden." He gave his life to Christ at age 8 and walked where Jesus did at age 9. Thirty-years later, he stood on the banks of the Jordan River as three of his own sons professed faith and were baptized. His wife's name is Angel. He is pro-life, pro-prayer, pro-Bible literacy and pro-guns. He's a Southern Baptist running for office.
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Gore Becomes Third Baptist to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore became the third Baptist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joining Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Martin Luther King in 1964.
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Advancing Peace as Divided Lebanese Christians Stockpile Weapons for War
Lebanese Christians are divided with factions stockpiling weapons and preparing for a civil war, according to a New York Times article last week.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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Will You Sign the Nazareth Manifesto?
I invite readers of EthicsDaily.com, their fellow church members, friends and the multitude of goodwill Baptists to sign "The Nazareth Manifesto" found in Luke 4:18-19, where Jesus announced his agenda.
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Answering the Critics Who Say Church-State Separation Isn't in the Constitution
How do you answer critics of the separation of church and state, who say that concept is not in the U.S. Constitution? How do you answer those who believe that the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation?
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What Would the Hebrew Prophet Micah Say About Pain Without Morphine?
Zainabu Sesay will die in pain in Sierra Leone from breast cancer that has spread into her lymph glands. A tumor has "burst through her skin, looking like a putrid head of cauliflower weeping small amounts of blood at its edges," reported the "New York Times."
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Falwell Is Back Mobilizing Christian Voters
Falwell is back. What are centrist-to-progressive people of faith going to do about his agenda of using pulpits to mobilize Christian voters?
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Global Baptists Reflect on Aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001

EthicsDaily.com asked international Baptist leaders to share their thoughts about the state of the Baptist world six years after 9/11.

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What You and Your Friends Can Accomplish with 'Golden Rule Politics'
"What is the rightful role of faith in politics?" The new Baptist Center for Ethics' DVD, "Golden Rule Politics," offers a threefold answer. These answers equip people of faith with a better framework for engagement in politics, one that moves beyond false choices that create division and bypass justice.
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What Is the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics?
"Golden Rule Politics" is a documentary-styled DVD released in the fullness of time. The Christian Right is reeling from yet another sexual scandal. Many across the nation are still buzzing about the CNN special "God's Warriors," especially the segment on God's Christian warriors.
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How Shall We Think about Bill Maher's Upcoming Anti-Religion Documentary?
TV personality Bill Maher announced on "Larry King Live" his new anti-religion documentary, which he said would be titled "Religulous," as in the combination of the words religion and ridiculous.
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Read and Reply Request to Readers
EthicsDaily.com is on a record-scorching pace of growing Web traffic.
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Why Aren't We Doing More about Global Hunger? And What We Can Do.
Numbers are chilling. Challenges are constant. Reports are recurring. Causes are clear. Solutions are settled.
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Romney's Low-Sacrifice Ethic Is So-o-o-o American Christian
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disclosed a low-sacrifice ethic in Iowa that should raise more doubts about his qualification to be a president than his religion does.
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Call to Conscience—Save Darfur
Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., has a large, simple green sign with white letters facing a well-traveled street: "A Call to Your Conscience: SaveDarfur.org."
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'Newsweek' Rightly Identifies Global Warming Deniers as 'Denial Machine'
"Newsweek" exposed this week the axis of corporations and conservative organizations that oppose the scientific evidence that human actions are causing global warming as the "denial machine."
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House Advances Environmental Good with Energy Bill
Partisan political power matters morally. Partisan politics are often necessary in a sinful world. That doesn't mean partisan politics equal moral perfection or that one party is the party of God. It does mean that partisan power has the potential to establish a more just society, one where the common good is valued more than corporate gain.
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How Do We Think about Evil?
The quick answer is that we seldom think about evil. If we do, we mostly projected it upon others. We almost never think about evil as something that our own nation does. No, if evil surfaces in our country, it is some horrible individual act. And even then, we sanitize evil by blaming pharmaceutical impairment, psychological deficiency or cultural deprivation.
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America Pays $200,000 Per Minute in Iraq, Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
Every minute the United States government spends $200,000 in Iraq, as human suffering worsens, not counting the violence of suicide bombers and roadside bombs. So, where is the United States spending its tax revenue in Iraq?
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Should Jesus Have Given Pharisees Equal Time in the Sermon on the Mount?
"Fair and balanced" is the trademarked moniker of Fox News Channel. The phrase is also in the title of Al Franken's 2003 book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."
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From Ghanaian Slave Castle to 2008 Gathering, Goodwill Baptists Try to Dislodge Racism
Race is the bone lodged in the throat of Baptists, affecting every utterance, every action.
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Bush Makes God an Argument for Iraq War
When all the arguments for a failed war collapse, make God your argument.
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Baptist Press Validates Need for BCE's Forthcoming DVD
A Baptist Press news story validated the need for BCE's forthcoming DVD on faith and politics.
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Transplant Tourism Calls for Moral Check
A shortage of human organs and tissues for transplants encourages unethical practices, said Rod Benson, director of the Center for Christian Ethics at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.
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Gift Symbolizes Leadership Change in Baptist World Alliance
Ghana Baptist Convention president Steve Asante handed a traditional gift--an egg wrapped in a blue-and-white cloth--to Baptist World Alliance president David Coffey on the closing day of the July 2-7 BWA annual gathering in Accra.
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Africans Vulnerable to 'Prosperity Gospel,' BWA Group Says in Forum
"Prosperity gospel" churches compete with Baptist churches in Africa, especially for younger people, with promises of wealth and health, according to participants in a forum discussion Saturday at the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Accra, Ghana.
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Global Baptists Pledge to Fight Racism at Historic Site Related to Slave Trade
Gathered last Thursday on the Ghana coast at a former slave castle, global Baptists struck yet again at the manacles that have chained together for centuries whites and blacks in the tortured heritage of slavery, segregation and separation.
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BWA Speaker Urges Reparations for Descendants of African Slaves
A Jamaican Baptist pastor forced the controversial question of compensation to modern-day African descendants for the imprisonment and forced labor of their ancestors at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ghana.
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BWA Speaker Describes Suffering of Liberian Civil War
Liberia must unearth "deep remembering" to move toward reconciliation and healing after a 14-year civil war that killed more than 200,000 and displaced nearly everyone in the West African nation, a war victim turned reconciler said at the annual meeting of global Baptists in Ghana.
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Denton Lotz Reflects on Almost Three Decades of BWA Leadership
Every day is sweeter than the day before is how Denton Lotz reflects on the twilight of his 27-year career as a leader of the Baptist World Alliance.
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Global Baptists Hold Historic Gathering in Ghana, West Africa
A man who traces his ancestry to the slave trade in Ghana will be elected this week in that West African nation as the general secretary of the largest umbrella organization for worldwide Baptists with some 110 million members in 130 nations.
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Limited Seating for DVD Screenings at CBF, So Y'all Come Early
The Baptist Center for Ethics is screening two DVDs Friday, June 29, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Aussie Baptists Push for Increased Foreign Aid, Offer Model for Global Baptists
Australian Baptists account for only an estimated 1.6 percent of the Australian population, but they played an important role in getting their government to reverse its declining foreign aid budget and to pledge an increase from $2.5 billion to $4 billion by 2010.
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Baptist Seminary Homemaking Classes for Wives to Rescue Culture, Church
Christian homemaking will save the Southern Baptist Convention and the nation, according to the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the nation's largest training schools for pastors.
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Old Guard and New Wave Fundamentalists Battle Over SBC Perimeters
Old guard and new wave fundamentalists battled this week over the perimeters of exclusivity in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Overcoming the Politics of Fear with Faith
The politics of fear afflicts our culture and infects our congregations.
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Why Aren't North American Baptists Calling for Justice at G-8 Meeting?
A British Baptist churchman has an urgent message for G-8 leaders when they begin meeting on Wednesday in Germany.
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Pride Pushes May to Deadliest Month in Iraq for U.S. Military in 30 Months
May was the deadliest month in Iraq for U.S. military personnel in 30 months of false promises, failed strategies and feckless stalling.
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Why Does the SBC President Think Jesus' Agenda Is Liberal?
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page accuses the planners of the New Baptist Covenant, a working group of some 18 entities, of having a "leftwing liberal agenda."
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Fox News' Coverage of Anna Nicole Smith Is Comparable to Its War Coverage
Fox News' cable coverage of the death of a promiscuous sex symbol approximated its Iraqi war coverage. During the first quarter of 2007, Fox News devoted 10 percent of its coverage time to Anna Nicole Smith, compared to 15 percent to the Iraqi war.
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Remembering Herb Reynolds' Forgotten Vision
Herb Reynolds envisioned nine years ago a forerunner of the New Baptist Covenant, a 2008 gathering of Baptists in North America. The former Baylor University president called his vision the Baptist Convention of the Americas.
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Seeking Common Ground for Patriots and Peacemakers on Memorial Day
Christians have long divided themselves between patriots and peacemakers, between militarists and humanitarians. Patriots salute uncritically the flag and accept the march to war. Peacemakers recognize the inherent idolatry of unchecked nationalism/militarism and favor efforts to resolve conflict.
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BCE Previews New Faith and Politics DVD, Offers Screening of Global Poverty DVD
What is the rightful role of faith in politics?
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Gingrich Grasps for Falwell's Moral Majority Mantle
Politician Newt Gingrich grabbed for preacher Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority mantle Saturday, hoping it might give him power to win the blessing of the Christian Right in his quest for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
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Romney's Abortion Stance Raises Question of Electoral Choice
Where does presidential candidate Mitt Romney stand on abortion?
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Rich Christians Must Act to Help Poor Adapt to Climate Change
Rich Christians must take proactive initiatives against possible displacement of 1 billion people in coming decades resulting from climate change.
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Should GOP Pay Debt to Southern Baptists with Huckabee Nomination?
Is it time for the Republican Party to pay its debt to the Southern Baptist Convention by nominating one of the SBC's own to lead the party's presidential ticket in 2008?
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Observe the Real Mother's Day--Work for Peace
Mother's Day has become a sub-Christian church observance marked by sentimentality and commercialism, devoid of its original purpose and foreign to the biblical witness.
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Republican Candidates Show Energy, Diversity on Faith in First TV Debate
A Mormon voiced the best of the Baptist tradition on the separation of church and state in the first Republican presidential TV debate last night.
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Sex Scandals Rock Republicans, Washington Elites
Money, sex and power have a moral toxicity when mixed and misused.
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Let's Use a New Modifier in a New Century to Describe Baptists
Goodwill is an energetic, positive word. It's a proactively muscular word. It contains enough self-definition that further commentary is unnecessary in casual conversation.
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Democratic Candidates Mostly Skip Faith in First TV Debate
Eight Democratic presidential candidates mostly skipped the issue of faith in their party's first national televised debate, a remarkable shift after the manic activity of national Democrats following recent elections to prove that they, too, were people of faith.
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Christian Realism Necessitates Support for Bill to Withdraw Troops from Iraq
What are the results of President Bush's surge of more American troops into Iraq, beginning Feb. 1, 2007?
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Bush Models Giving, Cheney Shows Scrooge Nature
Dick Cheney made more than twice what George Bush did in 2006 and gave half as much as a percentage of income to charity as his boss.
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Dismantle False Wall of Church Autonomy That Protects Child Predator Preachers
Baptist leaders claim they have no authority over autonomous churches to police clergy who sexually abuse children.
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What Explains SBC Attacks on National Association of Evangelicals?
The Southern Baptist Convention has stepped up its criticism of the National Association of Evangelicals, perhaps a surprising action given the fact that for the longest time they were conjoint cultural twins, not identical theological twins but close enough.
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What Do the Fall and the Flood Say Theologically about Global Warming?
Global-warming deniers argue that science is unsettled about whether human beings are the driving cause of climate change. Some say human begins are too insignificant to change climate patterns; that climate change results from natural fluctuations, not human actions. That human begins cannot change earth--earth is too massive.
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Learn Just War Rules, Don't Assume Nation Is Always Just
Just war rules and claims of a just war share a common word with completely different meanings.
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Four Stumbling Blocks to Action on Global Warming
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once defined ethics as "knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is the right thing to do."
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The Gospel According to Barney: If Jesus Had a PR Consultant
"Now, Jesus, you just can't call Herod a fox," says consultant Barnabas Simeon.
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Coulter Slurs Homosexuals, Smears John Edwards
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has once again slurred Democrats and homosexuals.
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Baptist Democrats Are 'Doers of the Word'
Three Baptist Democrats are "doers of the word," what Jesus' brother James commended Christians to be.
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Limbaugh Attacks Baptist Pastor, Belittles BCE's Pastoral Letter
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh attacked a Baptist Center for Ethics' board member in his January 2007 newsletter, calling him "a wacko."
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Symbolism Has Moral Power in Congressional Votes on Iraq
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate cast moral votes last week on the White House's plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq.
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Will Republicans Follow Their Wise Leaders or Gas Bags on Global Warming?
According to a National Journal poll, 87 percent of Republican congressmen reject the scientific consensus that the causes of global-warming are man-made.
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Obama Preaches Trial Sermon, Brownback Issues Pastoral Letter
When Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced his presidential candidacy on a bitterly cold Saturday in Springfield, Ill., he preached a trial sermon, similar to those given in some Protestant traditions where a prospective minister lays out his credentials, identifies needs, references his call and calls for a new future.
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After Refusing to Hear the Bible, Will We Listen to God Through Science?
The Bible spoke first about humans guarding garden Earth from harm, but Bible listeners did not hear.
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Luke 4:18-19 Is Greatest Challenge Facing New Covenant Baptists
The new Baptist covenant group faces no greater challenge than the Bible, specifically the chosen text of Luke 4:18-19, around which we will organize the 2008 celebratory gathering.
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Think Differently About Partisanship Issue at 2008 Baptist Gathering
Baptists are much more than Southern Baptists, who are more southern than Baptist, more exclusive than inclusive, more theocratic than democratic and more negative than positive.
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Will Baptists Step Up to Take on Global Warming as Moral Issue in 2007?
Three days after Christmas the Bush administration backtracked on global warming when it proposed under a court-ordered deadline to place the polar bear on the threatened-species list due to the rapid loss of Arctic ice.
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Say 'No' Now and Loud to Human Sacrifice
President Bush has reportedly decided to tell the nation next week that winning in Iraq means a massive troop surge and sacrifice.
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How Many Deaths in Iraq Before U.S. Churches Say Enough?
How many more American troops and Iraqi civilians must die before America's churches speak a prophetic word to President Bush that violence only begets more violence and more violence is not an acceptable path forward?
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Converting U.S. Christians to Christianity Is Key to Iraq, Not Evangelizing Iraqis
Converting Muslims to Christianity is not the key to stability in Iraq, converting American Christians to Christianity is.
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A Personal Peeve, Promise, Plea
When I first went to work for a denominational agency in Nashville, I encountered two wasteful patterns that forever set me in another direction.
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Baptists of the Year: Lebanese Baptists

Lebanese Baptists are EthicsDaily.com's pick as the Baptists of the Year. They weathered a withering war. They showed physical courage and spiritual grace under unspeakable pressure. They used the best of technology to share their story. They shared their limited resources to house and care for a flood of Shiite refugees.

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Fox News Loves Little Baby Jesus, Not the Jesus as Lord of All
Fox News loves little baby Jesus--eternally preserved in swaddling clothes, radiant, helpless, voiceless, surrounded by wise men with gifts, angels in perfect harmony, shepherds with faces of wonderment.
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Race Denial Is a River in the Heart of America
A column in the Tennessean generated 70 negative e-mails from the race-denying residents of Tennessee.
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Thanksgiving Trumps Christmas, Orange Is the Color for the Common Good
Thanksgiving trumps Christmas. Cultural fundamentalists and sentimental Christians may read that statement as heresy.
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A Bible Verse for Victors
God expects a lot from Democrats. Democrats need a word from the Lord.
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Ford Gives Spiritual Insight, Corker Wins with Race Baiting
Tennessee Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford gave perhaps the most spiritually insightful remarks of any political candidate on the night of the mid-term elections.
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Democrats Close 'God Gap' with Republicans
Democrats closed some of the so-called "God gap" with Republicans in Tuesday's mid-term elections. They did so with candidates who claimed Jesus, quoted the Bible and talked about lessons learned in church, sounding sometimes more like preachers than politicians.
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A Christian Response to Tennessee's Racial Mudslinging
Republicans have triggered their "Southern Strategy" in the Tennessee Senate race, as evidenced by a bare-shouldered white woman--an actress playing a blond Playboy bunny, who winks and whispers for African-American Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr. to "call me."
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Public Education Has Advocate with Mercer University's First Lady
As first lady of Mercer University, Lesli Underwood is most closely identified with Christian higher education. But she also is a strong advocate for public schools.
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Bush Denies that Iraq Policy Is Stay the Course, Misleads Public
President Bush gave a stunning disclaimer when asked Sunday on "ABC's This Week" to explain the difference between "stay the course" and "cut and run" in the war in Iraq.
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Evidence Demands a Verdict, Necessitates Moral Critique
Did the Tennessee Republican Party intentionally darken a picture of Democratic Senate nominee Harold Ford, an African-American, in a fund-raising letter?
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Hear Republican Critique of Christian Right, Support of Paul's Primer for Politics
Former Republican Senator John Danforth rejected the idea of a Christian political agenda in his new book. The proposition is advocated by the Christian Right.
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Republican Leader Accuses Christian Right of Republican Party Takeover
Former Republican Senator John Danforth has done what very few Republican Party leaders are willing to do--take on the Christian Right and criticize their own party for allowing itself to be taken over by the Christian Right.
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Will Southern Baptists Vote for an African-American Baptist?
No political race is more telling about state of race relations within American Christianity than the one in Tennessee, where an African-American Democratic congressman is running for a U.S. Senate seat against a white Republican former mayor, who was pro-choice until his current run.
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James Dobson Is No Jesus
Those of us who know Jesus know James Dobson is no Jesus. Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of faulty faith: "Woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint … and neglect justice." "Woe" was a word of censorship that Jesus placed here on religious leaders for downgrading authentic faith for their own agenda.
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Bush's Claim of a Third Awakening Diminishes His Credibility
President Bush spoke Tuesday about a "Third Awakening," a term tied to Christian revivalism in the United States.
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'Stay the Course' Doesn't Cut It, Change Is Needed
President Bush spoke simply and truthfully to the American people on Monday night from the Oval Office: "Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks."
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Why Democrats Face a 'God Problem;' What They Must Do
Democrats face "a serious God problem," as a new Pew Research Center study kindly reported.
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Baptist Bloggers Can Help Make Poverty History
The One Campaign is a celebrity-centered effort to get the United States to allocate an additional 1 percent of the federal budget to fighting global poverty and AIDS, approximately $25 billion.
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Baptist Brothers Battle Over Church Count
Brothers fight. That reality is as old as the biblical witness and as new as today's sunrise.
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A Personal Word … A Gift for Our Readers
The Baptist Center for Ethics has a book gift for our readers who make a $50 or more contribution.
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Where are the Centrist Baptist Bloggers?
Bloggers are shaping public opinion. Evidence abounds that Web loggers have developed some muscle.
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Baptists Question Why Ceasefire Took So Long, Look toward Relief Efforts
Baptist leaders questioned why the United Nations' Security Council took so long to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, as they looked toward the post-war humanitarian crisis and rebuilding of Lebanon.
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War Disrupts Lebanese Baptists Humanitarian Relief in Beirut
Lebanese Baptists withdrew relief teams Thursday from working with more than 760 mostly Shiite refugees sheltered at the Beirut Baptist School located in downtown Beirut due to air strikes.
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Lebanese Baptists Question Proposed Middle East Truce Resolution
Lebanese Baptists questioned a proposed U.N. resolution drafted by the United States and France seeking a truce in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that has lasted more than three weeks.
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Israel Strikes Christian Sections of Lebanon, Baptists Face Water Shortages
Israeli air strikes forced Lebanese Baptists to admit on Friday that the Christian areas of Beirut were no longer safe and caused SAT-7, a Christian satellite-TV network, to close its offices there.
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Human Rights Watch Says Some Israeli Attacks Constitute War Crimes
A respected human-rights organization said some of Israel's indiscriminate attacks in Lebanon constitute war crimes and cannot be excused by blaming Hezbollah.
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Baptist Bloggers Begin Addressing War in Middle East
Baptist bloggers have finally begun writing about the war between Israel and Hezbollah after weeks of blogging about Baptists and alcohol, the election of a new Southern Baptist Convention president and a host of personal esoteric issues.
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Baptist Bloggers Begin Addressing War in Middle East
Baptist bloggers have finally begun writing about the war between Israel and Hezbollah after weeks of blogging about Baptists and alcohol, the election of a new Southern Baptist Convention president and a host of personal esoteric issues.
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Lines Blur in Muslim World Between America and Christianity, Says Scholar
While some in the United States take great pride in declaring America a Christian nation, Muslims in the Middle East view American Christianity as synonymous with hypocrisy, a Lebanese Baptist seminary professor said in a lengthy interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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Lebanese Scholar Says Errant Bible Reading Causes American Christian Bias for Israel
Errant Bible interpretation causes many American Christians to side with Israel against Lebanon, an Arab Baptist scholar said amid reports this weekend that Israeli air strikes killed dozens of children in the southern Lebanese village of Qana.
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BCE Has Exceptional Year, Asks for Donations
The Baptist Center for Ethics is having an exceptionally productive year, one that we think our readers recognize and applaud.
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Baptist Leader Says Lebanese Christians Caught in Middle of Israeli-Hezbollah Strife
They left their homeland in the midst of a civil war with nominal Christian commitments. They returned as Christian leaders in time to see their country descend into another war. They shared their story this week with EthicsDaily.com.
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No Just War in Southern Lebanon
While Hezbollah's kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers was unwarranted, Israel's weeks of disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks in Lebanon are morally unacceptable from the time-honored vantage point of just war theory.
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Shell Lands Near Baptist Church, Churches Care for Refugees
An artillery shell barely missed the Rayak Baptist Church, breaking church glass, amid fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah, a Lebanese Baptist leader told EthicsDaily.com.
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American Baptist Leader Calls for Ceasefire in Lebanon
A U.S. Baptist official has added his name to the list of religious leaders calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.
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Christian Leaders Call on Political Leaders for Ceasefire in Lebanon
A Lebanese Baptist leader questioned how much longer Christians can continue to meet growing refugee demands in a country descending into a worsening war in an e-mail request for Sunday prayers.
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Support an Immediate Ceasefire in Lebanon, All Noncombatants Are Equal
Instead of the United States exerting full diplomatic and political pressure on all parties to end hostilities, the Bush administration has turned a blind eye to noncombatant casualties in Lebanon and has blamed others for violence it is unwilling to stop.
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Global Baptists Condemn Violence in Intensifying Middle East Crisis
Global Baptist leaders began speaking out late this week against the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, as the military and humanitarian crises worsened.
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"An Inconvenient Truth"
"An Inconvenient Truth" is a riveting journey into one of the most ignored issues on the American landscape, one that demands our immediate attention, especially for those who belong to the community of truth.
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Arab Baptists Help in Lebanon's Worsening Humanitarian Situation
Lebanese refugees are increasing, civilians deaths are climbing and an Arab Baptist is speaking out as Israel and Hezbollah continue fighting.
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Baptists Trapped, Need Supplies in Escalating Attacks on Lebanon
American Baptists are trapped abroad and Lebanese Baptists are overwhelmed with refugees as Israel continues attacking Lebanon in response to Hezbollah terrorism.
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BWA Grows, Highlights Human Rights
MEXICO CITY--Baptist World Alliance grew by over one million members in the past year, according to statistical data presented to delegates at the General Council meeting last week in Mexico City.
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BWA Launches Search for New General Secretary
MEXICO CITY--The Baptist World Alliance will announce a new general secretary in March 2007, if the search committee sticks to its published time line.
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Baptists Struggle to Move Beyond Words to Actions to Halve Global Poverty
Global Baptists heard both success stories about national Micah Challenge campaigns and that some union/conventions have accomplished almost nothing meaningful to reduce global poverty by half by 2015.
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Baptists Discuss AIDS, a New American Voice and Religious Liberty in Mexico
An estimated 64,000 people worldwide will die from AIDS, and 88,000 will be newly infected during the week-long meeting to the Baptist World Alliance in Mexico City, said a presenter in a forum on AIDS/HIV ministries.
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Nicaragua Baptist To Receive Human Rights Award
The Baptist World Alliance will give its 2006 Human Rights Award to Gustavo Parajon, a 70-year-old medical doctor and the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Managua, at the conclusion of its annual gathering in Mexico City.
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Global Baptists Need 'Big Ears' to Hear God's Voice
MEXICO CITY--Global Baptists need "big ears" to listen to the voice of God, said David Coffey on the opening night of the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering in Mexico City.
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BWA Meets in Mexico City, Lotz Looks for SBC Reform
More than 500 global Baptists are expected to gather this week in Mexico City for the general council meeting of the Baptist World Alliance, the premier worldwide Baptist organization, which the Southern Baptist Convention abandoned in 2004.
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Australian Baptists Are Chief Advocates for Micah Challenge
Australia may be known as the nation "down under," but Australian Baptists are on top of the Baptist world in terms of advocacy for the Micah Challenge.
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Halving Global Poverty Receives Scant Baptist Action
Political advocacy for the goal of the Micah Challenge to halve global poverty by 2015 finds little action among worldwide Baptists, save those in Australia.
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Honoring the Past with Commitment to the Future
What a difference a year makes! What a difference many of you have made for me over the past year.
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Gore Speaks about Clergy, Politics
Evangelical clergy are breaking with the Bush-Cheney view on global warming, said Al Gore in response to a question on Friday from EthicsDaily.com.
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Gore Stresses Moral Imperative on Global Warning in Interview
Scientific truth about global warming carries a moral imperative for action, former vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore said Friday in an interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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Reading the Green Bible
The Bible is God's green book, staking out the divine imperative for earth care.
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Are Public School Teachers Missionaries?
Public school teachers are missionaries, according to Southern Baptists.
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Thumbs Up to Dixie Chicks for 'Not Ready to Make Nice'
The Dixie Chicks deserve applause from America's new moral majority--those who said the war against Iraq failed to pass the time-honored code of just war theory and those 56 percent who now say the war was the wrong thing to do.
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Recovering Our Ethics Heritage, Rekindling That Fire
We are blessed with a rich heritage, a heritage that some need to reclaim, a heritage about which a new generation needs to know. A good slice of our heritage comes from Henlee Barnette, whom we honor as part of BCE's luncheon next month at the annual meeting of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Personal Note About Drug Use, and the Desert
Today is my last day on drugs. Tomorrow is my first day off of acute leukemia medication in 15 months.
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Where Do Southern Baptist Leaders Go to School?
If you want to know what Southern Baptist Convention leaders really think about public education, follow them to school.
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Why Invite the NCC Head to Speak to Baptists?
When moderate Southern Baptists ran the Southern Baptist Convention, they kept great public distance from the National Council of the Churches USA. Contact was almost always under the cloak of darkness
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BCE Moves to Virtual Office
The Baptist Center for Ethics is leaving behind a physical office space for a virtual space, beginning May 1. Good bye bricks and mortar. Hello telecommunications!
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SBC Needs to Let Their Yes Be Yes or No Be No on Public Schools
Anti-public school Southern Baptists are divided into two camps--those who offer misdirection and those who articulate a clear direction.
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Is Racism at Heart of the Disdain for Public Schools?
As slavery was at the heart of the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, racism was at the heart of the beginnings of the anti-public school movement and the founding of the Christian academies in the 1960s. Denial of either engages in historical revisionism and moral dishonesty.
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Is The Passion Biblical or Extra-Biblical?
Christians will likely ignore the most biblically sound theme in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ," and they will likely embrace the most biblically faulty problems of the movie. Both offer insightful congregational leaders a teachable moment.
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Just War in Iraq Requires Reasonable Hope for Success
Does the present U.S. course in Iraq constitute a just war?
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Reading the Bible While Listening to State of the Union
If a biblical prophet gave the 2006 State of the Union address, what would the message be?
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Too Many Southern Governors Wrong on Religion, Weak on Science in Public Schools
Two Republican governors expressed support for the teaching of neo-creationism—intelligent design—in public schools in the past two weeks.
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No President Is Above the Law
President Bush apparently thinks two wrongs make a right. He plans to break a new law, because he wants the right to torture detainees in the war on terror.
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Pursue Justice on Trafficking at Pentagon
The president issued a declaration. The Congress passed a law. The Pentagon turned a blind eye, ignoring defense contractors that engage in human trafficking—prostitution and slave labor.
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Baptists of the Year: Paul Montacute

Time Magazine named Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates as their persons of year 2005, recognizing them as global Good Samaritans committed to ridding the world of poverty, disease and indifference.

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Funding Appeal for 2006 Baptist-Jewish Educational Resource
We plan to produce a four-part DVD study guide that will equip Baptists for constructive interfaith relationships with the Jewish community, a resource long overdue, and a much-needed educational unit.
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Personal Note: Why We Do Fund Raising
Why am I writing another piece asking for donations?
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Moral Reflections on the White House
Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted today in a federal grand jury investigation into the disclosure of a CIA agency's identity. Cheney's long-time aid submitted his resignation.
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What Praising Rosa Parks Should Mean
Nothing costs less than courage in the rearview mirror of history. Nothing is easier than praise for the departed. Nothing is more hypocritical than celebrating a virtuous life without seeking to live more virtuously.
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Global Baptists Support the Micah Challenge, Will U.S. Baptists Get on Board?
Will Baptists in the United States join global Baptists in active support of the Micah Challenge? Will we do our own thing? Will we do anything at all?
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An Endangered Species—a Free Press for Baptists
Will Baptists support a free press, a prophetic critique?
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World Suffers Consequences of Bush's Refusal to Heed Wisdom of Christian Leaders
If President Bush had only listened to America's real Christian leaders, then our nation would not have had 1,923 military fatalities and 14,265 soldiers wounded in action. The nation would not have wasted over $200 billion in Iraq. Iraq would not have an upward estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths. The world would not suffer the consequences of the American-created terrorist training camp in Iraq.
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What Do a President and Prophet Say About a National Day of Prayer?
President Bush has declared Friday, Sept. 16, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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We Need a Good Government Reflective of the Goodness of Americans
America needs a government as good as the best of the American people—the police officers, firefighters, soldiers, civic leaders and volunteers who showed courage and gave sacrificially to meet human needs in an overwhelming crisis.
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Theologians for Hitler: Could It Happen Again?
Two notes were sounded about Christianity in Nazi Germany at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, when I attended the school in the late 1970s.
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What Happened to the Word 'Progress' in Bush's War Speeches?
President Bush dropped the word "progress" from his recent speeches and appearances designed to bolster flagging public support for the war in Iraq.
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Acacia Resources Circle the Globe
Why does the Baptist Center for Ethics produce Sunday school curriculum?
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Where's the Progress in Iraq?
President Bush claimed repeatedly last week in a short public appearance that progress was being made in Iraq.
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'Justice Sunday' Isn't Really About Justice
Justice Sunday II is a misnomer. It has little to do with the pursuit of justice in America and everything to do with the judgment on America. A more truthful name for the religious right rally would be Judgment Sunday II.
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Finding Our Way in Iraq
Where are we going in Iraq?
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CBF's Postcard and Poverty
Before Grapevine disappears in the rearview mirror for supporters of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, I want to sound two notes as we move toward next year.
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Frist Deserves Applause, Breaks from Bush and Religious Right over Stem Cells Research
Sen. Frist took a needed step forward for medical research when he announced Friday his support for expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, using frozen embryos left over at fertility clinics that would otherwise be discarded.
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It's Time to Admit Error, and Find a New Path in Iraq
Bush led the world to war on the wings of a falsehood.
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Will Belmont's Fisher Speak Up for Alcohol-Free Sports TV?
As a member of the executive committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Robert Fisher, president of Belmont University, has a unique opportunity and responsibility to speak up for alcohol-free sports TV at the NCAA's executive committee's August meeting.
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Rethinking Missions in the 21st Century
Prior to a February trip to the tsunami-affected nations of Sri Lanka and India, Paul Montacute, director of Baptist World Aid, explained to me that the Baptist World Alliance has a threefold strategy for meeting human needs.
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BWA Speakers Create Conundrum for SBC
Brave Baptists meet this week in Birmingham, England, for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Baptist World Alliance, despite two terrorist attacks on London in recent weeks.
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How Much Salt Is Enough?
When Christians talk about influencing culture, one of the time-proven proof texts is Matthew 5:13, in which Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth."
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Join Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV, Now
Go Gators! What's wrong with Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and the other Southeastern Conference schools? Where's the Baptist leadership in these communities?
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Republican Leader Admits Party Plays Race Card, Gets Attacked by Limbaugh
Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, missed an opportunity last week to push forward a new era in race relations with the admission that his party was wrong to use race as a wedge issue to win political elections.
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Baptist Leaders Ignore Ebbers' $11 Billion Scandal, Act as Character Witnesses
Moral relativism and indifference surface with a pointed clarity in Southern Baptist life in the case of Bernie Ebbers, a member of Easthaven Baptist Church, outside of Jackson, Miss.
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Rove Puts Bush's Responsibility Era at Risk
When did President Bush learn that Karl Rove, his senior adviser, leaked intelligence information to at least one reporter about the identity of a CIA agent in July 2003?
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Try a 21st Century Curriculum
No paper. No misplaced quarterly. No out-of-date leftovers. No recycling of printed curriculum. No expense for postage. No extra cost for printing and artwork. No added charge for promotional expenses incurred through direct mail pieces.
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Best Baptists Head for Birmingham with Uncertainty in the Air
The shocking London bombing and disturbing aftershocks of threatened violence may cause many global Baptists to reconsider their attendance at the Centenary Congress of the Baptist World Alliance later this month in Birmingham, England. After all, prudence is a hinge Christian virtue.
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Recall the Sermon on the Mount When Watching Events in London
Baptists in America and around the world need to focus their pastoral prayers in worship and prayers of concern in Sunday school on our British neighbors this Sunday.
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Nation Needs Truth to Trust Government at War
President Bush tried to turn around falling public support for his invasion and occupation of Iraq in a speech before troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Tuesday, the very day that a U.S. Chinook helicopter with 17 crew members was reportedly shot down in Afghanistan, the original and primary base for Al Qaeda.
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UK Baptists Lead March on Global Poverty at G8 Meeting
Baptists in the United Kingdom are at the forefront of an effort to reduce global poverty through the MakePovertyHistory campaign that presses the world's richest countries to reduce the number of people dying in poverty through changes in foreign policies.
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Patriotism Is More than Flag Waving
Is wrapping oneself in the American flag a sure sign of a scoundrel?
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Update about BCE's Financial Situation
Blessings on the readers of EthicsDaily.com. You opened your hearts and wallets to a real need and gave generously.
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Congressman Muddles Views of Faith and Politics
Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) would do well to read his denomination's statement of faith and practice what his church claims to believe.
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Praying for Adrian Rogers
Why must we pray for Adrian Rogers?
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Dr. Frist Diagnosed Schiavo, Sen. Frist Claimed Otherwise
Following the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy that found that she had irreversible brain damage and was blind, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) denied that he had ever diagnosed her.
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SBC Moves Right
The Southern Baptist Convention is transitioning from the far right to the further right.
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The Best Father's Day
My Father's Day came early this year with one of my best gifts ever.
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Corporate Interests Trump Public Good in D.C.
Two examples of corruption in Washington surfaced in June, illustrating the shameless determination of political leaders to serve corporate interests over the public good, and neither involved the ethically challenged Tom Delay, majority leader of the House of Representatives.
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How Many Deaths in Darfur Are Enough?
Biafra. Rwanda. Darfur.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Need to Be Honest About Public Schools
Disgust was the first emotion that washed over me when I reviewed online a sexually explicit pamphlet distributed at a conference at Brookline High School, in Brookline, Mass., for gay and lesbian students.
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Straight Talk About BCE's Situation
I believe in straight talk. I think the readers of EthicsDaily.com expect nothing less.
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Straight Talk About BCE's Situation
I believe in straight talk. I think the readers of EthicsDaily.com expect nothing less.
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Vanity Revisited
"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity." Thus begins Ecclesiastes.
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Stem Cell Debate Fosters Mendacity
A new odor of mendacity oozed from the White House last week when President Bush held a reception for the 21 families who have adopted or given up for adoption frozen embryos.
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Congress and the Public Support Stem Cell Research
Ignoring President Bush's threatened veto, the House of Representatives passed a bill this week supporting federal funding for stem cell research using embryos discarded at fertility clinics.
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Compromise a Necessary Virtue
Thumbs up for the courage to compromise. Thumbs down for the arrogance of power.
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Secrets Hidden from Health
"Some secrets are hidden from health," wrote John Updike in his poem "Fever."
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Looking Firsthand at America's Health Care Crisis
"How much do you think this bottle of pills costs?" asked my wife, several days after I had returned home from a month in the hospital for the treatment of acute leukemia.
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What I Learned from a Month in the Hospital
When my wife told me that I had spent a month in the hospital for treatment for acute leukemia, I was stunned. The time lapse had never computed. I had lost track of time, even though the hospital staff wrote every day the date on a marker board in my room.
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BCE Executive Director Gives a Word of Gratitude
I lost over 40 pounds. I lost my energy and endurance. I lost my hair. I lost a good deal of memory of a month of hospitalization.
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Losing the World's Conscience, Gaining an Opportunity
The death of Pope John Paul II leaves the Christian community with both lament and apprehension—lament over the loss of the world's conscience and worry about who will speak with corresponding moral clarity.
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Does Rick Warren Read a Small Bible?
Rick Warren tacitly endorsed George Bush six days before the 2004 presidential election, claiming that the Bible was on his side and that the two major candidates could not "have more opposite views."
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The Baptist Version of Mother Teresa
CHENNAI, India--While many Christians from America and elsewhere have responded generously with gifts to relief efforts since the Dec. 26 tsunami, how many would borrow money for victims without knowing how they would be able to repay the loan?
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Tsunami Donor Expectations Are Unrealistic, Says Baptist Leader
American and European donors often have unrealistic expectations about the rapid expenditure of their tsunami-related contributions, say those engaged in relief work and seeking a responsible use of funds.
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Baptists and Buddhists Work Together in Sri Lanka
BERUWALA, Sri Lanka--An inter-religious flag representing Christians, Buddhists and Muslims sits atop a newly erected memorial to the 136 tsunami-related deaths in Beruwala, Sri Lanka.
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Hungarian Baptist Aid Contributes 'Presence' in Tsunami Relief
Two days after the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, a seven-person medical team from Hungarian Baptist Aid arrived on the tear-shaped island to the southeast of India, starting work in the capital of Colombo and then moving south.
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Sri Lankan Village Begins Recovery From Tsunami
PERALIYA, Sri Lanka—The international police agency Interpol dug up a mass grave here, looking for Europeans killed when the Dec. 26 tsunami washed a train off its tracks. They found two, among 2,000 bodies bulldozed into a huge hole, identifying them by their larger skeletons and dental fillings.
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Works Louder Than Words for BWAid Director
BANGKOK, Thailand--Paul Montacute's first airplane ride was to the 1963 Baptist World Alliance youth conference in Beirut. It was the first of many. Forty-plus years later, he travels the globe as the director for the BWA's hunger and relief arm, showing a living faith that provides relief and development aid.
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Tsunami Disaster Need Increases, Responses Often Flawed
Seven weeks after the tsunami disaster that swept from Indonesia to Somalia, newspaper headlines and TV news stories have fallen off as nations continue to find corpses and victims cope with lost livelihoods.
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Does Barry Lynn Read a Small Bible?
Barry Lynn unfairly lumped James Dobson and Jim Wallis together this week, asserting that both were pressuring politicians to make public policy decisions based on the Bible.
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Does Cal Thomas Read from a Small Bible?
Democrats are talking at the national and local levels across the country in public forums and hushed church hallways about how their party can engage people of faith.
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What's the Truth about Baptist Generosity?
If we accept the premise that red states are more generous than blue states because of their religion, then how do we explain why Southern Baptists give so pitifully to the denomination's world hunger fund?
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Dobson Distorts Faith, Threatens Democrats
Fundamentalist leader James Dobson reads from a small Bible, having shrunken the Christian moral agenda to the anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality issues.
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Baptists of the Year
Time Magazine has selected a man or woman as the person of the year since 1927. President Bush is the 2004 recipient. Past recipients have included Mohandas Gandhi in 1930, Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in 1939, Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1994.
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Christmas Story Offers Civic Lesson
Buried within the Christmas story is a subplot that needs unearthing, perhaps more now than in a long, long time.
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Does Congress Suffer from Malignant Power?
Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) allegedly placed in a congressional spending bill that passed on Saturday a frightening provision allowing two committee chairmen and their staffs to look at any American citizen's tax returns without any privacy safeguards.
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Personal Word on Why We Need Your Help: Part 2
Yesterday I asked for reader support in part because we face declining revenue streams from two partner organizations at the very time that our productivity and constituency are expanding. We need to secure replacement funds for the declining support from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
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Personal Word on Why We Need Your Help: Part I
So far, I have proposed that the Baptist Center for Ethics will step up its public witness with a more prophetic and practical edge.
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Personal Word about BCE's Expanded Public Witness
The Baptist Center for Ethics needs to step up its public witness and enter a larger national role.
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Critiquing American Religion
American Christians are in a cultural war, a term that went out of popular favor after Pat Buchanan's mean-spirited Republican Party speech in 1992. Regrettably, the phrase has returned with a new vengeance. Following President Bush's re-election, religious right leaders have gleefully used the term. Secularists are analytically describing the national state with this phrase.
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Personal Word About the Future
This is the first of a series of personal editorials to the readers of EthicsDaily.com.
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Theological Panic Underlies Election Rhetoric
Why are so many white, evangelical Christian clergy expressing such hyper-statements about the 2004 presidential election?
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A Small Verse Serves as Basis for Global Campaign
UNITED NATIONS--A gray-haired South African of modest stature used one of the shortest verses in one of the smallest books in the Bible to call for political activism among Christians for the sake of the poor.
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Evangelicals Pledge to Hold Governments Accountable for Poverty
UNITED NATIONS--Evangelical Christians from around the world pledged Friday to make governments keep their promises to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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British and Australian Baptists Spearhead Effort to Fight Global Poverty
UNITED NATIONS—British and Australian Baptists are among leaders spearheading a global alliance of churches and faith-based aid organizations intent on mobilizing the Christian community to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015.
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