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How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 2
How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 2

By: Stuart Blythe
Preaching against racism is prophetic, and the ones who can best deliver that courageous and disruptive message are pastors, who are invested in the life of a congregation and can make that message transformative.

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How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 1
How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 1

By: Stuart Blythe
William Willimon's latest book draws on his own Methodist tradition in order to honestly name racism as sin. And for a model of preaching in a way that confronts racism, he turns to Baptist pastor, Martin Luther King Jr.

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Baptists Praise Rule to Curb Payday Loan 'Debt Traps'
Baptists Praise Rule to Curb Payday Loan 'Debt Traps'

By: Zach Dawes
Baptist leaders praised the final version of a rule, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 5, that seeks to end "debt traps" within the payday loan industry.

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How to Find Healing in the Shadow of Iniquity
How to Find Healing in the Shadow of Iniquity

By: Gary Furr
Battered by three devastating storms and now a senseless act of violence, our nation has lost beautiful and productive lives. We need laws, but more than that, we need transformation of the human heart.

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Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 2
Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 2

By: Beth Allison Barr
Despite the narrative from some quarters that female leadership in church is "disobeying the word of God," Baptist churches have allowed women to lead and preach. Case in point, First Baptist of Elm Mott, Texas.

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Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 1
Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 1

By: Beth Allison Barr
Conservative evangelicals are often ignorant of the long history of female leaders and preachers in Christian past. The female preachers they do know about are often negative examples.

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Church Transition to Minority Status Can Be Exciting
Church Transition to Minority Status Can Be Exciting

By: Stuart Murray Williams
What does the future hold for Christians? In most of the Western world, we will transition from a majority status to minority. While that may strike fear in some, it's a time to imagine new possibilities.

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If Achieved, Baptist Unity Can Affect the World
If Achieved, Baptist Unity Can Affect the World

By: Neville Callam
Despite good efforts from some Baptist denominations, the witness of U.S. Baptists has been marred by disunity. A united Baptist witness could have a positive impact in the U.S. and the world.

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Baptists Help Out as Harvey Floods Texas, Louisiana
Baptists Help Out as Harvey Floods Texas, Louisiana

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Hurricane Harvey continues to pour water into an already-flooded southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, Baptist groups are working to assess needs and to formulate relief plans.

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When Churches Appreciate Their Unity in Diversity
When Churches Appreciate Their Unity in Diversity

By: Danny Chisholm
Even though some churches have political or theological litmus tests, we should always appreciate our unity in diversity. We can sit in the same pews and worship the same God even if we have different views.

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'The Invisible Women'
'The Invisible Women'

By: Mitch Carnell
Women play major roles in the Bible, but the male-dominated church mainly marginalizes their importance, asserts the author of 'The Invisible Women.' Jesus, however, reverses this practice.

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Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God
Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God

By: Roger Olson
Having women ministers is not evidence of a "liberal trend." Many conservative churches have accepted women in leadership roles. Christians who reject women ministers are usually quite inconsistent in practice.

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Charlottesville Clergy Were Ready Before Deadly Day
Charlottesville Clergy Were Ready Before Deadly Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Before the deadly day in Charlottesville in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally, local clergy from various faiths had been gathering to prepare a safe space in the event of a tragedy.

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What's in a Name? Baptist Expansion in Global South
What's in a Name? Baptist Expansion in Global South

By: Philip Jenkins
Unlike virtually all Christian churches and denominations, Baptists are not witnessing a fundamental shift of numbers to the global south. Instead, they remain heavily concentrated in North America. But why?

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Liberia's Future Looks Increasingly Prosperous, Peaceful
Liberia's Future Looks Increasingly Prosperous, Peaceful

By: Leroy Seat
Celebrating 170 years of independence, Liberia has pulled through its dark period from 1980 to 2003 and is moving toward an increasingly prosperous and peaceful future.

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Protestants Affiliating with Particular Denominations Drops
Protestants Affiliating with Particular Denominations Drops

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. Protestants who self-identify with a particular denomination has declined steadily over the past 16 years, according to a Gallup analysis, dropping from 50 percent in 2000 to 30 percent today.

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Eye-Opening Lessons from New Friends from Cuba
Eye-Opening Lessons from New Friends from Cuba

By: Joe LaGuardia
After two Baptist leaders from Cuba spent time with my family, I've learned how much we often take for granted in America. It's also opened my eyes to a clearer call for justice.

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Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest
Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest

By: Craig Janney
While bivocational ministry can benefit churches and ministers in unique ways, most churches and pastors prefer full-time staff positions when it comes to seeking out new leadership.

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Global Baptists Promote Religious Liberty Concerns
Global Baptists Promote Religious Liberty Concerns

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 50 nations focused on religious liberty concerns in multiple nations and elected a new general secretary, Elijah Brown, during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering in Thailand.

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

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

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Global Baptists Gather in Thailand for BWA Gathering
Global Baptists Gather in Thailand for BWA Gathering

By: Brian Kaylor
About 300 Baptists from nearly 50 nations trekked to the predominately Buddhist nation of Thailand this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.

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Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers
Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers

By: Ira Antoine
As membership continues to decline in small and medium-size churches, bivocational ministers will be needed more than ever. How will our denominations meet the needs of these ministers?

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Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 2
Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 2

By: Olu Q. Menjay
Global migration makes constructive religious conversation and coexistence essential. A plane trip illustrates how people of different faiths can coexist with no difficulty.

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Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 1
Religious Tolerance Matters for Everyone - Part 1

By: Olu Q. Menjay
Religious intolerance continues to destroy lives and threatens human security in our contemporary world. As Baptist Christians, we believe in religious liberty and rights for all, even non-Christians.

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

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

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Old Wolf of Racism Appears in Alt-Right Sheep's Clothing
Old Wolf of Racism Appears in Alt-Right Sheep's Clothing

By: Ferrell Foster
The alt-right paints a picture of the U.S. as a white nation under attack from non-whites. It ignores that from our earliest days, the U.S. has been a place where all types of diverse people have come together.

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What You Know About the Reformation Might Be Wrong
What You Know About the Reformation Might Be Wrong

By: Ruth Gouldbourne
As we observe the 500th anniversary of the events we call the Reformation, history reminds us that our relationship to that movement is not simple and linear. Our early debates shaped who we are today.

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Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same
Evangelicals and Baptists Share DNA But Aren't Same

By: David Kerrigan
Are all Baptists card-carrying evangelicals? To answer that, we must first define what evangelical means. That definition means contemporary Baptist identity is at times at odds with evangelical ideology.

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A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God
A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God

By: Kelly Moreland Jones
Even though God is described in ways as other than male in the Bible, you rarely hear texts preached or prayers addressed to anyone other than a male God. Is that a problem or an opportunity?

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

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

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light
Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light

By: Lynn Green
In many communities around the world, hope is in short supply. Christians, however, are called to share and embody the hope that we have. How are you shining your light?

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Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist World Aid Australia's annual report rates fashion brands on policies to mitigate worker exploitation, knowledge of suppliers, auditing of and relationships with suppliers, and worker empowerment.

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Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom
Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom

By: Shane McNary
When national policies motivated by short-term political goals endanger the long-term moral authority of the U.S., Baptists, as U.S. citizens, must not be silent in calls for justice and freedom.

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To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots
To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots

By: William Cowley
A full-fledged genocide can take years, sometimes generations, to explode, but each incident of genocide probably has a small, simple beginning. Sometimes, as simple as bullying on a playground.

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The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent
The Srebrenica Massacre - When Churches Were Silent

By: Tony Peck
More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica, a province in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in July 1995. It was the worst act of genocide since World War II - and many churches remained silent.

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4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana
4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana

By: Reggie Warren
The Baptist General Association of Virginia partners with the Ghana Baptist Convention to launch 500 churches and to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets in the African nation.

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EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored
EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired Southern Baptist missionaries, were honored as EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year for 2016 at a recent dinner held in their honor.

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Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands
Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands

By: Bill White
After hearing a missionary speak about food insecurity, four young girls at Christ Journey Church in Miami wanted to do something about it. Their passion led to one of the church's most vibrant ministries.

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How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water
How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water

By: Bill Ross
Efforts by First Baptist of Marietta, Georgia, led to the creation of Pure Water Initiative Inc., a nonprofit that has so far provided drinking water to nearly 200,000 people in India, Indonesia and other nations.

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Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands
Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands

By: Kevin Head
Noah, a young man in Kenya, received a life-saving operation this year. He is one of many people who were treated by short-term mission teams from First Baptist Church of Roswell, Georgia.

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Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells
Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells

By: Debra Wint
Many wells in Ghana's frontier region were installed by outsiders and have broken down. Villagers can't repair them. Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry works with villagers to teach them how to repair these wells.

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Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions
Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions

By: Angela Sudermann
God has been using health professionals to advance the mission of Christ through American Baptist International Ministries since 1821. To this day, they continue to serve in health and wellness ministries worldwide.

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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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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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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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Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala
Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala

By: Gary Snowden
For nearly a decade, First Baptist of Lee's Summit, Missouri, has held mission trips to western Guatemala, partnering with local churches to provide leadership training and provide medical care among other needs.

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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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Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food
Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food

By: Mary Splawn
A passion for food and hospitality combined at Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Alabama to make a global impact. Since 2010, women at the church have connected their love for cooking with the church's mission work.

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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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Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support
Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support

By: David Emmanuel Goatley
During its history, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention has sent out many missionaries to foreign countries. Today, however, all of Lott Carey's missionary personnel are indigenous.

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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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How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality
How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality

By: Garrett Vickrey and Lance Mayes
Many churches have a fortress mentality, which leads them to lock their doors away from the big, bad world. Here's how one church works to break that stranglehold.

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

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

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

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

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CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects
CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects

By: Martha Kate Hall
Since 1997, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia has held March Mission Madness, in which hundreds of middle and high school students spend an entire Saturday serving in a local community.

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Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too
Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too

By: Joe LaGuardia
Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, re-enacts the Jewish tradition of repenting with ashes and can provide rich meaning in one's journey of faith. Here's how.

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Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation
Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation

By: Reggie Warren
Partnering with the Ghana Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Association of Virginia is working to start 500 Baptist churches and to distribute and install more than 100,000 malaria-protecting mosquito nets.

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Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.
Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the great congregations to rise up and minister to the urban multitudes in the history of New York City churches. One of its most visionary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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

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

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Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict
Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid increasing violence in South Sudan, Baptists in this African nation are ministering to refugees and internally displaced persons. The country is the world's third largest refugee crisis but receives far less attention.

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

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

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

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

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Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency
Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency

By: Neville Callam
Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.

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How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings
How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings

By: Michael Okwakol
I first heard of the Baptist World Alliance when I joined the staff of the Baptist Union of Uganda in 1984. Since then, I have discovered many benefits from BWA involvement. Here are a few of them.

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How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View
How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View

By: Meredith Stone
My worldview was small until my seminary professors introduced me to the Baptist World Alliance's global family, where we teach each other that all folks are created in the divine image - not just Americans.

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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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Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking
Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
In a nationwide polarized political climate, Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which they can unite: putting an end to human trafficking. An estimated 313,000 people in Texas are trafficking victims.

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How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships
How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships

By: Craig Sherouse
The beautiful diversity of the Baptist world family is always on display when the BWA meets. As a local church pastor for 41 years, my ministry and missional partnerships have been greatly enriched by the BWA.

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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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How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists
How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists

By: Paul Msiza
Growing up during apartheid's reign in South Africa was difficult. Christianity was viewed with suspicion, and Baptists were marginalized. But then I was exposed to the Baptist World Alliance.

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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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Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries
Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Baptists have enjoyed freedom to preach the gospel, train leaders and carry out fruitful missionary activities in Moldova since the eastern European nation gained its freedom in 1991. Here are the stories of three of them.

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Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church
Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church

By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.

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Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation
Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation

By: Charles Cheek
Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.

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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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Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation
Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation

By: Sarah Stone
Millennials are one of the biggest challenges facing the church, but also one of its greatest resources. We need to understand them, encourage them and, most of all, pray for them.

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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks
Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.

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How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

By: Candice Lee
It's tempting to imagine that trafficking only happens in faraway countries, but that's not the reality. The Woman's Missionary Union provides grants to respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

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4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking
4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking

By: Stacy Blackmon
Some folks may feel that human trafficking is too big of a problem for them to offer any help. But individuals, small groups, even churches can play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in its tracks.

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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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Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches
Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches

By: Pam Strickland
Many practicing Christians view pornography, which drives demand for prostitution and sex trafficking. To stop human trafficking, the church must end the demand for victims. And we must start with us.

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Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights
Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights

By: Stuart Blythe
While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.

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One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking
One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking

By: Duane Brooks and Jen Whittenberg
More than just football comes to town with the Super Bowl. In addition to the thousands of visitors in town for the game, there is an increased demand for commercial sex. Here's one church's response.

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The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

By: Valerie Carter
Unlike sex-trafficked victims, society, including the church, does not look favorably upon those in the business of prostitution. But there's a thin line between the two, and our thinking must change.

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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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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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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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Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016
Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016

By: Zach Dawes
The Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com hit the ground running in 2016 and didn't slow down. As the year nears its close, we look forward to continuing our efforts to advance the common good in 2017.

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A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon
A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon

By: Bader Mansour
Everyone who grew up Southern Baptist knows Lottie Moon. A missionary to China in the 1800s, she personified the missionary spirit of Southern Baptists. But do you know the story of George Laty?

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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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Name That Baptist
Name That Baptist

Play "Name That Baptist," a game created by EthicsDaily.com staff for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2016. The game offers a playful review of Baptist Center for Ethics' quarter century of work by highlighting global Baptist leaders who have collaborated to help advance the common good.

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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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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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Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day
Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human Rights Day will be observed on Dec. 10. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance in their worship services over that weekend.

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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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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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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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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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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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Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion
Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion

By: Neville Callam
As part of their commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans in Germany held a joint ecumenical remembrance with Catholics, making a serious commitment to visible unity.

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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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Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians
Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians

By: Frank Rees
While Christians are all one in Christ, that does not mean our Christian identity does away with our differences. Difference is part of who we are because difference is part of who God is.

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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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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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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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Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People
Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Baptist Convention in Egypt comprises 19 local churches and many church plants. The small convention is active in seeking opportunities to plant new congregations.

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

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

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

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

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Baptists as a Movement of People
Baptists as a Movement of People

By: Jim Kelsey
Baptist churches are well equipped to move with freedom and flexibility in a rapidly changing world, leaving behind those things that are not core to who we are and might slow us down on our journey.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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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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World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President
World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President

By: EBF Staff
European Baptist leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during which the president signed a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in the eastern European nation.

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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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Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views
Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.

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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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Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community
Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.

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Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips
Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How does a pastor 'stay fresh' after a 40-year ministry with the same church? Bill Brown, senior pastor of Syndal Baptist Church in Australia, shared his insights in a video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace
Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace

By: EthicsDaily Staff
South Sudan found itself on the brink of civil war July 7 when fighting broke out in its capital city. Thousands fled their homes.

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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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Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty
Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty

By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering frequently focused on religious liberty, passing resolutions that address religious-liberty violations in Nigeria and that urge Baptists to minister to refugees.

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Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future
Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future

By: Brian Kaylor
Canadian Baptists at the 2016 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering welcomed global Baptists to Vancouver, reflecting on their unique ministry heritage and context as they introduced their country.

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Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change
Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists discussed the COP21 agreement, emphasized the reality of climate change, and urged a more robust creation care theology at a commission meeting during the 2016 BWA gathering.

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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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UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement
UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 65 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict in 2015, a United Nations' report says, which is nearly 6 million more than 2014. Over half of those forcibly displaced were children.

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Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness
Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 300 Baptists from more than 50 countries trekked to Vancouver for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, uniting for worship, ministry planning and dialogue.

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"Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future"

By: Neville Callam
Steve Harmon's new book, "Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future," calls for the kind of receptive ecumenism without which the church can hardly be fully the church.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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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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Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power
Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.

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Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life
Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life

By: Frank Broome
Two visions are at work in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family. One vision cherishes the best of what it means to be Baptist; the other wants to change the world. Both visions have value.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies
Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons it is hosting.

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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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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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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

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

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

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

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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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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European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
As part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain's general assembly, British Baptists learned how they and other Baptists from Lebanon and Croatia are meeting the needs of refugees.

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Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties
Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties

By: Brian Kaylor
Despite the technological and financial limitations that Cubans have faced over the last 50 years, Baptist leaders there report dramatic growth among churches over the last two decades.

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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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Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly
Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Recognitions of two Baptist women, Molly T. Marshall and Barbara "Babs" Baugh, will bookend the Friday event lineup at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly in June.

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Why Women Matter in Church Leadership
Why Women Matter in Church Leadership

By: Jerrod Hugenot
While some Baptists claim that women should not be in church leadership, especially pastoral ministry, the truth is that without their leadership and commitment, churches would not have much left.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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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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Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, a Baptist World Aid Australia report says.

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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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Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus
Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three nations - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - were at the center of the Ebola epidemic, and faith leaders have been vital in responding effectively to the crises in the West African nations.

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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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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After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue
After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue

By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia's Ebola crisis took nearly 5,000 lives even as groups like the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary stepped in to help. Now declared free of Ebola, the African nation's struggles continue.

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Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership
Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership

By: Tony Peck
This June, United Kingdom citizens will vote in a referendum on whether or not the government should continue to be part of the European Union. One Baptist leader calls on Britain to continue its partnership.

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IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction
IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction

By: EthicsDaily Staff
After shedding more than 1,000 missionaries and staff, Southern Baptists' International Mission Board president discusses the agency's future and mobilizing ordinary Christians to the mission field.

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

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

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How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture
How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture

By: Neville Callam
As we seek to relate the teaching of Scripture to the vexed issues of contemporary life, we should not fail to recognize the complexity of the process by which we can hear the voice of God.

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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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Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank
Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, working with the European Baptist Federation, is involved in starting two new churches in the West Bank.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc country of Georgia are speaking out against a proposed national bill that would criminalize insulting a religion or religious leaders.

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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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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label
Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label

By: Roger Olson
Some equate "American evangelicalism" with a far right-wing political movement, but many evangelicals don't identify with or participate in the Religious Right or fundamentalist theology.

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British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green
British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green

By: John Weaver
A Baptist church in England has received an award to recognize its ongoing efforts to care for the environment in all areas of church life. It's one of more than 300 churches from all denominations to earn the award.

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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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ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio
ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio

By: Brian Kaylor
As various conservative Christians issue public endorsements of presidential candidates ahead of Monday's Iowa caucus, a key Southern Baptist leader remains uncommitted - officially.

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

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

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

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

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

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

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

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

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Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness
Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The end of Sudan's two-decade civil war in 2005 brought hope, but not stability or lasting peace. Baptists in that nation are doing their part to help.

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

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

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2

By: Paul S. Fiddes
Some may find the covenantal approach of mutual trust between churches is hopelessly impracticable, but Baptists have learned over the years to live with the risks of trust and love.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1

By: Paul S. Fiddes
From the beginning of their church life, Baptists thought that "walking together and watching over each other" was more than individual believers in a congregation; it involved churches watching over each other.

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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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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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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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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign
SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign

By: Brian Kaylor
With the first primary votes just three weeks away, many Southern Baptist leaders appear to lean toward backing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road
Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road

By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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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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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

By: Zach Dawes
While many newspapers charge readers to access their online information, EthicsDaily.com provides free content for churches and people of faith. And we're able to do it with your financial support.

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Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis
Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

By: Sarah Stone
Following two major earthquakes, Nepal is facing nationwide fuel shortages after more than two months of blockades along its border with India. The shortage is closing schools and affecting hospitals.

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

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

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

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

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On Being European, Human Rights and Grace
On Being European, Human Rights and Grace

By: Stuart Blythe
When it comes to human rights, many Christians can be ambivalent on the subject. The concept of grace, however, offers a different way to theologically reflect upon human rights.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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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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IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast
IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The layoff of up to 800 Southern Baptist Convention mission personnel was addressed in a live webcast on Tuesday by the president of the convention's International Mission Board.

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Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR
Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR

By: Hailey Brenden
Research into gender-based violence during the Central African Republic conflict has led to the release of a powerful report with the potential to help survivors and inspire leaders to take action.

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Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'
Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'

By: Paul Hobson
Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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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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6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People
6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People

By: Ircel Harrison
Church programs come and go. Buildings often become a burden rather than a resource. Strategies rise and fall. But churches wanting the best return on investment should focus on people. People will endure.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Amid a controversy over homosexuality, Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia tell EthicsDaily.com that they're committed to unity.

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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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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia have divided over issues of homosexuality during the past two years. Three leaders there recently explained the controversy to EthicsDaily.com.

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The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?
The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?

By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

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Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike
Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

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 British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct
British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct

By: Paul Hobson
Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians, and one in five of those who don't is open to finding out more about Jesus after hearing Christians talk to them about their faith, a British report says.

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Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals

By: Chris Hall
The United Nations will vote on its Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty, hunger and other issues over the next 15 years. Here's why your church should support these initiatives.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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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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Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike
Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the state of Israel fully funds state-run public and Orthodox Jewish schools, it provides only 29 percent for Christian schools, leading them to strike.

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German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis
German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With nearly a half-million immigrants arriving in Germany so far this year, one German Baptist explains why the country and its Baptist churches are so open in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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

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

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

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

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The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon
The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon

By: David Swartz
Charles Spurgeon's commitment to evangelism and gospel-centered preaching makes him adored by today's evangelicals. Those same traits form the foundation for his staunch Christian pacifism.

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

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

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

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

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Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members
Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Poland is a nominally religious nation with 38.5 million residents. The Baptist movement is nearly 160 years old; they have more than 5,000 baptized members in 90 local congregations.

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UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence
UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence

By: Israel Olofinjana
What are black majority churches? The history of these churches in London is phenomenal because within 60 years they've grown from rejection to influence.

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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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Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions
Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many missionaries and their agencies fall into the trap of paternalism, creating a sense of dependency in the people of less-developed regions. Here are six ways to avoid this pitfall.

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EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists
EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As part of its extensive coverage of the Baptist World Alliance's 2015 World Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, EthicsDaily.com staff interviewed a number of Baptists on a variety of topics.

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West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola
West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in western African nations impacted by last year's Ebola epidemic, which claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation
South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation

By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.

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Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award

By: Brian Kaylor
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda was honored during the Baptist World Congress for his human-rights efforts in the face of ethnic prejudice and genocide.

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Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress
Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
South African musicians danced and sang as they welcomed Baptists from around 80 nations to the 21st Baptist World Congress in South Africa, held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance.

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Global Baptists Gather in South Africa
Global Baptists Gather in South Africa

By: Brian Kaylor
At the Baptist World Alliance's Congress, held every five years and for the first time in Africa, outgoing president John Upton reflects upon the "power of collectiveness" of global Baptists.

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4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too
4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too

By: Roger Olson
When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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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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First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn
First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn

By: Brian Craig
Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Skype Interview: Joel Gregory
Skype Interview: Joel Gregory

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Joel Gregory, who will deliver the closing sermon at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa this month, discusses the global Baptist witness in the latest Skype video from EthicsDaily.com.

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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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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike
The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike

By: Bill Wilson
The two groups meeting separately at the hotel couldn't have been more different. Sure, the bodybuilders didn't look anything like the Baptists, but in one key way they're both very much alike.

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

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

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Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War
Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War

By: Brian Kaylor
A Baptist pastor from eastern Ukraine sees God at work in his country even after the destruction of his 300-member church by pro-Russian separatists when he refused to back their cause.

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Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest
Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest

By: Paul Hobson
The Burundi president's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked unrest in the East African nation. More than 20 have died, 100 injured, 600 arrested and 100,000 fled the country.

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots
Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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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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Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches
Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of a Baptist church in Uganda and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, talks about challenges for African churches in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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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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Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics
Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics

By: Thomas Kidd
Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference. Evangelicals need to stop platforming political candidates at denominational functions.

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Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict
Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict

By: Chris Hall
About 60 delegates and observers grappled with how the global church should respond to the Ukrainian conflict at a special event in London organized by BMS World Mission.

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Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine
Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine

By: Tony Peck
European Baptist Federation leaders visited Baptist churches as part of a 1,000-mile journey through Ukraine, a nation rocked by fighting between separatists and government forces.

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African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize
African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize

By: Neville Callam
Descendants of the African diaspora, including Jamaican Baptists and members of other denominations, played a significant role in returning to their homeland to spread the Gospel.

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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 Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?
Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?

By: Greg Mamula
Are Baptist churches part of a denomination? Or is a confederation a more precise term? In a confederation, each church continues to remain themselves while uniting for a common purpose.

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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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Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide
Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist groups have sporadically raised their voices against genocide. When they do, they have strongly condemned killing and affirmed the value of all lives.

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable
British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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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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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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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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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.

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March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet
March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet

By: Bill Wilson
More than just a basketball coach, Dean Smith was an active layman at his Baptist church and took his faith very seriously. And years ago, he stopped by to encourage a group of boys at their RA banquet.

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Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'
Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'

By: Paul Hobson
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year last weekend. More than 200,000 people have been killed inside Syria; half of the population has been forced to leave their homes.

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Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania
Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Albania in southeastern Europe regained its independence and opened its doors to Christian missionaries in 1991. Today, about 160 evangelical churches exist, including eight Baptist congregations.

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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent
Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

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

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

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

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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway
When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway

By: Michael Helms
Few people will join your church because they've been looking for a particular denomination. They don't care about your brand; they want a church that meets their needs.

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In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight
In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight

By: Sarah Stone
Ebola has claimed more than 9,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. A BMS World Mission doctor, who serves in Guinea, says the end is in sight.

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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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Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It
Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It

By: EthicsDaily Staff
About 100 people attended an event in Texas focused on ending human trafficking. The state accounts for almost 14 percent of all calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists
European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists

By: Paul Hobson
The European Baptist Federation has challenged Russian and Ukrainian Baptist leaders to issue a joint statement calling for peace while acknowledging their differences.

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Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
By: Paul Hobson
Recognizing freedom of religion as a fundamental right, a European human rights group passed a resolution urging greater tolerance of other faiths, including Christian minorities.
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Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
By: Stephen Holmes
In their beginnings, Baptists did away with traditional distinctions of Christian life. Rather than being seen as discarding the religious life, it was more accurately an abandonment of secular life.
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Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
By: Brian Kaylor
As Nigeria prepares to vote in a presidential election, three prominent Nigerian Baptists share their thoughts about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the African nation.
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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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Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.
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Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
By: Brian Kaylor
Standing in the city cemetery in Guatemala City, a contradictory mix of life and death covers the landscape. A nearby ministry started by a Guatemala Baptist leader seeks to tip the balance toward life.
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Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
By: Eron Henry
About 80 churches with some 11,000 members make up the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands. As Baptists migrate throughout the nation, church leaders seek to expand their missional focus.
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Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
By: Brian Kaylor
Protestants have grown in recent decades in the Central American nation of Guatemala, but one Baptist leader there sees the need for training to better prepare its leaders.
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Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
By: Paul Hobson
Boko Haram, a jihadist group seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, carried out a massacre in the west African nation's northeastern region. And a Baptist leader there says the world merely watches.
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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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How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism
How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism

By: Neville Callam
When Baptists from around the world gather is South Africa in July for the Baptist World Congress, they'll find a continent of Baptists already spreading the Good News among fellow Africans and beyond their shores.

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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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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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Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

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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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Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies
Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Beloved Baptist leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died on Jan. 2. Always loyal to her institution and a tireless advocate for missions, she challenged Southern Baptists to engage social issues.

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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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Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
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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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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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How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis
How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis

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

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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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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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Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
By: Brian Kaylor
With one pastor referring to it as "one of the main principles of Baptists," Cuban Baptist leaders emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state.
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U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
By: Brian Kaylor
A 12-person Baptist delegation from the United States trekked to Cuba earlier this month for two days to learn more about Cuban Baptists and build bridges of understanding.
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Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS
Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A new Islamic document aims to keep Muslim youths from falling victim to misunderstandings of Islam perpetuated by ISIS. Sayyid Syeed has the details in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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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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What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?

By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

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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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Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
By: Leroy Seat
In spite of many difficulties during his presidency, Jimmy Carter is our best ex-president in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. He celebrates his 90th birthday today.
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Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.
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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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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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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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"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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Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.
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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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Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?

By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion.

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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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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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How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are.
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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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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

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

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Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
By: Robert Parham
Witnessing for peace through tweets and prayers might seem an anemic alternative to the hard power of missiles and military budgets, yet Jesus chose such "anemia" with his message of peace.
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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

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

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

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

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Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
By: Robert Parham
Having spent $1.7 trillion in war costs in Iraq, not counting the long-term veteran care, is it right to go into this war? The eight Just War principles give us some nonpartisan guidance.
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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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Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond
Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond
By: Seth Vopat
It's hard enough to understand the reluctance by many to accept female pastors, but the inequality of women has consequences that reach well beyond the pulpit.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
By: Joe LaGuardia
Even though some haven't welcomed women in ministry in recent years, women have been included in leadership in Baptist life since the 1600s. And they'll continue to bless the church for years to come.
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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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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.

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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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William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia
William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia

By: Richard Wilson
William Tolbert Jr., leader of Liberia and former Baptist World Alliance president, was assassinated in 1980, but his legacy lives on through the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary's lecture series.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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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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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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Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
By: Paul Hobson
Peter Thomas Stanford's life didn't have a promising beginning, but the freed slave earned an education and became the first black minister of a British church in the late 1800s.
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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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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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Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?

By: Richard Wilson
Nearly 2,000 people have been traveling through Liberia in March, but they aren't migrants or refugees fleeing conflict. This movement of people is a pilgrimage of memory and hope.

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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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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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Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
By: Brian Kaylor
Some Baptists have offered praise for Pope Francis, elected a year ago, despite key theological differences between Baptists and Catholics. Others dismissed him and his call for Christian unity.
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Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities.
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Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
By: Chris Hall
A Baptist Missionary Society missionary began a church in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1813. Two centuries later, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church is thriving and sending its own missionaries.
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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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Local Baptist Church Recognized for
Local Baptist Church Recognized for "Going Green"
By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist of Austin is one of the "greenest" churches in central Texas. The city of Austin awarded its Green Business Leaders Program platinum certification award to the church.
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Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People
Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People

By: Chris Hall
Marking 60 years of service, United Mission to Nepal improves the lives of Nepal's neediest by providing healthcare and helping to improve the education system among other initiatives.

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Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
By: Paul Hobson
Baptist leaders, including a federation of Baptist unions that were part of the Soviet Union, called for a peaceful resolution to the tension between Ukraine and Russia.
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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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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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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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Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
By: Paul Hobson
A Baptist elder has been selected as the new interim president of Ukraine as the nation rebuilds after its political upheaval. He has vowed to step down after elections in May.
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George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions
George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions

By: Noel Erskine
Before Adoniram Judson sailed for Burma and William Carey left for India, George Liele began his mission work in Jamaica. He was the first ordained black Baptist pastor in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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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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Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
By: Brian Kaylor
Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, has a guide on how to hold spontaneous baptism services with this instruction: Plant people to respond to the call. Is that ethical?
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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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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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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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Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours?
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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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Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent
Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although few Baptists observe Lent, we can learn a great deal from this tradition. EthicsDaily.com has a Lenten Bible study with contributions from international Baptists.

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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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BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
By:  BWA Staff
With widespread suffering in the wake of rebels overthrowing the Central African Republic's government, the Baptist World Alliance is appealing for assistance.
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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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U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
By: David Stratton
The U.S. reveres not merely religious toleration but religious liberty for all. Unlike other nations, violence in the name of religion is nearly nonexistent. So why are we so silent about our success?
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
One of the best ways to "keep Christ in Christmas" is to think more about what we can mine from the biblical story that enriches our understanding of who Jesus was. Joseph is a good place to start.
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Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ
Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ

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

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Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
A distinctive element of Baptist churches is the congregational type of church governance, but that style of governance is being reshaped by many new Baptist churches.
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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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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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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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Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Five Baptist World Alliance organizations in the Philippines reported on Typhoon Haiyan's widespread devastation that devastated the southeast Asian country on Nov. 8.
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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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BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
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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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Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
European Baptists would benefit by adopting the principles of the Covenant on Intra-Baptist Relations, says Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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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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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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Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Don't think that today's older Americans just dream about the past. Retirement-aged Christians are at the leading edge of addressing a host of social justice and mercy ministry initiatives.
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What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
Mitch Swallows won't be released from prison until 2034. With about 20 years to go on his sentence, he's using his time to be productive and to make his family proud.
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British Baptists Train
British Baptists Train "Pioneers" to Rethink Church
Every church has them. People not content with the way things are. They're not critics; they're activists. And a British Baptist program trains them to start fresh expressions of church.
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Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch following George Zimmerman's acquittal, but inflammatory rhetoric only makes a reasonable conversation on race next to impossible.
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House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
The House GOP passed a farm bill that included no funding for food stamps, placing our most vulnerable at greater risk. Christianity's message is clear – protect the poor.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptists have historically focused on the person and work of Christ and largely undervalued the work of the Spirit, a presenter at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education says.
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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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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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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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Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Some value a confessional statement over the Spirit-revealed truth of Scripture, even when those statements are contrary to historic Baptist principles. In their eyes, you may not be a Baptist.
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Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
When government engages in abuses of power, faith leaders should offer a moral critique without regard to political leanings or alliances. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.
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Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
If patience is a virtue to which Christians aspire, then impatience and passivity – resting at opposite ends of the continuum – are temptations to which Christians often succumb.
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"Duck Dynasty" Offers Good, Clean Television Fun
The bearded and camouflage-clad men of TV's "Duck Dynasty" prove that a show can be a hit without profanity and promiscuity. Just ask the 9.6 million who saw the finale.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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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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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford and Sons' front man drew fire from evangelicals for telling Rolling Stone that the word "Christian" carries too much baggage. His hesitation is understandable.
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After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
For the most part, the blast of the first shockwave at the Boston Marathon moved people of faith to prayer. But what do we do after praying and mourning for the victims?
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Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
If religion is to be more than ritual, and Christianity more than ceremony, houses of faith and faith groups need to think more about the theology of taxation.
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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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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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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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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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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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Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?

With a few exceptions, churches and denominations have been silent about climate change. Since the issue isn't going away, what will it take to move them to action?

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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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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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January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long
January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long

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

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

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

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Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Practicing Christians would do well to remember and recite how the faith community builds social capital. Look at Nashville and consider what your faith community has done.
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Hope Plus Five
Hope Plus Five
The Baptist Center for Ethics began in hope. Hope has kept BCE on track and keeps it moving forward. But hope doesn't travel alone. Meet hope's five companions.
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Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
A forthright critique of Obama's plan to limit tax deductions on charitable giving is now required. Charitable giving is fundamental to tens of thousands of houses of faith and their many institutions.
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For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
Surviving the end of civilization is popular on TV shows. While faith seems to play a minor role in these shows and with real-life preppers, it matters when things fall apart.
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Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
As many churches in Britain participated in Prisons Week, a Baptist minister appeared on a long-running religious program on British TV as it focused on prison ministry.
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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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British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists are welcoming the selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
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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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Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists around the world are being encouraged to make donations to the Baptist World Alliance to help Syrians displaced by the Middle Eastern nation's civil war.
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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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Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people in Norway. The tragedy is "second only to World War II" in terms of national grief, a Baptist minister there says.
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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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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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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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Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
A 15-minute YouTube film celebrates 400 years of Baptists in the United Kingdom, weaving together Baptist history with interviews on topics from women's ministry to worship.
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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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Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
A Jamaican Baptist who spoke out against the injustice of slavery will have his legacy extended in a project that will deepen the understanding of black and ethnic minority Baptist Christians.
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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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EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
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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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When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
Our Constitution certainly mandates a separation of church and state – even if it doesn't use that language. However, no mandate separates faith from public life.
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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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Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House
Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House

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

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10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
Latino evangelicals, anti-Muslim fear, and Mormon leaders avoiding electoral politics are among the 10 issues where religion may affect this year's elections. What are the others?
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Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Tennessee faith leaders wrote to officials with the four leading GOP presidential campaigns, urging them to keep highly charged anti-immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Politicians from both parties say undocumented immigrants must go to the back of "the line" if they want to be here legally. It's meaningless talk because the line doesn't exist.
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Southern Baptists Mull Whether ‘Southern’ Still Fits
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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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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British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
Featuring a variety of everyday people, a mural commissioned by a British Baptist church communicates a contemporary interpretation of the story of the Prodigal Son.
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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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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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Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Deforestation has a big environmental and economic impact. Doing its part to sow seeds of justice and hope, one church has planted nearly 100,000 trees in two years.
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Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
The only evangelical church in one of the most fiercely Muslim areas of the world is under severe pressure and may close its doors without support from Western Christians, the founder of Open Doors said.
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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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Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Baptists in the late 1700s supported the Bill of Rights, which were intended to protect the minority from the majority. Sadly, some Baptists have abandoned this noble heritage.
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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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Two Pastors Continue Work to Heal Racism's Scars
Two Pastors Continue Work to Heal Racism's Scars
Two St. Louis Baptist pastors – one black, the other white – reached out to help their racially divided city in 2008 after a gunman killed five people at a council meeting.
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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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Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
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New Baptist Covenant II Begins with Call to Unity, Challenge to Serve
New Baptist Covenant II Begins with Call to Unity, Challenge to Serve
New Baptist Covenant II began Thursday night with a focus on unity following the touchstone passage from Luke 4 that was the basis for the first historic gathering in Atlanta in 2008.
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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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Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
A multipurpose Baptist center will be built in northern Iraq and will include a church, seminary, school and medical clinic. The clinic for women and children will be completed in 2012.
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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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What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
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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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New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
Connected by seven satellite feeds across the nation, potentially thousands of goodwill Baptists will come together in unity at next month's New Baptist Covenant.
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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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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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"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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Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees

A Baptist church in Lebanon is supporting hundreds of families, mostly women and children, who have fled Syria following the nation's harsh crackdown on demonstrators calling for freedom and democracy.

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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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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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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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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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"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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Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
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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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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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NBC Apologizes to Congress for Edited Pledge
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
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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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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

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

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Leaving God out of Pledge Tees off Ohio Congressman
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance has teed off an Ohio congressman.
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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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Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Plotting their strategy to defeat President Obama, about 80 pastors and other conservative Christian leaders held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss the need for spiritual and political change in the nation.
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British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
Baptist churches in Britain need to be more creative in efforts to start new churches, says a church-planting consultant, or they will face a decline in membership within a decade.
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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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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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Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
An earthquake that killed nine people and left thousands sleeping in emergency tents in southeastern Spain also damaged Baptist churches and left many of its members homeless.
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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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Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
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Mormons, Baptists Assist in Tornado Clean-up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
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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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British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists met for their annual assembly, kicking off a weekend of thoughtful sermons and prayers for mission personnel. They also commissioned the army's chaplain-general, the first Baptist to hold the post.
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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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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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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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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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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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Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Young adults who regularly attend religious services are more likely to become obese by middle age, says a recent study. Obesity is more than poor personal choices. It's a social justice issue and a spiritual matter.
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Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Islam
Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Islam
A spirit of cooperation between Muslim and Jewish leaders of two organizations has enabled them to strive shoulder to shoulder against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in America.
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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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NBC News Ignores Tax Avoidance Story about Parent GE
NBC News Ignores Tax Avoidance Story about Parent GE
General Electric avoided paying federal taxes while raking in billions in profits. It's a story that's received major media coverage, except on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." GE is NBC's parent company.
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What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
With 975 employees in its tax department and spending more than $200 million to lobby Congress for favorable treatment, General Electric lets taxpayers foot the bill while it rakes in profits and avoids taxes.
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Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time. While the rules are useful tools for moral discernment, too often presidents itching for military conflict neglect them.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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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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British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
Members of a British Baptist church faced 10-hour days in primitive conditions as they helped cook for tens of thousands of refugees, who have been pouring across Libya's border to escape the fighting.
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Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Global Baptists have provided financial aid and are assisting with relief and rescue efforts after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. They have responded to earthquakes in four other nations over the last 14 months.
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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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London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
In the months leading up to next year's Olympics in London, Baptist churches will have help finding ways to engage in ministry during the games thanks to a new position funded by London Baptists.
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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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Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
A Baptist pastor in Cuba said he is stepping down from his church position because of prolonged government pressure and threats made against the church. Other Baptist pastors face similar situations, he warned.
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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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British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
The number of churches in Great Britain with websites has increased markedly in the last two years; Baptists have the highest percentage among the main United Kingdom denominations.
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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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Pastor Who Prayed for Obama’s Death Turns to Westboro Baptist Church
(RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor who called for prayers for the death of Obama is now planning prayers against Westboro Baptist Church.
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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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Attending A Baptism
“Baptist” is not necessarily a name our spiritual forefathers chose for themselves. It was given to them by those who observed their behavior, didn’t like it very much, and chose the name as a form of ridicule.
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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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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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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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Culture War Is Back for Christmas
Culture War Is Back for Christmas
America's culture war at Christmas is back, except this year fundamentalist Christians and Fox News didn't fire the first salvos. This season, it appears the godless fired first.
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Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Under the pretense of a prayer meeting, conservative Christian leaders are plotting to remove President Obama from the White House. Their deception reveals their lack of moral integrity.
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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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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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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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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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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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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
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Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
A Southern Baptist pastor from Tennessee burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday, claiming "it's about love." Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky honored different faith traditions' sacred texts at an interfaith service.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by
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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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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Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the most influential U.S. theologians, didn't succumb to simplistic responses to complex problems. By contrast, many today favor a religious flag-waving that hits certain hot-button moral issues.
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What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
Glenn Beck's "black-robed regiment" is on the loose. His followers believe he knows the Bible and is armed with the truth. What will you say when they ask you where the Bible teaches social justice?
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Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
No amount of Bible reading, sermons masquerading as prayers and Christian hymns can cover up Fox News host Glenn Beck's civil religion that slides back and forth between authentic faith and patriotic religion.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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CBF "2012 Task Force" Must Navigate Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho
Charged with "visioning the missional and organizational future" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the CBF's 2012 Task Force will soon begin the urgent work of re-envisioning and adopting a new roadmap for the future.
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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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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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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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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
While Baptists have a rich 400-year history, it's important to reflect on our future – as individuals and as communities. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, if we don't know where we're going, we might not get there.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
The White House and U.S. Senate missed a "fullness of time" moment, failing to pass needed climate change legislation. And the American faith community displayed an equal failure in moral will.
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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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Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
With the church under a major renovation, a British Baptist minister decided to hold a funeral in a local pub. More than 200 people crammed into the pub and listened intently to the Gospel.
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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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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
Baptists in Great Britain were among those honored recently in the Queen's Birthday Honors list. They include a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a teacher retiring after 29 years of service.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Rather than listen to the biblical heroes of freedom and justice, anti-immigration forces have embraced two of the darkest biblical figures – Pharaoh and Herod – who targeted children to pursue their fear-laden political objectives.
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Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Has the SBC pivoted away from its position over the past 20 years of fidelity to angry fundamentalist leaders and faithfulness to the political right? Are the results of the SBC's annual meeting an aberration or a new positive trend?
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'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
What was it that movie star Denzel Washington saw in our documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," that struck him so sharply that he tied it to his movie, "The Book of Eli"? It was the power of the Bible.
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Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
In his first Oval Office address to the nation, President Obama accurately diagnosed the root causes of the Gulf gusher and laid out in broad strokes a constructive plan forward.
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Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad religion reverses the biblical imperative to protect the powerless in favor of guarding the powerful. And some conservative Christians are shielding BP from criticism by blaming every conceivable source – even God.
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Six weeks after oil began gushing into the Gulf, the U.S. faces what appears to be its worst man-made ecological disaster. And three moral transgressions – greed, sloth and pride – manifest themselves in BP's disaster.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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 Part 2: Carter's Steady Pursuit of Peace, Justice
Part 2: Carter's Steady Pursuit of Peace, Justice
After leaving the White House, President Jimmy Carter decided to put his faith and his political visibility to work in the cause of justice, promoting democracy in places no one dreamed democracy was even possible.
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Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Jimmy Carter made being "born again" a campaign issue in 1976, vowing that his faith would help him govern. In the aftermath of Watergate, the American people were looking for someone they could trust.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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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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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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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Five years ago, the news was indescribably good. After a month on Vanderbilt Medical Center's oncology floor, it was time to be released. I packed my bag and waited – and waited some more – until finally I was home.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Unable or unwilling to create a fair and just tax system to provide for public services like education and health care, states have embraced the lottery as an alternative source of revenue. But it's a form of public tax evasion.
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Is "Washington Is Not Listening" Charge a Precursor to Political Violence?
A steady drumbeat of anti-government rhetoric repeats the same charge – Washington is not listening. One purpose of this mantra: To validate public displays of anger and to justify anti-government protests.
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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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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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Is Hate Up in USA?
Is Hate Up in USA?
No doubt, the extreme right is a contributing factor to the surge of political hate in our nation. Yet goodwill people of faith need to consider what we can do to advance the common good without creating even more anger.
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Many goodwill Christians favor freedom of religion and oppose witnessing that is manipulative and coercive. Regrettably, other Baptists think their work is so important that they can be secretive and covert.
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Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Baptists have too often emphasized individualism – an it's-me-and-Jesus attitude – over community. But there are good reasons to be connected to others as part of our Christian life. Here are five of them.
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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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Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
While most of the attention of the earthquake in Haiti has focused on Port-au-Prince, many throughout the country are suffering. One church network has been providing assistance to help with the ongoing crisis.
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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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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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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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Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
First Baptist Church of Baghdad suffered serious damage when a bomb exploded only a third-mile away from the building. The adults and children inside the building were not physically harmed.
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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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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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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 College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
A small Baptist college in Georgia will require faculty to express public allegiance to the Southern Baptist doctrinal statement, reinforcing how Southern Baptist education has changed to be more about isolation and indoctrination.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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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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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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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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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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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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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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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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Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
With a huge lottery jackpot of more than $151 million awaiting two winners, it's a reminder why many Baptists do not participate in this or other forms of gambling. We bear witness to a better way.
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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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Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Three leaders of a Baptist organization in Uzbekistan, including its president, were convicted and fined for evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their parents' consent.
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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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What Baptists Believe
So the next time you’re at a party and you’re asked what Baptists believe, don’t be calling me on your cell phone for a review!  Just remember the four fragile freedoms—Bible freedom, Soul freedom, Church freedom, and Religious freedom—and you’ll be fine.
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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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What's the Big Deal about Being Baptist?
No, Baptists aren’t the only freedom-loving people in the world.  But thanks to their efforts, millions of people here and abroad enjoy freedom of conscience when it comes to religion.  No elected official, no ordained minister controls what we believe, or what we do about church, if anything.  And that, my friends, is a very big deal!
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

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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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 Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
A Southern Baptist leader evoked images of Hitler and the Holocaust to thwart health-care reform. It is a brutal insult both to the victims and survivors of that Holocaust. His handlers should silence him.
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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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Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Washington, DC (BWA) --Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is coordinating relief efforts to the Philippines and Indonesia after these countries were badly affected by a typhoon and earthquakes, respectively.
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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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Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Jody Powell, part of Jimmy Carter's "Georgia Mafia," died Sept. 14. Many Southerners identified with them, just like many black Americans today identify with Obama. Others don't like leaders who are different.
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African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's
African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's "Courage"
Former President Jimmy Carter created an uproar by charging that some of the opposition to President Obama is due to continued racism. One African-American pastor applauded his courage.
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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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Calvin at 500
And if you are not already thoroughly confused, followers of Dutch theologian Joseph Arminius muddy the water still more. Arminians whole-heartedly agree with Calvin that we are incapable of saving ourselves. We don’t choose God. God chooses us. However, say Arminians, for God’s choice to finally make a difference, we must respond to God’s grace. In other words, God makes the first move (prevenient grace) but he can’t save us by himself.   At some point, we have to cooperate (cooperative grace) with God by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Even though God chooses us to be his own, we have the freedom to resist his grace and say, “No. I’d rather be in Hell.”
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Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Coming, perhaps, to a sanctuary near your home is a new version of the Bible, one released by the National Rifle Association, updating time-honored texts in words more reasonable for today's gun owners.
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com finished a record-setting month with well over a half-million page requests. So why are we going gangbusters? Consider some of these reasons.
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Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina took its toll on Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. The Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention is working to help people rebuild.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
In order to make good decisions about the balance between private and public health care in the current reform debate, we need more information from private health insurance companies.
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Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Right-wing conspiracy theorists and political opportunists have argued that Barack Obama isn't president because he's not a natural born U.S. citizen. A Baptist congressman is the latest to join the act.
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"I Won't Let You Pray for Me"
American Christians care about the health of church members and friends but apparently aren't concerned enough to change a badly flawed health system. It's cheap discipleship.
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Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Racism is flourishing in the United States. What can churches do? Screen "Beneath the Skin" in Sunday school classes and sponsor public forums to dialogue about racism.
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Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
For the fourth consecutive year, Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Ark., partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to ensure more than 300 students received much-needed school supplies.
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Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
While Baptists don't hold to the idea that the bread in the Eucharist transforms into Christ, we might be a little envious of the revival of the practice of perpetual adoration.
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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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Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists must treat each other with respect and civility even when there are disagreements over issues, an Oklahoma pastor and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter both urged.
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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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American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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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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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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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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Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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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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Speak Anyway
This time, they did. But God does not guarantee Ezekiel or Frank or anyone else that people will listen. That’s not our worry. God says, speak anyway. 
So, a little humility, weak and wobbly ones of God. It’s not all up to you. Speak anyway. Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
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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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BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
When member of the Baptist World Alliance come together in the Netherlands in late July, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church will take center stage.
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Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Forgetting Jesus' great commandment, conservative Christian bloggers began barking their disapproval as soon as they learned mega-church pastor Rick Warren would speak to the Islamic Society of North America.
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South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
Christy McMillin-Goodwin, associa