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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances
Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Doing Good With Christmas Shopping
Doing Good With Christmas Shopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag
Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptist leaders joined politicians and corporations who have suddenly changed course this week by publicly opposing the Confederate battle flag.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Genocide Is Worse Than War
Genocide Is Worse Than War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger

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

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10 Principles for Just Money
10 Principles for Just Money
By: Robert Parham
As the Christian faith developed Just War principles to guide governments and soldiers, we need Just Money principles to guide governments and financial traders – and bankers.
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Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com makes a difference for one simple earthly reason: our community. That includes our staff, our board and our readers. It's time to share our grateful thanks with them.
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7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.
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4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
By: Robert Parham
Before "Through the Door" premieres on Oct. 9 on National Religious Broadcasters Network, you can help spread the word via these four ways.
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Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares
Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.
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"Duck Dynasty" Patriarch's Phil Robertson Plan for ISIS Sounds Like Holy War
By: Robert Parham
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson cherry-picks Bible verses to justify his convert-or-die theology.
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Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
By: Robert Parham
We often hear calls for "macro-justice"—sweeping actions for social change to correct wrongs. Frankly, we need more micro-justice initiatives for social change and less macro-justice rhetoric.
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Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
By: Robert Parham
Washington failed to pass federal immigration reform, leaving U.S. Christians at a proverbial fork in the road.
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Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast
Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast

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

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

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

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Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
By: Robert Parham
The cultural narrative that building prisons builds up the local economy doesn't appear to apply to Alabama's Pickens County. That's just one finding uncovered during a trip to the South.
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Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Alliance pivoted to Sub-Saharan Africa at its annual gathering in Turkey, with the election of a new president from Africa and plans for the 2015 World Baptist Congress in South Africa.
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Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
By: Robert Parham
Witnessing for peace through tweets and prayers might seem an anemic alternative to the hard power of missiles and military budgets, yet Jesus chose such "anemia" with his message of peace.
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Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border
Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border

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

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Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
By: Robert Parham
Having spent $1.7 trillion in war costs in Iraq, not counting the long-term veteran care, is it right to go into this war? The eight Just War principles give us some nonpartisan guidance.
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What's Next?
What's Next?
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is more intentionally providing faith content for TV. We hope that TV will increase the use of our documentaries in churches as tools for moral education and engagement.
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Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
By: Robert Parham
Secular partisan division is increasingly occupying and harming congregations. Churches that remain nonpartisan are becoming increasingly rare. We must abandon our political silos.
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Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?
Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?

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

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

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

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Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
By: Robert Parham
As both political parties posture, the U.S. relentlessly detains and deports the undocumented, almost all of whom are poor and most of whom seek a better life.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

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

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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform
Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform

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

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A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
By: Robert Parham
Two Baptist ethics professors, Glen Stassen and Dan McGee, recently passed away; their deaths represent an end of an era in Baptist ethics.
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Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
By: Robert Parham
Twitter can bring great harm and much good. Houses of faith can use it to fill the public square with transformative values.
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What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?
What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?

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

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NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
By: Robert Parham
Pastor Sam Tolbert, interviewed in an EthicsDaily.com documentary about Baptists and Muslims, is one of three running to lead a major African-American Baptist denomination.
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Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
By: Robert Parham
We need to challenge the entitlement mindset, not necessarily all "entitlement programs."
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Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility
Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility

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

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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
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Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection
Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection

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

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

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

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

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

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Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Let's remember our history. Not all who now praise the late Nelson Mandela or their spiritual forefathers were with the South African leader when it counted. Many of them were with apartheid.
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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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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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Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
While politicians play the blame game during the government shutdown, another event showed how ecumenical collaboration is pivotal to advancing the common good in a broken world.
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Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Finding the balance between our vocations and making time for vacation is a challenge for many. God called us to do his work, but the biblical narrative teaches us that God rested.
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Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs are wisdom sayings that keep us grounded, give us insights into wise living, and help us make good decisions. They may be secular; they may be religious.
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Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
President Obama has set forth a false choice: Do nothing about Syria's use of chemical weapons or bomb Syria. The either/or framing makes military action appear righteous.
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As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the
As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the "Just War" Rules?

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

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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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3 Ways to Foster Restoration after Zimmerman Verdict
3 Ways to Foster Restoration after Zimmerman Verdict
Following protests for and against the George Zimmerman decision, it's time for Christians to encourage restoration. It won't happen overnight, but here's what you can do.
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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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Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin reaches beyond racism. It illustrates that anyone who is different is an "other" whom our society views with suspicion.
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Goodness, For God's Sake
It’s not really about our questions of belief ... it’s about how we live. In that kind of exchange, Jesus makes sure it’s not about orthodoxy (right belief) but about orthopraxy (right living). At least in Jesus’ thinking, if right belief doesn’t stay connected to how we live, something vital is missing. So Jesus told this story in answer to the man’s question, “Who is my neighbor?”
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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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Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman – Our Neighbors in God's Eye
Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman – Our Neighbors in God's Eye
George Zimmerman's acquittal is the latest example of the deep distrust and philosophical divides that separate our nation. Here are three ways Christians can respond.
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House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
The House GOP passed a farm bill that included no funding for food stamps, placing our most vulnerable at greater risk. Christianity's message is clear – protect the poor.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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Border Control Is a Moral Issue
Border Control Is a Moral Issue

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

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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Providing a fitting close to his leadership style, Richard Land ended his nearly 25 years of service as Southern Baptists' top ethics spokesman by hitting partisan notes at the SBC's annual meeting.
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House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
Citing the Bible, a Tennessee congressman justified cutting food stamps to the poor even though he's accepted millions in federal farm subsidies. That's hypocrisy.
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Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Our children need responsible fathers. Our social well-being depends on it. This Father's Day, churches would do well to make responsible fatherhood a hallmark for their moral agenda.
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Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
The targeting of conservative faith groups with a moral perspective at odds with the Obama administration should concern Americans of faith. Making matters worse – the IRS' pattern of deception.
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Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
When government engages in abuses of power, faith leaders should offer a moral critique without regard to political leanings or alliances. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.
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Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
If patience is a virtue to which Christians aspire, then impatience and passivity – resting at opposite ends of the continuum – are temptations to which Christians often succumb.
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"Duck Dynasty" Offers Good, Clean Television Fun
The bearded and camouflage-clad men of TV's "Duck Dynasty" prove that a show can be a hit without profanity and promiscuity. Just ask the 9.6 million who saw the finale.
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Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Executed April 9, Rickey Lynn Lewis left behind a few possessions – shoes, slippers, a coffee pot, soap, deodorant, a few clothes. Not much, but they held great value to newly freed prisoners.
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After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
For the most part, the blast of the first shockwave at the Boston Marathon moved people of faith to prayer. But what do we do after praying and mourning for the victims?
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Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
If religion is to be more than ritual, and Christianity more than ceremony, houses of faith and faith groups need to think more about the theology of taxation.
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Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Following United Methodists' lead, the Christian community must separate itself from politics and drop the words "illegals" and "illegal immigrants" from their vocabulary.
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Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
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Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
When civil rights groups align with disease-causing industries and oppose initiatives to improve the health of their communities, they work against their own communities' common good.
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Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore, a dean and vice president at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will replace Richard Land as Southern Baptists' new ethics chief.
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase
Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase

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

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Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Over the past two decades, states' expenses on prisons and jails have quadrupled, costing an average of $31,307 per inmate. What role can the faith community play?
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Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
When sequestration brinksmanship is more important to Washington than justice, faith leaders must speak out. Some 100 faith officials have done just that. Will local clergy join in?
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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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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
After the election, the prospects for civility and the common good are even bleaker. But churches can help our society find a constructive way forward in this polarized culture.
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Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
With calcifying incivility, ideological rigidity and deadening polarization, churches must play their part to hold our nation together. Now is the season for healing and creating common ground.
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SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
Despite insisting for years that he would not endorse candidates, the main political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention officially endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
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Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
More civility from pulpits and in church programs would go a long way toward decreasing cultural polarization, ideological rigidity, plain meanness and outright falsehoods.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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Where Is the Good News?
Where Is the Good News?
No matter where you turn – your TV, newspaper or computer – bad news is easy to find. But there's a source of good news, too. And it's as close as EthicsDaily.com's Skype interviews.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
A papyrus fragment that some say shows that Jesus was married has created a global flutter. In today's itchy-ear culture, it's tough for sound teaching to compete with wild myths.
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Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
The White House ruled that young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for federal health care, but denying them access to health care benefits is no real welcome.
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Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
The dominant narrative is that Muslims are filled with rage and hate the U.S. As Islamic leaders speak out against extremist violence, will Christians have the courage to stand with them?
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Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
The Democratic National Convention revealed that the Democratic Party is struggling to become a mirror image of the GOP – on faith. It's a move that misuses faith.
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Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
As the football season kicks off, fans will soon see athletes kneeling for touchdown prayers. We should be grateful for this countercultural witness in our culture of autonomy.
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A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
What do you get when faith leaders from many denominations unite at a gathering during the Democratic National Convention? A collaborative effort to focus on the plight of the undocumented.
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Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Ignoring all that religion does for the common good, an atheists' group is buying billboards during the Democratic National Convention to slam Christianity.
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Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
David Barton's book, "The Jefferson Lies," has been pulled by its publisher, citing too many errors. Conservatives have called out Barton for his misuse of history.
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Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
The humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria is "very difficult" and "very painful," a Lebanese Baptist leader said. Baptist groups are offering humanitarian aid and helping refugees.
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Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
After the killings and woundings in the Colorado movie theater shooting, one would have expected faith leaders to take on the gun lobby. One would have been wrong.
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EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com's showing of its documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," during the Democratic National Convention will show political leaders the urgency of addressing immigration reform.
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Faith Without Works Kills
Faith Without Works Kills
In the wake of the Colorado theater shooting, we have witnessed leaders who point toward God without pointing toward the moral obligation for the well-being of neighbor.
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Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
The prison population is exploding. And the U.S. has shifted from a focus on rehabilitation to punishment only, former President Jimmy Carter tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology shapes how we read the Bible and how we connect to community. Can people of faith continue to make use of the best of affordable technology while avoiding its temptations?
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Leaders at the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering approved a resolution to direct two of its agencies to develop a plan to offset the carbon footprint of BWA meetings.
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Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
As more people are becoming victims of environmental degradation, can Christians stop the exploitation and injustice? Perhaps looking at the Trinity holds the answer.
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Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists honored an Englishman, who wrote 400 years ago to the King England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed they had the divine right to determine their subjects' faith.
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Southern Baptists Continue Membership Decline
Southern Baptists Continue Membership Decline
Southern Baptists were supposed to be exempt from the downward trends of other white Protestant denominations, yet membership has declined for the fifth year in a row.
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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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Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
"Baptist" used to mean freedom, tolerance and autonomy. Now it means bigotry and partisan politics. And that's why so many Southern Baptist churches need to change their names.
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Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
As Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled top ethicist, faced Southern Baptists for the first time since his controversial and plagiarized racial words, he quickly glossed over the issue.
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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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Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
An African-American pastor hopes messengers at next week's annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass a resolution condemning Mormonism as racist.
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If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
The Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigration law is expected this month. Anti-immigration forces are ready to push similar laws in other states. Are churches prepared?
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Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
After his court victory, John Edwards took responsibility for his sin. We'll learn about the authenticity of his confession in time, but hearing such an admission in our day is rare.
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Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
The decision by Southern Baptist trustees to cancel the radio program of their top ethicist while allowing him to keep his job sparked criticism from some Baptists and journalists.
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Institutions Consider Plagiarism Intellectual Theft
Institutions Consider Plagiarism Intellectual Theft
As a committee is expected to release the findings of its plagiarism investigation of Southern Baptists' lead ethicist on Friday, academic leaders say they take such issues seriously.
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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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Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled ethicist under investigation for plagiarism, has used sexual metaphors to color his political analysis, some of which contradict his espoused sexual ethics.
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Did Land Write His Apology for Racially Charged Remarks?
Did Land Write His Apology for Racially Charged Remarks?
Did Southern Baptist Convention agency head Richard Land write the apology statement for racially charged remarks issued under his name, or was it written by African-American Baptist clergy?
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Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Social justice advocates and fiscal conservatives agree that our prisons' recidivism rates are too high and the fiscal demands are breaking budgets. The system needs reform.
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Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
A billboard by The Heartland Institute linked those who believed in climate change with mass murderers. It did what many do who lack a persuasive case – compare the other side to evildoers.
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Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon, whose name and likeness are used by Southern Baptists to fuel fundraising efforts for foreign missions, was a "defiant pioneer" who saw no restrictions on women in ministry.
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Do Talk-Radio Standards Justify Land's Plagiarism?
Do Talk-Radio Standards Justify Land's Plagiarism?
A Southern Baptist committee investigating allegations of plagiarism against the denomination's ethics leader suggests journalism and talk radio have different standards. Not everyone agrees.
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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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SBC Agency to Investigate Land's Plagiarism
SBC Agency to Investigate Land's Plagiarism
The Southern Baptist agency headed by Richard Land, the SBC's top ethicist, will investigate plagiarism charges against him but suggested that radio shows have different standards.
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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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SBC Official Issues Apology for Plagiarism
SBC Official Issues Apology for Plagiarism
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' chief ethicist, apologized on Monday for plagiarism during his radio show, saying he "failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions."
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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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Baptist Blogger Accuses SBC Ethics Agency Head of Plagiarism
Baptist Blogger Accuses SBC Ethics Agency Head of Plagiarism
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' top ethics official, quoted liberally from a conservative writer's column about the Trayvon Martin shooting without attribution, a Baptist blogger says.
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Does SBC Leader's Rant Reflect God's Love?
Does SBC Leader's Rant Reflect God's Love?
Richard Land, a leading SBC official, denounced civil rights leaders calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Is this how Southern Baptists demonstrate God's love to people of color?
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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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Too Many Christians Are Obsessed with Violence
Too Many Christians Are Obsessed with Violence
The legislator who pushed Florida's 'stand your ground' law is a leader in a Baptist church. As we follow Jesus, it should become more difficult to engage in and approve of violence.
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Into Jerusalem
By stooping to ride the lowly donkey, Jesus was inviting his followers to see that the Kingdom of God was lowly in spirit, not exalted in merely political terms.
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Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Disappointed you didn't win a Mega Millions windfall? Join the club. State lotteries have failed to deliver on repeated assurances that they would be a windfall for public schools.
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Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Boycotts are as American as apple pie. But people of faith must carefully calculate whether their boycotts will be able to create change for the common good.
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Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
The morality of the double standard is alive and well in America. We are outraged by Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic vulgarity but laugh at Bill Maher's. And vice versa.
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What Does the Term
What Does the Term "Goodwill Baptist" Mean?
From dancing to Disney, Baptists have long been known for their anti-everything stance. Goodwill Baptists, however, seek to engage culture constructively and to frame issues positively.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
The Southern Baptist Convention may elect its first African-American president this year. It would be a powerful symbol, but will the SBC's white power structure allow that symbol to lead to transformation?
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10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
Latino evangelicals, anti-Muslim fear, and Mormon leaders avoiding electoral politics are among the 10 issues where religion may affect this year's elections. What are the others?
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Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Tennessee faith leaders wrote to officials with the four leading GOP presidential campaigns, urging them to keep highly charged anti-immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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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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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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Pastor Poised to Be First Black to Lead Baptists
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the SBC.
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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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Will New Southern Baptist Name Change Perception?
Will New Southern Baptist Name Change Perception?
While a slim majority holds a favorable impression of Southern Baptists, half of young adults said they would not consider joining a Southern Baptist church. Will a new name make a difference?
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An Accurate Choice for Renamed Southern Baptists
An Accurate Choice for Renamed Southern Baptists
Southern Baptist leaders are weighing a name change for the denomination. With so many choices already taken, one accurate possibility still exists.
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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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Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Several Southern Baptist leaders joined a meeting of more than 150 conservative evangelicals, who announced former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as their political savior.
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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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SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
Although he claims to be nonpartisan, a Southern Baptist official is working behind the scenes to defeat President Obama and stop Mitt Romney from earning the GOP presidential nod.
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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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Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Southern Baptist leaders extended support to GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich despite his affairs and divorces. It's a stark contrast to the treatment they gave Bill Clinton.
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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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LifeWay's
LifeWay's "Pink Bible" Recall Shows Politics of Association
Rather than continue a partnership that would help fund breast cancer treatment and recovery, a Southern Baptist Convention agency pulled the plug to prevent a perceived link to Planned Parenthood.
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What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
The wise men's gold should have lifted Mary and Joseph out of poverty. So what happened to that wealth? While the Bible doesn't literally give us an answer, it does offer some strong clues.
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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

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

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Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
People use anonymous online postings to spew anti-religious bigotry and pure anger, and some newspapers are cracking down on these comments. But is there a positive side?
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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 Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
A new short video from EthicsDaily.com will be broadcast at this week's New Baptist Covenant 2, noting that some Baptists have watered down and spiritualized Jesus' agenda while others have been bolder.
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Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Many of our nation's wealthiest corporations don't pay their fair share in taxes. When they leach off society, the burden for a good society spreads to others less able to pay. That's unfair.
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Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
With the news of a global warming skeptic concluding that global warming is real, the ice under the global warming deniers is thinning as fast as the ice is thinning from climate change in the Arctic.
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Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Speeches by the past and present pastors of First Baptist Church of Dallas illustrate how quickly the Baptist heritage of religious liberty for everyone is soon forgotten – or ignored.
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I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
Two years ago, Robert Parham noted that many of Jesus' short messages were well suited for Twitter. Today, he follows Jesus' example of brevity and begins to tweet. Won't you join in?
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Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
While right-wing leaders seek to discredit Occupy Wall Street, the Vatican issued a moral statement favoring regulation of the financial markets for the sake of the common good.
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Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Many in the Christian community have been silent about Occupy Wall Street, but those faithful to the biblical witness know that Jesus challenged economic power.
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Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
A Southern Baptist pastor's attack on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith is the latest effort by conservative Christians to sway the 2012 presidential election. But they err when they hint that they speak for God.
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Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
If GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul wants churches to cover health care costs for the uninsured, the self-proclaimed Christian should disclose his charitable giving as evidence of his commitment.
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Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law reveals how political power and religious power, especially the power of Southern Baptists, have advanced a law rooted in bigotry.
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Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
One version of Christianity preaches that capitalism is God's divine economic plan. Its followers must ignore the biblical message that warns against marketplace corruption and economic power that exploits the poor.
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Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
A private prison corporation will profit from the harsh anti-immigration laws that it has quietly helped to pass. For for-profit prisons, more undocumented immigrants in jail equal higher profits.
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College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
With big-revenue football schools raking in tens of millions in profits, it's not surprising corruption in college sports and the exploitation of so-called "student-athletes" aren't far behind.
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Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
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"Circle of Protection" Differs Morally from "Christians for a Sustainable Economy"
The Circle of Protection says budget cuts shouldn't be made on the poor's backs. Christians for a Sustainable Economy says our focus should be on the economy. Which one reflects the authentic Christian message?
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Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Christian Right leader Jay Sekulow and his family have benefited handsomely from his two nonprofits – the latest example of what happens when faith become a lucrative family business.
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Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism: A Danger in Churches and Politics
Dominionism, the belief that Christians should take control of the government and all of society's institutions, is a misguided theology that seeks to turn Christ into a political messiah.
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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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Lottie Moon: The Facts and Myths about Her Life
Lottie Moon: The Facts and Myths about Her Life
Some stories about iconic Southern Baptist missionary Lottie Moon were fabricated to aid fund-raising efforts after her death and to camouflage her advocacy for women's rights. Her real story is better than the myths.
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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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Rick Perry Invokes God's
Rick Perry Invokes God's "Calling" to Prepare Presidential Run
As his national prayer rally launches in Houston on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to consider whether he is being "called" to run for president.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Is Scheduled for August Release
On the heels of anti-immigration forces passing punitive laws in several states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration, "Gospel Without Borders," comes in the fullness of time.
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Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Most Christians rightly shudder at the identification of the Norwegian terrorist as a Christian. Yet U.S. Christians don't shudder at the political advocacy of Christian leaders who ignore Jesus' moral vision.
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Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are Southern Baptists leaders once again ignoring the latest reckless rant – that President Obama "lives like a playboy" – from the head of their public-policy office?
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Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama
Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama "a Playboy"
President Obama is "living like a playboy," says the head of Southern Baptists' public policy office. Next time, he might want to consider fact-checking before repeating debunked claims from emails and Glenn Beck.
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Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Countering a position urged by a Southern Baptist official, United Methodist leaders said weakening the DREAM Act by limiting the full rights of students' citizenship is "immoral."
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Reality Is on Our Side
Reality Is on Our Side
With the fossil-fuel industry spending big bucks to spread doubt about climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said there's one thing all their cash and influence can't alter – reality.
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Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Rather than judging politicians by their preachers, we need more preachers who judge politicians by their record of protecting the least among us, by their moral vision of the common good.
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Battling Over the Meaning of the Bible's Words
Battling Over the Meaning of the Bible's Words
As language continues to evolve and as biblical scholars help us better understand the meaning of ancient words, Bible translations need to be updated. This presents a problem for those who adhere to inerrancy.
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Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
The world's newest nation, South Sudan, was born last weekend, and Christianity played a role. Prayers of global Christians, a 2005 peace accord and a team of international observers that included Jimmy Carter all helped.
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Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
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Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
After Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the nation's harshest immigration bill into law, goodwill leaders of faith began to voice opposition. It's time for faith leaders to break the defective tradition of being reactive.
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MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board presented its first Century of Service Leadership Award to Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics and executive editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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Southern Baptists Wrestle with Gay Hoax
(RNS) Officials of the SBC say they were the victims of a hoax when a group claiming to be them announced it had started to support gay marriage.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

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

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Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
President Bush vowed in 2001 that tax cuts would mean “a better life in a more prosperous America.” But how many of his claims about what tax cuts would do actually turned out to be true?
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Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Members of Westboro Baptist Church held protests in Nashville. But some counter protesters objecting to Westboro's intolerance displayed a profane and angry intolerance toward the intolerant.
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SBC's Contentious Debate over
SBC's Contentious Debate over "Amnesty" for Undocumented Immigrants
Marring the racially inclusive image that Southern Baptists attempted to present through their annual meeting, a resolution on immigration sparked a lively debate over a proposal that critics called "amnesty."
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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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Southern Baptists Look to Minorities to Jumpstart Growth
(RNS) Southern Baptists adopted a plan to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of declining membership.
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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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Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
At a conservative Christian conference designed to flex political muscle, a Southern Baptist leader and other conservative Christian activists claimed that U.S. evangelicals are the main victims of religious bigotry.
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Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
When's the last time you took some time off? Nearly six in 10 U.S. workers don't use all the vacation days they're entitled to, and one in four don't have access to vacation at all.
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What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
As scientists gather data to determine whether the recent crop of tornadoes are an outgrowth of climate change, will evangelical leaders be willing to listen to the answer or continue their hostility against science?
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"Let the Churches Do It" Is a Deceptive Myth
The idea that churches can tackle national poverty, take care of those who are ill, and rebuild communities after natural disasters requires a spoonful of bad moral theology and a cup of dishonesty.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Using "illegals" or "illegal immigrants" to describe unauthorized or undocumented immigrants paints them as criminals. The terms are regularly used by media and are an attempt to stereotype the undocumented.
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Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Evangelist Franklin Graham blessed a Donald Trump presidential bid on Easter but has yet to criticize Trump for his F-bomb outburst a few days later. He further questioned Obama's faith but is silent about Trump's.
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Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
How do you learn the three-step tango to introducing anti-Shariah bills? Fabricate facts. Testify to threats. Take a stand against problems that don't exist. Lawmakers in as many as 13 states have performed the dance.
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What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
Is the Christian left giving President Obama a pass on his promises to end the nation's wars and remaining mostly mute as he expands our military involvement in Afghanistan and now Libya? The question merits reflection.
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EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
The Baptist Center for Ethics – the parent organization of EthicsDaily.com – observes its 20th anniversary this year, challenging a religious myth that only conservative evangelicals can build vigorous organizations.
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Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Young adults who regularly attend religious services are more likely to become obese by middle age, says a recent study. Obesity is more than poor personal choices. It's a social justice issue and a spiritual matter.
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Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Civil War, Freedom Ride Anniversaries Offer Time for Truth-Telling
Against a backdrop of simmering racial tensions, two fast approaching anniversaries – the Civil War and the Freedom Rides – offer a time for truth-telling by those of moral good will.
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What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
With 975 employees in its tax department and spending more than $200 million to lobby Congress for favorable treatment, General Electric lets taxpayers foot the bill while it rakes in profits and avoids taxes.
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Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time. While the rules are useful tools for moral discernment, too often presidents itching for military conflict neglect them.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Speak Up for the Bipartisanship Principle of Shared Sacrifice
Speak Up for the Bipartisanship Principle of Shared Sacrifice
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators proposed a plan of shared sacrifice to get the nation's deficit under control by raising taxes and reducing the growth of entitlements, triggering a temper-tantrum from right-wing bloggers.
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U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
A Baptist pastor who came to America as a child may be sent back to Mexico because of U.S. immigration policy. His story illustrates the complexity and absurdity of America's seemingly unfixable immigration impasse.
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World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
Evangelicals don't really care about the world's impoverished. They want the federal government to cut back on economic assistance to the poor, and their churches don't give two cents about the world's hungry.
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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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Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Not all contemporary Baptists consistently promote religious freedom. They passionately argue for their right to worship but forget to do the same for other faith groups. Richard Land is a prime example.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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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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Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Coalition Supporting Mosques
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
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Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Climate change is driving extreme weather events – events that destroy crops. The loss of crops drives up food prices. Increased food prices cause political unrest and increased hunger.
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Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Juan Pedro, a 17-year-old migrant, tried once before to cross the border, and now he was trying again. He hoped to find work – any type of work. Instead, he was deported. Hundreds of others die in the unforgiving desert.
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It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
Goodwill faith leaders must sound the alarm and put taxation on the moral agenda of houses of faith. To continue avoiding the topic and denying the good that derives from a just tax system is morally irresponsible.
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Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
If we act as our brother's keeper, we care that incendiary political talk can harm. However, too many in our society – many of whom light verbal fuses for a living – favor the ethic of Cain.
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Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
The statements and actions of a few have consequences on the entire community. Let's encourage leaders who speak for less heated, self-righteous rhetoric and for more statements based on truth and care for neighbor.
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Pray for Sudan
Pray for Sudan
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
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Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
When facing troubling days, when standing at the crossroads, the biblical witness urges God's people to remember, and walk in, the ancient ways. Make a commitment in an uncertain future to walk those ways faithfully.
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Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
A Fox News official instructed network reporters in December 2009 to slant news reporting about climate change, revealing how slanted Fox News is and how harmful it is to the quest for truth.
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Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two Kinds of Baptists, Same Kind of Problem
Two pastors – one Southern Baptist, the other an independent Baptist – are linked to a mortgage scheme in which many people lost their homes. Both Baptist bodies lack an effective system for clergy accountability.
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Some Baptists Echo
Some Baptists Echo "Lie of the Year"
PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking organization, dubbed the claim that health care reform was "a government takeover of health care" as the top lie of the year. Southern Baptist leaders parroted the phrase.
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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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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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Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
The Georgia Baptist Convention has ousted a church from their ranks because the congregation has a woman as co-pastor. If the state's Baptists really have a problem, perhaps they should have voted God out.
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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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Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Would Tyler Clementi Be Loved By SBC Churches?
Following several suicides by gay teens, a Southern Baptist leader said evangelical churches' response to homosexuality has been rooted in fear and ignorance. Will churches' actions speak louder than his words?
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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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10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
10 Observations about the Future of Baptists
During these changing times in our world, there is much that impacts the Baptist movement. Here are 10 predictions and observations about what the future may hold.
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CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
CBF Poised to Be Home for Progressive Christianity
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was born 20 years ago, and moderate Baptists began their slow Southern Baptist Convention exodus. Today, the CBF is poised to create a home for a brave, progressive Christianity.
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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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Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
Mainstream Baptist Group in Georgia Shuts Down
As another Mainstream Baptist group comes to an end, it's a sad reminder that historic Baptist distinctives, such as the priesthood of all believers and church-state separation, have lost their appeal for many Baptists.
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2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
Jimmy Carter led a planning meeting for next year's New Baptist Covenant, which will provide opportunities to form friendships, cooperate across denominational trenches and give witness to the best of the Baptist tradition.
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Cleaning Up Public Language Is a Social Justice Issue
Cleaning Up Public Language Is a Social Justice Issue
Laura Schlessinger and Rahm Emanuel are two examples of how foul language has soiled the public square. Without civility and respectful mutuality, disagreements degenerate and widen.
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Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
People have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity, but other religions have done worse. At least that's the reasoning some have used to defend their faith. But is that really how we want to argue for Christianity?
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EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
The newest documentary from EthicsDaily.com tackles the most forbidden topic in houses of faith – taxation. How do people of faith address one of the most contentious topics in the public square?
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Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Will you and your church be part of 100 million Christians praying on Oct. 10, 2010, for a "fresh vision" that will result in freeing a half-billion people from extreme poverty? It's part of the vision of the Micah Challenge.
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Southern Baptists Honor Foe of Church-State Separation
Southern Baptists Honor Foe of Church-State Separation
Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission gave its John Leland Award, named after a Baptist preacher who championed church-state separation, to a man who is dismantling Leland's legacy.
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Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
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U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
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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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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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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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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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Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Key early organizers of the Religious Right convened secret meetings in the mid-1970s to link their political agenda with conservative Christianity. Their goal was to elect Christian conservatives and build a “Christian Republic.”
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CBF
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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Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Bailey Smith, then president of the Southern Baptist Convention, claimed 30 years ago that God "does not hear the prayer of a Jew." Today, other Southern Baptist leaders have rhetorically followed his lead.
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A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
Ronald Reagan, then the GOP nominee for president, joined a who's who of conservative Christians on a Dallas stage 30 years ago, convincing many Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to join the Republican cause.
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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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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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Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
The false narrative that scientists are in widespread disagreement about climate change is driven by the ideological party of short-term greed and the theological party of fundamentalism.
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Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?
Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?

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

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Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists have a distorted reverence for guns. They see protection in faith and a firearm. For these Baptists, the church is a mighty fortress – fully armed. Other Baptists have a more realistic approach.
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Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
The recent horrific downpours in America and around the world were not isolated events. Global warming sets the table for these intense downpours. People of faith must urge elected officials to take action.
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Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Resume embellishment is widespread, chronic and as old as the Bible itself. Why is resume embellishment so widely practiced? For many, it's a way to elevate status and intimidate opponents.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Rather than listen to the biblical heroes of freedom and justice, anti-immigration forces have embraced two of the darkest biblical figures – Pharaoh and Herod – who targeted children to pursue their fear-laden political objectives.
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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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Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
Taking Aim at Baptist Bureaucracies
The Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are looking at restructuring. Such efforts can be accomplished with clenched fists or open hands.
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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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How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
How Long Until Southern Baptists Stop Abusive Clergy?
Sooner or later, Southern Baptists will learn the lesson that pious preaching won't protect kids against clergy child molesters. What we don't know is how long the lesson will take.
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 Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
As hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil flow daily into the Gulf of Mexico, a Southern Baptist leader claimed that environmentalists and President Barack Obama are mostly to blame for the devastation.
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Six weeks after oil began gushing into the Gulf, the U.S. faces what appears to be its worst man-made ecological disaster. And three moral transgressions – greed, sloth and pride – manifest themselves in BP's disaster.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
The Southern Baptist Convention is criticizing public schools as bastions of anti-Christian attitudes and urging churches to foster private schools or home schooling. It is past time for the SBC to reverse its course.
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Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
A well-meaning covenant on civility is meaningless when the most uncivil people of all refuse to have anything to do with it. The U.S. right wing is not interested in dialogue. They want only victory.
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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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Denominations Must Align with Constituents
Denominations Must Align with Constituents
People give to those things they believe in and value, but they must hear the story and become engaged. If they chose not to support what we are about, maybe we are about the wrong things.
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Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Anxiety and abundance were two themes that emerged during a retreat of organizational leaders related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Baptists should rejoice at the challenges and prioritize the opportunities.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
When's the last time you heard a sermon advocating for a good tax policy? No topic is more avoided in pulpits than the moral good of taxation. It's often a forbidden topic in churches.
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Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
The U.S. Army made the right decision to prohibit Franklin Graham from speaking at a prayer event in May at the Pentagon. The prohibition resulted from Graham's continuous hostile and insulting statements about Islam.
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Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Bible-believing Christians are living big – and driving up health-care costs. And most churches avoid moral teachings about gluttony and the social injustice that contributes to obesity.
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If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
Do recent record-setting high temps across the U.S. prove global warming? Not so fast. Weather and climate are different. We must be careful to not use the same faulty logic that global-warming deniers used in the winter.
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Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Pro-tax millionaires are pushing back against the anti-tax crowd. USA Today reported that more than 700 wealthy Americans favored the elimination of President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the rich.
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Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Five years ago, the news was indescribably good. After a month on Vanderbilt Medical Center's oncology floor, it was time to be released. I packed my bag and waited – and waited some more – until finally I was home.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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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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Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Despite the claims of numerous fact-checkers and other pro-life leaders, Southern Baptist leaders have continued to claim falsely that health care reform legislation will allow federal funding of abortion.
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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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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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Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Ed Young Sr. recently devoted a sermon to the problems with the American tax system. However, several claims made by the former SBC president were inaccurate.
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Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Many conservatives believe the world revolves around the United States, claiming that massive snowstorms here disprove global warming. Such repeated distortions can't be allowed to go unchecked.
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Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
If Sarah Palin drew the lion's share of the media attention at the recent National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, a Revolutionary War re-enactor may be the runner-up. Here's something you may not know about him.
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Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
The latest scrimmage in the American culture war revolves around a Super Bowl ad paid for by Focus on the Family. Some opposed to the ad have elevated the Super Bowl to hallowed ground. Really?
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Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Forty days focused on Lent might be just what we – wealthy and powerful global Baptists – need to reconnect with a more robust faith that remembers those who suffer from poverty, injustice and violence.
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Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Humans are more than economic puppets. As Christians, we are called to see others as equals who deserve good and just treatment. When the prevailing economic system fails, it must be challenged and changed.
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Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians ran with perseverance the race for justice, passing ballot measures that will avert a shortfall in the state's two-year budget that would have resulted in cuts to services affecting the poor and middle class.
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 Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, armchair debaters of all varieties speculate what it says about the existence and compassion of God. For those of faith, there is a better way forward.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
Most goodwill Christians have written, spoken and preached too little about taxes, yet taxation is foundational for almost every social justice cause. It's time for a lot more biblical, theological and moral reflection about taxes.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Baptist 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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Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
World leaders gathered in Copenhagen to negotiate the details of an accord to combat global warming, and Southern Baptist leaders voiced their opposition with erroneous claims.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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"Invictus" Has a Christmas Message
In Clint Eastwood's new movie, "Invictus," the director returns to the theme of forgiveness. During this Christmas so full of cultural bile, "Invictus" has some powerful lines that American Christians need to hear.
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Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Too many American Christians are like Will Ferrell's character, Ricky Bobby, in "Talladega Nights." They adore the little baby Jesus of Christmas but pay no heed to the man who makes moral claims on people of faith.
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Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Nine days after announcing that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there, the U.S. president – without a presidential portfolio of accomplishment – accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
A recent EthicsDaily.com editorial cautioned against Obama's Afghan war plan, echoing our concern eight years ago when Bush made his case for war there. Will you be reading a similar editorial in 2017?
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Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success.
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Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was center stage recently, celebrated by some and condemned by others. What triggered the public brawl? It's the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th of "On the Origin of Species."
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Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Verbal grenades have been launched once again in the Christmas wars. Caught in the crossfire are Americans of all religious convictions and no faith commitments who want to enjoy the season without a culture war.
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SBC Leader Labels Obama as
SBC Leader Labels Obama as "Very Dangerous"
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently called President Obama "very dangerous" and claimed Obama was damaging America.
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Christian Ethics Must Address Nation's Real Problems
Christian Ethics Must Address Nation's Real Problems
We live in a dangerous age. Ethics have been discarded for the sake of political ideology and we are much the worse for this, with some even calling for the violent removal of President Obama from office.
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Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
With chest-thumping boldness and abundant fear-mongering, the Christian Right trotted out the Manhattan Declaration. It's the same old political agenda in which Jesus is a secondary moral guide.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
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North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted last week to deny churches the opportunity to give through the convention to the Baptist Center for Ethics, thereby ending an almost 20-year partnership.
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Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, some conservative American Christians are demonizing American Muslims. Authentic Christians must stand up now for goodwill American Muslims.
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Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Some have attempted to sabotage health care reform with the canard of "death panels," but making decisions about the end of life makes more sense when the living can discern their choices with their family doctors.
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NBC President Offers Moral Vision
NBC President Offers Moral Vision
In a wide-ranging interview with EthicsDaily.com, the new president of the National Baptist Convention offered a moral critique of the prosperity gospel, race relations, Rush Limbaugh, taxation and health-care reform.
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Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Andy Schlafly is behind the Conservative Bible Project that aims to remove the alleged liberal corruption from English translations of the Bible. He sees the Bible as a mirror, reflecting his own political image.
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Land Cries Censorship Over Criticism of His Nazi Analogy
Land Cries Censorship Over Criticism of His Nazi Analogy
After the SBC's Richard Land apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for comparing Obama and other Democratic leaders to the Nazis, he accused another critic of being a "speech czar."
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Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
One week after apologizing for comparing Democratic leaders to the Nazis, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land reneged on his promise to stop using such comparisons.
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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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SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
Days after saying he stood by his analogy, a top Southern Baptist official apologized for accusing President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did."
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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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SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
A Southern Baptist leader accused President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did" and compared a health-care adviser to Josef Mengele.
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Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
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Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
A GOP senator has again parted ways from the Republican right, the Birthers and conservative cable TV and radio hosts. If only more refused to be silent or bullied by the Christian right and its allies.
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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
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Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Would Jesus tweet? Simplicity and clarity were hallmarks of his communication, unlike much of contemporary Christianity that favors brain-numbingly wordy theology.
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"Gran Torino" Is a Parable for the Age of Rage
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is about death and redemption as well as the loss of an American way of life. It's theological and timely given our age of rage against people of color.
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Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Many Christians regularly practice scapegoating. Whether our anger is full-throated, oxygen-deprived rage or snake-eyed sarcasm or mocking humor, we readily blame others for what is wrong.
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Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Coming, perhaps, to a sanctuary near your home is a new version of the Bible, one released by the National Rifle Association, updating time-honored texts in words more reasonable for today's gun owners.
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com finished a record-setting month with well over a half-million page requests. So why are we going gangbusters? Consider some of these reasons.
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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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Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Some Southern Baptist leaders are divided over whether to support legislation designed to reduce abortion and drawing support from pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
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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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Today's Generation Jettisons Relics of Ministries Past
Today's Generation Jettisons Relics of Ministries Past
Today's young adults have no patience for local church intrigue or denominational domination. They want to serve God in the most meaningful way possible.
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Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
You don't have to look long to find proof that civility and commitment to the common good are in short supply. How can churches better promote moral education?
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Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
There's good reason for goodwill Baptists to be optimistic about the New Baptist Covenant. In fact, there are seven of them. And trust tops the list.
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Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Looking beyond Baptists' 400th anniversary, several Baptist leaders from around the world discuss what they hope will become Baptist hallmarks in the future.
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BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
Global Baptist leaders see the harmful realities of global warming and pin their hopes for governmental action on the United Nation’s upcoming conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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BWA Nominates Two
BWA Nominates Two "Virginians" as President-Elect, First Vice President-Elect
Two Baptists with connections to Virginia have been nominated to serve as the top leaders of the Baptist World Alliance – the largest organization of global Baptists.
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Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
A professor presented a history of Baptists as transformers during the BWA gathering, and a woman from India provided a modern-day example of that legacy.
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Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Whether in a test tube or a woman's womb, a human embryo is a human being with moral status and should not be destroyed for its stem cells, a Samford University prof says.
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Hate Crimes Bill Won't Restrict Sermons
Hate Crimes Bill Won't Restrict Sermons
A pending hate crimes bill is causing some Christian conservatives to fret, but there's no reason to fear that preachers' right to speak freely will be restricted.
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Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian
Baptists are at the crossroads of history, a Dutch theologian said at the European Baptist Federation meeting in Amsterdam. Will we be spectators or partakers?
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Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Gathering in Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement, global Baptists reflect on how they can remain champions of religious freedom.
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Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
It's not just the leaders of the male-dominated Southern Baptist Convention that stifle women. Those who disagree but remain silent are also culpable.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor show that the SBC has chosen to become even more political than the Republican Party.
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Defining Words' Meaning is Path to Control
Defining Words' Meaning is Path to Control
Humpty Dumpty's smarter than we think. To win control, you need to be the one to define what words mean – even if you have to take them out of context.
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First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
First Rule of Falling Leaders: Blame Something
Rather than accept responsibility for setbacks, some leaders prefer to pass the buck to external factors or other people. (At least, that's what the liberal media want you to believe.)
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Bonuses Are Wrong, White House Needs Stress Test Over AIG
Bonuses Are Wrong, White House Needs Stress Test Over AIG
AIG wants the Obama administration's blessing on $2.4 million in bonuses to 40 senior corporate officers. For the common good, the government must say no.
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Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Building Bridges, the New Baptist Covenant gathering in Oklahoma, is a must-attend event for goodwill Baptists, transcending racial, ethnic, theological, political and cultural boundaries.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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Can Sin Be Mapped?
Can Sin Be Mapped?
Thanks to Kansas State University and Forbes, Baptists and other Christians now know where we can safely go to avoid certain sins. While we may be able to map out the geography of sin, don't forget the universality of sin.
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Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
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Breaking the Addiction to Being Southern Baptist is Tough
Breaking the Addiction to Being Southern Baptist is Tough
Those of us raised Southern Baptist continue to engage them, even when we've left the convention. Our relationship to this group we no longer claim is dysfunctional and enmeshed. How do we break the addiction?
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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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Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Southern Baptist Leaders Exalt Non-Essential ‘Pet Doctrines’
Conservative leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention have exalted "pet doctrines" and personal opinions to the status of dogma. Those who disagree risk condemnation and expulsion.
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SBC's Expulsion of Texas Church Reinforces its Negative Image
SBC's Expulsion of Texas Church Reinforces its Negative Image
The SBC's decision to expel Broadway Baptist Church is a missed opportunity for the denomination to reverse its regressive slide and reinforces the negative, intolerant image of the SBC in American public life.
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SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
Five motions offered by SBC messengers called for investigations into the influence of targeted leaders.
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Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
Young Leaders Staying Home From SBC's Annual Meeting
When the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting begins today, leaders expect one trend to continue: Few young leaders will attend. One young pastor says many of his peers don't want to be associated with the SBC brand.
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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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SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted unanimously June 22 to recommend ending its more than 125-year relationship with Broadway Baptist Church in Forth Worth, Texas.
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Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Where do Baptists stand on baptizing children raised in same-sex households? This is one issue where all Baptists may get it right theologically. The focus is on the child being baptized, not on validating the child's parents.
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 Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Some churches have removed Baptist from their names, but others seek to reclaim the meaning of the name. Many principles of historical Baptist theology and polity offer a solid basis for citizenship in a free and diverse society.
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SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
If the Southern Baptist Convention believes that actions speak louder than words, then its action of having a program of virtually all whites and all males places a big question mark over the convention's 2009 meeting logo.
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Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists have moved to the right in their critique of public education. One video, featuring three Southern Baptists, urges the rescue of children from "pagan, godless schools" and uses footage of Hitler and Nazis.
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Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Wiley Drake, former second vice president of the SBC, let it be known that he was praying for President Obama to die. Is praying for someone's death consistent with the values and truth that Jesus embodied in his life and ministry?
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Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop
Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop "Baptist" from Name
Why are some Southern Baptist churches reluctant to use Baptist in their name? To the church-hunter who has already disavowed the denomination, it's like the joy from receiving a pretty package – until you see what's inside.
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Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
The Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer advocates the launch of a Christian alternative to public education. Rather than retreat from public education, however, goodwill Baptists must speak up for public schools.
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Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Inerrancy Was Battle Cry for SBC Takeover, Not Rallying Point for Growth
Like the behemoth General Motors, which was once too big to fail, the titanic SBC is taking on water, and its current leadership knows not what to do to salvage the ship. The one thing they could do is a crystal-clear biblical teaching.
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
The last place one would expect to meet the father of Jesus is in a Washington, D.C., office shoehorned between the Supreme Court and the Dirksen Senate Office Building. But meet him I did. And he is a Muslim.
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Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
While some younger Southern Baptists are ready to climb on board the environmental bandwagon, they are still dragging their feet – just as their elders did on the race issue.
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Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
An imperfect bill should not sideline people of faith from supporting "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." We must not allow the tyranny of moral perfectionism to block the urgency of moral realism.
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From a Biblical Perspective, Is the Church Really King?
From a Biblical Perspective, Is the Church Really King?
Any discussion about the nature of the denominational structure that does not begin with a biblically precise view of the church is bound to lead to more, not less, misunderstanding.
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Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon Protects Kids from Sexual Predators. Why Can't Churches?
Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting schools from making deals that hide the sexual misconduct of teachers who resign. The practice is called passing the trash. Why can't Southern Baptists do something similar?
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Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
The message from the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was clear: The poorest everywhere are the ones most at risk to the impacts of climate change. Will Christians be part of the solution?
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National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of
National Ministries Announces Luncheon Screening of "Beneath the Skin" in Pasadena
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will be screened by National Ministries during a luncheon at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA in Pasadena, Calif., in June.
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Pentagon Reports with Biblical Quotations Illustrate Crusade Mentality
Pentagon Reports with Biblical Quotations Illustrate Crusade Mentality
During the initial stages of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, cover sheets of intelligence reports for Pentagon officials featured Bible quotes – painful evidence that a crusade mentality coursed through the veins of the Pentagon.
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Land's Torture Turnabout Shows No Regret for Past Support
Land's Torture Turnabout Shows No Regret for Past Support
Today, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land condemns torture. But for years, he has mirrored the knee-jerk Republican conservatism of his SBC constituency and used it to his own political advantage.
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Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission made news recently when he denounced waterboarding as torture. Virtually ignored was why he shifted his position and why he had not spoken out sooner.
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
“Muslim Demographics," a fear-mongering, fact-distorting video on YouTube, has gone viral with almost 5 million views thanks to conservative Christians who are posting it on their blogs and e-mailing links to their church friends.
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Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
When the Ottoman Empire was an expansionistic power, threatening Christian-dominated Europe, a little-known Baptist layman advocated religious liberty for Muslims to the king of England, who was no friend of religious diversity.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
Hundreds of Southern Baptist leaders are calling for a 'Great Commission Resurgence' to address declining numbers. It's hard not to laugh when you recall that years ago they claimed that evangelism would reign supreme once they were in control.
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Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Without science on her side, a Tennessee congresswoman had only one course to perpetuate the pathetic pattern of doubt creation about global warming: question Al Gore's integrity.
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Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
Baptists of Color Headline BCE Luncheon at CBF
"Beneath the Skin," an award-winning documentary, and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon at this year's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
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Warren Must Decide the Purpose of His Life Before Speaking Publicly About His Flip-Flop on Proposition 8
Warren Must Decide the Purpose of His Life Before Speaking Publicly About His Flip-Flop on Proposition 8
Rick Warren has a pattern of political activism followed by political denial of activism. This time he's been caught on videotape, supporting an anti-gay marriage initiative in California and then saying he didn't campaign for it.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
With more people saying they have no religious preference, does it spell the end of Christianity? Maybe they're growing weary of religion and angry religious politics. One can only hope.
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EthicsDaily.com Has Role in Transformative Time Akin to Age of Gutenberg
EthicsDaily.com Has Role in Transformative Time Akin to Age of Gutenberg
We are living in a power shift similar to the advent of the Gutenberg printing press. As more people turn to online sources for news and information, secular and religious newspapers struggle to survive. What will emerge?
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Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
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America’s Nonprofits Are Running Out of Cash
America’s Nonprofits Are Running Out of Cash
Over 50 percent of nonprofits surveyed said the recession will have a “permanent negative financial effect on their organizations.”
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$60,000 Gift to Pastor Helps Spark Lawsuit; Case Calls for Codes of Conduct
$60,000 Gift to Pastor Helps Spark Lawsuit; Case Calls for Codes of Conduct
Were such generous gifts coincidence or collusion? Were the gifts coerced or contributed voluntarily by a responsible individual?
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
For Limbaugh, there’s nothing wrong with running up the score, but there is something wrong with firing the coach who did.
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Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Given the thunderous silence of Christian Right leaders about Limbaugh’s worldview, one wonders if talk radio’s man of excessive individualism and political extremism has replaced the biblical witness as a moral compass.
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Economic Crisis Fosters Agreement within U.S. Christian Community
Economic Crisis Fosters Agreement within U.S. Christian Community
Americans of faith and those unaffiliated with a faith group agree that fixing the economy should be the government’s first priority, according to a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life analysis.
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Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
No Baptist woman is more deserving of the Baptist World Alliance’s human rights award than Leena Lavanya, who runs homes in India for lepers, female sex workers and children living with HIV/AIDS.
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What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
James Dobson’s detractors responded with glee to his announced resignation as chair of the board of directors of Focus on the Family. The reaction of his supporters was muted.
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Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress stood light-years apart from President George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.
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Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
The forthcoming book by a former trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board exposes several ethical shortcomings in the management approach of IMB trustee leaders.
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Jimmy Carter Said What?
Jimmy Carter Said What?
With only a few minutes left in his address at the New Baptist Covenant gathering Jan. 31, former president Jimmy Carter asked the 1,200 congregants at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., “How many believe we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ?”
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Federal Government Launches Underfunded Media Campaign to Encourage Marriage
With a growing percentage of Americans avoiding wedlock, the federal government has decided to fund a $5 million media campaign to promote marriage. That’s right, a whopping $5 million.
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SBC Delays Action to Remove Broadway Baptist Church from Membership
A motion made at last year’s Southern Baptist Convention to remove Ft. Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church from membership in the SBC over the issue of homosexuality was discussed today by the denomination’s executive committee, which delayed action until the completion of further study.
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Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
The cry of “socialism” is the Christian Right’s new sling blade in its attacks against President Barack Obama, disclosing full-throated anger and repeating the same charge as the political right.
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Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
Churches Must Be Strengthened, Not Captive, to Past
The greatest lesson we can learn from our experience in the SBC is to embrace the good experiences and to try to avoid duplicating the bad experiences. The old saying that “those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it” is appropriate, but once one has studied history, he or she must take action in the contemporary world.
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Lawsuit Reveals Ministerial Ethics Breach at Prominent Baptist Church
The complaint charged that the pastor “manipulated” Bennett’s “religious beliefs and convictions so that she sold the condominium she lived in" and "transferred all of the sale proceeds, approximately $530,000.00 to the Defendants.”
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What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What is demanded from people of faith is doubt--doubt about claims of “clean” coal, doubt about the veracity of the coal industry’s environmental commitment.
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Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
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Enjoy the New Day for Ethics
Enjoy the New Day for Ethics
Our new Web site means a new day for ethics. EthicsDaily.com will continue its commitment to providing timely news about issues and relevant moral commentary. But the presentation of these and other articles will change.
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Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
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American Theological Education Is in Financial Trouble
American seminaries and divinity schools across the theological spectrum are in financial trouble, according to news reports, open letters and blogs about budget cuts and staff layoffs.
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President Obama Offers Religious Continuity with Previous Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, once again used his weekly radio program to mock the idea of global warming and instead claimed that the earth is experiencing global cooling. However, Land relied on poor evidence, including a discredited list of scientists and the prediction of an unreliable almanac.
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Arkansas CBF Initiative on Racism Goes Viral
A virus broke out in early December in Little Rock, one that infects people of faith with a passion to do justice. Ground zero was, of all places, a Baptist church. And day one wasn’t even Sunday.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Baptist of the Year: David Coffey

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

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Obama Selects Bible for Inauguration, Nation Awaits His Text Choice
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a Bible for the swearing in ceremonies, but not a Bible verse upon which to place his hand.
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The Christmas Story as Moral Resource in the Vortex of Conformity
Forgotten in Christmas homilies and hymns is the gritty story of human of resistance. Yes, resistance.
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From Wright to Warren, Is Obama Moving from Social Gospel to Private Faith?
Barack Obama once credited a prophetic black preacher as his spiritual mentor. Now he has selected a self-promoting white preacher to give the invocation at his inauguration. What does Obama’s shift from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren say about the president-elect?
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Deathbed Conversions of the Big Three U.S. Automakers Are Unreliable
What we are witnessing from the Big Three--Ford, General Motors and Chrysler--is nothing more than deathbed conversions.
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Baptist Leader Misstates Environmental Data
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently made inaccurate claims that the earth is cooling instead of warming. As he made his claims during the Nov. 22 broadcast of his radio program "Richard Land Live!," Land mocked Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and others who warn of the dangers of climate change.
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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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Global Violence Rooted in More Than Religion
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
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Financial Crisis Will Shape Long-Term Religious Ethos
A deeper and prolonged financial crisis will likely result in a survival-of-the-fittest scenario among local and national faith organizations, which, in turn, will reshape the religious ethos for years to come.
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Bob Jones University Apologizes for Racial Policies
The university's new interpretation of the Bible marked an about-face from a 1986 pamphlet, "Race Relations," written by a Bible department faculty member, Marshall Neal, who argued that racial segregation was based on the authority of the Bible.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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War on Christmas Is Back, Thanks to Atheists and Christian Fundamentalists
Aside from the humanists/atheists and Christian fundamentalists, about the only ones who benefit from the verbal brawls over the war on Christmas are the cable TV talk shows, which both feed on and feed off the extremists, relishing false choices, ranting guests and narcissistic hosts.
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Why Faith Matters in a Time of the New Atheists
Let's stop assuming that folk know why faith matters. Let's start making the case for faith outside the circle of faith.
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Theological Realism Is Needed about President Obama
President-elect Barack Obama is neither the messiah, nor the antichrist. He is first and foremost a politician, whose adoring adherents deny his feet of clay and demonizing opponents refuse to respect him. Hopes are too high; despair is too deep.
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Is Obama a Christian?
Sen. Barack Obama is not a Christian, according to the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an organization that claims advocacy for Christian religious liberty and opposition to anti-Christian bigotry.
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New NEA President Wants Partnership with Churches
Regarding criticism of the current educational system, Van Roekel said: "We need to change that system. I don't want to tinker with that system. I don't want to fix it. I want to change it."
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EthicsDaily.com DVD Wins Documentary Award at Black Film Festival
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" won the award for best documentary at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville over the weekend.
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What Do Islamic Women Want?
The question of what Islamic women want is asked in the larger context of who speaks for Islam, which raises these questions: What do a billion Muslims really think? How does one answer such questions? Who would dare tackle such complicated and risky questions?
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Advent Is the Antidote to Economic Bad Times at Fast-Approaching Christmas
More than prophetic critique and hollow promises of political change, perhaps what our culture really needs from church leaders is a word of hope—hope understood as the courage to wait.
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Mark Your Calendars
Mark your calendars for upcoming screenings of our documentary-style DVDs which will be shown in public gathering in seven states this fall.
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Gore Says Faith Community Decisive in Tackling Climate Change
Al Gore knows that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to an issue which evokes reptilian opposition in some quarters of corporate America and skepticism within certain church circles: global warming.
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McCain and Obama Are Afraid of Sacrifice
Why would two card-carrying Christians evade the issue of sacrifice in a nation where the overwhelming majority professes faith and a significant slice say the nation is Christian?
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HBO's Maher Attacks Mostly Christianity in Docu-Rant
Bill Maher's newly released documentary, "Religulous," is more rant than research, more designed to belittle interviewees than to explore religion, more profane than profound.
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Faithful Leaders Discern the Lord's Wisdom
Like many Americans, our presidents have expressed their dependence on God and sought God's blessing. Some presidents have been very private about their faith. Others have been accused of parading their piety. Of course, discerning Christians listen to pious presidential statements with caution, hoping for integrity and watching for evidence of authentic faith in personal practices and public policies.
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Islamic Creationist Links Terrorism to Darwinism
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Answering the Attack of the New Atheists
Atheists and theists, the God-despisers and the God-fearers, the faithless and faithful, are locked in combat over public opinion. For a long time, atheists were seen at best as wacky, thanks to Madalyn Murray O'Hair. That is no longer the case due to books and appearances by men like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The new atheists have a credible attack.
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What Should Faith Leaders Say and Do about the American Economic Crisis?
President Bush told an anxious and angry American public on Wednesday that the nation faced "a serious financial crisis." In a structurally sound speech devoid of poetry and short on hope, Bush said that "these are not normal circumstances," "the market is not functioning properly," "there's been a widespread loss of confidence," "major sectors of America's financial system are at risk of shutting down," "America could slip into a financial panic" and "our economy is facing a moment of great challenge."
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The Southern Baptist Convention is not a Cult, We Just Sometimes Act Like We Are
Over this past weekend, the most read article on Foxnews.com was entitled "Magazines Featuring Female Pastors Pulled From Shelves, 'Treated Like Pornography.'"
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The Truth Is That White Evangelicals Are Not Shifting to Obama
Evangelicals are not shifting to presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to a new survey from a prominent political scientist who shared his results last week at the annual convention of the Religion Newswriters Association. The findings counter the repeated claims of left-leaning Christian activists, Democratic Party advocates and liberal reporters who have contended that white evangelicals are undergoing a major shift away from the Republican Party.
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SBC Leadership Not Interested in Rejoining Baptist World Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention, which four years ago withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance over theological and relational differences, isn't likely to return to the fold any time soon, the denomination's leaders indicated Tuesday.
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Thumbs Up for President Bush
President Bush deserves a word of thanks from goodwill Baptists for his inclusive approach to one of the three religions in the Abrahamic faith tradition. For the past eight years, he has hosted in the White House an annual Iftaar dinner, a meal after sunset that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. He has shown the world the good side of people of faith.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Moderate and Conservative Southern Baptists Differ on Race at Three Points
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary doctoral student David Roach is writing his dissertation under the working title of "The Southern Baptist Convention and Civil Rights, 1954-1995." These bookend dates begin with the Supreme Court's ruling against the segregation of public schools and conclude with the SBC's resolution apologizing for current individual and systemic acts of racism. When he asked if he could interview me, he said that he knew my response would be cordial and candid.
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Claim of Evangelical Voter Shift Is More Prayer Request than Answered Prayer
Claiming evangelicals are converting from Republican sin to Democratic salvation doesn't make it so no matter how many times that chorus is sung, and it has been sung over and over by progressive community organizers, quasi-religious politicians and liberal reporters. Praying for a miracle is not the same as declaring that the miraculous has happened.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Says Southern Baptists Shouldn't Rejoin Baptist World Alliance
A Baptist state newspaper editor hopes leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention won't take steps to rejoin the Baptist World Alliance.
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Politician Palin Forces Theological Revisionism
The nomination of Sarah Palin changed Southern Baptist fundamentalism quicker than Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, metaphorically speaking. The Republican Party's first woman caused Republican Party's first-line male clergy to revise their theology about women, while claiming they never meant what they said earlier.
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SBC Leader Promotes Demonization of Muslims
A Southern Baptist leader credited with rejecting the demonization of Islam has a track record of promoting and offering derogatory statements about Muslims. Although Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been praised for avoiding hateful attacks on Muslims that other Southern Baptists have offered, he has at times refused to repudiate such remarks and has offered his own problematic comments about Islam.
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Omitted Titles in New Baptist Hymnal Reflect Theological Shift (Corrected)
Songs sung in church are more than words and music. They are teaching tools and a record of a congregation's values and beliefs. A new hymnal, just released by LifeWay Christian Resources, aims to set those standards in Southern Baptist churches for a generation--a generation that follows a seismic theological shift often called the "conservative resurgence."
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What I Learned and Heard From Two Days Among American Muslims
The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America was more like an annual convention of Baptists than most Baptists would want to know: leaders wrapped the will of God around appeals for funds; scripture citation was frequent; cell phones rang at inopportune times; participants were more interested in hallway fellowship than platform presentations; displays sold books, CDs, DVDs, religious trinkets and hair loss-prevention products. Some speakers were dynamic; others were pedantic. Some attendees were smartly dressed; others were casually clad.
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SBC Leaders Nervous About Election
Southern Baptists on Sept. 24 are launching a 40-day Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. The daily prayers will include requests for God's guidance in voting, for the election of more "godly" Christians, for God to "help churches find ways to help Christians get to the polls" and for public officials to be protected "from the attacks of Satan."
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American Muslims Define Themselves as Americans
Two speakers—one Muslim and the other Christian—raised similar questions about being American at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North American, held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, questions that found parallel expressions throughout the gathering attended by a reported 30,000 Muslims and a delegation of nine Baptists.
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A Baptist Statement at the Islamic Society of North America Convention
Dr. Syeed, I am honored by your invitation. I am energized about the potential to advance the common good through such a public exchange. I commend you on your proactive leadership.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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Is John Edwards' Affair a Warning to the Religious Left?
Former presidential candidate John Edward's extramarital affair with a younger woman paid to produce videos of Edwards is a headshaking disappointment. It shouldn't have been.
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What's the Buzz? Seminary President Discusses Sin, Death and Mosquitoes
There may have been mosquitoes in the Garden of Eden, says a Southern Baptist seminary president, but they didn't become a pest until after Adam and Eve committed Original Sin.
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Review the Cancer Chronicles of CBF
Cecil Sherman, founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, has acute leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. At 80 years old, he received his first round of chemotherapy early last week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He knew going in that his protocol would require hospitalization for 30 days. Sadly his wife, Dot, died on Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Professor's Views on Spouse Abuse Don't Square With SBC Statements
Recent comments by a Southern Baptist seminary professor that abused women are at least in part to blame if they refuse to submit to their husband's God-given authority don't square with official teachings of his denomination.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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SBC Leader Misstates Environmental Impact of Oil Wells
While promoting more domestic drilling for oil, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly offered false claims about the environmental devastation of oil wells in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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BWA Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change, Address Zimbabwe
Baptist World Alliance leaders repeatedly addressed the issue of climate change last week at their annual gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, even extending deliberations in the final session to strengthen a resolution on the issue.
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Global Baptists Voice Fear, Call for Positive Dialogue with Muslims Religious Leaders
When some Indonesian Muslims were looting, demonstrating, making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school protected the wife of a Baptist pastor when he was out of the country, showing him the positive side of Islam.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks to Become Baptist Hub for Disaster and Develop Initiatives
Baptist World Aid wants to become the "network hub" for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Academic Credentials of Conservative Canadian Leaders Questioned
Top leaders of a conservative activist group often quoted in Canadian media as representing Judeo-Christian moral values pad their resumes with degrees from unaccredited schools.
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Bangladeshi Baptist Leader Receives Human Rights Award
Dennis Datta stood at the cutting edge of Baptist moral leadership in 2002, criticizing worldwide Baptists and calling them to support a bold plan to halve global poverty by 2015.
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Mohler, Dobson Bash Obama
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler warned that electing Sen. Barack Obama as president would send America on a trajectory toward "normalization" of homosexuality and gay marriage.
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Baptist Leader Raises 10 Questions About Ordination
Nearly 400 years after the founding of the first Baptist church in Amsterdam by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, Baptists are still debating the meaning of ordination, a topic that will be considered during six hours of formal presentations and discussions at the Baptist World Alliance meeting this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Baptist World Alliance Aims for Greater Global Representation
Baptist World Alliance leaders this week will consider a proposed restructuring aimed at what one leader described as building "a truly global organization."
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Theology of Southern Baptist VBS Song Questioned
Critics say a song being sung this summer in Southern Baptist Vacation Bible Schools across the country includes faulty theology about the Trinity and the Bible.
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European Seminary Prioritizes Creation Care, Sustainable Development
How many Baptist seminaries celebrate their diamond jubilee with a gift wish list that includes funding for solar panels to produce hot water and photo voltaic panels for electricity production for street lights?
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Global Baptists Gather Next Week in Prague with Record of Growth, Organizational Change
When the Southern Baptist Convention voted in June 2004 to withdraw from and defund the Baptist World Alliance, a tiny body stepped up a month later at the BWA's annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with a commitment to help rebuild the world's largest organization of Baptist conventions and fellowships.
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An Open Letter to Dr. Bruce Ware
It saddened me to read excerpts in EthicsDaily.com from your sermon from a series on "Biblical Manhood and Womanhood" delivered at Denton Bible Church. Therefore, my husband and I went on line and listened to the entire sermon to understand the context.
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Global Baptists Must Voice Opposition to Italy's Fingerprinting of Roma People
Denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere. Silence to injustice any time furthers injustice every time. Indifference to the suffering of any group increases indifference to the suffering of all groups.
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Confusion Reigns for Southern Baptist Professor
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., actually does know why husbands abuse their wives.
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Show Me a Sexist; I'll Show You a Racist
Ah! The good old days--when men were men and women were kept in the kitchen; when being white was right for America.
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What Will We Do about Hunger When Bread Prices Are Linked to Oil Prices?
Two statements about global hunger appeared a month apart. The latter statement will test the depth of commitment of the former.
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Texas Church Says 'Egalitarian' View Not an Option for Evangelicals
Allowing women to become pastors and act as elders is a "cancer" that is pushing evangelical churches toward liberalism, a Texas pastor warned in a recent sermon defending "Biblical Manhood & Womanhood."
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SBC President Gives Blessing to Ties With Tennessee Temple
Southern Baptist leaders including the convention's new president Johnny Hunt are involved in a quiet move to bring the Tennessee Temple University into the fold of Southern Baptist schools.
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The Strange Sexual Obsessions at Southern Seminary
I don't think there's anything weirder than religious sexual obsession. Sex is tough enough without layering our obsession about it with some bizarre religious viewpoint.
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Federal Sentencing May Turn Up Heat on Fraudulent Seminary Degrees
Maintaining muteness this week about the Southern Baptist Convention president's honorary degrees from two diploma mills will become much more difficult for denominational officials, given the federal sentencing on Wednesday of the owners of a diploma mill. Mainstream media coverage and the blogosphere commentary about degree factories will likely spike.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Links Spouse Abuse to Wives' Refusal to Submit to Their Husbands
One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said Sunday in a Texas church.
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Baptist Press Misleads Its Readers with False Subheading
Baptist Press falsely labeled a Baptist Center for Ethics' DVD screening at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual meeting last week in Memphis with an inaccurate subheading and lead in a news story, leading one to wonder if the editor actually read the story. Perhaps the editor wanted to say what the actual text as reported in the body of the story did not say.
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Holocaust Is Wrong Analogy for SBC Takeover
The Holocaust is a singular event of 20th-century social evil that should not be watered down by flawed analogies to other moral wrongs. Defective analogies trivialize genocide and the suffering of survivors.
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SBC Leader Says Dominion, Not Exodus, Key to Fixing California's Public Schools
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee says they did not recommend a resolution this year calling for a boycott of California's public schools, because the committee believed Christians need instead to "retake" the school system.
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Hunt's Biography Updated, Canadian Religious Leader Comes Under Criticism for Diploma Mill
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's Web site has been updated to include two honorary degrees in his biographical sketch from schools identified by EthicsDaily.com as diploma mills.
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What Is Wrong with Diploma Mills?
Theological diploma mills are a significant problem of moral integrity. If ministers will take educational shortcuts and misrepresent their ministerial training, then they will probably cut corners and engage in deception on other church fronts. If prominent ministers claim honorary degrees from diploma mills, they validate these entities, making them credible options for younger ministers.
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Southern Baptists Affirm War on Christmas
Last Wednesday messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis passed six resolutions. As a Southern Baptist, I usually brace myself for the backlash created by offensive resolutions. I've done this since 1997 when I was awakened by a phone call from a Lutheran friend that began, "What's with you Southern Baptists and Mickey Mouse?" I was unaware that the messengers voted on a resolution to boycott Disney because of its policies toward homosexuals.
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Southern Baptists Criticized for Failure to Speak Out on California Schools
Advocates of Christian schooling criticized the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee for declining to bring a resolution condemning a California law that critics say requires public schools to indoctrinate children into accepting homosexuality.
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New SBC President Has a Resume Problem
The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a credibility problem.
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SBC Resolution Encourages Political Involvement
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging political involvement by churches.
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SBC Leaders Recommend Against National Database of Clergy Sex Offenders
Local churches, and not the Southern Baptist Convention, must take responsibility for ridding the denomination of sexual predators, the head of the SBC Executive Committee said Tuesday.
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Johnny Hunt Wins Six-Way Race to Become SBC President
Georgia mega-church pastor Johnny Hunt won a surprise first-ballot election as next president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the most wide-open race in many years.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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SBC Enters Age of Decline, Not Promised Golden Age
Southern Baptist leaders promised years ago with their takeover of the convention's agencies and seminaries a golden age. They have delivered an age of denominational decline, division and dishonesty.
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Attend Screening of DVD Calling Baptists to Nurture Common Good with Jews
The premier event on Thursday morning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Memphis will be the Baptist Center for Ethics' screening with a panel discussion of a new DVD that challenges Baptists to nurture the common good with their Jewish neighbors.
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Scholars Say Submissive Wives Decree More Theory Than Practice in SBC Churches
Ten years after adopting a controversial declaration that the Bible teaches that women in marriage should be submissive to men, the Southern Baptist Convention's "complementarian" view of gender roles remains more theory than fact in churches, says a new white paper released on the eve of the SBC annual meeting.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Payday Lenders Prey on Working Poor, Let's Pray Christians Work To End Predatory Lenders

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

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Southern Baptist Denies Signing 'The Evangelical Manifesto'
A Southern Baptist listed as a charter signer of "An Evangelical Manifesto" statement released May 7 says he was asked the review the document but never consented to include his signature.
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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Calls for Exodus From California Schools
A new resolution proposed for consideration at next month's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting urges parents in California to withdraw their children from public schools at least until the state repeals a law that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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What Constitutes an Authentic Prophet?
The late Baptist ethics professor Henlee Barnette contended that his friend and mentor Clarence Jordan stood in the tradition of a biblical prophet.
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Pundits and Politicians Label Opponents as False Prophets
Pundits and politicians are hurling around the term false prophets, making one wonder if the term is the newest way to smear an opponent with a negative religious image. Are all our opponents false prophets? What really is a false prophet?
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Seven Touchstones for Reclaiming the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics
Last Thursday, I spoke at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Christian Action Council held at Zion Canaan Baptist Church in Columbia. I significantly condensed that lengthy presentation and repackage it as an editorial.
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Sectarian Violence Rocks Lebanon, Engulfs Baptists
Street fighting in Beirut at the end of last week forced the closing on Thursday of the Beirut Baptist School, led to the postponement of a public lecture today at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and enveloped a BMS World Mission staff member.
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Recognizing the Moral Stewardship of Communication Technology
Accra's National Arts Centre had everything an American could want as a souvenir--wood carvings, talking drums, colorful clothing, leather goods, glass jewelry and masks.
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Let's Question Winner's Circle Theology
After the failed vote on Sunday at Nashville's Two Rivers Baptist Church to expel church members, one of the targeted members gave God the credit for the vote which allowed her to remain a member.
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Another Vital Statistic: Is the SBC On the Brink of Financial Decline?
LifeWay Christian Resources' recent annual statistical study demonstrated in rather clear fashion that the Southern Baptist Convention, which had long defied the trends of mainline denominations by continuing to grow, appears to have peaked and begun a gradual decline. Baptisms continue a steep slide despite fervent efforts to prop them up, and even the amorphous "membership" category showed a dip in 2007.
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Prominent Baptist Church Votes Not to Expel Dissident Members
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., narrowly voted to retain 71 members in what would have been one of the largest church-member expulsions in recent history of the Baptist faith.
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Will the Christian Left Criticize or Justify Obama's Divorce from Wright?
Senator Barack Obama filed divorce papers against Reverend Jeremiah Wright on the grounds of irreconcilable differences one day after his pastor of 20 years appeared at the National Press Club, even though Wright's substance and style had not really changed.
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Leader Says 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed to Produce More Evangelism in SBC
A movement launched in 1979 to purge the Southern Baptist Convention of so-called "liberalism" failed in its promise to deliver a more evangelistic denomination, according to an SBC statistician.
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Southern Baptist Mission Board Sponsors Exhibit for Messianic Jews
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a ministry formed in 1990 to preach the gospel to Jews, will for the first time have a booth this year in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Southern Baptist Leaders' Comments Echo 'Biblical Patriarchy' Theology
Thoughts about subordination of women that brought censure to a female presenter who critiqued them in a recent apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological seminary find some parallel in recent history of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to an analysis by EthicsDaily.com.
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SBC Reports Membership Decline
Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped nearly 40,000 last year, prompting one official to declare America's second-largest faith group officially a "denomination in decline."
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Speaker Chastised Over Criticism of 'Biblical Patriarchy' at SBC Seminary
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
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Academic Freedom Sometimes Neither Academic nor Freedom
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
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Corporate America Goes Green, Will Pulpits Follow?
The March issue of Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine has a green theme. An SUV, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, is being sold as the green car of the year. BASF, a chemical company, brags about its breakthrough product: a biodegradable plastic bag. Target has a print ad with the title "Love your mother (earth)." Clorox sells a cleaning product made from plants and markets its support for the Sierra Club.
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Facts Don't Back Up SBC Leader's Non-Partisan Claim
A Southern Baptist spokesman who once asked the Republican Party for a "wedding ring" for the Religious Right accused a recent North American gathering of Baptists of being too partisan.
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Will Prosperity Theology Bring Peace between Christianity and Islam?
The "Atlantic" magazine has a cover title of "Which Religion Will Win" with an artistic question mark designed out of a crescent moon intersecting with a crucifix atop a globe. One of the issue's major articles examines the competition between Christianity and Islam for adherents in Nigeria, "God's Country," Africa's most populous country.
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Clintons Provide Moral Example with Charitable Giving
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton, reported late Friday afternoon that they made since 2000 more than $109 million and gave $10.25 million to charity.
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Dobson Is Troubled by McCain's Opposition to Torture and Global Warming
How did Sen. John McCain's commitment to addressing global warming and advancing human rights become sources of opposition from Christian Right leader James Dobson?
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Confederate Flag Issue Flies in Face of Anniversary of MLK Assassination
Racism is racism. Sexism is sexism. Wrong is wrong. Secular hate speech is as wrong as religious hate speech. Liberal untruthfulness is as wrong as conservative untruthfulness. Yet human nature compels us to rationalize, to justify and to defend our dehumanizing action and beliefs, and those of our friends, those on our side.
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Gilyard Faces More Charges
A former Baptist pastor in Jacksonville, Fla., previously charged with lewdness in connection with text messages he allegedly sent to a teenager now faces two additional charges, including one that he fondled a child.
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Gore Challenges Global Warming Deniers
Al Gore compared naysayers of manmade global warming to those who reject historical and scientific fact in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night.
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Canadian Baptist Leaders Dispute SBC President's Gay Marriage Claim
Canadian Baptist leaders said they were puzzled by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page's statement that in Canada a pastor can be jailed for speaking out against homosexuality.
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SBC President Says Media Liberal, Biased Against Christians
A liberal and anti-Christian media is helping America slip toward moral ruin, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention said in an American Family Association webcast.
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Iraq War Bill is $5,000 Per Second
EthicsDaily.com editorials and columns expressed opposition to the war in Iraq before the war in Iraq, when TV news show pundits, politicians and too many preachers either crusaded for the war or said too little in opposition. Our opposition was rooted in the rules of just war.
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SBC Leader Has Penchant for Name Calling
A prominent Southern Baptist leader often engages in personal insults and character assassination in sermons, interviews and radio programs instead of merely explaining his disagreement on the issues, according to an analysis of his comments by EthicsDaily.com.
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Australian Baptists Support Earth Hour 2008--Will Others Join In?
Australian Baptists announced last week that they support Earth Hour 2008, an initiative launched last year in Sydney that focuses on global warming and has spread across the globe, signing up individuals, corporations and cities to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
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Climate Expert Challenges Southern Baptist Leader's Global Warming Claims
A leading scholar on global warming says a letter sent last week to all 100 United States senators urging defeat of a measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is factually wrong.
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Addressing the Myth of AIDS as a Means of Genocide
Did the American government invent AIDS as a genocidal tool against African-Americans, as claimed by Jeremiah Wright, the controversial preacher best known as Sen. Barack Obama's spiritual mentor?
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Did Skin Pigmentation or Prophetic Imagination Fuel Jesus' Vision?
What color was Jesus? Was it skin pigmentation that determined Jesus' message or was it the prophetic imagination that defined his mission? Are pigmentation and imagination separable or inseparable? How is it that we remake Jesus in our own image?
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SBC Leader Claims Earth Not Getting Hotter But Colder
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land apparently thought he had good reason for refusing to sign a recent statement by fellow Southern Baptists calling for action on global warming. He believes the Earth is getting colder.
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Organizers Defend Environmental Statement
Organizers of the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative defended their statement released Monday urging Southern Baptists to take better care of the environment and fight climate change.
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Headlines Mislead Public About SBC Shift on Global Warming
Untruth anywhere harms truth everywhere. Misleading headlines misdirect public opinion. False charges cover up flawed documents. No matter how noble the cause, wrongful means damage the desired goal.
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Letter to New Baptist Covenant's Next-Step Planners, Meeting Wednesday
Climate change's impact on church ministries and missions must be a top drawer issue for the North American Baptist leaders, who will meet at the Carter Center on Wednesday to discuss next steps for the New Baptist Covenant.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Release Environmental Statement
Nearly 50 Southern Baptists leaders are issuing a declaration today urging Southern Baptists to take care of the environment and fight climate change. The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative released its environmental statement entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," which cites Scriptures and the Baptist Faith & Message of 2000 to support its environmental message.
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Timidity on Global Warming Comes from Lack of Special Revelation
Unless a 21st century Moses comes down from Stone Mountain with a new commandment about global warming, don't expect the majority of Southern Baptist clergy to tackle the issue of human-induced climate change. Scientific consensus simply isn't enough to trigger responsible moral action for those who demand the absolute certainty of divine revelation.
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SBC Leader Pleads Ignorance in Use of Jewish Slur
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land claims he didn't know he was using a word that some consider crude or obscene when he called Sen. Charles Schumer a "schmuck."
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Reaction Mixed to SBC Leader Calling Jewish Senator a 'Schmuck'
Should a Southern Baptist Convention leader resign for using a Yiddish slur against a Jewish senator, or is it "much ado about not much?" That's the range of reaction to Monday's EthicsDaily.com story quoting Ethics & Religious Liberty head Richard Land calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer a "schmuck."
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Richard Land Must Go
Now we have a chance to see what the Religious Right is made of--if it truly stands for ethics and values, as its leaders profess, or whether its leaders can continue to engage in gutter politics and get away with it.
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SBC Leader Uses Obscene Slur to Describe Jewish Senator
A Southern Baptist leader lecturing at Criswell College used a gutter word to describe a Jewish U.S. senator.
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Advocate Says Theology of Submission Hampers Southern Baptist Response to Sexual Abuse by Clergy
The Southern Baptist Convention will have a hard time addressing either the problem of sexual abuse by clergy or domestic violence as long as its leaders persist in the theological view that women are subject to men, a victims' advocate says.
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Richard Land Misrepresents Baptist Groups
A Southern Baptist official who has been a frequent critic of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant inaccurately attacked the Celebration and those present for not focusing on evangelism. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claimed that the Baptist bodies at the Celebration were not growing because they were not evangelistic.
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Global Warming Worsens, New Ethic Needed
Global warming is worse now than when I first wrote about it in my out-of-print book, Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth, published in late 1991. Scientific evidence is more definitive. Moral action is more urgent. Opposition is more boneheaded now than then.
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Where Do Payday Lenders Go to Church?

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

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SNAP Leaders Ask Patterson to Apologize for 'Evil-Doers' Remark
A self-help group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is asking the head of a Southern Baptist seminary to apologize for calling their organization "evil-doers." The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also requested a face-to-face meeting with Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Payday Lenders Boom Where Conservative Christians Exercise Political Power

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

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Executive Committee Still Studying Feasibility of Clergy Sex-Offender Database
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention isn't yet ready to respond to a motion referred from last year's convention calling for a feasibility study of a denomination-wide database of clergy sex offenders, a work group studying the proposal said Tuesday.
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Florida Education Board Should Stick to Science, Avoid Theology
The Florida Board of Education should discount a letter from the top official of the Florida Baptist Convention opposing the approval of language for the new science standards that reads: "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence."
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SBC Seminary President Labels Clergy Sex-Abuse Victims' Group 'Evil-Doers'
A Southern Baptist Convention leader described a support-and-advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy as "evil doers" who are "just as reprehensible as sex criminals."
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Baptists Must See Crisscrossing of Race, Poverty and the Environment
Goodwill Baptists in North America are having feverish public and private conversations about next steps. Of course, trying to get Baptists heading in the same direction is like herding cats, a near impossibility.
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McCain Can't Enter Promised Land of Presidency Without Miracle of Christian Right Support
The Republican Party is heading toward a spiritual smack down. In one corner are the party officials, waving the placards of pragmatic compromise. In the other corner are the conservative Christian leaders, holding high the cross of moral conviction. Their grudge match is over presidential candidate John McCain, who has received no endorsements from any significant Christian Right leader and downright opposition from the movement's indisputable head: James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, whose radio audience reaches millions of listeners daily.
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Wall Street Journal Column about New Baptist Covenant Has Too Many Errors

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

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Christian Groups Call for Boycott of California Public Schools
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and an organization that advocates Christian schooling as an alternative to public schools are part of a new coalition calling on California parents to remove their children from public schools.
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Washington Post Gets It Wrong About New Baptist Covenant
Does journalist Sally Quinn know enough about religion to co-moderate the faith discussion in the Washington Post?
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Gilyard Pleads Not Guilty to Lewdness Charge
Former Baptist mega-church pastor Darrell Gilyard pleaded not guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct at his arraignment Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Gore Delivers Most Important Baptist Address in 30 Years
Former Vice President Al Gore delivered the most energetic, substantive and potentially transformative speech made by a Baptist to a Baptist audience in 30 years.
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Southern Baptist Youth Minister Indicted on Molestation Charges
A grand jury in Tucson, Ariz., has indicted a Southern Baptist youth minister arrested Jan. 11 on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a local television station reported Friday.
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Urgent Invitation to 'An Inconvenient Truth' Screening at New Baptist Covenant
Unpublicized is a jewel of an opportunity for Baptists concerned about the environment. If you want to know more about global warming and what you can do, then attend one of two special screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" during the New Baptist Covenant gathering next week in Atlanta and interface with two Baptist ministers who have shown the documentary in their churches.
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New Baptist Covenant Is Already a Success
Announcing success before an event is risky, even foolish business. But in the Pauline tradition of being foolish for Christ's sake and forsaking the wisdom of the world, which warns against naming success in advance during problematic times, I want to announce that the New Baptist Covenant next week in Atlanta is a success based on what it has already accomplished.
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It's Not About Sex
Thinking that clergy sex abuse is about sex is like thinking the Bataan Death March was about marching.
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Mohler's New Book Advocates Exit Strategy from Public Schools
A seminary president and recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention says in a new book that Christians should have an exit strategy from public schools.
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Arizona Baptist Youth Minister Charged, Former Texas Deacon Sentenced, for Sexual Abuse
A Southern Baptist youth minister in Arizona was reportedly placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Friday on nine charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
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Former Pastor Arrested on Charges He Sent Lewd Text Messages to 14-year-old Girl
An African-American Baptist preacher once promoted by past Southern Baptist Convention presidents Paige Patterson and Jerry Vines and the late television preacher Jerry Falwell surrendered to police in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday afternoon on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old girl.
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Southern Baptist Leader Says In-Vitro Fertilization Immoral
A recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention who has in the past said he would support treatment to change the sexual orientation of pre-born infants from gay to straight and called it sinful for married couples to remain childless by choice has once again injected his opinions into the womb.
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Face-Based Religion
"God is in His Heaven, and the hypocrites are in His church." Now before you send me hate mail about being anti-Christian, I am only paraphrasing the results of a LifeWay Research survey on church affiliation. LifeWay is part of the Southern Baptist Convention headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
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Paige Patterson Denies Turning Blind Eye to Clergy Sex Abuse
A Southern Baptist seminary president called charges by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests that he turned a blind eye to allegations of clergy sex abuse "snap judgments" that are "misinformed and inaccurate."
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Baptist Pastor on Trial for Molestation Gets Boost When Witnesses Recant
The trial of a Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting two stepdaughters and raping one of them is moving forward, even though his lawyer says the two star witnesses have recanted.
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SNAP Calls for Suspension, Investigation of Seminary President's Link to Accused Predator
An advocacy group has called on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to suspend its president and investigate newspaper reports from 1991 that he ignored allegations of sexual misconduct by a preacher friend now accused of sending lewd text messages to minors.
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Blog Solicits Reports About Accused Preacher Predator
A woman who says she resisted unwanted advances 17 years ago by a pastor now under investigation for allegedly sending lewd text messages to two underage girls believes there are other victims and has started a blog urging them to come forward.
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Attend Lunch with Nobel Laureate
Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore will speak at a luncheon scheduled for Jan. 31, 2008, from noon to 2 p.m., in Atlanta, in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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BCE Is Better Known as EthicsDaily.com
One thing became crystal clear in 2007: Baptist Center for Ethics became better known as EthicsDaily.com.
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SNAP Leader Says Sex Offender Database Might Have Stopped Accused Predator
A victims' advocate says a Florida pastor accused of sending obscene text messages to a minor might have been stopped if the Southern Baptist Convention had a database of sexual abuse by clergy.
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Baptist of the Year: Al Gore

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

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Second Former Minister From Austin Southern Baptist Church Convicted of Molestation
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Austin, Texas, may see its second former minister go to prison for sexual abuse of a child.
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Southern Baptist Study Puts Women in Their Place
In 2000 the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines with theological arguments including women cannot be pastors and wives must submit to their husbands. Next year those controversies come to local churches in a new study by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Paul Pressler Endorses Fred Thompson
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson picked up a rare endorsement from a religious leader--a Southern Baptist layman credited with rescuing the nation's second largest faith group from what he and others viewed as a liberal drift.
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Pastor Accused of Domestic Violence Resigns
A Southern Baptist pastor charged last month with domestic violence after a fight with his wife resigned from his Atlanta-area church on Sunday, according to media reports.
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Gore's Peace Prize Lecture Tethered to Moral Authority
Al Gore delivered this morning an intensely brilliant lecture bathed in prayer and tethered to his moral heritage as a Baptist. He quoted the Bible, valued truth-telling, uplifted responsibility for neighbor, confessed human sinfulness and placed moral authority at the tip of the needed plan for planetary redemption. He acknowledged that human beings have purpose, refused to make Providence responsible for human inaction and voiced respect for the global community's diverse, interdependent cultures. His address was profoundly Christian without being offensively so.
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Romney Misfires in Faith Speech, Offers Building Blocks for the Future
Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was more patriotism than piety and more civic faith than Mormon faith. Romney is no John Kennedy.
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Reinvite Huckabee to Speak at New Baptist Covenant
Republican presidential candidate and Southern Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee needs to speak at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, 2008, in Atlanta. He needs the support of goodwill Baptists--Baptists of goodwill need his support.
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First Baptist Church Jacksonville Considering Christian School
A prominent Florida mega-church is scheduled to vote tonight on whether begin a Christian academy, joining a grassroots strategy to eventually build a large network of Southern Baptist schools to compete with public education.
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Romney Tries to Thread Impossible Theological Needle
Religion is neither a qualifier nor a disqualifier for public office, unless you are a Mormon, one of your opponents is a Southern Baptist and you are both running for the presidential nomination of your party.
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Jesus' Moral Manifesto in Luke 4 Includes Call for Earth Care
Pro-environmentalism is embedded in Jesus' moral manifesto found in Luke 4:18-19, a note long ignored among Baptists who consistently water down, spiritualize or privatize this text.
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Good Samaritan Holds Lesson for Treatment of Clergy Abuse Victims
Many Southern Baptist Convention leaders, including President Frank Page, have indicated they don't think a predator database would help prevent clergy child molestation.
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California Grandmother Leading Two-Day Boycott of Public Schools
A California grandmother is spearheading a two-day boycott of the state's public schools to protest new laws that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Thanksgiving Trumps Christmas, Orange Is the Color for the Common Good
Thanksgiving trumps Christmas. Cultural fundamentalists and sentimental Christians may read that statement as heresy.
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Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Domestic Violence
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Atlanta is on administrative leave after being arrested on charges of simple assault and obstruction of a 911 call after an altercation last week with his wife.
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Does EthicsDaily.com Matter?
No Baptist media source has given more timely and thorough attention to the issue that almost every Baptist preacher wants to avoid than EthicsDaily.com. The issue is child-sexual abuse in Baptist churches.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Warns Against 'Giulianiazation' of Evangelical Politics
A Southern Baptist scholar says Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani signals a larger "Giulianiazation" of evangelical Christianity that he views as dangerous.
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Former Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Boycott of Pat Robertson
A former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has called for a boycott of CBN and the "700 Club" until founder Pat Robertson "repents" of endorsing Rudy Giuliani for president.
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Dobson Denies He is Endorsing Huckabee; SBC Leaders Voice Support
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson denied in Monday's radio broadcast an Internet report that claimed he is on the brink of endorsing Mike Huckabee for president.
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No Clergy Endorsements for Thompson Create Religion-Free Zone Campaign
Why aren't Christian Right leaders endorsing Fred Thompson? They are certainly backing his competitors for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, even those who are alien to their moral and doctrinal orthodoxy.
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SBC Mission Board Suspends Trustee for Blogging Dissent
The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in "positive and supportive" terms about actions of the board.
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Sexual Abuse Scandal Hits Prominent Southern Baptist Church in Florida
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Florida once picketed by homosexual groups for its opposition to gay marriage is now in headlines for the arrest of a volunteer youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenage boys he met through the church.
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What Drives the Theology of Blame That Follows Disasters?
Theological declarations of blame follow terrible disasters.
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SBC Leader Labels Mormonism 'Fourth Abrahamic Faith'
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land called Mormonism "the fourth Abrahamic faith" in a discussion of controversy over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's religious affiliation.
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Does Fred Thompson Worship at the Church of Civil Religion?
Fred Thompson exemplifies civil religion--religion that honors the nonspecific idea of the little "g" God and requires nothing more than a nod in political speeches. Civil religion is the opposite of authentic religion.
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Moderate Baptist Leader Says SBC Neglecting the Hungry
The one-time director of hunger concerns for the Southern Baptist Convention said a downturn in giving to an annual hunger offering indicates the nation's largest Protestant denomination has turned its back on the poor.
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Presidential Candidates Risk Spiritual Smack Downs When Visiting Baptist Leader
Unless presidential candidates want a spiritual smack down, they should avoid talking to Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page, who failed to retain the pastoral confidentiality of two conversations and then boasted to other pastors about his soul-winning ways. In both cases, Page elevated his own evangelistic credentials and degraded the spiritual character of candidates.
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SBC President Says He Offered to Pray with Giuliani to Accept Christ
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he offered to pray with Rudy Giuliani to accept Christ as his savior, but the Republican presidential candidate declined.
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Former Southern Baptist Pastor Charged with Rape, Sexual Battery of Teenage Boy
A former Southern Baptist pastor in Cordova, Tenn., has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure involving a teenage boy.
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Who's On Jesus' Side in Mississippi?
His momma read him Bible stories at bed time and rocked him to sleep singing the old hymn "In the Garden." He gave his life to Christ at age 8 and walked where Jesus did at age 9. Thirty-years later, he stood on the banks of the Jordan River as three of his own sons professed faith and were baptized. His wife's name is Angel. He is pro-life, pro-prayer, pro-Bible literacy and pro-guns. He's a Southern Baptist running for office.
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Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Gore, Says Christians Should Save Souls, Not the Earth
The environment is a second-tier concern for Christians--in part because the Bible teaches that the world is coming to an end, anyway--and the church's top priority is saving souls, according to a Southern Baptist Convention leader.
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Gore Becomes Third Baptist to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore became the third Baptist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joining Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Martin Luther King in 1964.
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An Expert on Baptist Polity?
As the Missouri Baptist Convention's lawsuits against five ministries continue in pre-trial stages after more than five years, the state convention recently announced individuals it considers to be experts in Baptist polity. The two individuals are expected to be deposed in the upcoming months.
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Advancing Peace as Divided Lebanese Christians Stockpile Weapons for War
Lebanese Christians are divided with factions stockpiling weapons and preparing for a civil war, according to a New York Times article last week.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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SBC's 'Public Theology' Failed to Win Support for Iraq War, Scholars Say
The Southern Baptist Convention spoke with a unified voice in support of the war in Iraq but failed to persuade Americans outside the denomination to join them in supporting an increasingly unpopular war, according to an article analyzing public statements by convention leaders.
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Will You Sign the Nazareth Manifesto?
I invite readers of EthicsDaily.com, their fellow church members, friends and the multitude of goodwill Baptists to sign "The Nazareth Manifesto" found in Luke 4:18-19, where Jesus announced his agenda.
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Answering the Critics Who Say Church-State Separation Isn't in the Constitution
How do you answer critics of the separation of church and state, who say that concept is not in the U.S. Constitution? How do you answer those who believe that the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation?
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What Would the Hebrew Prophet Micah Say About Pain Without Morphine?
Zainabu Sesay will die in pain in Sierra Leone from breast cancer that has spread into her lymph glands. A tumor has "burst through her skin, looking like a putrid head of cauliflower weeping small amounts of blood at its edges," reported the "New York Times."
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Falwell Is Back Mobilizing Christian Voters
Falwell is back. What are centrist-to-progressive people of faith going to do about his agenda of using pulpits to mobilize Christian voters?
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Global Baptists Reflect on Aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001

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

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

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

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Fox News Loves Little Baby Jesus, Not the Jesus as Lord of All
Fox News loves little baby Jesus--eternally preserved in swaddling clothes, radiant, helpless, voiceless, surrounded by wise men with gifts, angels in perfect harmony, shepherds with faces of wonderment.
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Race Denial Is a River in the Heart of America
A column in the Tennessean generated 70 negative e-mails from the race-denying residents of Tennessee.
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Thanksgiving Trumps Christmas, Orange Is the Color for the Common Good
Thanksgiving trumps Christmas. Cultural fundamentalists and sentimental Christians may read that statement as heresy.
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A Bible Verse for Victors
God expects a lot from Democrats. Democrats need a word from the Lord.
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Ford Gives Spiritual Insight, Corker Wins with Race Baiting
Tennessee Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford gave perhaps the most spiritually insightful remarks of any political candidate on the night of the mid-term elections.
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Democrats Close 'God Gap' with Republicans
Democrats closed some of the so-called "God gap" with Republicans in Tuesday's mid-term elections. They did so with candidates who claimed Jesus, quoted the Bible and talked about lessons learned in church, sounding sometimes more like preachers than politicians.
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A Christian Response to Tennessee's Racial Mudslinging
Republicans have triggered their "Southern Strategy" in the Tennessee Senate race, as evidenced by a bare-shouldered white woman--an actress playing a blond Playboy bunny, who winks and whispers for African-American Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr. to "call me."
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Public Education Has Advocate with Mercer University's First Lady
As first lady of Mercer University, Lesli Underwood is most closely identified with Christian higher education. But she also is a strong advocate for public schools.
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Bush Denies that Iraq Policy Is Stay the Course, Misleads Public
President Bush gave a stunning disclaimer when asked Sunday on "ABC's This Week" to explain the difference between "stay the course" and "cut and run" in the war in Iraq.
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Evidence Demands a Verdict, Necessitates Moral Critique
Did the Tennessee Republican Party intentionally darken a picture of Democratic Senate nominee Harold Ford, an African-American, in a fund-raising letter?
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Hear Republican Critique of Christian Right, Support of Paul's Primer for Politics
Former Republican Senator John Danforth rejected the idea of a Christian political agenda in his new book. The proposition is advocated by the Christian Right.
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Republican Leader Accuses Christian Right of Republican Party Takeover
Former Republican Senator John Danforth has done what very few Republican Party leaders are willing to do--take on the Christian Right and criticize their own party for allowing itself to be taken over by the Christian Right.
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Will Southern Baptists Vote for an African-American Baptist?
No political race is more telling about state of race relations within American Christianity than the one in Tennessee, where an African-American Democratic congressman is running for a U.S. Senate seat against a white Republican former mayor, who was pro-choice until his current run.
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James Dobson Is No Jesus
Those of us who know Jesus know James Dobson is no Jesus. Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of faulty faith: "Woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint … and neglect justice." "Woe" was a word of censorship that Jesus placed here on religious leaders for downgrading authentic faith for their own agenda.
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Bush's Claim of a Third Awakening Diminishes His Credibility
President Bush spoke Tuesday about a "Third Awakening," a term tied to Christian revivalism in the United States.
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'Stay the Course' Doesn't Cut It, Change Is Needed
President Bush spoke simply and truthfully to the American people on Monday night from the Oval Office: "Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks."
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Why Democrats Face a 'God Problem;' What They Must Do
Democrats face "a serious God problem," as a new Pew Research Center study kindly reported.
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Baptist Bloggers Can Help Make Poverty History
The One Campaign is a celebrity-centered effort to get the United States to allocate an additional 1 percent of the federal budget to fighting global poverty and AIDS, approximately $25 billion.
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Baptist Brothers Battle Over Church Count
Brothers fight. That reality is as old as the biblical witness and as new as today's sunrise.
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A Personal Word … A Gift for Our Readers
The Baptist Center for Ethics has a book gift for our readers who make a $50 or more contribution.
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Where are the Centrist Baptist Bloggers?
Bloggers are shaping public opinion. Evidence abounds that Web loggers have developed some muscle.
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Baptists Question Why Ceasefire Took So Long, Look toward Relief Efforts
Baptist leaders questioned why the United Nations' Security Council took so long to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, as they looked toward the post-war humanitarian crisis and rebuilding of Lebanon.
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War Disrupts Lebanese Baptists Humanitarian Relief in Beirut
Lebanese Baptists withdrew relief teams Thursday from working with more than 760 mostly Shiite refugees sheltered at the Beirut Baptist School located in downtown Beirut due to air strikes.
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Lebanese Baptists Question Proposed Middle East Truce Resolution
Lebanese Baptists questioned a proposed U.N. resolution drafted by the United States and France seeking a truce in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that has lasted more than three weeks.
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Israel Strikes Christian Sections of Lebanon, Baptists Face Water Shortages
Israeli air strikes forced Lebanese Baptists to admit on Friday that the Christian areas of Beirut were no longer safe and caused SAT-7, a Christian satellite-TV network, to close its offices there.
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Human Rights Watch Says Some Israeli Attacks Constitute War Crimes
A respected human-rights organization said some of Israel's indiscriminate attacks in Lebanon constitute war crimes and cannot be excused by blaming Hezbollah.
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Baptist Bloggers Begin Addressing War in Middle East
Baptist bloggers have finally begun writing about the war between Israel and Hezbollah after weeks of blogging about Baptists and alcohol, the election of a new Southern Baptist Convention president and a host of personal esoteric issues.
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Baptist Bloggers Begin Addressing War in Middle East