By: Chris Smith
It's not easy to be different. As you witness injustice around you, you must find the courage to follow the Spirit and take that road less traveled. That's the way to bring about change.
By: Rupen Das
We want to change the world. While transformation is a valid biblical concept, it is God who transforms and invites us into partnership. Nowhere in Scripture are we called to transform the world.
By: Jim Kelsey
Despite what society believes, angels are more than fixers of flat tires, finders of lost keys and preventers of car accidents. The Bible says they are as fearsome as they are comforting.
By: Zach Dawes
Grief marked the start of 2017 for the Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com as founder Robert Parham passed away but slowly turned to joy as we celebrated his legacy and chose a new executive director.
By: Charles Revis
These 5 trends will greatly impact U.S. congregations in the next three years and beyond. No surprises here, but it's important to be aware of them and face them with courage.
By: Joe LaGuardia
Every church needs to learn how to greet guests and be the welcoming community Christ calls us to be. Yet this skill does not come naturally to churches. Here are 10 great tips to help, especially No. 5.
By: Stuart Blythe
Christians stress Jesus' human birth at this season, but we seemingly aren't comfortable with his humanity the rest of the year. Perhaps focusing on his humanity reminds us of how we fall short.
By: Rick Love
With so much violence in our world, Christians must learn to bring their pain and the pain of others into God presence. Prayers of lament, which make up a third of the psalms, will help us to "weep with those who weep."
By: Brent McDougal
"We wait for light, but lo, there is darkness," Isaiah wrote. The U.S. feels like that for many right now. Gloom, argument and disruption create fear for the future. It's like groping in the dark. But there's a glimmer of hope.
By: Mark Tidsworth
Religion and religious beliefs continue to clash. If Jesus had been incarnated in the flesh here and now, how would he respond to these clashes? Would he protest to get his rights acknowledged?
By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Christmas Eve services are a meaningful time but too often each one seems to merge into the other. None really stands out. To create a memorable Christmas Eve service, consider going Coptic.
By: Barry Howard
War seems to be this earth's constant companion. As we approach Christmas, once again preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us call on leaders in the highest places to cease provocation.
By: Colin Harris
Throughout history, empires focused on short-term greatness and domination. Advent reminds us there's another path. And it focuses on long-term goodness and community.
By: Joel Snider
Not only can we count on the future changing, that change occurs more rapidly than before. If they want to reach new generations, churches must be in a constant state of readiness to adapt to change.
By: Jeni Martin Johnson
Mary experienced great joy raising Jesus, but God's choice for Mary was also a difficult road of suffering. When feelings of suffering come, remember Mary. God saw her through and will see you through as well.
By: Ron Rolheiser
How you regard the least of these in society - the poor, the accused, the incarcerated and so on - reflects your decency. Treat them poorly, and you corrupt your own decency. There's no neutral ground.
By: Bob Newell
Jesus taking on a human body is a basic assertion of Christmas; the fully divine God became a social and cultural being. Our churches today, in all of their diversity and cultural nuances, reflect that original body of Christ.
By: Nick Megoran
For much of its history, Christianity has been the cause of, or at least the excuse, for many wars. It's time to return to a more authentic understanding of the gospel, which means rejecting war.
By: Brent Hamoud
Humanitarian tourism, while often well-intentioned, can objectify the victims of suffering and loss. We must never casually approach another person's pain and trauma. Here are 7 things to remember.
By: Colin Harris
The principles outlined in the Universal Declaration promote the value of a collective commitment to a social and political framework that seeks the well-being of all its participants. Simply put, we are our brothers' keeper.
By: Brent Hamoud
As the number of refugees has swelled globally, people have flocked to see these displaced persons firsthand through mission trips and other groups. But how do you keep your mission trip from becoming a safari?
By: Molly T. Marshall
When praying with people facing difficult circumstances, such as internally displaced persons, orphans or addicts, it's a daunting task to offer encouragement that does not come across as glib or perfunctory.
By: Gordon King
Stateless people live in perpetual limbo and are vulnerable to crime and exploitation. If Christians truly regard human life as sacred, we must address the 15 million people who have no nation to call their home.
By: Frank Rees
All the holiday hubbub makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Despite the commercial hype, the season of Advent is actually a time for reflection and preparation.
By: Sue Smith
Nations agree that people can flee their own country to seek asylum elsewhere. Those same nations take issue when people seek refuge within their own borders. It's time we stop looking the other way.