After Boston Bombing, Could Execution Sermon Heal?
After Boston Bombing, Could Execution Sermon Heal?

By: Agnes Howard
Discussions about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sentencing abound in Massachusetts, which renounced the death penalty in 1984. What might be needed is not an execution, but an execution sermon.

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An Abuse Committed by Left and Right Ideologues
An Abuse Committed by Left and Right Ideologues

By: Roger Olson
People on the political and religious left and right do this all the time. It's so common we can be swayed by it even as we try to resist it. It should be called out. What is it?

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Taxes: The Price of Civilization, Especially in the U.S.
Taxes: The Price of Civilization, Especially in the U.S.

By: David Brattson
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said. It is also what we pay for the privilege of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

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

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

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Do Your Words Grow Healthy or Toxic Landscapes?
Do Your Words Grow Healthy or Toxic Landscapes?

By: James Gordon
There's a connection between your words and human flourishing. When your words fall into the soil of other people's lives, do they create a healthy ecosystem or seep toxins into the landscape?

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You Can't Shrug Your Shoulders at Global Woes
You Can't Shrug Your Shoulders at Global Woes

By: Nick Lear
We often respond to global problems with a shrug of our shoulders and an attitude that we're not to blame. But if each of us accepted responsibility to be a small part of the solution, the results would be big.

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Why Ethicists Should Talk About Human+ Movement Now
Why Ethicists Should Talk About Human+ Movement Now

By: Roger Olson
Transhumanism, a movement that promotes the fundamental transformation of humanity through technology, is not taken seriously enough by many ethicists. One wonders what it will take to get their attention.

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Can You Still Be Social in This Social-Media Era?
Can You Still Be Social in This Social-Media Era?

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Living in a 24/7 communication world, we are able to connect with people on an unprecedented level. However, social media runs the risk of turning us inward and separating from community.

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How You Can Live in Terrible Times
How You Can Live in Terrible Times

By: Agnes Howard
Christians beheaded in Libya. Artifacts smashed in Iraq. Jihadists in Brooklyn. The news seems so terrible lately, but we can't shelter ourselves from what is going on in the world.

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Why Not Caring for the Planet is So Easy
Why Not Caring for the Planet is So Easy
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
If you believe we're rulers of this world and not its caretakers, it's easy to not care about it. But this is not the way in the kingdom of God. We're called to care for the earth, no matter how hard it might be.
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Killing Others with Our Hate-filled Words
Killing Others with Our Hate-filled Words
By: Danny Chisholm
Tom Schweich, a 54-year-old Missouri Republican, took his life after enduring political and personal attacks when he sought higher office. Vitriol and hateful speech manifest themselves in many places, including church.
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Stop Payday Lenders from Preying on Poor
Stop Payday Lenders from Preying on Poor
By: Kathryn Freeman
Needing to meet unexpected expenses, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's misfortune. We need reform to end this exploitation.
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Homeless Ministries Begin with Dignity, Respect
Homeless Ministries Begin with Dignity, Respect
By: Hugh Hollowell
Homelessness is more than losing a house and job. It's a series of losses. Churches that want to minister to the homeless should begin by restoring dignity and respect before housing and jobs.
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Do Religious-Based Groups Discriminate Against Atheists?
Do Religious-Based Groups Discriminate Against Atheists?
By: Roger Olson
Do religious-based groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Boy Scouts, discriminate when they deny membership to atheists? Not at all. Such a claim is absurd.
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When We Make Children Live in Shadows
When We Make Children Live in Shadows
By: Trevor Barton
Tomás is 9 years old and from Honduras. He is trying to learn new words and strange phrases that will allow him to live in his new world in South Carolina. But for now, he lives in the shadows.
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Churches Warm Up to Climate Change
Churches Warm Up to Climate Change
By: Cory Labrecque (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Although a number of Christians are less than enthusiastic about supporting the environmental movement, concern in churches for climate change varies between and within denominations.
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Why All Companies Should Pay the Taxes They Owe
Why All Companies Should Pay the Taxes They Owe
By: Laura Taylor
Taxation can be one of the best ways in which a society can share its burdens, duties and responsibility to provide for our mutual "common good." And large corporations shouldn't be let off the hook.
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Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.
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