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

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Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference.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

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Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric
Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric

By: James Gordon
Christians must call their leaders to a better path, reminding them of their moral obligation to set aside partisan politics and respond constructively to aid migrant refugees.

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Left/Right Labeling Endangers Civil Discourse
Left/Right Labeling Endangers Civil Discourse

By: Larry Eubanks
Civil conversations are increasingly difficult because topics are placed on a left-right political and theological continuum. When that occurs, we no longer engage in conversation. We only seek to win.

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Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Truth
Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Truth

By: Phil Jump
We expect our elected officials not only to demonstrate their own integrity, but also to oversee and regulate society in a way that sustains and promotes truth and honesty. Do they deliver?

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Water: Economic Commodity or Human Right?
Water: Economic Commodity or Human Right?

By: Christiana Z. Peppard (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
We often take clean, fresh water for granted in the U.S., but billions of people around the globe lack potable water. For corporations and governments, water is also a source of wealth and power.

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Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2
Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2

By: Arthur Brown
Rather than labeling young recruits of ISIS as crazy or evil, we should try to understand the conditions that made them willing to join. How can peace-loving churches and mosques work together to respond?

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Sudanese Bombs Fall Amid International Silence
Sudanese Bombs Fall Amid International Silence

By: Elijah Brown
Genocide occurs when people of faith and goodwill are silent. In the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, genocidal bombs have been falling as the rest of the world remains silent.

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Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 1
Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 1

By: Arthur Brown
Young people are joining ISIS in ever increasing numbers and greater diversity. While some educated youth are keen to join, many others face lives of emptiness and violence, leaving them with not much to lose.

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When Genocide First Entered Our Vocabulary
When Genocide First Entered Our Vocabulary

By: Zach Dawes
Genocide is a term now recognized worldwide, but it wasn't until the 1940s when Raphael Lemkin began using the term to describe the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jewish people.

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Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East
Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East

By: Jesse Wheeler
Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East. Certain misperceptions have proven to have profound socio-cultural consequences and destructive policy ramifications.

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Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants
Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
More than 41 million people living in the U.S. were immigrants in 2013. For their condition to change, they can't remain nameless. We must get to know them and their stories.

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Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter - Part 2
Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter - Part 2

By: Philip Jenkins
ISIS is not and never has been the West's greatest threat. In any political or military sense, they remain a fleabite. Will we heed the international dangers that actually could annihilate us?

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Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter – Part 1
Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter – Part 1
By: Philip Jenkins
Neither Iran nor any Islamist terror groups threatens the survival of the U.S for the foreseeable future. Our government should focus on the two nations that do pose such a danger.
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Obamacare's Critics Childishly Play 'Simon Says'
Obamacare's Critics Childishly Play 'Simon Says'
By: Colin Harris
Challenging the effort to make health coverage available to the millions who did not have it on the basis of wording that obscures the stated intention of the law sounds a lot like a childish game of "Simon Says."
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Connected Criticism
Connected Criticism
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Supporters of today's American exceptionalism often criticize others to show how great America is. If we could lovingly direct our criticism inward, our discourse would be more promising.
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Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
By: Zach Dawes
Moving toward a living wage to enable full-time employees to live self-sufficient, food-secure daily lives is a noble goal, but matching ideals to reality will be complicated and costly.
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Why Churches Must Assist in Ferguson's Healing
Why Churches Must Assist in Ferguson's Healing
By: Terrell Carter
More than six months after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, tensions still simmer. Some ask, "What can churches do?" But many other churches are silent.
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Responding to Asylum Seekers with Hospitality
Responding to Asylum Seekers with Hospitality
By: Rod Benson and Kristine Morrison
As worldwide conflict proliferates, the flow of asylum seekers to other nations won't ease soon. Scripture calls us to respond with hospitality, generosity and kindness to the stranger in our midst.
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Measured Thought vs. Shooting from the Hip
Measured Thought vs. Shooting from the Hip
By: Colin Harris
Any faith can be guilty of horrendous atrocities; no faith can be rightly evaluated in terms of what extremists do in its name. When someone in authority gives this measured response, it's labeled as indecisive.
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