Columns on Politics

What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches? | Martin Accad, ISIS, Middle East
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Texas' Voter ID Law: A Hurdle to Keep the Poor from Voting | Terry Austin, Voter ID, Texas
Texas' Voter ID Law: A Hurdle to Keep the Poor from Voting
By: Terry Austin
The right to vote has been fought for since the inception of America. The Texas voter ID law discriminates against the poor by creating obstacles that make it harder for them to vote. Read More ...
Terry Austin

Rejecting Liberia's Status Quo to Build Better Future | Fayiah Tamba, Liberia
Rejecting Liberia's Status Quo to Build Better Future
By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Once thriving in the 1970s, Liberia is so overrun with problems, from inflation to Ebola, that many Liberians accept things the way they are. It's time to focus on how to create a better future. Read More ...
Fayiah S. Tamba

Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue | Zach Dawes, Prison Reform, Bipartisanship, Immigration
Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
By: Zach Dawes
After the midterms, the hope for bipartisanship in our nation's capital appears dim. Despite the continued dysfunction, one issue may spark bipartisan collaboration in 2015: prison reform. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Leadership
The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson community will seek out leaders. Here is who they need and don't need. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel | Colin Harris, Fear, Politics
Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
By: Colin Harris
Exploiting fears has been a successful tool to manipulate people in politics and religion. While the religious crowd has put conjured fears to good use, hope – not fear – is the basis of Jesus' message. Read More ...
Colin Harris

The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Reconciliation, Leadership
The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson
By: Terrell Carter
To quell the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the perceived oppression must be acknowledged by all parties. Leaders must be transparent and offer a seat at the decision-making table to community members. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Ebola’s West African Survivors Face Discrimination | Fayiah Tamba, Ebola Virus, Discrimination, Liberia
Ebola’s West African Survivors Face Discrimination
By: Fayiah Tamba
As Liberia makes gradual progress toward the eradication of Ebola, there is another emerging challenge. Ebola discrimination is causing post-traumatic stress, division and animosity. Read More ...
Fayiah Tamba

More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice | Dawn Hood Patterson, Ebola Virus, Social Justice
More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice
By: Dawn Hood-Patterson
Ebola is more than a health crisis. As the rich and privileged get the best care and the poor are left to die, Ebola illustrates social oppressions and issues a call for social justice. Read More ...
Dawn Hood-Patterson

Gun Violence's Death Toll Eclipses Ebola's in U.S. | Leroy Seat, Ebola Virus, Gun Control, NRA
Gun Violence's Death Toll Eclipses Ebola's in U.S.
By: Leroy Seat
Although not one U.S. citizen has died from Ebola, widespread panic grips our nation about the virus. Yet few of us are fazed when gun shootings kill nearly 12,000 Americans each year. Where is our wisdom? Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment | Grace Ji Sun Kim, Mark Koenig, Creation Care, Environment, Peacemaking
Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig
Armed conflict and war claim human lives, but they also exact a cost on God's creation. The environmental damage lingers long after those conflicts end. Will Christians be environmental peacemakers? Read More ...
Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig

Getting Your Planetary House in Order | Chuck Summers, Creation Care, Environment
Getting Your Planetary House in Order
By: Chuck Summers
When you move into your new home, you have a lot of home-improvement projects to get everything in order. How much more does this apply to the planet we call home? Read More ...
Chuck Summers

Subpoenaing Sermons: Houston, We Have Another Problem | Danny Chisholm, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Pulpit Freedom, Religious Freedom
Subpoenaing Sermons: Houston, We Have Another Problem
By: Danny Chisholm
Houston has subpoenaed five pastors who opposed a change to an anti-discrimination ordinance. While churches shouldn't endorse candidates, they can speak out on moral and ethical issues. Read More ...
Danny Chisholm

How Your Church Can Respond to Human Trafficking | Elijah Brown, Human Trafficking
How Your Church Can Respond to Human Trafficking
By: Elijah Brown
Human trafficking and modern-day slavery remain all too prevalent today with some 29.8 million individuals trapped in bondage. What can your church do? Plenty. Read More ...
Elijah Brown

How Some Microfinance Firms Bilk Poor Clients | Hugh Sinclair, Microfinance, Payday Lending
How Some Microfinance Firms Bilk Poor Clients
By: Hugh Sinclair
While we crack down on predatory payday lenders for giving risky loans with high interest rates to folks who can't afford them, the same practice occurs in some quarters of the microfinance industry. Read More ...
Hugh Sinclair

Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2 | Martin Accad, Middle East, Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1 | Martin Accad, Middle East, Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today | Leroy Seat, Jimmy Carter, Human Rights
Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
By: Leroy Seat
In spite of many difficulties during his presidency, Jimmy Carter is our best ex-president in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. He celebrates his 90th birthday today. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency | Colin Harris, Ebola Virus, ISIS, Domestic Violence, Climate Change, Creation Care, Environment
Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency
By: Colin Harris
Some issues and images, such as domestic abuse and disease, so blatantly violate our collective moral consciousness that they unite us to urgent action. Shouldn't climate change be the same? Read More ...
Colin Harris

The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular | Phillip Larsen, Black Mass, First Amendment, Religious Liberty, Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular
By: Phillip Larsen
People say things that drive us crazy. Some are silly, others inflammatory. But the First Amendment wasn't designed to protect popular speech; it protects what's unpopular. Read More ...
Phillip Larsen