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Christian Think Tank: Religion, Well-Being Linked

By: Kira Taylor
Compiling and comparing nearly 140 academic studies, a Christian think tank has concluded there's overwhelming evidence of a positive correlation between what people believe and how it affects their health.




Annual Religious Freedom Report Highlights Restrictive Laws

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Laws against blasphemy and apostasy violate human rights and can inflame passions related to these matters, according to the latest annual U.S. government report on religious freedom.




Two-Thirds Hear Social, Political Comments from Clergy

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (64 percent) of U.S. citizens who attend religious services regularly have heard clergy speak from the pulpit on at least one of six leading issues, the Pew Research Center says.




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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice. Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole.




Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Comic-Con

By: Michael Parnell
San Diego's annual Comic-Con event is the largest gathering of pop culture in the world. Find out what one Baptist pastor discovered that this event could teach our churches.




What Do Your Words Really Say About You?

By: Guy Sayles
We're told as children that "words will never harm" us, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Words can open wounds that never fully heal. We have a responsibility to use our words wisely.





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Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians

By: Dennis Bickers
This election season features an increased lack of civility, and too many Christians are guilty of ugly and crass comments. We should treat each other with respect despite our political differences.




Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.




Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.





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3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples

By: Mark Tidsworth
When Christians commit to following the way of Jesus Christ, they realize they can't sustain that effort on isolation. Here are three ways that robust church groups meet spiritual needs of members.




Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.




Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.





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The Free State of Jones

By: Alan Cross
"The Free State of Jones" tells the story of the Mississippi rebel who fought against the Confederacy. When you know your ancestors may have been among the bad guys, it's a heartbreaking tale. (Photo: STX Entertainment)




'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By: Joe LaGuardia
Although the plot seems recycled from "A New Hope," the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a rousing tale that reminds us of our own uncertainties. (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.)




'Trumbo'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Trumbo,' a film about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, reminds us how easily we turn on those who are different from us. It's particularly interesting in light of our current political climate. (Photo: Bleeker Street Media)





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