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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.



Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
By: Brian Kaylor
Even though overall charitable giving in the U.S. is increasing, giving to churches is dropping, a recent report reveals. And trends among Baptist groups echo those findings.



Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.



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On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects
By: Chuck Summers
Photographers can't capture the essence of their subjects unless they take time to know them. It's no different with people. We must spend time with them to fully appreciate them.



What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church.



What the Bible Really Says about Slavery
By: Larry Eubanks
Some say the Bible stops short of condemning slavery and actually seems to condone it. However, the biblical case against slavery is much stronger than that.




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4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
By: Taylor Sandlin
The problems our country and this world face are multifaceted. We need healthy discussion about solutions. For this to happen, the focus of our conversations must be on policies and not people.



Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up?



As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals.




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Is the New Testament More Important Than the Old?
By: Larry Eubanks
When we regard the New Testament as more important or relevant than the Old, we are acting as if we can jump into the middle of a movie and understand what is going on. It doesn't work.



How Common Core Can Teach Collaboration to Your Church
By: Brock Ratcliff
Our churches would do well to see the team emphasis demonstrated in the spirit of Common Core as a reminder of our own cooperative call in the Kingdom of God.



Why We Need to See Through Others' Eyes
By: Colin Harris
At the heart of the cruelty of today's religious extremism is its followers' belief that they see as God sees and that their will is God's will. Our world would be much better if we would see through others' eyes.




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"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to go to your nearest theater and see "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," one of the best popcorn movies of 2011. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)


"True Grit"
The first "True Grit" focused on the legendary John Wayne. This new version by Joel and Ethan Coen focuses on a 14-year-old girl and what she'll do to make things right in a world of sin and loss. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)



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