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Author Robert Parham

Editor’s note: Baptist Center for Ethics founder Robert Parham (1953 – 2017) wrote the following editorial in Jan. 2014 in the event of Billy Graham’s death following Graham’s hospitalization in late 2013. Parham wrote it with the guidance, “Hold until needed.” It is published now following Graham’s death on Feb. 21, 2018. Billy Graham’s letter […] Read More

What is the mission of the Baptist Center for Ethics, better known as, and how do we pursue that mission? Perhaps answering these two core questions ought to be an annual exercise. Reminding our constituency of our mission and how we do it helps avoid false expectations and unrealistic demands. It helps nurture clearer […] Read More

Opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees was vigorous before President Trump’s executive order banning them from entering the country. A majority of Americans – 54 percent – expressed opposition in November 2015 to the United States accepting Syrian refugees, according to a Washington Post and ABC News poll, reported Time magazine. About the same […] Read More

What Is the Trump Wall?

President Trump wants to wall out the undocumented. Does he want the wall to keep in the dreamers? Trump issued an executive order last week that authorized the building of a U.S.-Mexican border barrier that will run for 2,000 miles. The wall was defined as a “contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and […] Read More

The Bible was on display at President Trump’s inauguration – different versions, different texts, different symbolisms. Three Bibles had the symbolic value of tying the president and vice president to the honored past. Vice President Pence had his hand on President Reagan’s King James Version. It was opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, […] Read More

Honored civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis sought to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump. “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” said Lewis, who plans to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration by skipping it. A number of other Democrats have decided to bypass the inauguration, refusing to recognize symbolically the legitimate […] Read More

National Migration Week is sandwiched between Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16. Each has a different focus. All share a common moral concern – caring for the stranger and the weak, pursuing social justice, practicing kindness. All are bound together theologically by the concept of […] Read More

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. It reportedly generates billions in profit annually and creates millions of victims. Trafficking is serious enough that President Obama designated by presidential proclamation a special awareness day started in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security […] Read More

Bill and Audrey Cowley are retired Southern Baptist missionaries. They showed remarkable creativity and courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966. They also built through steady steps one of Africa’s transformative educational institutions. Neither story is widely known. Both stories represent the best of the mission enterprise. The first story is […] Read More

Seven columnists have shared why they support financially They are pastors, professors, denominational leaders and a layperson. While each explained their support on different grounds, three themes kept surfacing – trust, reliability and resources. First is trust. “I believe and trust in the leadership and staff,” wrote Emmanuel McCall, pastor of the First Baptist […] Read More