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Author Robert Parham

Robert M. Parham (1953 - 2017) was the founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics from 1991 to 2017. He served as executive editor of EthicsDaily.com, BCE's website, from its launch in 2002 until 2017.

Americans are dissatisfied with the presidential choices offered by the Democratic and Republican parties. “For the first time in more than two decades, a majority of voters express dissatisfaction with their choices for president this fall: Just 40 percent say they are very or fairly satisfied, while 58 percent say they are not too or […] Read More

A growing number of American evangelicals are increasingly vocal about Christian genocide in the Middle East, as well as the persecution of Christians there. Add to the Middle East, Nigeria and South Sudan. Others have also voiced concern. The Baptist World Alliance’s July 2016 resolution spoke to Nigeria’s Boko Haram having “intentionally targeted” people of […] Read More

Muslim leaders are apprehensive about what might happen to their communities on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, especially if one of their major religious observances – Eid al-Adha – falls on Sept. 11, a Sunday. The holy day of Eid al-Adha comes 10 days after the full moon is seen at the start of […] Read More

Remarkable acts of heroism occurred during the days of tribal genocide in Northern Nigeria in 1966. Only a few of them are recorded in our new film, “The Disturbances.” Many more are recounted in the accompanying book by the same title. Not only did missionaries save lives, but Nigerian leaders did as well. One such […] Read More

Syrian Mohed Altrad has a remarkable life narrative. He has an inspiring story that offers a constructive counter-narrative to the anti-immigration fever in the United States, the anti-refugee venom in Europe and the anti-foreign worker toxicity in South Africa. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) told Altrad’s story. His father raped his mother, then a child-aged […] Read More

Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave a remarkable, live 25-minute interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the shooting in Dallas. I caught a portion of the Sunday afternoon interview. I was surprised by what I heard. I think our readers might be surprised about what he said. The transcript is available here. “At my core, […] Read More

Are U.S. Baptists more receptive to refugees from other countries than the undocumented in their own country? The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) was meeting and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) had met recently, when the Supreme Court failed to support President Obama’s immigration plan that would shield 4 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. The […] Read More

More important than the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s programs, policies and press releases were the people at its 25th anniversary events in Greensboro, North Carolina. Here’s a short list of who I saw – and what they mean for CBF: The mother of the moderate movement is unmistakably Babs Baugh. She showed tenacity and courage. She […] Read More

The blame-game started soon after news broke about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Blame Obama. Blame guns. Blame gun-rights advocates for blocking gun-control legislation. Blame evangelicals for opposing gay-rights legislation. Blame Muslims. It’s a well-worn pattern of finger pointing. We see it over and over. The rush to judgment – assigning […] Read More

Zombies. “The Walking Dead.” “The X-Files.” We live in a time of apocalyptic fiction. Zika virus. Ebola. Superbugs. Transgendered restrooms. Banning Muslim entry into America. We live in a time of apocalyptic fear. “How To Survive the Apocalypse” is the title of a newly released book by two Christian scholars – Robert Joustra and Alissa […] Read More