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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

Grief and joy bookended 2017 for me and the Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com. The first quarter of the year saw our staff building on the energy from the fall 2016 release of “The Disturbances” documentary DVD and companion book. Fifteen screenings in six states took place over the last four months of 2016, […] Read More

Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com will have two events on June 29 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2017 general assembly in Atlanta. A workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., co-sponsored by CBF Global Missions, will focus on EthicsDaily.com’s newest documentary, “The Disturbances.” The documentary shares a previously untold story about how missionaries and Nigerian […] Read More

Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, died March 5 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after a prolonged illness. Funeral services will be held at noon today (March 13) at First Baptist Church in Nashville. Friends and colleagues have shared their reflections on Parham’s life, work, legacy and friendship: […] Read More

I met Robert Parham when he was my grader in an ethics class at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, 40 years ago. He didn’t like a paper I wrote and told me so, in no uncertain terms. I really didn’t appreciate someone pointing out what I knew was true: that I had […] Read More

Lyrics to the hymn, “Like a River Glorious,” have come to mind as I’ve reflected on my friendship with Robert Parham. “Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace / Over all victorious in its bright increase.” I lost a great friend in Robert, and it’s hard to minimize just how sobering the moment is […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) adopted the “Statement on the Crisis in the Nation” in June 1968. This action was championed by state and national denominational SBC leaders. It called on the churches and people of the SBC to repent of past racism and pledge to go forward in improving race relations. Five SBC auxiliaries […] Read More

If I were to choose one word to describe Robert Parham, it would be unique. He was a unique combination of determined and compassionate, prophetic and pastoral. He spoke his mind about issues of great importance – immigration, creation care, human trafficking, criminal justice, interfaith engagement, taxation and many other pressing matters – and was […] Read More

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). Robert Parham mined Christian Scriptures for Truth. Once he believed he found it – and allowed time to reflect on that Truth – he […] Read More

Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, died Sunday evening, March 5 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after a prolonged illness. He was 63 and surrounded by his family. “More than anyone I have known, Robert was well-suited for and passionate about his specific job in life,” said Kevin […] Read More