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One of the real pleasures of documentary filmmaking is getting to spend some intentional time with people – that is, directed moments together that can include conversation, observation, contemplation. People of all ages have impressed me, but perhaps no group more so than those with decades of experience. Age affects each of us differently, but […] Read More

President Obama wants to limit tax deductions on charitable giving by the wealthy, those who give an estimated one-third of all charitable gifts. He thinks that capping or cutting the tax deduction on gifts will help the nation avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Nonprofit leaders oppose such a move. “President Obama and Congress are considering caps […] Read More

Faith and taxes – a forbidden topic in many houses of faith – was the focus on the Baptist Center for Ethics’ annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2012 General Assembly. Held in Fort Worth, Texas, the luncheon was sponsored by BCE and the Christian Life Commission (CLC) of the Baptist General Convention of […] Read More

Ticket prices are set to increase on May 31 for the annual ethics luncheon during the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the Baptist Center for Ethics and the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Thursday, June 21, luncheon will […] Read More

How do you explain taxes to a 3-year-old?  I was leaving the house one day to pick up the completed tax return from our preparer. Cooper, our grandson, asked where I was going. When I told him, I could tell that the idea of “taxes” was not on his radar.  I started to tell him that taxes […] Read More

Grover Norquist, a darling of the religious and political right, quipped one time that government should be reduced to a size that it can be drowned in a bathtub, and then drowned. Without a doubt this is one of the most simplistic, disingenuous remarks ever made about the role of government. Norquist taps public resentment […] Read More

Two documentaries were recently honored as Telly Award recipients. “GospelWithoutBorders” and “SacredTexts, SocialDuty” won a Silver and Bronze Telly, respectively, in the film/video category (non-broadcast) for religion/spirituality. The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 by DavidE. Carter, a Clio and Emmy winner with a career spanning TV production, advertising and book publishing. Telly Awards […] Read More

Unless you are one of the three winners of the $656 million Mega Millions lottery, you lost your dream of being wealthy beyond imagination. You may be deeply disappointed that the lottery failed to deliver what you expected. If you are an informed advocate of public education, you have long since lost your hopes for […] Read More

Illinois became on Sunday morning the first state to sell lottery tickets over the internet. The state is now taking advantage of a ruling from President Obama’s Department of Justice, announced at Christmas, that legalized some forms of online gambling. “The Illinois Lottery estimates e-ticket sales could net hundreds of thousands of new players, and […] Read More

Three interfaith and social justice documentaries produced by a Nashville-based nonprofit will air in the Atlanta-area market in early 2012. AtlantaInterfaithBroadcasters, which offers 24/7 programming in the 19-county metropolitan Atlanta area, will begin airing in January 2012 three documentaries produced by, an imprint of the Baptist Center for Ethics. BCE and AIB began a […] Read More