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Global Religious Leaders Pledge to Eradicate Modern Slavery
By: Robert Parham
Leaders of the world's major religions gathered recently at the Vatican to show their united commitment to ending "modern slavery." It's an issue around which many rank-and-file churches can collaborate.

Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.

A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
By: Robert Parham
Political power has shifted. Will it lead to more partisan fragmentation, public frustration and government failure? Or will both parties seek collaborative effort and the common good?

Refugees Risk Perilous Sea Voyages for Better Lives
By: Chris Hall
More than 100,000 refugees journeyed across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy in the last year. BMS World Mission's Ann McFarlane helps many of them after their perilous boat trips.

Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.

Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.

Columns on Politics
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors.

Texas' Voter ID Law: A Hurdle to Keep the Poor from Voting
By: Terry Austin
The right to vote has been fought for since the inception of America. The Texas voter ID law discriminates against the poor by creating obstacles that make it harder for them to vote.

Rejecting Liberia's Status Quo to Build Better Future
By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Once thriving in the 1970s, Liberia is so overrun with problems, from inflation to Ebola, that many Liberians accept things the way they are. It's time to focus on how to create a better future.

Columns on Baptist Life
Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness
By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.

Church Makes Difference for 3rd-Grade Readers
By: Preston Clegg
When Second Baptist in Little Rock began to pray and research their next missions project, they focused on third-grade reading levels. The goal was to impact an injustice rather than treat its symptoms.

What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

Columns on Church and Theology
4 Types of Leadership Needed in Missional Churches
By: Ircel Harrison
God gives different abilities and gifts to each of us. Churches must rely on a diversity of leadership if they want to become truly missional. Here are four types of leadership they'll need.

Each Christmas, We Celebrate Jesus the Refugee
By: Elijah Brown
We often gloss over the part of the Christmas story when Joseph and Mary fled with Jesus to Egypt, becoming a refugee family. Whether we admit it or not, we celebrate Jesus the refugee every Christmas.

If Magic Wands Were Real: 12 Wishes for Churches
By: Bill Wilson
I've fantasized about waving a magic wand over a church member, minister or congregation and making some desperately needed changes. If I had such a wand, here are 12 things I'd do.

Columns on Culture and Media
The Myth of the Rugged Individual
By: Larry Eubanks
Individualism is a good thing, but we've hurt each other with the myth of the rugged individual. Individualism must be tempered by the recognition that we are social beings who thrive in relationship with one another.

What You Gain When You Choose to Give Thanks
By: Gregory Magruder
Do you take time for thanksgiving? Not just the holiday called Thanksgiving, but the practice of giving thanks. When we give thanks, we eclipse the unpleasant and live a life of satisfaction.

Ebola Crisis Leads to Many Problems in Liberia
By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia is a weeping nation. Ebola is not only killing people in Liberia and other West African nations, but efforts to limit the virus' transmission have led to other problems.

Columns on Family Matters

Columns on World Religions

Movie Reviews
By: Brock Ratcliff
The new "Godzilla" does not disappoint. The monsters look great, and the destruction is grand and thorough. This is no mock-up of Tokyo being trampled by a man in a costume. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

"Heaven is for Real"
By: Roger Olson
Based on the best-seller about the purportedly true story of a 4-year-old's visit to heaven, "Heaven is for Real" is a surprising film, treating evangelical Christianity sympathetically. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

By: Terry Austin
You might enjoy "Noah" if you don't expect a spiritual experience. If you're a big fan of robots and apocalyptic movies, this film may be what you're seeking. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Book Reviews
9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
By: Jennifer Bryson
While Christians and Muslims have deep disagreements over faith issues, they can still relate to each other in a way that is "respectful, gracious and bridge-building," an author says.

How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?
By: Jennifer Bryson
In his book, "Grace and Truth," Rick Love provides Christians an alternative to "interfaith dialogue" with a particular focus on Christian-Muslim encounters.

"A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age"
Christian churches in the West today are in desperate need of repentance and renewal but need a guiding ethical method, says Glen Stassen in "A Thicker Jesus."

Music Reviews
'Save the Day'
The title song opens the collection by juxtaposing elaborate pleasures with simple ones. It comes closer to rock-and-roll than any other selection on the album and grabs the attention of the listener, alerting us to the significance of the word "day," which appears at least once in ten of the twelve songs.

Religion News Service
Court Says Quebec Parents Can’t Pull Students Out of Religion Class
TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.

Rick Santorum Defends Views on Obama’s Theology
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."

President Obama’s Five Most Personal Religious Statements
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.

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