|Jesus' Financial Backers Included Philanthropists from the East – The Wise Men
Scripture doesn't say what happened to the wise men's gold. Is it unreasonable to speculate that good things happened for Jesus and his family because of the gift of gold?
What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
After months of deliberation – and vacillation – the deadline is upon us to put a title on EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith. As the editing process draws to a close, it's time to decide.
Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Washington's failure to deal with immigration reform need not set the church's agenda. Our agenda ought to be set by the biblical witness to treat the undocumented kindly and to seek justice for them.
Survey Highlights Changing Perceptions on End-of-Life Issues
Two-thirds of adults agree that there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, according to a recent survey. Responses vary by religious affiliation.
British Churches Focus on Prison Ministries
British churches are concluding Prisons Week, which focuses on the impact of volunteers to lower recidivism rates through mentoring, supporting prisoners' families and contributing to public policy.
Barna Study Focuses on Faith of Pastor's Children
Four out of 10 senior pastors with children at least 15 years old said their children had significantly doubted their faith, a survey found. The highest responses? Pastors of white or mainline churches.
Human Rights, Ecological Wisdom Go Hand in Hand
After developed nations exploit our planet's resources, it's often at the expense of poor nations. We must reach beyond our desires for bigger comfort and affirm everyone's right for a dignified life.
The Gettysburg Address: Words that Remade America
Delivered 150 years ago today, the Gettysburg Address still holds significance for the U.S. Our country needs to recognize anew the importance of the union and of all the people within the country.
The Seductive Momentum of Technology
Technology is no longer about gadgets and machines. Bureaucracy and technology are intimately linked. Both exalt the reduction of life and work to rule-following behavior.
One Hospital System's Role to Advance Human Rights
Through its Faith in Action Initiatives, Baylor Scott and White Health, formerly Baylor Health Care System, addresses local and international human rights issues as part of its corporate responsibility.
Baptist Missionaries Lived Out a Love Better than Life Itself
Ann and Adoniram Judson were Baptist missionaries who committed themselves completely to something greater than themselves. And they died glad of their calling.
Baptist Worker Helps Ugandan Farmers Hit by Floods
Heavy rains in western Uganda wiped out countless acres of farmland, but a Baptist worker has been helping people learn how to grow crops on their sand-covered land.
If You're Truly Thankful, You'll Go the Second Mile
God is pleased when we verbally offer heartfelt thanks for our many blessings, but there is more to being thankful. That's only the half-mile mark. We need to go the second mile.
Thankfulness Runs Throughout Our Christian Heritage
As we approach Thanksgiving, it's good to reflect on the importance of giving thanks. Our Christian heritage is filled with examples of how we should be thankful. Here are just a few.
The Lord's Prayer Urges Us to Focus on Common Good
Jesus taught us to pray for bread. That prayer is about more than meeting individual needs; it's about all of us. We pray not just for our own needs, but the needs of the world.
For Christians, Human Rights Rooted in Our Faith
Churches will observe Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8. The call for Christians is clear. All have the right to life, liberty and personal safety because each person is a child of God.
Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations
After peeling away the layers of mythology that now surround the first Thanksgiving meal, we find a needed reminder that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to offer help.
Ethical Reflection Should Inform Technology's Use
As science and technology changes how we live, history reminds us that it is imperative that we must remain vigilant and ask ourselves again and again, "Should we do this?"
3 Lessons from Three Decades of Ministry, Marriage
Just like marriage, all the training in the world can't prepare you for leading a church. You have to live it. Here are three lessons from three decades of ministry and marriage.
How to Introduce Your Children to Advent
Advent is about anticipation, waiting for the arrival of Emmanuel. However, teaching fidgety youngsters about expectantly waiting can prove to be a challenge. Here are some ways to do it.
Survey: Many U.S. Jews Are Cultural Not Religious
A new survey on Jewish American contained some startling data about how Jewish identity is changing. A large percentage of citizens of Jewish heritage do not see Judaism as a faith at all.
Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Kowtowing to parental outrage, an Arkansas school district withdrew an invitation to a Muslim man to speak at a student assembly. They missed the chance to teach understanding.
"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to go to your nearest theater and see "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," one of the best popcorn movies of 2011. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
The first "True Grit" focused on the legendary John Wayne. This new version by Joel and Ethan Coen focuses on a 14-year-old girl and what she'll do to make things right in a world of sin and loss. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
"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."
"Pershing: Commander of the Great War"
In "Pershing: Commander of the Great War," John Perry gives an overview of a man we can identify as the first modern military commander, along with the forces that shaped him.
Baseball Book Covers the Bases on Japan, WWII
A new book shows how baseball built up goodwill between the U.S. and Japan in the 1930s and how quickly that goodwill evaporated when Japan set its mind to war.
'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.
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.