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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda

By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

Ze or Xyr Proposed to Replace Gender Pronouns He and She

By: Robert Parham
If some U.S. universities get their way, "ze" and "xyr" will replace the "he" and "she" in the English language. Will replacing gender-specific pronouns for gender-neutral ones really contribute to a good society?

Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

Pope Francis, President Obama Emphasize Religious Liberty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following a private meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis, the White House pledged its commitment to "advancing share values for a better world," including protecting religious liberty.

British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct

By: Paul Hobson
Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians, and one in five of those who don't is open to finding out more about Jesus after hearing Christians talk to them about their faith, a British report says.

Columns on Politics
Should We Elect a Muslim President?

By: Thomas Kidd
Ben Carson stirred up the latest GOP primary tempest when he said that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation." What do we make of this statement?

Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

How 'Botox' News Freezes Truth About Migrant Crisis

By: Nick Lear
Britain will accept 20,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis. Sounds good, but the Botox of spin is freezing the truth. They'll be accepted over five years, not now. And after five years, many will be deported.

Columns on Baptist Life
The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?

By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

Sharing Gospel of Compassion with Louisiana's Poor

By: Mike Massar
Lake Providence in Louisiana is a city of contrasts. The gap between the rich and poor continues to widen. But amid the poverty, Baptist missionaries have dedicated their lives to help those with deep needs.

Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

Columns on Church and Theology
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

Pope Calls Attention to Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton

By: Jerrod Hugenot
In Pope Francis' speech before the Congress, he offered a word of gratitude for the lives of four notable Americans: a Baptist, a president and two Catholics - Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

4 Lessons to Move Your Church to Engaging Worship

By: Mark Tidsworth
Not long ago, faith communities argues over the correct worship style. Today, far more than style, we know engaging worship requires authenticity, genuineness, engagement and risk-taking.

Columns on Culture and Media
4 Ways You Can Curb Growth of Landfills Today

By: Zach Dawes
The U.S. sent 262 million tons of garbage into landfills in 2012, more than double the EPA's estimate, a study says. That means you send five pounds of trash to landfills daily. Here's how to change that.

Holocaust's Lessons Call Us to Protect, Cherish Humanity

By: James Gordon
The remaining Nazi concentration camps were liberated 70 years ago. Whatever else the Holocaust demands, it requires us to identify what is human and humane, and then to protect, cherish and embody that humanity.

Maybe Society Needs to Do Without Its 'Time-Out Room'

By: Mark Tidsworth
When their behavior was out of control, boys with mental health disorders went to the time-out room. When its door broke, staff and boys found new ways to relate. If only the world could do the same.

Columns on Family Matters
10 Tips for Ministers to Strengthen Their Marriages

By: Barry Howard
To build a healthy marriage, a minister and spouse cannot be naïve to stress factors. They should take steps to navigate these challenges with faith, discernment and intentionality. Here are 10 tips.

You're Not Josh Duggar, But 'Small' Sins Do Damage, Too

By: Christina Embree
A blog post titled "I Am Josh Duggar" is circling social media. But the truth is many Christians are not Josh Duggar. While society and churches focus on 'big' sins, those 'little' sins we dismiss separate us from God, too.

Columns on World Religions

Movie Reviews
Mr. Holmes

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Veteran actor Ian McKellen portrays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in "Mr. Holmes," a film that revolves around memory and the way we tell our stories. It has some lessons for the church. (Photo: Roadside Attractions)

By: Courtney Pace Lyons
We need movies that show the horrors of our history in plain view. We need movies that stir our souls, quicken our heartbeats and empower our feet to take steps for change. "Selma" delivers. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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.)

Book Reviews
"I Shall Not Hate"

By: James Gordon
In his book, "I Shall Not Hate," Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish reflects on his experiences following the Israel's incursion into Gaza in 2009 that claimed the lives of his three daughters and a niece.

'Being Mortal'

By: Joel Snider
If we want to encourage the fullest life to the end of mortality, we must get over our fear of mortality and our denial of death. Honest discussions with caregivers, patients and families are critical.

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.

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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