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Genocide Is Worse Than War

By: Robert Parham
Genocide needs to be part of the moral agenda of churches. The church is a global network with boots on the ground almost everywhere. Perhaps the church could be the first fire alarm to stop genocide.




Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good

By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.




Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent
By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.



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Defining Genocide: No Loopholes for 'Odious Scourge'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The definition of genocide does not mean an entire group of people must be killed. The intentional targeting of a group because of who they are or what they believe is genocide, a genocide scholar says.




Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, a study says. Meanwhile, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated will decrease.




British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.




Columns on Politics
When Genocide First Entered Our Vocabulary

By: Zach Dawes
Genocide is a term now recognized worldwide, but it wasn't until the 1940s when Raphael Lemkin began using the term to describe the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jewish people.




Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East

By: Jesse Wheeler
Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East. Certain misperceptions have proven to have profound socio-cultural consequences and destructive policy ramifications.




Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
More than 41 million people living in the U.S. were immigrants in 2013. For their condition to change, they can't remain nameless. We must get to know them and their stories.




Columns on Baptist Life
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.




March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet

By: Bill Wilson
More than just a basketball coach, Dean Smith was an active layman at his Baptist church and took his faith very seriously. And years ago, he stopped by to encourage a group of boys at their RA banquet.




Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania
By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Albania in southeastern Europe regained its independence and opened its doors to Christian missionaries in 1991. Today, about 160 evangelical churches exist, including eight Baptist congregations.



Columns on Church and Theology
Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?

By: David Hull
Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?




Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round

By: Zach Dawes
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.




Why Too Many Christians Go it Alone, Pilgrim

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many Christians see the process of growing as disciples as personal, private and individualistic, believing they don't need a community of faith. Here's why playing the John Wayne type won't work.




Columns on Culture and Media
The Unique Ethical Struggle for the Middle Class

By: Colin Harris
The middle class faces a unique ethical challenge. Do we primarily look to the upper class with envy and a desire to be like them? Or do we look to the lower class with compassion and a desire to help?




Do Your Words Grow Healthy or Toxic Landscapes?

By: James Gordon
There's a connection between your words and human flourishing. When your words fall into the soil of other people's lives, do they create a healthy ecosystem or seep toxins into the landscape?




You Can't Shrug Your Shoulders at Global Woes

By: Nick Lear
We often respond to global problems with a shrug of our shoulders and an attitude that we're not to blame. But if each of us accepted responsibility to be a small part of the solution, the results would be big.




Columns on Family Matters

Columns on World Religions
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
By: Martin Accad
We will not defeat ISIS or any other militant jihadist group with temporary military solutions to the problem of religious radicalization. We need a massive global movement to dry up ISIS' recruitment pools.



Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
By: Martin Accad
ISIS members are Muslim because they believe they are, but Muslims who don't abide by ISIS' perverse interpretation of Islam don't bear responsibility for ISIS' actions.



What All Faith Groups Can Do to End ISIS
By: Jim Somerville
Instead of eyeing each other with suspicion, what if the world's religions joined hands and prayed – for the end of ISIS, the end of extremism, the end of fear? Here's what one interfaith group did.



Movie Reviews
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By: James Gordon
With the same winning ingredients as its predecessor, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" offers an amusing and poignant reminder that growing older has its positives. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)




Selma
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)



"Godzilla"
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
'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.



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.




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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