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4 Reasons to Support Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Robert Parham
More than 50 U.S. Christian leaders signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation's nuclear program.




Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness

By: Robert Parham
Donald Trump's headline-grabbing agenda on immigration is unbiblical and unworkable. The biblical witness is abundantly clear. We are to treat immigrants with kindness and justice.




Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings

By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.




News
Survey: U.S.-Born Hispanics Receive Better Societal Treatment than Foreign-Born

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Mistreatment of foreign-born Hispanics living in the U.S. remains significantly higher than that experienced by Hispanics born here, a poll found.




Only 1 in 3 Aware of Papal Encyclical on Environment

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-one percent of all U.S. citizens and 40 percent of U.S. Roman Catholics have heard about Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology. A new report offers insights regarding this continued lack of visibility.




Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants continue to make headlines, joining a host of other false and negative narratives about immigrants.




Columns on Politics
Challenging the Climate Change Skeptics: Part 1

By: Martin J. Hodson and Margot R. Hodson
While most climate scientists agree that climate change is real and human-induced, the general public is less convinced. And powerful institutions, whose interests are threatened, are challenging the consensus.




Will Christian Education in Israel Vanish?

By: Yohanna Katanacho
Nearly 50 church schools in Arab towns and villages in Israel educate more than 30,000 Christian and Muslim Palestinian Israeli Arabs. Yet Israel has been imposing increasing pressure on these schools.




Modeling Civility During Election Season

By: Zach Dawes
To help quench the fires of division that plague our society, especially during election season, people of goodwill must model a better path: offering civil responses rooted in compassion and grace.




Columns on Baptist Life
Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Poland is a nominally religious nation with 38.5 million residents. The Baptist movement is nearly 160 years old; they have more than 5,000 baptized members in 90 local congregations.




The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike

By: Bill Wilson
The two groups meeting separately at the hotel couldn't have been more different. Sure, the bodybuilders didn't look anything like the Baptists, but in one key way they're both very much alike.




'I Don't Even See People as Black or White Anymore'

By: Michael Helms
As more and more news about racial tension tears apart our country, more of us need to model the spirit of Larry, an older African-American, who no longer sees "people as black or white anymore."




Columns on Church and Theology
Why God Wants Your Church to Grow

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
While it's true that church isn't all about the numbers, there's nothing wrong in reflecting on how we can be more effective in growing churches. God wants churches to grow.




Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle and the Valley of Trouble

By: Danny Chisholm
The actions of Jared Fogle and Josh Duggar are inexcusable and harmful. Their actions should give us pause to examine our own lives, knowing forgiveness and restoration are available through Christ.




3 Questions About What Matters at Your Church

By: John Rackley
Does your church live out God's mission for it or does your church exist to find new members to keep it going? Here are three questions to help you determine if your vision is out of focus.




Columns on Culture and Media
When Political Correctness Also Happens to Be Correct

By: Ron Rolheiser
When faced with political correctness, many of us are tempted to reject it. But what if something that's politically correct happens to be correct? In that case, principle trumps our feelings.




Racial Prejudice, Racism Intertwined with Baseball

By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig
While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.




Planned Parenthood and Our Culture's Disrespect for Life

By: Aaron Weaver
The notion that we can reduce abortions by subsidizing an organization for which abortion is its foundational service - financially and philosophically - is morally incoherent.




Columns on Family Matters
Author Finds American Dream Fading for Millions

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
In his new book, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," Robert Putnam finds plenty of reasons to describe the American Dream as becoming almost irretrievably out of range for the young.




9 Ways to Help Children Grow Spiritually This Summer

By: Robert Guffey
Summer has arrived, and it's time for kids to play and make memories. Summer also provides time to intentionally help your children - or grandchildren - engage with God's world and grow spiritually.




Columns on World Religions

Movie Reviews
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.)



"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)



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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