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"Duck Dynasty" Patriarch's Phil Robertson Plan for ISIS Sounds Like Holy War
By: Robert Parham
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson cherry-picks Bible verses to justify his convert-or-die theology.



Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
By: Robert Parham
We often hear calls for "macro-justice"—sweeping actions for social change to correct wrongs. Frankly, we need more micro-justice initiatives for social change and less macro-justice rhetoric.



Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
By: Robert Parham
Washington failed to pass federal immigration reform, leaving U.S. Christians at a proverbial fork in the road.



News
Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
By: Brian Kaylor
Even though overall charitable giving in the U.S. is increasing, giving to churches is dropping, a recent report reveals. And trends among Baptist groups echo those findings.



Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.



Ebola Creates Medical, Economic and Humanitarian Crises in Liberia
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The isolation being used to curb the spread of Ebola in Liberia has negatively impacted its economy. Quarantines have heightened fear and tension, leading to violence.



Columns on Politics
4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
By: Taylor Sandlin
The problems our country and this world face are multifaceted. We need healthy discussion about solutions. For this to happen, the focus of our conversations must be on policies and not people.



Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up?



As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals.



Columns on Baptist Life
6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate
By: Ronnie Brewer
After spending almost three years in denominational work, a minister transitioned back to pastor a local church. The six lessons he learned may also apply to other churches.



Cultivating Selflessness in Worship in Global Gatherings
By: Neville Callam
When Baptist World Alliance members gather for their annual meeting, not everyone speaks English. The BWA ensures that non-English speakers don't feel like second-class participants.



Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.



Columns on Church and Theology
4 Reasons Your Church Can Stagnate and Die
By: Elijah Brown
One of the most celebrated churches in the New Testament is no longer around today. How did it and other vibrant churches of that time die? The reasons can apply to today's churches as well.



Religious Freedom: Making the World Safe for Diversity
By: Rick Love
Everyone struggles with diversity at some level. Diversity, however, is a fact of life in the 21st century, and America is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations on earth.



A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees
By: Elijah Brown
As the Old Testament's Ruth shows us, people of faith should be among the first who follow the biblical narrative's call to welcome the refugees and displaced within our communities.



Columns on Culture and Media
On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects
By: Chuck Summers
Photographers can't capture the essence of their subjects unless they take time to know them. It's no different with people. We must spend time with them to fully appreciate them.



What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church.



What the Bible Really Says about Slavery
By: Larry Eubanks
Some say the Bible stops short of condemning slavery and actually seems to condone it. However, the biblical case against slavery is much stronger than that.



Columns on Family Matters
How to Reset the Margins of Your Life
By: Michael Helms
Like the pages of books, your life needs margins. Without them, you overextend yourself. Building margins into your life is a matter of choice and discipline, regardless of how much or how little you have.



Columns on World Religions

Movie Reviews
"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)


"True Grit"
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)


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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