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Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
By: Robert Parham
The Catholic Church appears to be ready to take on climate change in an energetic way, putting them at odds with the anemic response from the U.S. Protestant community. Let civility prevail.

7 Reasons To Be Bullish in 2015 When Pessimism Abounds
By: Robert Parham
Pessimism is in abundant supply in America, but there are plenty of reasons to be bullish about 2015. Here are some of those reasons that we see at 

Start 2015 with a Covenant of Renewal
By: Robert Parham
Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Unbroken," organized her life around her brilliant storytelling skills. Martin Luther King Jr. organized his life around helping others. For 2015, what will you organize your life around?

Faith Leaders to Make Poverty, Hunger a 2016 Election Focus
By: EthicsDaily Staff
An alliance of Christian ministers is urging 2016 presidential hopefuls to call attention to hunger and poverty in their campaigns and present their views on video.

Global Leaders Reflect on Issues Facing the Church
By: EthicsDaily Staff
"What is the biggest issue facing the church?" That's the question put to Christian leaders in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Here are their answers.

Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

Columns on Politics
Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture
By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act.

Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths.

U.S. Founding Fathers Set Aside Ideology for Common Good
By: Zach Dawes
U.S. Founding Fathers had to navigate a polarized political climate that seemed to preclude cooperation. If they could set aside partisanship and rigid ideology to focus on the common good, so can we.

Columns on Baptist Life

Columns on Church and Theology
Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion
By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King's explicit references to religious liberty are few, but this conviction is found in a general emphasis on individual freedom and an assumed need for church-state separation.

Why Some Christians See Jesus Like Ricky Bobby Does
By: Justin Smith
Like Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights," many Christians like "the Christmas Jesus best." We're called, however, to joyfully follow Jesus in every season and through any circumstance.

King Urged Us to Stand Against Tidal Wave of Public Opinion
By: Joe LaGuardia
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we should model his ability to stand up against the tidal wave of public opinion in order to uphold his values and convictions.

Columns on Culture and Media
How Do We Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.?
By: Starlette McNeill
We've named schools after Martin Luther King Jr., but what have we learned? We've named streets after him, but where are we going? We must not merely observe his work; we must put our hands to the plow.

How to Provide the Best Education Possible
By: Zach Dawes
Everyone wants to provide the best education possible. To see progress, each "side" must stop portraying the other as the enemy or treating them as a scapegoat. No more blame game.

How Do We Best Honor Our Right to Freedom of Speech?
By: David Kerrigan
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, do we best honor freedom of speech by defending offensive speech? Or should we be using it to challenge tyranny and injustice?

Columns on Family Matters

Columns on World Religions
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

Movie Reviews
"Exodus: Gods and Kings"
By: Cliff Vaughn
Ridley Scott can't or won't shake faith on film, but one thing seems certain: "Exodus" works best when it's about Scott's artistry, not Moses' theology – imagined or otherwise. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

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
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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