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Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast
By: Robert Parham
Ethics Daily.com addresses real issues in a 24/7 world. That's why we're seeking your help to raise $3,000 this week.



Learn to Speak BCE
By: Robert Parham
Laughter is missing in much of the Christian community, even though the biblical witness has encouraging words about laughter. As good as laughter is for the soul, we laugh too little.



Prayer, Action Needed in Response to Ebola Virus Outbreak
By: Robert Parham
The spreading epidemic of the Ebola virus challenges houses of faith to pray for West Africa and governments to act. Will we turn away from those in need or be moved to action?



News
Thailand's Hope Home Aids Kids with Severe Disabilities
By: Sarah Stone
Abandoned babies and hopeless futures for children with special needs are not unusual in Thailand, but a BMS World Mission worker offers hope to boys and girls with severe disabilities.



TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Faith, Immigration
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will begin airing "Gospel Without Borders" at 8 p.m. Central time on Aug. 18.



On Freedom Sunday, Churches Work to End Human Trafficking
By: Paul Hobson
A new online resource enables congregations to reflect and act on the issue of human trafficking. Churches around the globe can use the materials on Oct. 19, which is Freedom Sunday.



Columns on Politics
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.



Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.



The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches
By: Leroy Seat
Many Christians supported World War I, which began 100 years ago today, finding it easy to use "fundamental tenets of the faith as warrants to justify war and mass destruction," a new book says.



Columns on Baptist Life
How British Baptists Responded to World War I
By: Jonathan Barr
The outbreak of World War I shattered hopes for peace, of Baptists and many others, which had been maintained and nurtured even as the storms of war gathered offshore.



Baptists Around the World Avoid Cultural Groupthink
By: Sam Chaise
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering is a place where Baptist leaders can gather to avoid cultural groupthink and come to a deeper and richer understanding of their faith.



Human Trafficking: European Baptists' Anti-Trafficking Network
By: Marion Carson
For nearly a decade, the European Baptist Federation has worked to thwart modern-day slavery through its anti-trafficking network. While the work is overwhelming, God continues to be at work.



Columns on Church and Theology
Is Peace on Earth Even Possible?
By: Chuck Summers
God's will is not being done in the world. Not even close. In God's kingdom, there is no place for the hatred, violence and killing that seems so prevalent everywhere we look.



Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches
By: James Gordon
Vision. It's a word that's been devalued. We use it in our churches for the latest good ideas, the currently fashionable ways of doing things, or to claim the high ground for our own agendas.



The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice
By: Drew Smith
Jesus was a political figure, but not in the sense that he was involved in any political power system of his day. His message and his mission confronted the social structures of his day with the politics of God.



Columns on Culture and Media
Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
By: Roger Olson
History is always written and taught from some point of view; no truly objective account exists. When religious figures' accomplishments are glossed over, we have an incomplete view of history.



What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do
By: Sam Chaise
When news overwhelms you, you can have several reactions. You can avoid it, feel defeated by it or obsess over it. But when there's nothing you can do, you can lament.



How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace
By: Leroy Seat
A monument in Hiroshima commemorates 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who died a decade after the atomic bomb was dropped. Today, many remember her every Aug. 6 through a tradition of folding paper cranes.



Columns on Family Matters

Columns on World Religions
Anti-Catholicism: Early America's Refining Religious Principle
By: Thomas Kidd
When Americans debate the role of religion in the early days of our nation, we should not assume that our religion was always a force for good. The sad truth is that anti-Catholicism played a role.



Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.



Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.



Movie Reviews
"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.)



"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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