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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.



Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War
By: Robert Parham
Bryant Durham was one of at least 12 Southern Baptist missionaries in eastern Nigeria after that region declared independence in 1966. His dissertation chronicles the Christian relief effort during the genocide.



News
Family, Patriotism Strongly Influence Self-Identity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith is a distant third behind the influence of family and patriotism on self-identity in the United States, a recent survey conducted by The Barna Group says.




EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.




Catholics, Evangelicals, "Nones" Most Prevalent in U.S.

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Roman Catholics, white evangelical Protestants and religiously unaffiliated are the leading faith traditions in the U.S., says a recent report from the Public Religious Research Institute.




Columns on Politics
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.




Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter - Part 2

By: Philip Jenkins
ISIS is not and never has been the West's greatest threat. In any political or military sense, they remain a fleabite. Will we heed the international dangers that actually could annihilate us?




Why Radical Islam Doesn't Matter – Part 1
By: Philip Jenkins
Neither Iran nor any Islamist terror groups threatens the survival of the U.S for the foreseeable future. Our government should focus on the two nations that do pose such a danger.



Columns on Baptist Life
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.



When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway
By: Michael Helms
Few people will join your church because they've been looking for a particular denomination. They don't care about your brand; they want a church that meets their needs.



Columns on Church and Theology
How TED Talks Differ from Your Pastor's Sermon

By: Stephen Holmes
TED talks and sermons differ in one key area. Preachers need to remember that the sermon should never be about proposing new ideas, but about changing hearts and attitudes.




6 Ways for Ministers to Build Trust, Transparency

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.




Ministering to Homeless by Restoring Right to Choose

By: Hugh Hollowell
Homeless people first and foremost have lost their right to choose. Instead of denying them the ability to make choices, even bad ones, we should love them enough to restore their right to choose.




Columns on Culture and Media
Can You Still Be Social in This Social-Media Era?

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Living in a 24/7 communication world, we are able to connect with people on an unprecedented level. However, social media runs the risk of turning us inward and separating from community.




How You Can Live in Terrible Times

By: Agnes Howard
Christians beheaded in Libya. Artifacts smashed in Iraq. Jihadists in Brooklyn. The news seems so terrible lately, but we can't shelter ourselves from what is going on in the world.




Why Not Caring for the Planet is So Easy
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
If you believe we're rulers of this world and not its caretakers, it's easy to not care about it. But this is not the way in the kingdom of God. We're called to care for the earth, no matter how hard it might be.



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)



"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)



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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