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Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com makes a difference for one simple earthly reason: our community. That includes our staff, our board and our readers. It's time to share our grateful thanks with them.



7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.



4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
By: Robert Parham
Before "Through the Door" premieres on Oct. 9 on National Religious Broadcasters Network, you can help spread the word via these four ways.



News
Texas Baptists Ship Meals to Ebola-Stricken Liberia
By: Leah Allen
Though media flood us with news about West Africa's Ebola crisis, there have been few reports about starvation in the wake of the virus. Texas Baptists are doing their part to help.



Economists Make Financial Case for Climate Change
By: Paul Hobson
A new report outlines in economic terms the global benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy. The report shows growing consensus for climate action, a British relief and development agency says.



Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith finished third for the most important quality to teach children, a survey discovered. Only being responsible and hard work ranked ahead of it.



Columns on Politics
How Some Microfinance Firms Bilk Poor Clients
By: Hugh Sinclair
While we crack down on predatory payday lenders for giving risky loans with high interest rates to folks who can't afford them, the same practice occurs in some quarters of the microfinance industry.



Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success.



Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four.



Columns on Baptist Life
Church Makes Difference for 3rd-Grade Readers
By: Preston Clegg
When Second Baptist in Little Rock began to pray and research their next missions project, they focused on third-grade reading levels. The goal was to impact an injustice rather than treat its symptoms.



What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.



Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.



Columns on Church and Theology
3 Observations in the Medical Missionary Debate
By: Thomas Kidd
With the Ebola crisis flaring up in the news, the overseas work of medical missionaries has come under increasing scrutiny. Are these negative comments from certain observers valid?



Top 10 Reasons This Will Never Work: Leading Change in Church
By: David Fitch
If churches are reluctant to do one thing, it's change. And pastors have heard every reason imaginable why doing something new will never work. Here is one pastor's list of the top 10 excuses.



Discovering God's Dream for Your Life
By: Bill Wilson
We speak of God's will as though it was something he hides or does not want us to know, but the Bible is clear that God's will is knowable and available to all. What is God's dream for you?



Columns on Culture and Media
3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil
By: Terrell Carter
Anyone with an opinion on any subject can find a way to be heard, but too many online and in-person discussions devolve into personal attacks instead of focusing on issues. Here's how to keep it civil.



Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace
By: Zach Dawes
Obama's so-called latte salute is the latest illustration that we live now in a society too often lacking in common decency, much less grace, toward the shortcomings of others.



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.



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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