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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.



Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.



"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.



News
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.



Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
By: Brian Kaylor
When GOP Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage amid a chorus of boos during a conference, it vividly demonstrated a religious and political divide between many Christians in the U.S. and the Middle East.



Columns on Politics
How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
By: Leroy Seat
As part of the International Day of Prayer and Peace on Sept. 21, churches and people of faith are being encouraged to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Will your church join?



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?



Columns on Baptist Life
Baptism Reminds Us of Our Calling to Heal a Broken World
By: Sam Chaise
Baptism reminds us that we have joined those who down through the ages have chosen to be on the side of God and his work, but healing a broken world is a daunting task.



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.



Columns on Church and Theology
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.



The Earth's Your Home. Why Not Take Care Of It?
By: Chuck Summers
You cannot enjoy the blessing of home ownership unless you are willing to take on the responsibilities that come with it. We are blessed to call the earth home, so why don't we take care of it?



How to Make the Transition to Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Transitioning from being a fully funded pastor to a bivocational one is never easy, but it will give you opportunities to meet new people and minister to them in ways that serving in a church will not.



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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