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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.




Let's Not Confuse Freedom of Speech with Moral Rightness

By: Robert Parham
When does provoking hatred cross the line from free speech to irresponsible speech? What the Pamela Gellers of the world do may be legally acceptable. But that doesn't make it morally right.




Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds

By: Robert Parham
The church faces many disagreements over social issues, worship, theology and structure, but one area of agreement appears to be the need to treat the stranger with kindness and justice.




News
Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of a Baptist church in Uganda and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, talks about challenges for African churches in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.




U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Catholic report says the U.S. immigrant detention system causes despair, fractures families, violates human rights standards and lessens national prestige.




Pontifical Academies Connect Climate Change, Creation Care and Common Good

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change is a global problem influenced by human activity, and religious institutions should lead the way in responding, a Vatican report said.




Columns on Politics
Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics

By: Thomas Kidd
Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference. Evangelicals need to stop platforming political candidates at denominational functions.




Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric

By: James Gordon
Christians must call their leaders to a better path, reminding them of their moral obligation to set aside partisan politics and respond constructively to aid migrant refugees.




Left/Right Labeling Endangers Civil Discourse

By: Larry Eubanks
Civil conversations are increasingly difficult because topics are placed on a left-right political and theological continuum. When that occurs, we no longer engage in conversation. We only seek to win.




Columns on Baptist Life
African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize

By: Neville Callam
Descendants of the African diaspora, including Jamaican Baptists and members of other denominations, played a significant role in returning to their homeland to spread the Gospel.




Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine

By: Tony Peck
European Baptist Federation leaders visited Baptist churches as part of a 1,000-mile journey through Ukraine, a nation rocked by fighting between separatists and government forces.




Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?

By: Greg Mamula
Are Baptist churches part of a denomination? Or is a confederation a more precise term? In a confederation, each church continues to remain themselves while uniting for a common purpose.




Columns on Church and Theology
Churches Can Make Positive Impact on Early Childhood Education

By: Zach Dawes
While government funding of universal early childhood education is important, churches can help fill the gap by providing tutoring and mentoring at all levels, especially the early primary grades.




4 Vital Details About Christianity's Steady Decline

By: Joe LaGuardia
The percentage of folks reporting no faith rose to more than 22 percent in the last seven years, but the percentage affiliating with Christianity has steadily decreased. The verdict: All Christians have a choice to make.




6 Observations About the Disappearing Church

By: Terry Austin
The church's clout is waning. The number of young adults leaving the church is much worse than we previously thought, a survey found. Here are six observations about that trend.




Columns on Culture and Media
No Innocents in Battle for Environmental Sustainability

By: Sam Harrell
Our planet has a limited amount of resources. At some point, demand will outstrip supply. Instead of blaming others, we must realize we're all culpable and must work together to achieve sustainability.




Slavery and Today's So-Called Job Creators

By: Colin Harris
Many who work two or more minimum-wage jobs find it difficult to break poverty's chains. There's an interesting parallel between those who defend the current system and those from the past who defended slavery.




Responding to the Unrest in Baltimore

By: James Ellis
Is there a right way to respond to the uproar in Baltimore? Everyone responds to feelings of injustice and prejudice differently. To suggest any group should respond in one way is misguided. We can do better.




Columns on Family Matters
The Field

By: J.V. McKinney
In a field of dirt and grass in a small Arkansas town decades ago, a group of black and white boys learned a lesson playing baseball together - a lesson many adults never learn in their lifetimes.




Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake

By: Christina Embree
As news of Nepal's devastating earthquake floods all forms of media, your children will hear about it and turn to you for help, advice and processing. Here are 4 things you can do.




Pushy Parents Discourage Children from Team Sports

By: Jon Kuhrt
Children learn many positive lessons from team sports, but two studies find children are turned off from participating when their parents behave badly at games or put on too much pressure to win.




Columns on World Religions
Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?

By: Jesse Wheeler
The world's total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to be nearly equal by 2050, a report says. The obvious conclusion: Both groups must learn to get along for the sake of global concord.




3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents

By: Martin Accad
The Muhammad cartoon contest provides one more example that anti-Muslim voices seek to provoke conflict and violence. The church needs prophetic voices to stand against this destructive tide.




Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired

By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?




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)



"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.)



Book Reviews
"I Shall Not Hate"

By: James Gordon
In his book, "I Shall Not Hate," Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish reflects on his experiences following the Israel's incursion into Gaza in 2009 that claimed the lives of his three daughters and a niece.




'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.



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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