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Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.



A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
By: Robert Parham
Political power has shifted. Will it lead to more partisan fragmentation, public frustration and government failure? Or will both parties seek collaborative effort and the common good?



10 Principles for Just Money
By: Robert Parham
As the Christian faith developed Just War principles to guide governments and soldiers, we need Just Money principles to guide governments and financial traders – and bankers.



News
EthicsDaily.com Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to "Get Out the Give"
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com has joined the #GivingTuesday movement, which harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment dedicated to giving.



Arkansas Faith Leaders: Remember Prisoners, Engage in Prison Ministry
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Arkansas' Catholic, Lutheran and Episcopal bishops and others are calling people of faith across the state to remember an often-overlooked group: prisoners.



Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.



Columns on Politics
Ebola’s West African Survivors Face Discrimination
By: Fayiah Tamba
As Liberia makes gradual progress toward the eradication of Ebola, there is another emerging challenge. Ebola discrimination is causing post-traumatic stress, division and animosity.



More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice
By: Dawn Hood-Patterson
Ebola is more than a health crisis. As the rich and privileged get the best care and the poor are left to die, Ebola illustrates social oppressions and issues a call for social justice.



Gun Violence's Death Toll Eclipses Ebola's in U.S.
By: Leroy Seat
Although not one U.S. citizen has died from Ebola, widespread panic grips our nation about the virus. Yet few of us are fazed when gun shootings kill nearly 12,000 Americans each year. Where is our wisdom?



Columns on Baptist Life
Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness
By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.



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.



Columns on Church and Theology
Personality-Driven Churches Can't Thrive for Long Term
By: Brock Ratcliff
A church should not break apart when a pastor leaves, yet many large churches are built around a single personality. When church members don't have a sense of ownership, they're rendered to consumer status.



How Lebanon's Compassion Makes a Difference
By: Helle Liht
Even as they recover from civil war followed by Syrian occupation, Lebanon's citizens are showing compassion as they reach out to their former oppressors who are fleeing war-torn Syria.



Nonprofits, Like Ethics Daily.com, Rely on Your Support
By: Zach Dawes
Using resources without supporting the organizations providing them is a growing challenge in many industries. And it has long been a challenge for local churches and faith-based nonprofits.



Columns on Culture and Media
5 Fundamental Questions Asked by Contemporary Films
By: Sarah Stone
Contemporary movies ask five fundamental questions. And Christians should be comfortable interacting with mainstream culture to help society answer those questions.



The Man Who Made You Want Shiny Things
By: Jonathan Langley
Edward Bernays changed advertising forever in the 1920s, turning it into the science of making people desire things that were being produced – even if they didn't need them.



Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who's Yours?
By: Griff Martin
To see the importance of friendship is to acknowledge one of the deepest and most sacred places in our lives. Sadly, many adults miss out on the blessing of having a best friend. Who's yours?



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
"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.)



"Heaven is for Real"
By: Roger Olson
Based on the best-seller about the purportedly true story of a 4-year-old's visit to heaven, "Heaven is for Real" is a surprising film, treating evangelical Christianity sympathetically. (Photo: Sony Pictures)



"Noah"
By: Terry Austin
You might enjoy "Noah" if you don't expect a spiritual experience. If you're a big fan of robots and apocalyptic movies, this film may be what you're seeking. (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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