By: Roger Olson
People on the political and religious left and right do this all the time. It's so common we can be swayed by it even as we try to resist it. It should be called out. What is it?
By: David Brattson
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said. It is also what we pay for the privilege of being disciples of Jesus Christ.
By: Colin Harris
The middle class faces a unique ethical challenge. Do we primarily look to the upper class with envy and a desire to be like them? Or do we look to the lower class with compassion and a desire to help?
By: James Gordon
There's a connection between your words and human flourishing. When your words fall into the soil of other people's lives, do they create a healthy ecosystem or seep toxins into the landscape?
By: Nick Lear
We often respond to global problems with a shrug of our shoulders and an attitude that we're not to blame. But if each of us accepted responsibility to be a small part of the solution, the results would be big.
By: Roger Olson
Transhumanism, a movement that promotes the fundamental transformation of humanity through technology, is not taken seriously enough by many ethicists. One wonders what it will take to get their attention.
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.
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.
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.
By: Danny Chisholm
Tom Schweich, a 54-year-old Missouri Republican, took his life after enduring political and personal attacks when he sought higher office. Vitriol and hateful speech manifest themselves in many places, including church.
By: Kathryn Freeman
Needing to meet unexpected expenses, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's misfortune. We need reform to end this exploitation.
By: Hugh Hollowell
Homelessness is more than losing a house and job. It's a series of losses. Churches that want to minister to the homeless should begin by restoring dignity and respect before housing and jobs.
By: Roger Olson
Do religious-based groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Boy Scouts, discriminate when they deny membership to atheists? Not at all. Such a claim is absurd.
By: Trevor Barton
Tomás is 9 years old and from Honduras. He is trying to learn new words and strange phrases that will allow him to live in his new world in South Carolina. But for now, he lives in the shadows.
By: Cory Labrecque (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Although a number of Christians are less than enthusiastic about supporting the environmental movement, concern in churches for climate change varies between and within denominations.
By: Laura Taylor
Taxation can be one of the best ways in which a society can share its burdens, duties and responsibility to provide for our mutual "common good." And large corporations shouldn't be let off the hook.
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.