Editorials

What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health? | Robert Parham, Mental Health, Prison Reform, Prison Ministry, Through the Door
What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?
By: Robert Parham
The U.S. had about 850,000 mental health inpatient beds in 1985. Today, there are only about 50,000 beds. Where are all these patients going? And what can churches do to help? Read More ...
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NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee | Robert Parham, National Baptist Convention of America, Different Books Common Word, Interfaith
NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
By: Robert Parham
Pastor Sam Tolbert, interviewed in an EthicsDaily.com documentary about Baptists and Muslims, is one of three running to lead a major African-American Baptist denomination. Read More ...
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Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset | Robert Parham, Entitlements, Protestant Work Ethic
Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
By: Robert Parham
We need to challenge the entitlement mindset, not necessarily all "entitlement programs." Read More ...
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Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility | Robert Parham, Prison Reform, Prison Ministry, Recidivism, Through the Door
Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility
By: Robert Parham
As recidivism rates go up, prisons are costing more and failing society. But they are not the only ones that are failing society. Too few churches have prioritized a commitment atop Jesus' moral agenda – prisons. Read More ...
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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches | Robert Parham, Syria, Lebanon, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Refugees, Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, North Africa
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized. Read More ...
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Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection | Robert Parham, Gun Giveaway, Beast Feasts, Second Amendment
Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection
By: Robert Parham
When wild-game dinner outreach events transform into Second Amendment rallies, houses of faith are used for political purposes. Read More ...
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Aspirations for the "Son of God" Diverge from Those for "The Passion of the Christ" | Robert Parham, Son of God, The Passion of the Christ, Culture of Engagement
Aspirations for the "Son of God" Diverge from Those for "The Passion of the Christ"
By: Robert Parham
Aspirations for "Son of God" are more down to earth as Christian leaders have learned from hype surrounding "The Passion of the Christ." Read More ...
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Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation | Robert Parham, Innovation, Stagnation, Denomination
Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation
By: Robert Parham
Christian meetings in 2014 disclose two trends. One: Predictable gatherings with the same "old" programs and speakers. The other: Passionate, content-rich events with much to celebrate and contribute. Read More ...
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Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking | Robert Parham, Sex Trafficking, Global Women, Polaris Project, Stop the Traffick
Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking
By: Robert Parham
Sex trafficking exploits some 21 million people globally, including 100,000 children in the U.S. While the church has said little, we can begin to reach across the aisles to make a difference. Read More ...
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If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We? | Robert Parham, Havoc, Pope Francis, Philip Seymour Hoffman
If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We?
By: Robert Parham
If Jesus were alive today, "he would be causing havoc," said the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The church needs to spend a lot more time considering the upside to havoc or disruptive innovation. Read More ...
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One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen | Robert Parham, Through the Door, Prison Ministry
One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
By: Robert Parham
Those involved in prison ministry don't draw attention to their good works. As you'll see in "Through the Door," they give thanks for the privilege to do good works that point toward the Father. Read More ...
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Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality | Robert Parham, Partisan Politics, Income Inequality, Family
Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
By: Robert Parham
To make progress on reducing income inequality, we need to abandon either-or propositions and unite on sensible both-and solutions.  Read More ...
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Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading | Robert Parham, President Obama, Marijuana, Alcohol
Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading
By: Robert Parham
President Obama's comment comparing marijuana as "no more dangerous than alcohol" was misleading and muddled. One would have hoped he would have been more clear-headed.  Read More ...
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Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List | Robert Parham, Al Jazeera America, News Media
Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List
By: Robert Parham
Christians need to be informed and on guard against political and ideological half-truths. One way to do so is to have multiple sources of news and information. Al Jazeera is a good start to your list. Read More ...
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