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More than $358 billion was given to charitable causes in 2014, according to a new report from Giving USA. This is an increase of 7.1 percent from 2013 when $335 billion in charitable gifts were donated. When adjusted for inflation, “giving in 2014 is estimated to have surpassed the highs seen prior to the recession.” […] Read More

Confidence in every major U.S. institution, save for military and small businesses, polled below historic averages according to a new Gallup survey. “Americans’ confidence in all institutions over the last two years has been the lowest since Gallup began systematic updates of a larger set of institutions in 1993,” the report said. Forty-two percent of […] Read More

Tens of millions of children were negatively affected by armed conflict last year, according to a new report from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. The publication noted “unprecedented challenges” in 2014, as “children in several countries affected by major crises, namely, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Israel/State of Palestine, Nigeria, South Sudan and the Syrian […] Read More

A strong majority in the United States supports avenues to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Seventy-two percent of respondents said immigrants should be able to obtain legal status, with 42 percent supporting their ability to obtain citizenship and 26 percent favoring a […] Read More

The global population considered food insecure has declined by 167 million since 2005 and by 216 million since 1992, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. Yet 795 million people remain malnourished with 780 million of these […] Read More

Johnny McKinney is senior pastor of Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. 1. Where did you grow up? Johnson City, Tennessee. 1. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Romans 8:38-39. Knowing we are held in God’s love gives confidence and courage for all the challenges of daily life. […] Read More

Jim Somerville is pastor of First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Jim’s articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here, and his Skype interview is available here. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Selma, Alabama, in 1959, but I grew up in rural, poverty-stricken, Boone County, West Virginia. 2. What […] Read More

Alan Sherouse is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina. 1. Where did you grow up? Lakeland, Florida. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The road to Emmaus narrative in Luke 24:13-35. Hope moves from distant and past to here and now. 3. What is […] Read More

Stephen Holmes is a Baptist minister and senior lecturer in theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Stephen’s articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here, and his Skype interview is available here. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Derbyshire, England, and finished my schooling on the south […] Read More

Even crises can be blessings in disguise, an African Baptist leader says. Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Kampala, Uganda, and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF), talks about challenges for African churches in a new Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com. Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol from EthicsDaily on Vimeo. Okwakol, a […] Read More