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Author Jim Hill

I had the privilege to grow up in a white family of Baptists in the 1950s and 1960s, which had a commitment to racial justice and civil rights. My parents and my grandparents understood that God loved every person and that their Christian faith demanded justice for everyone. My father’s parents, Oscar and Verna Hill, […] Read More

Life is hard work. There are so many choices and questions. How are we to know how to live a good life? How can we understand our rights and our responsibilities? How are we to know what is right and wrong or what is good and bad? At its simplest, ethics is a system of […] Read More

Charles Sheldon wrote a book in 1896 titled “In His Steps.” It was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?”  The book grew out of a series of sermons he delivered in his congregation. The thrust of his book was that Jesus was not only our Savior, but also a moral example for our daily lives. Later, Walter […] Read More

Human rights are commonly understood as fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. The Baptist World Alliance is promoting Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8 (depending upon whether they worship on Saturday or Sunday) around the world. The date coincides with the anniversary of […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of co-authoring an op-ed with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon titled “Standing in the Gap for Working Missourians.” It was written in support of providing health coverage to 300,000 working Missourians through the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposed expansion, low-income Missourians who can’t afford […] Read More

What does God expect of me? How does he want me to live? All of us struggle at times as we seek to live our faith, and the prophet Ezekiel offers a challenging answer to these questions. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the […] Read More

Usury is defined as the practice of charging excessive, unreasonably high and often illegal interest rates on loans. Originally, when charging interest was still banned by Christian churches, usury simply meant charging interest at any rate. The book of Exodus says, “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, […] Read More

What does a passage (Matthew 25:31-46) about the sheep and the goats have to say to us? How can it help us be better prepared to face a new year? God has expectations for us. He has expectations for all of his creation, and he will judge us on the basis of his expectations. What […] Read More

Our world is filled with hungry people. Hunger, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (1971), has three meanings: ·  The uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food. ·  The want or scarcity of food in a country. ·  A strong desire or […] Read More

Everyone knows the political season is in full swing. The political ads on television and radio and those annoying automated phone calls are in full operation. I am looking forward to the elections just because I want the campaign season to be over. I know from reading American history that politics has always been a […] Read More