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Author Robert Parham

Robert M. Parham (1953 - 2017) was the founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics from 1991 to 2017. He served as executive editor of, BCE's website, from its launch in 2002 until 2017.

President Obama wants to change the federal immigration law more than he seemingly wants to change the national ethos related to the undocumented. Changing the former without changing the latter leaves the nation divided. It breeds resentment against immigrants. Obama calls for comprehensive immigration reform, while he uses language that feeds negative narratives about the […] Read More

Lance Armstrong confessed to doping on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. The king of cycling said he had lied for years and used drugs to enhance his performances. Stripped of seven Tour de France titles, asked to return an Olympic medal and rejected by corporate sponsors, Armstrong’s TV confessional dominated the news. It provided a splendid […] Read More

January is “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” by presidential proclamation. Human trafficking “is a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery,” said President Obama in his Dec. 31 proclamation. Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security launched the “Blue Campaign,” which seeks to unite the U.S. government’s efforts to raise public awareness, to […] Read More

Has President Barack Obama become what he, his campaign and liberal pundits accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being? Romney was pulverized for flip-flopping, shading ideas to the point of distortion and making up facts. Yet within weeks of being re-elected president, Obama has done the same thing. With few exceptions, the left has […] Read More

One would rightly expect calls for peace in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sermons offered by Christianity’s most visible leaders – heads of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. And one would not have been disappointed. Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, called for peace. Prayers for Israelis and Palestinians […] Read More

Glen Stassen is’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012. Stassen and Baptist peacemaking are synonymous. He has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years. His focus has been on the “thick” ethic of Jesus and lived out among Baptists. Dr. Stassen is as focused on peacemaking today as […] Read More

Given the number of Americans who identity with no religion, the aggressive anti-Christian agenda of some atheists, and those who water down the practice of traditional Christianity, practicing Christians would do well to remember and recite how the faith community builds social capital. Below is my column that appeared last week in the Tennessean. While […] Read More

Hope Plus Five

Hope is at the heart of and its parent company, the Baptist Center for Ethics (BCE). BCE was started in the late summer of 1991 in hope – hope in the impossible possibility that we could make a moral difference as goodwill Baptists in a collapsing Baptist landscape, hope that we could frame issues […] Read More

President Obama wants to limit tax deductions on charitable giving by the wealthy, those who give an estimated one-third of all charitable gifts. He thinks that capping or cutting the tax deduction on gifts will help the nation avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Nonprofit leaders oppose such a move. “President Obama and Congress are considering caps […] Read More

Americans are fascinated with surviving an apocalyptic collapse – whether a fabricated story or a feared scenario. Consider three popular TV dramas. One is the “The Walking Dead,” a drama about surviving zombies, who eat flesh, and stressed out human beings, who are often bad to the bone. Fleeing from Atlanta into rural America, a […] Read More