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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.

The new spirituality collapses the space between football and faith, according to Ray Waddle, the former religion editor at the Tennessean, who still contributes two columns each month to the paper. Ray and I arrived in Nashville about the same time – only a few months apart in the mid-1980s. Ray is as insightful now […] Read More

When two Catholic bishops, two Episcopal bishops, one Methodist bishop, one Lutheran bishop and one AME Zion bishop gather in one room, what do you get? Add to the conclave a Catholic sister who has appeared recently on both “The Colbert Report” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” Include a national Baptist leader, a local Presbyter, a […] Read More

American Atheists want religion out of the public square. Religion, after all, has “no place in politics” for it is “sheer silliness.” So says the group American Atheists. To advance their agenda at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., American Atheists has purchased billboard space slamming Christianity. A billboard shows a likeness of Jesus […] Read More

The radio broadcast began with the highest of praise. “David Barton. An honorable, honorable man. A true American historian. And really honestly, I think the man who has singlehandedly saved this country from darkness,” said conservative radio host Glenn Beck. “The stuff that he has taught me I didn’t know.” The 12-minute show focused on […] Read More

Lebanese Baptist leader Nabil Costa spoke with over the weekend about the worsening crisis in Syria, which he called “very painful.” “From the humanitarian and social aspect, it is very difficult and it is very painful. More and more people are getting displaced,” said Costa, executive director of the Lebanese Baptist Society and a […] Read More

One would have expected an outpouring of moral commentary from faith leaders across America after the killings and woundings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Commentary that would have said, “Enough is enough. We’re finally going to take on the gun industry, the gun lobby.” And one would have been wrong. Faith leaders did […] Read More

Why would sponsor an event on faith and immigration during the Democratic National Convention? The answer – simply put – is to offer a moral witness of faith leaders to political leaders about the urgency of addressing immigration reform. Nothing more. Nothing less. There is a growing consensus coursing through the life of the […] Read More

What shall we make of those who beseech the divine, but evade their own earthly responsibility? Faith without works is dead. So reads The Letter of James, a New Testament book that challenges the idea that authentic faith is only a matter of mental assent to a set of theological utterances (James 2:17). But James […] Read More

Jesus’ moral agenda is summarized in Luke 4:18-19. Unfortunately, U.S. Christians in general and Baptists in particular have neglected it, especially the part about prisoners. That was the observation of former President Jimmy Carter in a video interview with last week at the Carter Center. “I don’t think there is any doubt but that […] Read More

Mary Meeker was identified by Fortune magazine as “one of the ten smartest people in tech.” She delivered in May a major report on Internet trends at an “All Things Digital” conference. Using slides, Meeker said we need to re-imagine where we are: â—     We are shifting from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones. […] Read More