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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.

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

Nigerian Muslims and Christians were killing one another about the same time that Baptists discussed a resolution on the Nigerian crisis at the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) meeting in Santiago, Chile. According to the Christian Science Monitor, gunmen killed two elected officials last Saturday who were attending a funeral of Christians killed in an earlier […] Read More

Global Baptists are acutely aware of the reality of global warming and are determined to act. At the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Santiago, Chile, the largest network of worldwide Baptist leaders adopted a resolution that reaffirmed earlier climate change resolutions adopted in 2008 and 2009. The general council “laments the […] Read More

Noting that 40 years have passed since the first United Nations conference on environmental issues urged governments to protect the natural environment and advance sustainability, a European Baptist theologian said that the current situation is drastic. Helle Liht, assistant to the general secretary of the European Baptist Federation, presented a theological paper in a session […] Read More

Global Baptists paid homage in Santiago, Chile, to an Englishman, who wrote a book 400 years ago to King James of England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed that they had the divine right to determine the faith of their subjects. In a special session at the annual gathering of the […] Read More

When global Baptists gather this week in Santiago, Chile, they will explore relationships between Baptists and Muslims, hear a report from the United Nations conference of sustainable development and celebrate a Baptist founder who spoke 400 years ago for religious freedom – for those from every faith tradition. An estimated 260 Baptists from 40 different […] Read More

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s mixed decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law signals that much work remains before consensus can be reached over comprehensive immigration reform. Much of that work needs to be done in the faith community – apart from legislative bills, lawsuits and political posturing – if we’re going to treat the […] Read More

Everything I knew about the Church of Christ, better known pejoratively among Baptists as Campbellites, is probably wrong. What I experienced recently at a spectacular event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University was contextually prophetic, musically energizing, mockingly delightful, profoundly Christian. Truly a rarity in Christian entertainment, the show was irreverent and reverent with first-rate performers and […] Read More

The nation awaits in June the looming Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s anti-immigration law, known as SB 1070. SB 1070 makes it a crime in Arizona for an individual to fail to carry necessary immigration documents and requires law enforcement to question an individual’s immigration standing if officers think the individual is undocumented. It also […] Read More

When John Edwards said after his court victory last week, “I don’t think God’s through with me. I really believe he thinks there’s still some good things I can do,” what did he mean? Political pundits and columnists leaped to the interpretation that he was setting the stage for a political return, having once been […] Read More