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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.

Anniversary celebrations are more than festivals of achievement. They are opportunities to build up houses of faith. One of the ways we are observing our 25th anniversary is with the release of two much needed moral education resources. We’ve followed a cardinal rule for 25 years: organizations build a constituency with content – practical, helpful […] Read More

Fragmentary experiences can inform and sharpen one’s understanding of the world. That has been my experience over 25 years as executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics/ Here are a few experiences that have expanded and enriched how I interpret the world: The “prosperity gospel” creates profound challenge for African Baptist churches. At a […] Read More

Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty, contrary to the argument that is made in some liberal quarters. For reasons that I don’t understand, some have an almost reptilian reaction against the suggestion that marriage is an economic positive for families and children. I don’t know if at their core they oppose […] Read More

Babs Baugh reminds me that I’m too serious, that I need to lighten up. And of course, she is right. My seriousness does come with the territory. Immigration, Baptist-Muslim interfaith relations, poverty, incivility, climate change are all intensely serious issues. Interviewing and introducing Al Gore on his global warming work – despite intense opposition; interviewing […] Read More’s forthcoming documentary is titled “The Disturbances,” scheduled for release this fall. It is the untold story of Christian missionaries saving lives in Nigeria amid genocide there in 1966. The early, working title had been “Genocide 66.” We have used that title with Twitter and Facebook. We even showed a 15-minute clip at our annual […] Read More

Republican Party presidential candidates have demolished the wall of civility. Let’s review what happened at the Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina, home of a historic Baptist university, Furman; a very conservative university, Bob Jones; and a South Carolina Baptist university, North Greenville. “You are the single biggest liar, you are probably worse than Jeb […] Read More

Historic and inspiring are the two words used by Texas Baptist religion professor Robert Sellers to describe the Marrakesh Declaration released last week by Muslim scholars. Texas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts said he was “blown away” by the 750-word document. Washington, D.C., retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick said, “It is truly a great document, one that […] Read More

Missing from today’s religion news is a critically important, positive report about the role of the church in creating stronger and happier families. Most religion news centers around the latest conservative evangelical leader to endorse a Republican presidential candidate, especially by the national press and cable TV. When Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Donald Trump this […] Read More

Thirteen days (at press time) until the Iowa caucuses when the question everyone is asking in coffeehouses, churches and civic clubs will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity? On Feb. 1, Republican and Democratic voters in the rural […] Read More

The smell of Camel cigarettes, sausage and scrambled eggs cooked in a cast-iron skillet, buttered toast in the oven and coffee on the stovetop woke me up before sunrise on a cold fall morning in north Florida. My grandfather, Red Parham, was cooking breakfast. We were going deer hunting. In the woods, he placed me […] Read More