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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.

Forty days focused on Lent might keep us from a privatistic faith and lead us to a robust public faith.   Look what happened to Jesus during his 40 days of prayer and fasting in the wilderness. He rejected the temptations of economic, political and religious power. He determined his direction. He delivered his agenda […] Read More

A newspaper blog headline – “Marx, God and Faith in the Markets” – grabbed my attention last week and introduced me to Reinhard Marx, who is unrelated to the much more famous Karl Marx, although both are connected to the German city of Trier and offer a vigorous critique of capitalism gone bad.   Karl […] Read More

Updated at 9:15 a.m. CST on Jan. 28, 2010, to include quote from David Wheeler. Faithful Oregonians ran with perseverance the race for justice, helping to defeat those opposed to tax fairness in favor of corporate selfishness and wealthy individuals, such as billionaire Phil Knight, founder of the Nike shoe company.   On Tuesday, Jan. 27, […] Read More

Why is the existence of God and the degree of divine engagement in the created order always such a pressing concern for the comfortable armchair debaters when disasters strike? Is the question of “why God allows the innocents to suffer” in the context of the earthquake in Haiti a way to evade concrete, sacrificial and […] Read More

An documentary airing on ABC-TV stations has drawn the attention of an NBC-TV station.   On Tuesday, KPLC-TV carried a news story about “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims.”   “It has a lot of people talking, including one of Hollywood’s biggest stars,” said Cynthia Arceneaux, the evening anchor for the Lake Charles, […] Read More

If the Apostle Paul wrote today that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), would he have been thinking about a fundamentalist Christian whose corporation inscribes biblical references on weapon sights?   A […] Read More

Movie actor Denzel Washington referred positively on Thursday to “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims” on “106 and Park,” a show on Black Entertainment Television.   The Oscar-winning actor called the hour-long documentary “an interesting show.”   Indeed, the Lord works in mysterious ways–ways that transcend our best analysis, our common sense, our expectations. […] Read More

Chicago’s WLS-TV, the third-ranked ABC-TV station in the nation, will air “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims” this Sunday, Jan. 17, at 12 p.m.   For the third weekend in a row, a number of ABC-TV stations across the country are broadcasting’s hour-long documentary that tells five stories about goodwill Baptists and Muslims […] Read More

At a Tea Party Express rally in Birmingham, Ala., in November, I saw a woman with a handmade sign that said: “I’m right-wing, pro-life, pro-gun rights, anti-illegal immigration, a Christian, an Activist.” The word “Christian” caught my attention.   I asked if I could interview her. She agreed. I asked her about her faith. She […] Read More

The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers on Wednesday about’s documentary, “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” airing on ABC-TV stations. He attacked our documentary without ever viewing it.   Facts bear little value for ideologues more committed to advancing their agenda than telling the truth.   Joseph Farah’s agenda appears to be […] Read More