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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.

Baptists occupy a rare space in the public square for a fortuitous challenge in 2016. Heated opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees, swelling desire to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., and exasperation over the global persecution and killing of Christian minorities in Islamic and Buddhist majority countries boil over in the public […] Read More

Molly Marshall is’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015. A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training, Marshall is now affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA, through her membership at Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. She is president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Baptist trailblazer in […] Read More

Where’s the Good News?

Christmas is the season of good news, right? “I bring you good news,” said the angel to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus. The angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he favors.” Had not Mary earlier said that God would lift up the lowly, […] Read More

Lebanon has an estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees. The United States might permit 12,000 by the end of 2016. Big difference: 1.2 million vs. 12,000. Big difference in actions and attitudes expressed by two Baptists – spiritual and theological kin who share the same Bible, baptismal water, Savior. One is named Nabil Costa; the other […] Read More

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We gather as families, remember the pilgrims, recall the faith of our ancestors, count our blessings, give thanks for our freedom. Many will have engaged in charitable acts for their less fortunate neighbors, especially for the homeless. Others will have delivered small gifts to next-door neighbors or friends […] Read More

As soon as reports appeared on the Paris attacks, the global faith community turned to Twitter to express solidarity for those who suffered and to pray for the victims and their families. Catholic News Agency offered an early tweet: “Join us as we #PrayForParis.” I retweeted their tweet: “Catholic News Agency calls for prayer for […] Read More

What do donors want from Results. Donors want to know that their gifts make a difference. They want to see a return on their gift. They want to know that we are good stewards of what they have entrusted to us. They want results. Here are 10 tangible results that one gets for a […] Read More

Six, high-end catalogues arrived at our home on a single day. A few more arrived over the next few days. More are expected. On the men’s side, one catalogue had a cashmere sweater for $300, a suede jacket for $1,065, a corduroy shirt for $175 and boxers for $48. Another men’s catalogue had a holiday […] Read More

Religious leaders wrote President Obama two weeks ago about the G-word. The G-word is genocide. It’s a charged word. It’s an ugly one. It’s a word that makes U.S. presidents and other international leaders squirm. To declare genocide is to demand action – action that most governmental and nongovernmental leaders want to avoid. Religious leaders […] Read More

Global headlines announced that the gunman who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College had targeted Christians. Media reports acknowledged days later that school accounts varied on the targeting of Christians. Did the gunman really target Christians? And if he did, do the actions of a young man with mental health issues serve as an […] Read More