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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

America’s expanding waistline and worsening health have triggered the call for a health campaign akin to the one waged against tobacco. “When I look at what’s going on with obesity, it reminds me of what was going on with tobacco in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s when there was a lot of emphasis on personal […] Read More

Prison reform has captured headlines, triggered partly by the death of Watergate figure Chuck Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, but mostly by legislative actions at the state level. Social justice advocates and fiscal conservatives are agreeing that the rates of recidivism are too high and the fiscal demands are breaking budgets. The system isn’t […] Read More

Heartland Institute put up an inflammatory ad on a digital billboard in Chicago that associated those who believe in climate change with mass murderers. “The most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists,” claimed the institute’s president, Joseph Bast, in a press release. “They are CharlesManson, a mass murderer; FidelCastro, a tyrant; and TedKaczynski, the […] Read More

Alex Awad spoke from Jerusalem. Sam Harrell from Nairobi. Martin Accad from Beirut. Molly Marshall spoke about Myanmar, based on a recent trip there. Wendell Griffen spoke about prison reform, albeit from his legal chambers in Little Rock, Ark. All did interviews via their computers through Skype with Cliff Vaughn,’s media producer, from his […] Read More

What does Romans 13 say about immigration? Nothing. Not a word. The word doesn’t even appear in the passage. Yet Romans 13 is the text of choice for those who favor anti-immigration legislation. Romans 13:1-7 says in part: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, […] Read More