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Baptist Center for Ethics

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

No mention of documentaries. No comment about broadcast TV. No reference to websites. No word about the Internet. No suggestion about networking with global Baptists. No note about race relations. No word about immigration, interfaith and incarceration. If one compares The Tennessean news story on July 29, 1991, announcing the formation of the Baptist Center […] Read More

Yahoo music analyst Paul Green’s Oct. 20 report noted that no platinum albums (1 million copies sold) had been released in 2014. The reason? “Today’s fans are perfectly content to stream their favorite music – and increasingly reluctant to buy it,” Green said. Online music services like Pandora and Spotify, which pay royalties to musicians, […] Read More

Eighteen percent of charitable giving happens in December, more than double the next highest month, according to one report on charitable giving. Another philanthropic organization estimates that 22 percent of online gifts occur in the final two days of the year. Recognizing these cultural giving dynamics and the ongoing decline in denominational support for faith-based […] Read More is on a record-scorching pace of growing Web traffic. We had 279,012 page requests in June. That compares to 93,074 in June 2005. Page requests represent the number of times articles are read. As good as that record was, July numbers were equally impressive, especially given the July 4 holiday. We had 277,033 page […] Read More

A workshop at last week’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly previewed an upcoming Baptist Center for Ethics DVD challenging the notion that GOP stands for “God’s Only Party.” “Golden Rule Politics” features politicians and ministers from three states answering the question, “What is the rightful role of faith in politics?” “In order to challenge a […] Read More

Belmont University’s School of Religion is partnering with the Baptist Center Ethics to write Bible commentary for “The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4,” a free, online study to help prepare churches for next year’s New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The commentary, along with sample lessons and other resource material, is available here. Located […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics is screening two DVDs Friday, June 29, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Washington, D.C. The room seats only 120 folk. So, if you are attending CBF or the American Baptist Churches meeting, come early. Come ready for good discussion of BCE’s latest initiative in moral education and activation. […] Read More

What is the rightful role of faith in politics? That perplexing question is at the heart of a new DVD that Baptist Center for Ethics will preview on June 29 at this year’s annual gathering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The preview is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. in room […] Read More

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh attacked a Baptist Center for Ethics’ board member in his January 2007 newsletter, calling him “a wacko.” In an article titled “In Sheep’s Clothing,” Limbaugh identified Joe Phelps as one of his five examples of Democrats appealing to religious voters. Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, was featured […] Read More