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The Baptist Center for Ethics and want to challenge each of you to help your neighbor by supporting a local social agency in your community during this season of Thanksgiving. To that end, we’re launching #EthicsDailyLocal – an exciting initiative to empower people of faith to support their local agencies engaged in transformative work. […] Read More

Sutherland Springs, Texas. Thornton, Colorado. Las Vegas, Nevada. Charlottesville, Virginia. This past weekend’s shooting at a small Texas Baptist congregation is just the latest of many violent tragedies our country has experienced over the past few months. And it’s part of an ever growing list of tragic events that have accumulated over the past several […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics (BCE) has been informing Baptists about ethical and social justice issues for more than 25 years. When the founder and previous executive director, Robert Parham, established BCE, he envisioned an independent organization free to examine and offer insight into culture’s most perplexing ethical issues. Now, it is my great honor […] Read More

What does it mean to love someone? Jesus said that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. If we’re going to love somebody that way, then we need to know how we love ourselves. To love myself means that I want what’s best for me. I want to be the best version of […] Read More

Civil public discourse is becoming a lost art. This negative trend is exacerbated by social media platforms on which anyone, anywhere, anytime can express their opinion (informed, uninformed or misinformed) and where diatribe is replacing discussion. Oversimplification, feeling-driven statements, sound bites, one-liners and snarky, dismissive responses drive our public discourse while rational, detailed, fact-based, nuanced […] Read More

We teach our children from a very young age not to be selfish. It’s one of those qualities we easily see as a negative. When one child is selfishly guarding a toy to themselves, we interject, “Now, remember. We have to be nice and share with our friends.” Or when another child selfishly demands somebody […] Read More

The prologue to the Gospel of John provides this powerful metaphor for meaningful embodiment: “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, a glory filled with grace and truth” (John 1:14). This metaphor goes by the name “incarnation,” the kind of word that my grandfather would have called “high […] Read More

In an article just prior to the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency, Rich Harwood asks, “What about ‘our’ first 100 days – how are we responding to the challenges around us?” Not well, according to Harwood. He notes that the extreme anger and elation after the president’s election have only deepened since and that […] Read More

Can Gimli and Legolas help us learn how to bridge divides and advance the common good? If these names are unfamiliar, they are two central characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” series. For context, there is a long-standing animosity between dwarves and elves in the world of “Middle-earth” that Tolkien created. Gimli […] Read More

I came off of a very productive Lent this past season. My Lent involved fasting from politics – from listening, watching, reading and anything having to do with politics. That was a good exercise. Before Lent, I was up too late watching CNN, wasting away in the midnight hours reading The Washington Post and subjecting […] Read More