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A majority (56 percent) of U.S. adults do not think belief in God is necessary for morality, according to a Pew Research Center study released Oct. 16. This is an increase of 7 percentage points since 2011. Over the same time, those who think belief in God is necessary for good values and moral behavior […] Read More

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emphasized a distinction between policies and values in his May 3, 2017, address to State Department employees. “I think it’s important to also remember that guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated,” he stated. […] Read More

A problem with contemporary American society is that most people tend only to listen to people with whom they already agree. The result is almost complete ignorance of the perspectives of others. The result is a society that is no longer a community; we have no shared values. An example is the abortion debate. The […] Read More

In my previous post, I quoted Amos Wilder’s observation that “the language of a people is its fate.” What we say and how we say it shapes our lives. That column looked at the growing acceptance on profanity and the lack of civility it breeds. Profanity (language) shapes our fate (growing disrespect). Perhaps you’d expect a […] Read More

About a month ago, I visited Macau with a small group of pastors and lay leaders as part of a missions immersion experience with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia. We were graciously hosted by Larry and Sarah Ballew – self-funded CBF field personnel who have served in Macau for more than 16 years. During […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Several GOP presidential candidates sought to kick-start their stalling campaigns on Friday (Oct. 7) by preaching a gospel of low taxes and conservative Christian values to a summit of Tea Partiers, religious right activists and beltway insiders. Every major Republican candidate except former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is scheduled to address the Family […] Read More

A friend and I have an ongoing conversation about the importance of affinity groups. He suggests affinity relationship may take the place of denominational structures in the future. In this particular dialogue, I am the voice of conservatism. Denominational bodies exist to do what churches cannot do for themselves; thus, the question “And what can’t […] Read More

Have you learned that nothing “goes without saying” anymore? That sobering truth runs counter to our tendency to think there are some universally shared assumptions that all of us agree upon. We may think that everyone agrees with us about what a family looks like, what the Bible teaches regarding some pressing social issue or which […] Read More

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton said Monday on national television she is unsure she would have gotten through her highly public marital problems without depending on her faith. As someone “tested in ways that are both publicly known and those that are not so well-known or not known at all,” Clinton said her faith, along […] Read More

A new Associated Press-Ipsos poll is yielding important information that will likely have great significance for the so-called “values voter,” and those organizations that promote values voting. The term “values voter” came into wide usage after the 2004 presidential election. Exit polls indicated that voters were motivated by social and moral concerns and therefore voted […] Read More