December 2012


Christmas is when we remember and worship


It is amazing that more than 2,000 years after the event, more than two billion people around the world will again remember a birth in an obscure village. Why?

The late Texas Baptist ethicist T.B. Maston said Jesus represented the supreme revelation of God's nature. "The revelation of God recorded in the Bible, a divine-human book, is climaxed in Christ, a divine-human Person," Maston wrote in Why Live the Christian Life? (p. 51).

"We find in him the climax of the self-disclosure of God. God's final and perfect word concerning his own nature and character is found in Christ: in his life, his death, his resurrection." (p. 51)

And it...

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Ethicist Gushee offers an action plan on gun violence


Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing at the Huffington Post, has laid out 12 proposals for action in the wake of the latest "American massacre." Why has he done this?

"I have become convinced that we need to treat this steady downpour of gun massacres as a form of domestic terrorism that must be deterred, prevented and punished through every possible effort of government, civil society, families and individuals. Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can to end these monthly massacres of children in school, mall shoppers, churchgoers, movie watchers."Only a comprehensive solution will do. Every aspect of this problem needs
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Internet lawsuits remind us of the importance of truth


A Washington contractor is suing a Virginia woman for posting scathing reviews online about the contractor's work, according to the Washington Post.

This is one of a growing number of cases alleging Internet defamation. "Lawyers across the country are more aggressively using a combination of legal maneuvers and computer forensics to help uncover the identities of anonymous commentators and sue them," the newspaper reports.

Such lawsuits have the potential of dampening consumer reviews, which can be of great help in today's over-crowded marketplace. Most Internet users want access to unbiased reviews, and we want people to have the...

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Time to face up to climate change


Climate change should be obvious by now. The vast majority of scientists in the field have been certain of it for some time now, while some of us regular folks haven't known what to think.

The super storm that struck the New York City area is like an exclamation mark on the scientific statements regarding climate change. "Things are different now," the storm seemed to be saying. This has been what scientists have been warning us will happen.

It is important to use the term "climate change" and not "global warming" because the latter term can lull one into thinking if "my temperatures" are not getting hotter, then this must...

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Of people and solitude


People energize. Solitude energizes. But they do so in different ways.

I suspect those are gifts from God. Let me illustrate.

When I walk through the doors where my Bible study group meets, I suddenly have more energy than I had moments before. I rotate teaching the class with Richard Griffin, but I feel this energy even when I'm not teaching. A similar thing happens at Baptist meetings I attend around the state.

This also happened recently when my daughter, Tabitha, and I spoke on "Ethics in Leadership" at a secular college campus. In other words, the energy boost is not just related to being with fellow followers of Christ; it is...

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