By Aaron Weaver For two weeks in July, I traveled with a bunch of Baptists across South Africa for a mission...
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“Payday loans are the Lay’s potato chips of finance; you can’t have just one and they’re terrible for you.” Comedian John Oliver dropped that line during a segment on his new show Last Week Tonight back in August. The HBO satirist delivered a humor-filled takedown of the $46 billion dollar industry that traps consumers in what Oliver called a “circle of misery.”
Less than two years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s most significant legislative accomplishment, “Obamacare” is set to be back before the High Court next month. Oral arguments for Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. are scheduled to begin March 25.
Georgia gun bill functions as state regulation on churches, interferes with affairs of faith communities
Back in late February, EthicsDaily.com ran my column titled “Georgia Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons in Churches.” That controversial bill – HB 875 – passed the Georgia House and headed to the Senate for a hearing earlier this week. I joined a group of about 25 Baptists from Georgia in endorsing a statement on this bill. I also drafted a statement of my own that was delivered to the Senate hearing on March 11. Read the text below of my letter and read the latest national news update on HB 875.
For much of the past year, there has been a tremendous amount of online buzz about Jorge Mario Bergoglio — the man the world now knows as Pope Francis. Week in and week out, Pope Francis is a subject of conversation in virtually every outlet imaginable from cable news to local news, conservative talk radio to NPR, Facebook to Twitter, and the list goes on.
Just War Theory. What’s it good for? With the fragile situation in Syria and the continued possibility of military intervention in Syria in the future, this is a question that I've been asking myself lately.
Religious liberty is a two-way street. This is a point that far too many conservative Christian leaders can't seem to grasp. Rep. Raul Labrador - a Republican who has represented the 1st Congressional District of Idaho since 2011 - recently introduced a bill called the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" to protect individuals and organizations "from discrimination by the federal government" when it comes to viewpoints about same-sex marriage and homosexuality.