All posts from “Ethics”

Do Religions Produce "More than Their Fair Share" of Child Abusers?

July 16, 2013 8:00 AM

Terry Firma recently raised a provocative question through Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Athiest” channel on Patheos.com: Do all religions—not just Catholicism—produce more than their fair share of child sex abusers? He says yes. Unfortunately for him, it’s just not true....

Should Churches Tell Singles to Use Contraceptives?

April 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Earlier this month evangelical leaders from every sector of the culture gathered in Washington DC for the Q conference. One of the panels focused on the staggering number of abortions among single women within the church. Panelists discussed the problem...

Ur Video: Miroslav Volf on Public Faith

April 18, 2012 12:00 AM

We are entering into another presidential election, which means Christian voices will be invited into the political discourse. Some of these voices will make us proud, and others may not. So how should we think about Christian engagement in the...

Catalyst 2011 Justice and Mercy Part 2

October 7, 2011 2:36 PM

Catalyst 2011 has sent a powerful message of Christ-centered justice and mercy for what Jesus called “the least of these my brothers and sisters.” So the message this week has been, “Come all you poor and brokenhearted. Come all you...

Shane Claiborne: Death Interrupted

September 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week death was interrupted. Duane Buck was set for execution. His execution would have been the second last week and the eleventh this year in Texas alone… and two more executions are scheduled soon. When Presidential candidate Rick Perry...

Jesus, Bombs, & Ice Cream

August 17, 2011 12:00 AM

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the “shock-and-awe” bombing. I spent time with families, volunteered in hospitals, and learned to sing “Amazing Grace”… in Arabic. There is one...

Ur Video: President Obama on the Resurrection

April 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Yesterday President Obama hosted the 2nd annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Here's a video with his remarks, and how the resurrection puts things in perspective. In attendance were Tim Keller, Louie Giglio, Gabe Lyons, Kevin Palau, T.D....

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's

March 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordinary Americans decided to voice their concern about military spending – by withholding $10.40 from their 1040 tax forms this year? A simple, small, symbolic, but concrete gesture of protest...

Ur Video: Ted Haggard Scolds Evangelicals

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

With a new church and a new documentary airing on TLC January 16 (Ted Haggard: Scandalous), Haggard is back in the media spotlight. In this clip from an interview with ABC News, Haggard shares his new thoughts about the evangelical...

A Christian Sexual Alternative?

February 26, 2010 8:00 AM

The title caught my eye: “Reverend reconciles sex and religion.” Was another church challenging married couples to make time for sexual intimacy for seven days straight? A pastor making headlines for an edgy sermon about the goodness of sex? A...

Al Mohler Defends Obama...Sort of

September 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Al Mohler, the outspoken president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written about the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's address to school children today. Normally Out of Ur doesn't venture into the political fray, but in this case Mohler...

Skye Jethani: Tortured Conscience

May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

A political dissident is arrested for leading a movement that threatens the stability of a region. He is ambushed and apprehended by his enemies, detained without a public trail, and tortured by soldiers at the command of their political leaders....

The Hansen Report: Modern versus Postmodern Politics

October 2, 2008 2:33 PM

You can listen to every stump speech and read every position paper, but nothing compares to evaluating presidential candidates side-by-side during a debate. Their contrasting styles and views emerge in ways you hadn't noticed during the long primary season. The...

Out of Context: Shane Claiborne

August 21, 2008 12:00 AM

"If there's anything I've learned from both conservatives and liberals, it's that you can have all the right political answers and still be mean. And nobody wants to listen to you if you're mean. One of the things we...

Are You Ready for a Mormon President?

December 7, 2007 12:00 AM

From time to time this blog has addressed issues of faith and politics. In September, Isaac Canales shared his views about the church's response to illegal immigration. Brian McLaren has spoken here about the demise of the Religious Right. And...

The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

September 21, 2007 12:00 AM

You may think writing a sermon every week is challenging work, but imagine writing speeches everyday for the leader of the free world. That was Michael Gerson's job for six years under President George W. Bush. Last night I attended...

AIDS Activism Makes Strange Bedfellows

December 1, 2006 12:00 AM

This morning I attended a prayer breakfast in my town for World AIDS Day. Despite the blizzard conditions, leaders from local churches, schools, and relief organizations gathered for the event. More than a few people remarked about the odd group....

Preventing the End of the World

October 10, 2006 12:00 AM

The world is shrinking. One can hardly go a day without hearing about events in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, or Israel. Recently leaders from around the world gathered in New York for President Clinton's Global Initiative Conference to discuss the...

Pop Justice: Is social action the latest church trend?

September 25, 2006 12:00 AM

What do a pastor, a politician, and a pop star have in common? Until recently, not much. But Bono, lead singer of the band U2, has managed to unite these unlikely groups around the issue of social justice. As a...

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