Columns on Culture and Media

The Myth of the Rugged Individual | Larry Eubanks, Individualism, Community
The Myth of the Rugged Individual
By: Larry Eubanks
Individualism is a good thing, but we've hurt each other with the myth of the rugged individual. Individualism must be tempered by the recognition that we are social beings who thrive in relationship with one another. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

What You Gain When You Choose to Give Thanks | Gregory Magruder, Thanksgiving, Social Capital
What You Gain When You Choose to Give Thanks
By: Gregory Magruder
Do you take time for thanksgiving? Not just the holiday called Thanksgiving, but the practice of giving thanks. When we give thanks, we eclipse the unpleasant and live a life of satisfaction. Read More ...
Gregory Magruder

Ebola Crisis Leads to Many Problems in Liberia | Faliku Dukuly, Liberia, Ebola Virus
Ebola Crisis Leads to Many Problems in Liberia
By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia is a weeping nation. Ebola is not only killing people in Liberia and other West African nations, but efforts to limit the virus' transmission have led to other problems. Read More ...
Faliku S. Dukuly

5 Fundamental Questions Asked by Contemporary Films | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission, Catalyst Live, Apologetics, Movies
5 Fundamental Questions Asked by Contemporary Films
By: Sarah Stone
Contemporary movies ask five fundamental questions. And Christians should be comfortable interacting with mainstream culture to help society answer those questions. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

The Man Who Made You Want Shiny Things | Jonathan Langley, BMS World Mission, Advertising, Economics
The Man Who Made You Want Shiny Things
By: Jonathan Langley
Edward Bernays changed advertising forever in the 1920s, turning it into the science of making people desire things that were being produced – even if they didn't need them. Read More ...
Jonathan Langley

Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who's Yours? | Griff Martin, Friendship, Discipleship
Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who's Yours?
By: Griff Martin
To see the importance of friendship is to acknowledge one of the deepest and most sacred places in our lives. Sadly, many adults miss out on the blessing of having a best friend. Who's yours? Read More ...
Griff Martin

Why People Seem to Thrive on Resentment | Ron Rolheiser, Resentment
Why People Seem to Thrive on Resentment
By: Ron Rolheiser
Our world is full of resentment, and many of us feel we have every right to feel that way. Our need to cut down someone else is an infallible sign of our own jealousy and bad self-image. Read More ...
Ron Rolheiser

3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil | Terrell Carter, Civility, Disagreement
3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil
By: Terrell Carter
Anyone with an opinion on any subject can find a way to be heard, but too many online and in-person discussions devolve into personal attacks instead of focusing on issues. Here's how to keep it civil. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace | Zach Dawes, Civility, Speech
Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace
By: Zach Dawes
Obama's so-called latte salute is the latest illustration that we live now in a society too often lacking in common decency, much less grace, toward the shortcomings of others. Read More ...
Zach Dawes