Columns on Culture and Media

3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Leadership, Missouri
3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
By: Terrell Carter
Life for residents in Ferguson, Missouri, has slowed to somewhat of a grinding and frustrating halt. What can we do to help the people who live there? Consider these three things. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Snapping Selfies Much Easier Than Knowing Self | Agnes Howard, Selfies, Puritans
Snapping Selfies Much Easier Than Knowing Self
By: Agnes Howard
Snapping and sharing a selfie on your smartphone is all the rage, but those quick self-portraits don't reveal the true self. They're just masks for who we want people to think we are. Read More ...
Agnes Howard

George Washington Carver: A Hero Few Know | Chuck Summers, Creation, George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver: A Hero Few Know
By: Chuck Summers
Most people know very little about George Washington Carter. He showed the world that faith and science are not opposites and demonstrated what one person who lives for the glory of God can do. Read More ...
Chuck Summers

Why You Need to Listen to Others' Perspectives | Mitch Randall, Judgment, Empathy, Listening
Why You Need to Listen to Others' Perspectives
By: Mitch Randall
We would be wise to listen to others before we jump to conclusions about them. If we do, we can be more understanding and empathetic to others' circumstances and spew far less venom. Read More ...
Mitch Randall

Pluralism: United Together While Keeping Our Identity | Jim Kelsey, Identity, Pluralism, Identity
Pluralism: United Together While Keeping Our Identity
By: Jim Kelsey
Pluralism allows each of us to passionately and unapologetically declare who we are and what matters to us. It does not mean we apologize for our beliefs or suppress our convictions. Read More ...
Jim Kelsey

Are Sports' Salaries, Environmental Impact Out of Touch? | Zach Dawes, Sports, Conservation, Creation Care, Income Inequality
Are Sports' Salaries, Environmental Impact Out of Touch?
By: Zach Dawes
How does Jesus' message of good news for the poor guide us in addressing a pro-sports system that values athletic performances more highly than occupations providing essential services? Read More ...
Zach Dawes

3 Responses to Ferguson's Unfolding Tragedy | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Missouri
3 Responses to Ferguson's Unfolding Tragedy
By: Terrell Carter
Following Michael Brown's death and the aftermath of unrest and racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri, an African-American minister and former police officer in St. Louis shares his perspective. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

5 Things to Remember in Wake of Robin Williams' Death | Reggie Warren, Robin Williams, Depression
5 Things to Remember in Wake of Robin Williams' Death
By: Reggie Warren
Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeding automobile accidents. Most every pastor has dealt with it. Here are five things to remember to escape the darkness. Read More ...
Reggie Warren

Can Our Sports Culture Become Slow to Anger? | Mitch Randall, Sports, Anger, Peacemaking
Can Our Sports Culture Become Slow to Anger?
By: Mitch Randall
Sporting events used to be social affairs. However, sports industries, encouraged by fans, seem to urge athletes to be more confrontational and more aggressive. The more violent, the more we'll tune in. Read More ...
Mitch Randall

Selective Memory of Religion in History Books | Roger Olson, History, Education
Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
By: Roger Olson
History is always written and taught from some point of view; no truly objective account exists. When religious figures' accomplishments are glossed over, we have an incomplete view of history. Read More ...
Roger Olson

What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do | Sam Chaise, Lament
What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do
By: Sam Chaise
When news overwhelms you, you can have several reactions. You can avoid it, feel defeated by it or obsess over it. But when there's nothing you can do, you can lament. Read More ...
Sam Chaise

How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace | Leroy Seat, Hiroshima, Peacemaking, Sadako Sasaki, Origami
How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace
By: Leroy Seat
A monument in Hiroshima commemorates 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who died a decade after the atomic bomb was dropped. Today, many remember her every Aug. 6 through a tradition of folding paper cranes. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story | Nick Lear, Violence, Grief
When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story
By: Nick Lear
Tragic events are often measured in the number of deaths and injuries. Sadly, there's been a lot to count in the news. Those numbers, however, only reveal part of the story. Read More ...
Nick Lear

5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Technology, Sabbath
5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Do you check your social media apps first thing when you wake and last thing when you go to bed? You may need a tech Sabbath. Here are 5 lessons learned from being unplugged. Read More ...
Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Resisting the Cultural Urge to Buy, Buy, Buy | Nick Lear, Consumerism, Conservation
Resisting the Cultural Urge to Buy, Buy, Buy
By: Nick Lear
If we have the resources, the ubiquitous advertisements of our consumer culture urge and entice us to spend it on newer versions of what we already have. How do we resist the urge? Read More ...
Nick Lear

Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends | Zach Dawes, Climate Change, Environment, Creation Care
Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends
By: Zach Dawes
Previous climate-change studies have said temperature increases are nearly inevitable, but a U.N. report suggests there's hope. Can individuals and churches make a difference? Read More ...
Zach Dawes

What Has Happened to All the Cults? | Philip Jenkins, Cults, Religious Extremists, Secularization
What Has Happened to All the Cults?
By: Philip Jenkins
Public concern over religious cults has sharply declined in recent years. The secularization of our society may play a role in these cults becoming more scarce. That may be a mixed blessing. Read More ...
Philip Jenkins

A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content | Cliff Vaughn, Documentary, Soul of the South
A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content
By: Cliff Vaughn
As EthicsDaily.com steps up our efforts to make our faith-based content available on TV, it's helpful to look back at how we reached this point, starting with an HD video camera in 2003. Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods | Zach Dawes, Genetically Modified Food, Genetic Engineering
The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods
By: Zach Dawes
The debate rages over genetically modified foods. The way forward for Christians is to read the research on both sides of the argument and turn to the biblical witness to reflect on the data. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point? | Colin Harris, Evaluating, Judging, Compassion
Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point?
By: Colin Harris
Does your ethical thinking pull you toward responding to others with compassion? Or does it seek the other end of the spectrum, which focuses on validating your positions? Read More ...
Colin Harris

Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point? | Colin Harris, Turning Points, Reconciliation, Racism, Civil Rights
Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point. Read More ...
Colin Harris

3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology | Thomas Kidd, Technology, Fasting, Social Media
3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology
By: Thomas Kidd
While fasting is an ancient practice, you can give it a modern application by taking a fast from technology. Here's how you can benefit by taking a break from the constant electronic distractions. Read More ...
Thomas Kidd