Columns on Culture and Media

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

On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects | Chuck Summers, Ferguson, Preconceptions
On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects
By: Chuck Summers
Photographers can't capture the essence of their subjects unless they take time to know them. It's no different with people. We must spend time with them to fully appreciate them. Read More ...
Chuck Summers

What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core | Brock Ratcliff, Common Core, Public Education, Leadership, Great Commission, Discipleship
What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church. Read More ...
Brock Ratcliff

What the Bible Really Says about Slavery | Larry Eubanks, Slavery
What the Bible Really Says about Slavery
By: Larry Eubanks
Some say the Bible stops short of condemning slavery and actually seems to condone it. However, the biblical case against slavery is much stronger than that. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

Why Must Christians Criticize Ice Bucket Challenge? | Joe Kendrick, ALS, Ice Bucket Challenge
Why Must Christians Criticize Ice Bucket Challenge?
By: Joe Kendrick
As the ALS challenge has grown in popularity, some Christians on social media have been quick to criticize. Let's encourage do-gooders to do more instead of criticizing the good they are doing. Read More ...
Joe Kendrick

Ebola Threatens More Than Lives in Liberia | Michael Helms, Liberia, Ebola Virus
Ebola Threatens More Than Lives in Liberia
By: Michael Helms
Fear grips the people of Liberia. The majority of 1,400 deaths from Ebola are in Liberia. Public gatherings are off-limits, health workers fear treating patients, and schools and hospitals are closed. Read More ...
Michael Helms

5 Reasons to Write Books for Your Own Congregation | Chuck Warnock, Writing, Publishing, Local Church
5 Reasons to Write Books for Your Own Congregation
By: Chuck Warnock
Let's face it. All aspiring writers aren't going to make it on the best-seller list. So if you're a pastor, don't overlook the most obvious audience you have. Write for your congregation. Read More ...
Chuck Warnock

Which "Real World" Do You Really Want? | Colin Harris, Experience, Covenant, Community
Which "Real World" Do You Really Want?
By: Colin Harris
What's real-world experience mean? The term is commonly used to describe the marketplace, where success is measured by the bottom line, but other equally valid real-world experiences exist. Read More ...
Colin Harris

What Americans Can Learn from Not Being in America | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Abundance, Ungratefulness, Materialism
What Americans Can Learn from Not Being in America
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We so easily take the dignity away from those who live outside the U.S. We often neglect the many gifts that come from being American. Here are three lessons we can learn when we're not in America. Read More ...
Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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