Columns on Culture and Media

Faith-Based Movies are Crowding the Silver Screen | Shaun King, Movies, Parenting
Faith-Based Movies are Crowding the Silver Screen
By: Shaun King
An intriguing number of faith-based films are being released in 2014. Whether you lament or celebrate these films, remember this: They can inspire our faith, but it's our responsibility to nurture it. Read More ...
Shaun King

Blessed Is He Who Writes Without Using Smiley Faces | Bob Newell, Facebook, Social Networking, Friendship, Relationships
Blessed Is He Who Writes Without Using Smiley Faces
By: Bob Newell
Those who vociferously bemoan the disastrous decline in what was once considered polite, civil discourse might well spend a few well-chosen words of grief over the corruption of common communication. Read More ...
Bob Newell

What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience | Cliff Vaughn, Documentary Filmmaking, Through the Door, Beneath the Skin, STSD, DBCW, GWB, Older Adults, Social Justice
What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience
By: Cliff Vaughn
Sharing conversations with people who have decades of experience is a privilege that's enlivening and empowering. EthicsDaily.com's media producer discusses several souls who have impressed him. Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

4 Post World War I Lessons: How Psychotherapy Helps | Alistair Ross, World War I, PTSD, Psychology, Counseling
4 Post World War I Lessons: How Psychotherapy Helps
By: Alistair Ross
Counseling and psychotherapy can aid us in understanding who and what we are, which then helps us, through the church, to engage with the traumas of our contemporary society. Read More ...
Alistair Ross

In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude | William Cowley, Nigeria, Motherhood, Gratitude, Missions, Education
In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude
By: William Cowley
Baptist High School in Nigeria celebrated its first graduation with 50 young men earning diplomas. The school was empty and locked for four weeks. But one mom traveled 700 miles to say thanks. Read More ...
William Cowley

Scapegoating Just Isn't What It Used to Be | Colin Harris, Scapegoating, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Idolatry
Scapegoating Just Isn't What It Used to Be
By: Colin Harris
Sending away a goat as a symbol for repentance was an ancient Hebrew liturgical atonement practice. Today, people resort to scapegoating to place blame on another group. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community | Robin Sandbothe, Church Trends, Social Media, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community
By: Robin Sandbothe
Connecting with multiple layers of constituents and their networks through social media is an important trend that is essential to an organization's success. Here's how one seminary does it. Read More ...
Robin Sandbothe

Unsustainable Living: A High Price for Cheap Choices | Hannah Cribb, Sustainability, Creation Care
Unsustainable Living: A High Price for Cheap Choices
By: Hannah Cribb
Our lifestyles contribute to global systems. Many of us know and understand global inequality and are aware that we are contributing to climate change, but our behaviors don't change. Read More ...
Hannah Cribb

Will "Resurrection" Offer Deeper Reflection on Faith? | Brock Ratcliff, Resurrection, Television
Will "Resurrection" Offer Deeper Reflection on Faith?
By: Brock Ratcliff
Whatever twists the show may take, ABC's "Resurrection" could prove to be a helpful platform for Christians to reflect more deeply on the nature of faith and the hope of resurrection. Read More ...
Brock Ratcliff

Being Too Wired Fractures Us from God, Neighbors | James Ellis III, Technology, Social Media, Texting
Being Too Wired Fractures Us from God, Neighbors
By: James Ellis III
Many Christians see no problem with how saturated our privileged lives are by technology. Its overuse or misuse further fractures our relationship with God and our neighbors. Read More ...
James Ellis III

Prison Education Program Transforms Women's Lives | Richard Goode, Prison Reform, Prison Education, Tennessee Prison for Women, Lipscomb Initiative for Education, Through the Door
Prison Education Program Transforms Women's Lives
By: Richard Goode
Several dozen women incarcerated at the Tennessee Prison for Women have used the liberal arts to imagine better lives for themselves and their families. Here's how it works. Read More ...
Richard Goode

Lotteries Here to Stay but Still Shameful | Reggie Warren, Lottery, Taxation, Poverty
Lotteries Here to Stay but Still Shameful
By: Reggie Warren
Promoters must know lotteries prey on the poor and ignorant. Governments ought to be ashamed for promoting gambling just as Christians ought to be ashamed for participating in it. Read More ...
Reggie Warren

Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible? | Zach Dawes, Sin, Online Forums, Speech, Civility
Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible?
By: Zach Dawes
Whether the site is religious or secular, some of the most vitriolic and vulgar statements you will ever read appear in largely anonymous posts found in the comment forums of websites. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

National Day of Unplugging Focuses on Rest, Relationships | Cliff Vaughn, Media, Technology, NDU
National Day of Unplugging Focuses on Rest, Relationships
By: Cliff Vaughn
The National Day of Unplugging in March asks folks to "connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child." Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet | Bob Newell, Immigration, Perspectives, Albania, Human Rights
Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
By: Bob Newell
Like a baby chick crying out for rescue in a busy street, immigrants often have their ears attuned to hear the desperate cry of the less fortunate over life's background noises. What do we hear? Read More ...
Bob Newell

Why Are Evangelicals Vulnerable to So-Called Experts? | Thomas Kidd, Evangelicals, David Barton
Why Are Evangelicals Vulnerable to So-Called Experts?
By: Thomas Kidd
Instead of relying on pop experts, evangelicals could use more people who possess studied expertise in important subjects and are willing to communicate that expertise to a general audience. Read More ...
Thomas Kidd

What Two Winter Storms Say about Advancing Common Good | Colin Harris, Common Good, Community
What Two Winter Storms Say about Advancing Common Good
By: Colin Harris
Two winter storms revealed two "Atlantas" – one ill-prepared, the other equipped. They illustrate why it's vital to work together for the common good instead of shrugging off problems. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Will CVS Cigarette Decision Draw New Customers? | Larry Greenfield, CVS Pharmacy, Smoking, Advertising, Health Care
Will CVS Cigarette Decision Draw New Customers?
By: Larry Greenfield
The nation's largest chain of drugstores, CVS/Caremark, said it will no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores. Tobacco sales are inconsistent with their purpose, CVS' CEO said. Read More ...
Larry Greenfield

The One Pervasive Addiction Almost All of Us Have | Griff Martin, Addiction, Wealth, Poverty
The One Pervasive Addiction Almost All of Us Have
By: Griff Martin
Our greatest addiction is to money and materialism. We're addicted to wanting and needing more, and money is how we get it. This addiction is killing not only our nation, but also our world. Read More ...
Griff Martin

Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2 | Rick Love, Muslims, Pakistan, Interfaith, Peacemaking
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
By: Rick Love
Meet Azi, who works with madrassas in Pakistan to change the way young Muslim clerics are trained. Under his leadership, more than 2,700 leaders have been trained. Read More ...
Rick Love

What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues? | Sara Powell, Prison Ministry, Through the Door, Prison
What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues?
By: Sara Powell
Most of us probably don't think much about prisons or prisoners. Far from being involved, we simply ignore the issue unless it touches us personally in one way or another. Read More ...
Sara Powell

Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1 | Rick Love, Muslims, Pakistan, Interfaith, Peacemaking
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
By: Rick Love
Meet Mossarat, a Muslim woman in Pakistan who leads Mothers for Change. Her group works with mothers whose sons are being lured into terrorist groups and helps rescue them. Read More ...
Rick Love

Language Provides Lens for Social Analysis | Mike Massar, Language, Community, Individualism
Language Provides Lens for Social Analysis
By: Mike Massar
What does language say about us? One study noted that words about community were taking a backseat to words about the self. Another study says words about moral excellence are used less. Read More ...
Mike Massar

National Strength Found in Unity and Diversity of Language | Michael Ruffin, Coca Cola, Super Bowl, Language
National Strength Found in Unity and Diversity of Language
By: Michael Ruffin
The Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad caused quite a kerfuffle. While I believe people living here should want to learn to speak English, our nation is truly beautiful when we gladly embrace our diversity. Read More ...
Michael Ruffin

What I Learned While Inside Cook County Jail | Grace Ji Sun Kim, Prisons, Jails, Through the Door
What I Learned While Inside Cook County Jail
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Many Cook County Jail inmates are poor and people of color who are pretrial detainees and shouldn't be locked up. Their situation, compared to those who have lots of money, is unjust. The system needs to change. Read More ...
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

How "The Hunger Games" Society Isn't Far from Our Own | Seth Vopat, Hunger Games, Sermon on the Mount, Poverty, Hunger, Wealth, Income Inequality, Food Waste, Food Insecurity
How "The Hunger Games" Society Isn't Far from Our Own
By: Seth Vopat
In "The Hunger Games," the wealthy few make themselves throw up so they can continue to enjoy a lavish feast while the poor starve. With what we waste, are we so different? Read More ...
Seth Vopat

The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis | Cliff Vaughn, Through the Door, The Next Door, Prison Ministry, Documentary Filmmaking
The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis
By: Cliff Vaughn
For more than a decade, The Next Door, an outgrowth of First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, has helped women emerging from incarceration. It's proven to be a model organization. Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

Differing Vantage Points Offer Insight, Illumination | Sara Powell, Perspectives
Differing Vantage Points Offer Insight, Illumination
By: Sara Powell
Jesus charged us to a higher calling with eternal importance, but we tend to squander away our energy and discipline because we don't appreciate the other person's perspective. Read More ...
Sara Powell

Why One Hall of Famer May Not Watch the Super Bowl | Larry Greenfield, NFL, Super Bowl, Concussions
Why One Hall of Famer May Not Watch the Super Bowl
By: Larry Greenfield
Rayfield Wright, the football hall of famer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1967-79, isn't sure he'll watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. After multiple concussions, his attention span is too short.  Read More ...
Larry Greenfield

Why Prison Shootings Are Necessary | Cliff Vaughn, Through the Door, Prisons, Documentary Filmmaking
Why Prison Shootings Are Necessary
By: Cliff Vaughn
Visiting a prison takes time and patience because of clearance and security. Add a camera, and it's even more intense. Here are 7 lessons learned during filming of EthicsDaily.com's "Through the Door." Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

Super Bowl is Big Business for Human Traffickers | Trudy Johnson, Super Bowl, Human Trafficking, Global Women
Super Bowl is Big Business for Human Traffickers
By: Trudy Johnson
Officials in New Jersey are preparing for the onslaught of traffickers when the Super Bowl arrives on Feb. 2. Training has been provided for every segment of the population, including churches.  Read More ...
Trudy Johnson