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Author Agnes Howard

Agnes R. Howard teaches at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University.

In 24/7-always-on work culture, it’s hard to find time to break away from work and rest. How do we make time for a true break from our labor? The Puritans put it in perspective. […] Read More

Many college students have a split personality. Model students by day, they adopt an alternate persona by night that engages in risky behavior. What can fix the college-party scene? Theology, one author says. […] Read More

Alex Stone startled in a recent New York Times op-ed, “Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good.” Stone, author of “Fooling Houdini,” tempts readers to abandon that plodding parental desire to raise honest children with this irresistible bait: Liars are smarter. “We believe honesty is a moral imperative, and we try to instill this […] Read More

It’s been a busy year for those whose connection with Martin Luther is not only confessional but professional. In this 500th anniversary of the year when Luther is credited with starting the Reformation, the world already has had months or more of reflection, commemoration and discussion about that event. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Lutheran theologian and […] Read More

At the end of the first visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., we should remember that his Holiness came to us by way of Cuba. And coming by way of Cuba, his travels might remind us of the shared historical experience of the U.S. and those Spanish-speaking lands south of the border, lest our […] Read More

Recent release of video footage showing Planned Parenthood official Deborah Nucatola describing collection and costs of fetal tissue has attracted attention and controversy. With this controversy playing out in background, the Wall Street Journal published a new report on the overuse of ultrasounds. The article argues that low-risk pregnancies do not need the average 5.2 […] Read More

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts. Jurors – and everyone else in and around Boston – now contemplate sentencing. Discussions about the death penalty have a strange ring in Massachusetts, a state that renounced it in 1984 and had its last execution in 1947. Residents debate capital punishment for the Boston Marathon bomber, […] Read More

When Lent begins early, as it did this year, calls to prayer and fasting come right up against the New Year’s barrage of juice-cleanse ads promising atonement for holiday indulgence. From pulpits and religion blogs, Lent brings annual reminders that “it’s not about” giving up chocolate or any other item. Just skipping chocolate for six […] Read More

The news is terrible lately. Maybe news always is bad. Many eras bristle with horror, and knowing some history gives us perspective. But it seems so bad now: Christians beheaded in Libya and more fleeing to Egypt, Christians kidnapped in Syria, ancient artifacts smashed in Iraq, jihadists uncovered in Brooklyn. What can hinder comprehension of […] Read More

This summer a relative put aside resistance and got his first smartphone, soon after sending us a picture of himself taken with his phone, captioned: “My First Facie.” Initial mirth over this mistaken terminology—”facie” instead of “selfie”—gave way to conviction that his was, in fact, the much better word. That strange new-ish cultural form the […] Read More