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The Power of Story to Promote Justice

The Power of Story to Promote Justice

Not too long ago, I read an interesting book called Tell Me A Story by Daniel Taylor. One of the most powerful parts of the book was when Taylor argued that it is essential to listen to the stories of others, because listening to stories is an important first step...
The Trouble with Tradition

The Trouble with Tradition

I love having traditions and rituals in my life. For example, during the Christmas Eve service at my church growing up, we would end the service by singing Silent Night. The tradition was that during the song, you would give your family and friends a hug and tell them...
Why I’m NOT Boycotting Target

Why I’m NOT Boycotting Target

I got into a (relatively civil) debate the other day with a Facebook friend who posted on her blog that she was boycotting Target following their recent position on transgender individuals and the use of bathrooms. Here’s what Target said on their website: We welcome...
Armchair Activism

Armchair Activism

Because of my writing and blogging, I spend a lot of time on social media. I’ve been noticing a trend lately, and I’m not sure what it means for us as a society. I’ll call it armchair activism. Armchair activism happens when a person gets really fired up and motivated...
The Lottery is a Tax on the Poor

The Lottery is a Tax on the Poor

The Powerball jackpot reached 1.5 billion this week. For many people, this motivated them to make a dash for the nearest gas station to buy a lottery ticket. Not me. In fact, I’m against the lottery, and I think our communities would be a better place if the lottery...
Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

When Jesus was alive, his message was considered good news. For example, the Gospel of Luke describes one day when Jesus taught in the synagogue. In what could be thought of as his mission statement, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon...
Kim Davis and Living in a Pluralistic Society

Kim Davis and Living in a Pluralistic Society

Well, here is the latest in the debate between religious liberties and LGBT rights: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was put in jail for five days because of a contempt of court ruling last week. She was released...
Should We Forgive Racism?

Should We Forgive Racism?

We recently published a paper that explored forgiveness in the context of race-related offenses. I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m a big believer in the power of forgiveness, even in the context of very serious offenses. Forgiving tends to improve...
The Importance of Female Leadership

The Importance of Female Leadership

I have a friend who has a young daughter. The other day, she was learning about United States history and the presidents. After looking through all the presidents, she asked, “Daddy, why don’t any of the presidents look like me?” How would you respond to that...
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