Roots of Freedom

“Roots of Freedom” by Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojouners (August 2016).  “THE NATION’S FIRST blockbuster television miniseries, Roots, shocked the nation when it started airing on Jan. 23, 1977. Based on Alex Haley’s research on his own family’s story and adapted for television from Haley’s novel, Roots offered the world its first cinematic depiction of Africa and […]

Ruining Lives with Criminal ‘Justice’

“Ruining Lives with Criminal ‘Justice’” (NY Times, 7/30/15), Doug Deason, president of Deason Capital Services and the Deason Foundation, tells how he made a mistake when he was 17, and, with legal help, was lucky to get a second chance. [Use his story to practice discerning God’s work in a wholly secular report.] So many, […]

Safety Net Successes

“Safety Net Successes,” the 2/5/14 editorial in The Christian Century, to explore how “the war on poverty has not been won – but we know some of what works.” Biblical reference: “ I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink . . . I was […]

Schools that Work

“Schools That Work” by David Leonhardt from NYT (11/4/16).  “While many charter schools fail, the ones with ‘high expectation, high support’ succeed.”  A related biblical theme:  “Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).  Read this article online or print it out at:

Science of why we don’t believe in science; We Can’t Handle the Truth, The

How to work with new truth.

Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident And Compassionate Kids In An Age Of Self-Importance, The

Avoiding the trap of self-esteem.

Selling the Protected Area Myth

  “Selling the Protected Area Myth” by Richard Coniff, a contributing opinion writer, in The New York Times (6/10/18). “[Change] will at times entail setting aside our profits and our precious convenience . . . But the alternative is to spend our lives in a world increasingly without wildlife.”  A related biblical theme: “They will not hurt or […]

Sexually assaulted at UVA

“Sexually assaulted at UVA” by Jenny Wilkinson in the Sunday Review of the New York Times for 4/5/15. Wilkinson is a veterinarian and a lecturer in equine science at UVM. She calls for colleges and universities to find better ways to deal with sexual assault than current practices that can be a letter placed in […]

Social justice parenting

Raising a socially aware son or daughter.

Social Programs That Work

“Social Programs That Work” by Ron Haskins in the NY Times of 1/1/15. Rigorous evidence can inform spending with examples of programs that have worked well. Biblical reference: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:37).