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'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey' has a great message of faith

Something sensational. Something spectacular. Something revolutionary. Everything you need to get into the holiday spirit can be found in the wonderful fictional village of Cobbleton, the center of the newly released Netflix film "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey." This is a story of not only hope and belief but also restoration amid tragic ...Read more

We must contemplate scripture during this time to build, reap, sow, and heal

President-elect Joe Biden referred to the well-known passages of scripture in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes during his victory speech when he said that there is a time to build, reap, sow and heal, and now is "the time to heal." It was the resounding message he believed the 77 million who cast their votes for him and Vice President-elect ...Read more

We need prayer, Godly compassion, and forgiveness intertwined with our politics

On Election Day, I got up early to vote, earlier than I ever have since I cast my first ballot to participate in our valued democratic process in 1988. A lot has certainly changed within those 32 years, mainly the civility of our politics. Looking back on the '88 election, there were hard-nosed political punches thrown from both sides, ...Read more

I really wish Jesus were on the 2020 ticket

During my commute to my office at The Ohio State University Lima campus last week, I happened to spot a "Jesus 2020" yard sign at one of the many quaint homes I pass on state Highway 117. These signs have been popping up across the country since August, but this was the first one I saw in Ohio. The "Jesus 2020" signs definitely stood out among ...Read more

Dak Prescott, keep the faith. God's got you!

The hearts of Dallas Cowboys fans were heavy when two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott was carted off the field in a game against the New York Giants after he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. Prescott's season is done, and despite the Cowboys' disappointing start, with only two wins, he was leading the NFL ...Read more

Seeking the wisdom of God in governance: Celebrating Jimmy Carter

When former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 96th birthday on Oct. 1, I paused to think about the life of this extraordinary man from Plains, Georgia. Plains had a tiny population of 600 people when Carter was born in 1924, and although his family ran a successful peanut farm, it's not likely that most folks from this rural area thought a ...Read more

As I prayerfully cast my vote this year I still believe in American values

The immensely popular ABC sitcom "Black-ish" aired a one-hour special on the importance of voting in the upcoming November election. "Black-ish" is known for its sharp examination of American history and culture through racial and political humor. The seventh season this fall will no doubt continue this successful trend, as the national strife ...Read more

Our ministry cares for Columbus during COVID-19

As I drive and run my daily errands in Columbus, Ohio, I have noticed an increase in the number of people at highway exit ramps holding signs and asking for money. Coming off of Interstate 70 west and turning on to Hamilton Road on the east side of town, two men have a daily shift working traffic going in opposite directions. One is elderly, ...Read more

In the aftermath of the Breonna Taylor tragedy we need something like Jesus' "even now" moment

While viewing the protests in Louisville, Kentucky; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and New York after the announcement of the Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge the three officers involved in the tragic shooting of Breonna Taylor, it's hard to find the words to describe the anguish, anger and pain that is once again gripping the nation. ...Read more

Compassion for Jacob Blake under God's own grace

"I'm praying for Jacob and I'm praying for the policeman as well. I'm praying that things change."

These are the encouraging words of compassion that Jacob Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, spoke on the telephone during her family's meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden earlier this month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Blake, a 29-...Read more

Lewis' legacy and faith in God should inform Gen Z in a post COVID world

As I was revising my syllabus for my English composition classes at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the summer, I decided to focus on the theme "Coming of Age During COVID." I had been using a generational theme centered on social media and Gen Z for the past three semesters, but after the peak of the coronavirus forced us to go to ...Read more

Chadwick Boseman honed his 'perfect gift' from God

When I received an afternoon email on Aug. 29 from one of my close friends informing me that award-winning actor Chadwick Boseman had passed away, I was stunned and saddened. No one outside of Boseman's inner circle knew he had been battling colon cancer for the past four years, which makes his extraordinary performances in "Black Panther" and "...Read more

Kamala Harris, there is a vaccine for racism: the unconditional love of God

While watching the Democratic National Convention, there was definitely a special moment of pride in seeing Sen. Kamala Harris accept the vice presidential nomination as the first black woman on a major party ticket. A daughter of immigrants and an HBCU (historically black college or university) graduate, the latter of which represents my ...Read more

 

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