"We could all use a little kindness."
This quote is placed at the top of the movie poster for "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," and it truly embodies the persona of Fred Rogers as I remember him. Growing up in the '70s and '80s, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was a staple of my television viewing along with "Sesame Street" and "The...Read more
As I celebrate Thanksgiving this year, like many of you, I am taking special time to show God my gratefulness for His provision, both spiritually and naturally. I remember Thanksgivings from my childhood when I did not fully understand the concept of provision and having all of my physical needs met. I really wasn't cognizant of how blessed my ...Read more
About two weeks ago, when I was grading the secondary-source integration assignment for my morning English composition classes, I came across a quote from former President Jimmy Carter that one of my students used. It was a 2015 quote from Carter expressing his support for historically black colleges and universities. As I reviewed my student's ...Read more
One of the largest religion-based reports on millennials and Gen Z was published this month by Barna Group and World Vision. It's an intriguing collaboration, as Barna Group focuses extensively on faith and culture, and World Vision is a global Christian organization that works to lift children out of poverty.
The report, titled "The Connected ...Read more
Go down, Moses Way down in Egypt land Tell old Pharaoh to Let my people go!
This was one of the first Negro spirituals I heard as a child when learning about the fearlessness and dignified poise of Harriet Tubman. My mother proudly emphasized that Tubman used spirituals as code songs during her rescue missions, which ...Read more
As I was reading about Georgia Southern University students burning Jennine Capó Crucet's novel "Make Your Home Among Strangers," a story about Crucet's experience as a Latina student at a predominately white institution, I began thinking about how we can change the conversation regarding white privilege.
Crucet, who's a professor at the ...Read more
Paula White, the spiritual advisor to President Donald Trump, has recently come under fire for the release of her new book, "Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials." Pastors are accusing her of promoting the so-called "prosperity gospel," although the previews of her book don't indicate that this is a primary theme. White has always ...Read more
I'm sure diehard Brad Pitt fans will be flocking to theaters to see his new film, "Ad Astra," a space drama that delves into deep existential questions. Pitt plays middle-aged astronaut Roy McBride, who is on a mission to Neptune to find answers about a 30-year-old voyage during which his astronaut father's crew disappeared.
Of all the films I ...Read more
It was the hug seen around the nation. Brandt Jean walked off the witness stand to embrace Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed his older brother Botham. This showing of compassion gently defied courtroom protocol. It angered many and shocked many more. How was it possible that Jean, who is only 18, could look his...Read more
California is known for prepping its residents to be earthquake-ready, and it's been a while since a major one hit the Golden State on the Pacific coast. This week, however, California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a seismic shift through the NCAA equivalent to a 7 on the Richter scale. Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that will allow ...Read more
Trolling on social media, unfortunately, has become a sinister American pastime. It is by far the worst liability of the otherwise great technology that connects, informs and often inspires us. Concealing themselves behind menacing avatars and usernames, trolls wreak havoc on the lives of their targets with vexing words that incite fear and ...Read more
As I have been reflecting on the 400th anniversary of the landing of Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, in August 1619, it has been interesting to read articles from prominent historians like Davison College's Michael Guasco, who have explained that these captives were not the first slaves in the U.S. In a 2017 piece for the African American ...Read more
A recently released report by Morning Consult titled "Understanding Gen Z" has a lot of people talking about how post-millennials are beginning to influence our nation. The report describes Gen Z as America's "largest, most diverse, best-educated, and most financially-powerful generation." That's a pretty impressive summary for a generational ...Read more