Politics, Moderate



Learning To Be Thankful Always

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. -- Colossians 3:15

This scripture popped up as one of my verses of the day on BibleGateway.com as we are celebrating the Thanksgiving season. For this time of year, I always expect to see an uplifting verse regarding giving ...Read more

'Till' Film Reinforces Importance of Living With Faith, Not Fear

The Emmett Till story was told multiple times this year through two ABC television docuseries, "Let the World See" and "Women of the Movement." It was fitting that a film was finally released on his appalling death last month, especially since President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law on March 29.

The film, simply ...Read more

Hope in God in the Midst of Political Uncertainty

On Election Day, I was a little more cautious than I have been in recent years while voting. With the growing concerns about the increase in political violence throughout the country, I thought about voting absentee, something I have never done before.

I have always had a nostalgic sentiment about voting in person due to the civil rights ...Read more

Michigan-Michigan State Fracas Is a Cause for Concern Within Our Sporting Culture

The violent brawl that occurred on Oct. 29 in the Big House tunnel after the Michigan State Spartans lost to their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines, is a troubling and sad reflection on an ugly facet of sporting culture. The most disturbing part of the videos that have surfaced is the footage that captured Spartan teammates swinging their...Read more

Student Loan Debt Crisis May Dissuade Many from Attending College

Like many who work in higher education, I have been closely following the progress of President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. It's definitely no surprise that this has become another bitter partisan battle as the program has been forced to delay debt relief just one week after 22 million borrowers applied. Many Americans with ...Read more

Our Lack of Civility Is Hurting the Soul of Our Nation

Ever since the political chaos that ensued after Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, we as a nation have been on an alarming collision course that threatens our spiritual and democratic foundations. We are living in a time where mutual respect across partisan aisles has given way to utter disdain. I have especially seen this ...Read more

What Would Jesus Really Say About Herschel Walker?

The Georgia Senate race between GOP nominee Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock has a belligerent nature of combativeness that will go down to the wire on Nov. 8.

When Walker first announced his candidacy in August of last year, I, like many native Georgians, was intrigued by his decision to get into politics, since I was a...Read more

Godly Compassion and Kindness Are Needed in the Immigration Debate

As I was reading about the 48 Venezuelan migrants recently flown to Martha's Vineyard on private planes from San Antonio, Texas, one of the first thoughts I had before discovering more information about how they were recruited was that this Massachusetts island is an odd location for asylum seekers. If most of these migrants did not want to stay...Read more

Taking a Serious Look at the Violent Culture of Rap

After the tragic murder of Philadelphia-born rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, I noticed several articles making urgent pleas to his hip-hop peers, imploring them to take an honest look at the violence and brutal gang lifestyle glorified in the genre. This petition is decades old, as critics of rap that include cultural scholars, ...Read more

'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.' Should Result in Serious, Soulful Reflection for Those Attending Church

When "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul." was released earlier this month, I read a lot of mixed reactions on social media to the film, which is a dark satire on Black megachurch culture in the South. The writer and director, Adamma Ebo, and her producer and twin sister, Adanne, received great reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but ...Read more

Thankful for a Semblance of Pre-COVID Normalcy

Being just a little over two years removed from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this school year is the closest to past normality for many colleges and universities.

The four freshmen English composition classes that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the fall are in person. With the Zoom lull from online...Read more

Praying That Troubled Youth Have a 'Come to Themselves' Moment

The dangerous and deadly trend in Columbus, Ohio, of teenagers stealing Kias and Hyundais has unfortunately been on an upward slope since January. Many of these teens are part of a gang known as "The Real Kia Boys," which originated in Milwaukee. Youth in other states have adopted this moniker due to the popularity of these car thefts growing on...Read more



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