The Power behind the Anti-Bullying Fad

by Barry Creamer

bullyingAnti-bullying is such a common and popular theme for the moment that I don’t think it’s a stretch to call it a fad. Don’t get me wrong. Not all fads are bad—at least not for whatever may give them their original traction. But there is a weakness in fads not too far removed from the weakness of the Old Testament law: us. In the case of fads, our short attention span, tendency to move as a herd, and shallow grasp of sometimes complex subjects make every golden-haired movement du jour (somewhere in there is a messianic pasta based soup) worthy of a little deeper and even sometimes more dubious inspection. I am not suggesting bullying is not a problem, nor that it should not be addressed. But I am suggesting there may be some things to learn from its transient popularity—things both good and bad about the fad. Continue reading

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Bees Won’t Sting YA

by Kirk Spencer

US-POLITICS-EASTER-OBAMAThis Easter morning, as was his custom, our president read “Where the Wild Things Are.” He reads this famous 60s picture book to a group of children on the White House lawn. I’m not sure what “Wild Things” have to do with Easter, however, if we were there, we could hear him read[1] these words: “And now let the wild rumpus start!” Then our president led the “wild things” in a wild rumpus… which was not very wild. And the children were not rumpusing. So they were called out for “not rumpusing that hard.” (I didn’t see anyone rumpusing at all). It was all staged. The children just didn’t feel like rumpusing… or they were not sure what “rumpusing” meant. (I’m not even sure what it is… though I think it has to do with making a big show of doing whatever you want, not matter what anyone else thinks.) Continue reading

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Moral Obligation vs. Moral Approval

by Joshua Crutchfield

cakesWith the firestorm underway in Indiana and much of the United States regarding religious liberty and the outcry of discrimination, I find it necessary to point out the obvious. After watching the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s president, Russell Moore, succinctly present the logical reasons for such unfortunately necessary bills that protect our religious liberty, it became quite apparent that the Christian community has been demonized as a people who would like the ability to indulge prejudice behaviors as opposed to extending neighborly concern.

Whether this stereotype forced upon the church is accurate or not, it is not one that the media and others seem to be concerned with. Now with the irrational behavior of our country, driven by unstable emotions, the distinction of moral obligation and moral approval needs to be stated. Continue reading

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Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

by Joe Wooddell

wolfOn January 16, 2015 American Sniper (the movie) was released. It took me a while, but I finally saw it a few weeks ago. Based on the true story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the movie chronicles his four tours of duty in Iraq, and basically shows how important a sniper can be to military maneuvers, and how extremely well Kyle accomplished this task. A friend mentioned that those critical of the movie assert that it glorifies war. I disagree. It glorifies valor, courage, self-sacrifice, and the triumph of good over evil, but not war itself. All of this is another post, however. It’s not what I aim to address in this post. Rather, I want to mention a phrase or idea mentioned in the film by the character of Kyle’s dad when Kyle and his brother were children. Continue reading

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In the Lion’s Den: Tough Topics with Everett Berry

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After our latest Lion’s Den Q&A with professors, we asked our resident theologian, Dr. Everett Berry, to discuss the theological implications of the questions raised by our students. Continue reading

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A Tribute to My Father: Emmett Meraz, Jr. (1923-2015)

by Aaron Meraz

meraz jrAs Emeterio Meraz made his way to the red barn he and his family of ten called home, he had a box of crackers under his arm. He entered the barn, called his family together, set the box of crackers before them, and said, “This week, we will eat like kings.” Such was the poverty my father, Emmett Meraz Jr., experienced during his childhood in Cyril, Oklahoma. He was six years old when the Great Depression hit. His Mexican father, who had been educated in Mexico City, was now a sharecropper, picking cotton along with his older children and wife. Extreme poverty was their life for the first four years of the Great Depression. Continue reading

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The Engaging Culture of the Mind

by Kirk Spencer

00 TheEngagingCultureOfTheM“Engage” and “transform” are popular words in academic circles. They can take on many meanings. Taken together, they usually imply connecting (engaging) to make a difference (transform). In my opinion, this is not something that can be avoided. If we live together, we will connect and we will make a difference. So the main issue—whether individually or an institutionally—is “What kind of transformation are we going to make when our minds engage?” Continue reading

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