The Radically Inclusive Life of Rachel Held Evans

The Radically Inclusive Life of Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans would have turned 40 today, and it seems appropriate to take some time to remember her life and legacy. I’m greatly saddened she didn’t live to celebrate the big 4-0, as she died on May 4, 2019. Rachel Grace Held was born in Alabama but moved with...
The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

A shameful event occurred in Louisiana on Easter Sunday 1873. Four years earlier, a new parish (county) had been formed in north central Louisiana. It was named Grant Parish after the U.S. president, and the small town that served as the parish seat was named Colfax,...
Beethoven’s Ninth Erupts with Joy, Hope

Beethoven’s Ninth Erupts with Joy, Hope

The great musical genius, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born 250 years ago this month. Beethoven’s compositions consist of 722 works written over 45 years, from his earliest work in 1782, when he was only 12 years old, until his last work just before his death in Vienna...
Taking Steps to De-escalate Abortion ‘Wars’

Taking Steps to De-escalate Abortion ‘Wars’

Abortion is extremely contentious. For more than 45 years now, there has been considerable “warfare” between pro-choice and pro-life people. Is there any way to de-escalate such negative polarization? James Davison Hunter is a “Distinguished Professor” at the...
Children’s Book Highlights People of Diverse Faiths

Children’s Book Highlights People of Diverse Faiths

John Lewis made popular the concept of making “good trouble.” The noted civil-rights leader who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 until his death earlier this year, tweeted in June 2018, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good...