Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Alex Kotlowitz is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He wrote a remarkable book in 1992 titled There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. It’s the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, 11- and 9-year-old brothers...
America, We Still Do Not Know

America, We Still Do Not Know

We still do not have a clear answer to the question, “America, who are we?” At the time of this writing, I do not know the winner of the presidential election or the final outcome regarding control of the U.S. Congress. For the purpose of this column, it...
After the Election, Who Shall We Be?

After the Election, Who Shall We Be?

No one knows the final outcome of the U.S. presidential election, but we do know our marching orders as God’s people. We know how to be gracious in victory and defeat. We know how to be kind and supportive to one another. We know God has called us to grow in holiness,...
How Long Does It Take to Be Nice?

How Long Does It Take to Be Nice?

How long does it take to be nice? When we launched the Say Something Nice Day movement almost 15 years ago, it never crossed my mind that the model for rudeness and insensitivity would be the president of the United States. How do you teach civility to young people...