There comes a moment sometimes when you look around and realize just how privileged your life is. And I’m not talking about “white privilege” here. I’m talking about “American privilege.” I went on Unsplash to look for pictures for blog posts, and it just sort of hit me. Beautiful people looking at smart phones and… Continue reading What Does Real Change Look Like in a Country of Privilege?
Last summer, I wrote the following in my Writer’s Journal: “I have a voice that I’m not using – because I’m too afraid. I’m relieved when others say what I wish I had the courage to say because at least someone’s saying it. But I also wish I could speak up and take a stand… Continue reading I Have a Confession to Make
Children’s books have moved into the spotlight this past week with the announcement of Dr. Seuss Enterprises pulling six Dr. Seuss books from publication due to claims of racism. I’ll linger on that story long enough to say these few things: First of all, I’m just as much against banning books as I am against… Continue reading Five Young Adult Books to Spark Conversation About Current Events
It was last summer when I first started seeing the slogan “Silence is Violence” pop up on my social media feeds. And I understood what it meant. I understood that the sentiment behind it was most likely derived from such noble MLK quotes such as: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent… Continue reading When “Silence is Violence” Leads to Violence Against the Silent
If ever there was a year to learn things, it was this one. Lessons I never expected. Lessons I never would have chosen on my own. Lessons that were painfully necessary. Lessons that have deepened my faith and challenged my mind. Just a quick glance back over this year’s blog posts show me such a… Continue reading Top Ten Lessons Learned in 2020
The end of the year is just five short days away. And I know a lot of people who can’t wait to say, “Good riddance” to this year that brought disappointment, grief, tears, and difficulties. But I also know a lot of Christians who, not wanting to get caught in a complaining cycle, tend to… Continue reading The Lost Days of 2020
It truly has been a year like no other … but in the end, at least we can say we all got through it together. And more than any other year, we all had some of the oddest shared experiences. So I think it’s time to celebrate them and see what kind of 2020 Survivor… Continue reading 2020 Survivor Quiz
Within the past few months, I think it’s safe to say that we have all been forced to think about racism and our own attitudes towards it more than we have in a long time. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s important to be shaken up so we can look at what… Continue reading My Candid Thoughts – Educating Myself on Racism
Almost every conversation I’ve had with someone in the last four months has, at some point, touched on COVID. It’s inescapable – it’s touched every part of our lives. And yet, we’re so fatigued by it. We don’t want to keep talking about it because we’re sick of its dominance in our lives, but somehow… Continue reading My Candid Thoughts – On Living in a Culture of Fear
Almost two months ago, I shared a blog post about seeking an educated mind rather than emotional responses. Since that time, I have dived into the process of educating myself about current issues, and I have come to discover so much about the process of thinking rightly in the midst of all this turmoil. I’ve… Continue reading How Do I Think Rightly in an Age of Bias, Distortion, and Emotional Hype?