Category: Contemporary Culture

The New York Times and the Pursuit of Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas

Recently the Executive Editor of the New York Times said of his publication that “they don’t get religion.” Keep in mind this is the New York Times considered the newspaper of record for the United States. This is the same newspaper that proudly espouses a liberal worldview. This same newspaper says, “It doesn’t get religion” and yet is one that does news stories on religion. You and I are living in a culture where one may say it’s okay to live however he wants. As Christians, we are live to the glory of God. It’s this same culture that...

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Who’s The Boss?

As I sat in the coffee house working away on my sermon for the upcoming weekend – as stereotypical as that may seem, it’s not the norm for me – I started getting hungry. I had been staring out of a glass door at a McAlister’s Deli all day. I finally decided it was lunch time. I left my table, with all my stuff still on it, and walked across the street. I ordered my food, got it, and returned back to the coffee shop. I decided to eat my lunch real fast – which is usually the only...

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SuNee: A Life Rescued From Sex Trafficking, Redeemed By Christ

What follows is the story of a young girl in Cambodia who was rescued from sex trafficking, a crime perpetrated with impunity against young girls there. I was given the opportunity to interview her only because, after nearly two years in aftercare, she was considered strong enough to tell her story to someone who would write it and release it for the world to know. As a media team member for a Christian non-government organization working in Cambodia, I was both excited and daunted by this assignment: excited, because I would hear first-hand from a young girl who had...

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Sex Trafficking Numbers You Can Trust

When it comes to sex trafficking, sound numbers of who, how many, and where are difficult to find. Most widely reported numbers are estimates. Many have been discredited. The 2014 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report included this cautionary statement when using its data: “Numbers are not always the story. Pursue individual stories of survival, new government initiatives, or innovative research efforts until better data are available.” There are several reasons why reliable data is so elusive. For one, pimps make it a priority to remain hidden while maintaining firm control of their victims. The use of the Internet through...

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Seven Ways Christians Should Speak During a National Crisis

Last week another horrific mass shooting—this one a terrorist event—happened in California. This followed a shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado, which followed a horrific, ISIS-led mass attack in Paris. We’re living in a dangerous world. Terror and all kinds of evil seem to happen every day in communities that seem impervious to this. We are inundated with details because we are all wired to social media, televisionm and other mediums. Every event is now a national, even global, event. And every person with a smartphone is now a reporter, a commentator or a policy analyst. This is the...

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