Columns on Culture and Media

What Has Happened to All the Cults? | Philip Jenkins, Cults, Religious Extremists, Secularization
What Has Happened to All the Cults?
By: Philip Jenkins
Public concern over religious cults has sharply declined in recent years. The secularization of our society may play a role in these cults becoming more scarce. That may be a mixed blessing. Read More ...
Philip Jenkins

A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content | Cliff Vaughn, Documentary, Soul of the South
A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content
By: Cliff Vaughn
As EthicsDaily.com steps up our efforts to make our faith-based content available on TV, it's helpful to look back at how we reached this point, starting with an HD video camera in 2003. Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods | Zach Dawes, Genetically Modified Food, Genetic Engineering
The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods
By: Zach Dawes
The debate rages over genetically modified foods. The way forward for Christians is to read the research on both sides of the argument and turn to the biblical witness to reflect on the data. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point? | Colin Harris, Evaluating, Judging, Compassion
Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point?
By: Colin Harris
Does your ethical thinking pull you toward responding to others with compassion? Or does it seek the other end of the spectrum, which focuses on validating your positions? Read More ...
Colin Harris

Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point? | Colin Harris, Turning Points, Reconciliation, Racism, Civil Rights
Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point. Read More ...
Colin Harris

3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology | Thomas Kidd, Technology, Fasting, Social Media
3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology
By: Thomas Kidd
While fasting is an ancient practice, you can give it a modern application by taking a fast from technology. Here's how you can benefit by taking a break from the constant electronic distractions. Read More ...
Thomas Kidd

When You See the Need, You're Moved to Help | Steve Davis, Compassion, Vision
When You See the Need, You're Moved to Help
By: Steve Davis
What we see affects us a great deal. When we don't allow ourselves to see people in need, we aren't going to be moved to help. One of the nation's top jockeys, Victor Espinoza, knows this. Read More ...
Steve Davis

Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students | Trevor Barton, Education, Discipleship, Humanity, Children
Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
By: Trevor Barton
How do we help the countless at-risk children in our schools? We can begin by seeing them not as problems to be pushed into the corners, but as people to be welcomed into our hearts. Read More ...
Trevor Barton

Treating People Like People: A Review of "Through the Door" | Mary Adkins, Through the Door, Prison Reform, Prison Ministry, Recidivism, Criminal Justice
Treating People Like People: A Review of "Through the Door"
By: Mary Adkins
Unless you're prepared to become engaged in the prison community, "Through the Door" is a documentary you probably shouldn't view because you'll be eager to join those in the film who are doing just that. Read More ...
Mary Adkins

When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win | Bob Newell, Dreams, Innovation, Common Good, Collaboration
When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
By: Bob Newell
An engineer's crazy idea in the 1800s, an underwater tunnel linking France and England, became reality nearly 200 years later. Can we connect with those with whom we disagree and meet in the middle? Read More ...
Bob Newell

Getting Rich on Human Suffering | Larry Eubanks, Usury, Payday Lending
Getting Rich on Human Suffering
By: Larry Eubanks
Anyone in any industry who seeks to get rich, sometimes excessively so, by taking advantage of human suffering may gain wealth, but only at the expense of their humanity. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

4 Suggestions to Keep You From Avoiding Conflict | Kevin Hagan, Conflict Management, Reconciliation
4 Suggestions to Keep You From Avoiding Conflict
By: Kevin Hagan
When conflict arises, many of us try avoiding it instead of addressing it head on. Conflict can actually be very positive because it raises important issues to the surface. Read More ...
Kevin Hagan

How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls | Alicia Davis Porterfield, Parenting, Motherhood, Boko Haram, Human Trafficking, Nigeria
How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls
By: Alicia Davis Porterfield
Boko Haram kidnaps Nigerian school girls. Girls enter prostitution between 12 to 14 years old. What would it look like if mothers united and opposed these and other injustices against our girls? Read More ...
Alicia Davis Porterfield

Spiritual, Physical Dangers Await You When You Hurry | Ron Rolheiser, Sabbath, Spiritual Formation, Time Management
Spiritual, Physical Dangers Await You When You Hurry
By: Ron Rolheiser
We may not hoard money, but we do hoard experience. We constantly hurry what we're doing in order to to be available to do something else. Hurry, however, is an obstacle to spiritual growth. Read More ...
Ron Rolheiser

Spreading God's Love Through "Kleenex and Casseroles" | Steve Davis, Mumford and Sons, Compassion
Spreading God's Love Through "Kleenex and Casseroles"
By: Steve Davis
Mumford and Sons' lead singer says Christianity comes with so much baggage. Christianity does have a checkered past, but many of Jesus' friends show God's love with Kleenex and casseroles. Read More ...
Steve Davis

Avoiding the Twin Dangers of False Body Images | Zach Dawes, Beauty, Body Image, Exercise
Avoiding the Twin Dangers of False Body Images
By: Zach Dawes
Affirming that a person's worth and value is not tied to their appearance—particularly to how skinny they are or flawless their skin—must be informed by a proper understanding of a healthy weight and lifestyle. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

How to End the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline | Edwin Davis, School to Prison Pipeline, Education, Discipline, Prisons
How to End the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline
By: Edwin Davis
Zero-tolerance solutions to student discipline issues have been disastrous for schools. Adopting a process of restorative justice will lead to fewer suspensions, higher grades and graduation rates. Read More ...
Edwin Davis

Fulghum Offers Instructions for Life's Wayfarers | Keith Herron, Robert Fulghum, Wisdom
Fulghum Offers Instructions for Life's Wayfarers
By: Keith Herron
Perhaps best known for "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," author Robert Fulghum has an ability to capture life and faith through his quirky view of the world. Read More ...
Keith Herron

Sterling's Words Remind Us That Speech Has Consequences | Danny Chisholm, Speech, NBA
Sterling's Words Remind Us That Speech Has Consequences
By: Danny Chisholm
We have the freedom to say whatever is on our minds, but this does not grant us the freedom from the consequences of those opinions. Just ask Donald Sterling. Read More ...
Danny Chisholm

Your Actions Affect Someone Else Somewhere | Martin Accad, Ghana, Slavery, Colonialism
Your Actions Affect Someone Else Somewhere
By: Martin Accad
The horrors of the abandoned "slave castles" on Ghana's southern coast are unimaginable. But what things that we take for granted are the source of depravities to which we remain blind? Read More ...
Martin Accad

Nelson Mandela: Icon of Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Honor | Leroy Seat, Nelson Mandela, South Africa, Freedom Day
Nelson Mandela: Icon of Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Honor
By: Leroy Seat
After spending nearly three decades in prison, Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa 20 years ago this Sunday. He was a leader who modeled forgiveness and reconciliation. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens | Bob Newell, Common Good, Cooperation
When We All Work Together, Great Change Happens
By: Bob Newell
Nearly 47 years ago, something extraordinary happened in Sweden overnight. It's a reminder that when we all work together for the common good, we can accomplish great things. Read More ...
Bob Newell