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Empathy

Tears streaming down her cheeks, the student said her dad had been arrested. As a teacher, what can you do in that moment when you need to be teaching students what they need to know? Then, something astonishing happened. […] Read More

There are times when being empathetic doesn’t help people. We need to use our heads more than our hearts and adopt a more rational approach to intervening positively in the world. […] Read More

When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, he is urging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. However, when it comes to those who aren’t like us, many of us resist this innate ability. […] Read More

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. When any threats are perceived, our empathy often will slam shut like a trap door. We’re called beyond instinct to empathy. That’s what I learned in a football stadium parking lot. […] Read More

No matter how justified you feel, bitterness and anger are not a good place to stay. Both Jesus and what’s noble inside of you invite you to move beyond anger and indignation and move toward empathy. […] Read More

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere, individuals and groups are indignant and morally outraged, sometimes violently so, by opposing individuals, groups, ideologies, moral positions, ecclesiologies, […] Read More

My math teacher daughter has a poster in her classroom that reads: “Today I will give you two tests. One will be in math, and the other will be in integrity. If you have to fail one of them, let it be the math one.” The pressure in schools, on students and teachers alike, is […] Read More

Many of us in the U.S. have a long-distance relationship with persons of other cultures. Attempts have been made to describe the nature of our interactions as a melting pot (used to describe a place where persons of different cultures, beliefs and practices are mixed together) or a salad bowl (used to describe a place […] Read More

President Trump complained earlier this year about the media’s failure to pay due attention to Islamist terrorist attacks, and the administration offered a specific list of such events. In some cases, his complaint was unfair, but the list did include many overseas attacks known only to experts and largely ignored by media. In turn, critics […] Read More

Sometimes we’re a mystery to ourselves, or, perhaps more accurately, sometimes we don’t realize how much paranoia we carry within ourselves. A lot of things tend to ruin our day. I went to a meeting recently and for most of it felt warm, friendly toward my colleagues, and positive about all that was happening. I […] Read More