Current Issues/News

Cleveland Abduction: Courage, faith, riveting TV drama.  No one should have to suffer what Michelle Knight and her fellow captives did in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.  With gripping realism and tender reflection, Lifetime’s movie tells this absorbing story from abduction to liberation and beyond.  (Short op-ed)

Does God’s Love Make You Want to Give?  Some current social scientific research suggests it might.  Intriguing survey results, and an inspiring story of Auntie Anne, the pretzel lady.  (Short op-ed)

Sexual Abuse Victor Offers Hope for Sandusky Victims, Others.  He knows how Jerry Sandusky’s victims must feel.  Their stories reawakened agonizing memories of childhood sexual abuse in Josh.  He’d hated his assailant, hated his father, and damned God.  He felt ashamed, and terribly alone.  Then a college student’s challenge started him on a quest that changed everything.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

Tiananmen Leader’s Divine Cause.  Chinese student Chai Ling helped lead the massive 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square that drew the world’s praise and her government’s wrath.  Twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, today this Harvard MBA is a successful businesswoman who still risks persecution to bring reform toChina.  Her current activities might surprise you.  (Short op-ed)

October Baby movie:  Do you feel wanted?  For nineteen-year-old Hannah Lawson, that desire drives a quest to discover her real identity.  You see, she’s just learned that she was adopted, and the product of a failed abortion attempt.  (Short op-ed)

Coping with Job Loss.  I got an email recently from another laid-off colleague.  One more recession downsizing casualty.  I’ve been there, too.  How do you help a friend – or yourself – cope with losing their job?  (Short op-ed)

Forgiving Bernie Madoff?  Could you forgive the multibillion dollar swindler if you were one of his victims?  (Short op-ed)

Optimism Takes a Beating in Tough Times.  When the Optimist Club gets pessimistic, you know times are tough.  War, soaring food prices, a volatile housing market, economic uncertainty and more can create pervasive pessimism.  Is there any cause for hope out there?  (Short op-ed)

Home Foreclosure’s Emotional Toll.  Has someone you know lost their home to foreclosure or struggled near the brink?  Have you?  The psychological effects can be devastating.  How to cope?  (Short op-ed)

Got Money Woes?  Consider Zimbabwe.  Wall Street turmoil, bank failures, home foreclosures, a clogged financial system.  Economic gloom got you down?  Consider Zimbabwe’s 40 million percent inflation.  Some perspective, plus resources for troubling times.  (Short op-ed)

The Psychology of Prisoner Abuse.  Prisoner abuse scandals generate shock, shame, outrage and disgust.  Why do people abuse others in such degrading ways?  What goes on inside the minds of abusers?  Fascinating psychological experiments reveal clues to the roots of such behavior. The implications may disturb you. (Short op-ed)

The Psychology of Prisoner Abuse.  Prisoner abuse scandals generate shock, shame, outrage and disgust.  Why do people abuse others in such degrading ways?  What goes on inside the minds of abusers?  Fascinating psychological experiments reveal clues to the roots of such behavior. The implications may disturb you. (Probe radio series transcript.)

Shark-Victim Surfer Girl’s Simple Faith.  Teenager Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack in a Hawaiian surfing tragedy.  Could her simple faith and trust have something significant to say to a society filled with pain and risk?  (Short op-ed)

9/11 and You.  My sister had a 9:00 a.m. appointment at the World Trade Center.  On September 12.  How do you process your memories and feelings now, as reminders of the attacks come in anniversary commemorations and the media?  Nearly two-thirds of American Red Cross 9/11 adult counselees are still grieving.  Some personal reflections and practical lessons. (Short op-ed)

Your Money or Your Life! … or Your Wine?  An armed gunman at a Washington, DC, dinner threatened to start shooting unless guests gave him their money.  Ten minutes later, he had apologized and asked for a group hug.  What brought this dramatic change?  (Short op-ed)