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Our most recent:

The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ movie: Televangelist sex, drugs, and holy rollin’.  The 1980s PTL televangelist scandal became a global soap opera, complete with corporate intrigue, Jesus-praisin’ power struggles, big bucks, betrayal, sex, tears, and mascara…plenty of mascara.  The Eyes of Tammy Faye interprets Jim and Tammy Bakker’s saga for new generations, providing valuable life-lesson reminders.  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Show Me the Father’ movie: You and your father.  How do you think of your father?  With love, happiness and respect?  With fear, misery and anger?  Your relationship with your dad can influence your self-image and success.  Show Me the Father uses gripping stories of good parenting and bad to motivate viewers to promote healthy fatherhood.  (Short op-ed)

Respect’ movie: Aretha’s success, struggles, secrets, soul.  Entertainment superstar Aretha Franklin was an industry icon and international treasure.  Beloved by millions, honored by presidents, she also struggled with personal and family turmoil.  The Queen of Soul handpicked Oscar® winner Jennifer Hudson to play her in this long-awaited MGM biopic.  All Aretha was askin’ for was a little respect.  Does this movie bring it?  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Christian leaders behaving badly: Why should anyone embrace their faith?  Ravi Zacharias, the popular Christian faith defender, was exposed posthumously as a sexual predator. This sex scandal has created international turmoil.  If Christian leaders are hypocrites, why should anyone give their beliefs a serious look?  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Racism Series:

Changing Racist Hearts: Can it be done?  George Floyd’s horrifying death while pinned down by a white policeman has sparked global rage and anti-racism protests.  Racial disparity is widespread and ominous.  Can a racist’s heart be changed?  Consider these powerful examples.  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Changing Racist Hearts: Police brutality.  George Floyd’s hideous death under a white policeman’s knee ignited worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.  The ongoing conflict prompted me to reflect on South Africa’s once-state-enforced racial oppression.  That apartheid regime’s top cop participated in the racist brutality, including bombings and attempted murder.   Yet his contrition and reconciliation efforts have been remarkable.  Lessons for today’s turmoil?  (Short op-ed)

Changing Racist Hearts: My own.  Anti-racism has become a global obsession, and rightfully so.  Racism and racial oppression are repulsive.  And, BTW, I don’t have a racist bone in my body.  Or so I thought.  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Changing Racist Hearts: ‘Amazing Grace’ hymnwriter’s racist past.  You’ve likely heard the famous hymn, Amazing Grace.  Were you aware of its writer’s racist past?  I thought I knew his real story, but I didn’t.  It holds valuable lessons for today’s racial turmoil.  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Changing Racist Hearts: Abolishing the slave trade.  Few examples of systemic racism are more glaring than the African slave trade.  British parliamentarian William Wilberforce led a grueling twenty-year struggle to outlaw it.  Inspired by a former slave trader, he became a model that current anti-racism activists could do well to emulate.  (Short op-ed)

Racism and Religion:  Sanctified bigotry, or unity and diversity solutions?  Derek Chauvin’s conviction for killing George Floyd has returned race issues to public discourse’s center stage.  In a world rocked by racial turmoil and demands for justice and equality, some view the Christian church as part of the problem – white supremacy, discrimination, apathy.  Consider one faith movement’s efforts to become part of the solution.  (Short op-ed)

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COVID Series:

Managing Your Coronavirus Fears.  Coronavirus has spawned fears galore.  Infection and death numbers soar.  People wonder:  Will I catch it?  Will my loved ones?  Will it kill us?  Will I survive economically?  Layoffs and roller-coaster financial markets escalate apprehension.  What’s your fear?  Tips for managing it.  (Short op-ed)  Chinese

Hoops Cancellation Withdrawal Disorder.  In these tumultuous times, do you have difficulty focusing on work or household responsibilities?  Does life seem empty?  Do you often daydream about excitement?  Are you a basketball fan?  If so, you may be suffering from a recently designated serious malady, Hoops Cancellation Withdrawal Disorder (HCWD-20).  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Humor while hunkering down: COVID-era chuckles.  The coronavirus tragedy is, of course, not at all funny.  But coping with daily life during it has bred some lighthearted fun as we all adjust to new ways of living and working…and seek comic relief to ease the tension.  Some rib ticklers to help lighten your load.  (Short op-ed)

God and coronavirus: Gone missing?  How could a loving, just, powerful God allow a tragedy like the coronavirus pandemic?  Doesn’t he care that innocent people are suffering and dying?  It seems unjust.  If God exists, isn’t he strong enough to stop this madness?  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

NFL coach John Harbaugh on COVID sports coping.  The coronavirus pandemic has brought global lifestyle changes, and athletes are not immune.  Personal identity, control, and security can all become scrambled in chaotic times.  Super-Bowl-winning coach John Harbaugh explains how he’s coped amid the loss of sport.  (Short op-ed)  Washington Examiner version

Coping with COVID-era holiday lonelinessZoomed out?  Exasperated by COVID-era isolation?  Longing for face-to-face human interaction beyond your home?  You’re not alone.  Such craving is widespread, and holiday-induced loneliness brings additional challenges.  Maybe some expectation management – and realistic solutions – are in order.  (Short op-ed)  WashingtonExaminer.com version

 

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