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Book Event with Karen Swallow Prior

Book Event with Karen Swallow Prior

In her most recent work, Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More — Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, Karen Swallow Prior introduces readers to a female educator who, motivated by faith, dedicated herself to eradicating injustice and encouraging virtue alongside social reformers, such as William Wilberforce and others from The Clapham Sect.  ————- In the chapter, […]

SXSW 2015 in Review

SXSW 2015 in Review

By Molly Connolly It’s the Monday after South by Southwest and the streets of Austin are eerily deserted. Less than 12 hours ago the main thoroughfare was teaming with over 400,000 people. Now, buss drivers are tearing the Walking Dead ads off their busses and concert posters blow across the street like tumbleweed. I’m about […]

We Were Poor and Didn’t Know It

We Were Poor and Didn’t Know It

By Ben Kafferlin and Abby Skeans via Opportunity Lives Charles Murray’s seminal work, Coming Apart, focused on the segregation of Caucasian Americans by income into zip codes. In many ways, Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis picks up where Murray’s work left off – measuring and evaluating social and economic inequality. Importantly, […]

Dear Jack

Dear Jack

  [Photo: Dan Hardesty (The Last Bison), Drew Shirley (Switchfoot) and Jack Heaslip spend time together at a Wedgwood Artists’ Retreat] By Mark Rodgers Over the years I got to know Jack Heaslip, and a taste of the wisdom that he shared with his “boys” … the members of U2. – I first met Jack […]

A Short Perspective on Life and Love

A Short Perspective on Life and Love

By Michael Leaser A sharp, single-minded focus on its subject characterizes many short films. This year’s crop of Oscar-nominated animated and live action short films are no exception, with several bringing their acute attention to bear on the often unwieldy topics of the value of life and love. The Bigger Picture reveals the emotional and […]

Bella’s Gift

Bella’s Gift

By Mark Rodgers For 16 years I served as Senator Rick Santorum’s top aide, but more importantly for the past (almost) 7 years I have been his miracle daughter Bella’s godfather.  One of the most important tenets to me is that EVERY human life has equal value, every person has been made in God’s image […]

The Case for “Small Ball”

The Case for “Small Ball”

By Mark Rodgers via Opportunity Lives Although President Obama’s State of the Union and subsequent budget were widely panned by Republicans, hope for collaboration remains. In fact, it’s in the best interests of both sides and, more importantly, the American people, to play “small ball” and identify areas where incremental progress can be achieved.

Superbowl for Dads

Superbowl for Dads

By Mark Rodgers Not the game.  Not the half time.  But the best ads ever.  Why?  First, we didn’t have to cover our kids eyes as often as in the past, and second, there were actually ads that we want to see again.  And again.  Why?  Because they were life affirming, and a number were […]

Beyond Empowered: She’s Brave

Beyond Empowered: She’s Brave

By Abby Skeans This year’s cultural agenda is focused on empowering women and girls. The United Nation’s upcoming summit, The Empowerment Bridge, highlights just how pervasive the issue is within global and domestic policy circles. And this year’s Super Bowl ads demonstrated that women are also being celebrated within pop culture through a mechanism that […]

Beauty out of Ugliness

Beauty out of Ugliness

By Mark Rodgers Last week, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was brutally murdered by the the extremist group ISIS. The incident unfortunately reminds us that religiously motived intolerance can lead to brutal oppression, but it also occurred in a week that marks a moment in history when people were persecuted because of their faith. A week […]