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Rest in Peace, Karen

Rest in Peace, Karen

By Dr. Steve Garber Rest in peace, my friend. A good woman has come and gone, and the world is a poorer place. Last night, Karen Goodwin died, and those who know her, grieve. Not all of us leave our fingerprints on history in the way that she did-that could not be with our different […]

The Giver: In Theaters August 15th

The Giver: In Theaters August 15th

By Mark Rodgers Back in 2005, Michael Flaherty, the President and founder of Walden Media, shared with me the Newbury Award winning book, The Giver, which they were developing for film adaptation. Life, tradition, history, family and liberty are all themes explored creatively and powerfully through the book.  

Can Songs Save a Nation?

Can Songs Save a Nation?

By Mark Rodgers  I was dismayed by the recent Pew survey on increased polarization in American society, and not just in politics.  This has been a trend line a long time in coming, with converging causation from Congressional redistricting to Crossfire.  But when both sides view the other as the greatest threat to the American […]

Third Day Dreams of a World Without Extreme Poverty

Third Day Dreams of a World Without Extreme Poverty

By Rebecca Harper and Jule Eckert On Saturday, May 31, ONE teamed up with Third Day in Atlanta to celebrate ONE’s 10th anniversary, and share the “new good news” that since 1990, extreme poverty has been cut in half. Back in 2003, ONE’s co-founder Bono called on the Christian community to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS […]

The Growing Case for Compassionate Eating

The Growing Case for Compassionate Eating

By Molly Connolly In 2008 The Humane Society of the United States produced Eating Mercifully, a documentary highlighting the importance for people of faith to think critically about the way our food is produced and the ways we are implicated as Christians. Since that time we have seen a steady increase in the Church’s engagement […]

Bury Your Heart

Bury Your Heart

By Ben Kafferlin If you’ve ever seen the 1994 epic Legends of the Fall starring Brad Pitt, you might remember a disturbing scene. During a WWI skirmish, the main character, Tristan (Pitt), runs through the forest to take out two German machine gunners about to fire on his brother, who is caught in barbed-wire. He is seconds […]

What Defines a Great Society?

What Defines a Great Society?

  By Mark Rodgers  There has been much reflection on the 50th anniversary of the Great Society and its progress, or lack thereof, on issues such as poverty and race.  Few, however, have noted that President Johnson’s vision included the culture, and therefore the establishment of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National […]

The Clapham Group + Venn Action Release Scorecard

The Clapham Group + Venn Action Release Scorecard

  We are pleased to report that Venn Action and the Clapham Group have released  the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Scorecard, grading all members of Congress on their prioritization of international religious freedom during the first half of the 113th Congress (2012-2013).

Bringing Race for Results to the “Right” Audience

Bringing Race for Results to the “Right” Audience

  By Emily McCord & Ben Kafferlin The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s (AECF) Kids Count report, “Race for Results,” discusses unfortunate problems for young people of color in America. These issues—along with the importance of addressing them—are not unknown to the political right. There is, however, aversion to discussing solutions, mostly due to the tendency […]

God at the Box Office

God at the Box Office

  By Michael Leaser Faith-based films have been experiencing something of a renaissance in theatres this year. First there was Son of God (February 28), Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s re-cut of the Jesus story from last year’s Bible television mini-series. Then came God’s Not Dead (March 21), starring Kevin Sorbo as an atheist philosophy […]