Current Events and Culture

Essay: The Financial Crisis: What Went Wrong and a Christian Perspective (part 1 of 3)

January 12th, 2012

Prices on homes in America fell dramatically starting in late 2006, after an unprecedented run up in prices over the previous eight years.  The fallout from this drop was felt around the world in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.  Its impact seems to have a long “tail.” For example, global jobless rates […]

What Disaster Tells Us about Community

August 19th, 2011

Disaster Movies Do you remember the last disaster movie you viewed? As buildings tumbled, did society turn into chaos when people looked to self-preservation above societal good? In this typical movie, were stores looted, innocents trampled or shot, and did the government violently seek to regain control? Do you believe these representations to be the […]

Looking for a Job? Consider Writing a Personal Biography

July 13th, 2011

by John Terrill and Donovan Richards We all want to grab the attention of someone we hope to impress, and we’re tempted to do just about anything to be noticed. Remember Elle Wood’s pink and scented resume in Legally Blonde? She is not alone; officious employees have tried a myriad of attention grabbing techniques over […]

Feeling Sorry for the Super-Rich

May 26th, 2011

Living within walking distance of the boyhood homes of both billionaire Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen – and within a city, Seattle, that is often said to have one of the largest millionaire populations in the country – extreme wealth is something that charms me daily. So, when the Atlantic recently published a […]

Community, Sharing, and “Returning on Time” for the Love of a Stranger

May 11th, 2011

There’s something special about small-town communities. Everybody knows your name; everybody knows your business. Although such an intrusion of “personal space” carries negative influences such as gossip, it also is profoundly supportive as the community surrounds those in trouble, shares items as needs arise, and works together for the common good. Interestingly, residing near a […]