Why Christians Should Care about New Literacy Standards

While many people object to the Common Core standards in part or in whole, Christians should favor any educational reform that pushes higher reading standards. The Common Core State Standards attempt to wrangle the diverse education standards of each state into a "common core" of learning outcomes for every student in the nation.  According to … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care about New Literacy Standards

The “R” Word: The Use and Misuse of the Term “Racist”

You might call it dropping the "R" bomb.  But no matter what you label it, few words in our culture cause as much controversy as the "R" word: Racist. I talk and write about race-related matters a lot--mostly in regard to the Gospel and the church in America (for example, here, here, and here).  I've … Continue reading The “R” Word: The Use and Misuse of the Term “Racist”

Four Reasons Why I’m Writing More in 2013

In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes to a young minister named Timothy who is just beginning to take on leadership of a congregation.  Timothy is, understandably, trepidatious about the daunting responsibility of shepherding God's flock.  By way of encouragement Paul says to him, "For this reason I remind you to fan … Continue reading Four Reasons Why I’m Writing More in 2013