Every black life is valuable and precious. There are no exceptions. Thus, I can’t support the organization Black Lives Matter. Let me explain. Many of my black friends have told me that the phrase “black lives matters” is powerful because it draws attention to the historical fact that black lives have not been valued equallyContinue reading “EVERY BLACK LIFE MATTERS (BUT I WON’T SUPPORT BLM)”

If We Could Just Melt the Polar Ice

Polarized. If I were to summarize American culture and politics right now, polarized is the first word that comes to mind. Progressives and conservatives keep moving further apart. Republicans and Democrats can barely shake each other’s hands and listen to each other’s speeches, let alone work together to solve the nation’s problems. On social media, respect and civilityContinue reading “If We Could Just Melt the Polar Ice”

When Our Young People Have Doubts

There’s a C. S. Lewis quote in my Ecuadorian classroom painted on the back wall: “We have nothing, if not belief.” These words from Voyage of the Dawn Treader are spoken by the valiant mouse Reepicheep. One might assume belief comes easy for students in my international Christian school. It doesn’t. Only 10 percent of the studentsContinue reading “When Our Young People Have Doubts”

Denzel Washington was ‘Scared’ when he encountered the Holy Spirit

Denzel Washington has described the moment he encountered the Holy Spirit as a “once in this lifetime experience” that spooked him a little too. In an Instagram discussion with A R Bernard, Senior Pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, the Academy Award-winning actor said the encounter happened back in the eightiesContinue reading “Denzel Washington was ‘Scared’ when he encountered the Holy Spirit”

Americans Don’t See Human Life as ‘Sacred’ But See Humanity as ‘Basically Good’

The Story: A new study finds that a majority of Americans no longer believe human life has intrinsic value, with six out of ten rejecting the idea that “human life is sacred.” Yet a majority also say that humans are “basically good.” The Background: According to new research from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, only 39Continue reading “Americans Don’t See Human Life as ‘Sacred’ But See Humanity as ‘Basically Good’”

Scholarship in a Pandemic? A Lesson from C. S. Lewis

The first time I wore a facemask and plastic gloves to our local grocery story, I was struck by the reality that things were not “normal.” In January 2020, the world first learned about a “novel coronavirus” outbreak that infected thousands of people in China. But by March, this faraway epidemic had become a worldwideContinue reading “Scholarship in a Pandemic? A Lesson from C. S. Lewis”

Is it Okay to Be Angry at God because of the Coronavirus?

You don’t have to spend much time on social media to know that people have a wide range of emotions, opinions, and ideas about COVID-19. There are those who aren’t feeling any strain at all and have enjoyed a stay-at-home order, while others have had their entire lives turned upside-down with devastating long-term effects. TheContinue reading “Is it Okay to Be Angry at God because of the Coronavirus?”