Column: The Emily Angle – Leaders should display grace instead of hostility

Our views of leadership are often skewed in a culture where the loudest shout often dominates the room.  Nikki Haley, however, seeks to “kick with a smile” and lead with both “grit and grace.” She says the way she conducts herself in situations influences how everyone else conducts themselves moving forward. As governor of South Carolina, Haley led the state […]

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Opinion: Using an inclusive holiday greeting promotes peace

For some people, the phrase “Happy Holidays” incites indignation brought on by assumed disrespect. For others, the simple phrase encompasses their celebrations, whether that be Christmas or another winter festivity.  “Happy Holidays” is not a disrespectful phrase towards Christians and Christmas, but instead it is an inclusive one that brings different walks of life together in joyful holiday spirit.  According […]

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Opinion: Star Wars fans can expect a spectacular ending to the last trilogy of the saga

Bringing a movie series to an end is the most difficult task a film director faces. That difficulty multiplies exponentially with the high-pressure circumstances of closing out perhaps the greatest movie franchise in history. That is to say: J.J. Abrams has his work cut out for him with “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” debuting Dec. 20. In 2019 two of […]

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Opinion: A response to John Crist — Why our commitment to truth demands that we speak out against abuse in the church

Ted Haggard. Bill Hybels. Doug Phillips. The list of celebrity Christians who have disgraced themselves in sexual scandals over the past few years could go on and on. It seems like the name of a new megachurch pastor is added to the list with every passing month.  Sadly, Christian celebrity comedian John Crist joined that list Wednesday when an article […]

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Column: Couch’s Corner

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver” (Proverbs 16:16). It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that opinions regarding relational boundaries prior to marriage significantly differ within the realm of Christianity. One of a Christian’s highest goals in daily life should be to push others closer to the feet of Jesus. How much […]

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Opinion: How to survive a tense family holiday dinner

An icy silence grips the table, broken only by clinking cutlery. No one speaks except to ask for the cranberry sauce. Tension lays like a blanket over the holiday meal.  Your cousin from San Francisco just argued passionately in favor of socialism, equating capitalism with fascism. Across the table, your grandfather from Texas wearing his Vietnam Vet hat is obviously […]

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Column: Adventures with Abby

On Veterans Day, social media floods with messages thanking veterans for their service. Smartphones buzz with words of gratitude from friends and family members.  It is pretty common to know a veteran that you can thank personally — maybe an uncle or a grandfather, a neighbor or friend.  Between both sides of my family, I have at least six veterans […]

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Column: Nekrasov’s Notebook — Celebrating Christmas too early robs it of part of its joy

Rich green pine trees pop up across lawns. Strings of lights appear on fences, walls and staircases. Wreaths and red ribbons seem to materialize out of thin air on doors, candles wink in the darkness and tunes from “Jingle Bells” to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” suddenly seem to blast from every corner of campus.  Store shelves overflow […]

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Column: Couch’s Corner

An earthly father’s influence on his children can potentially affect how the children view God. I was blessed to grow up with a dad who loved and supported me unconditionally. Some of my earliest childhood memories are comprised of me watching my dad as he was preparing to leave the house for work. I would watch him slip on his […]

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