Discussion Starter: Gabby Douglas Deals With Social Media Criticism
19 August 2016
In the News Rio de Janeiro—In addition to a disappointing showing at the Summer Olympics, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas also faced harsh words online. People criticized her appearance, her stance during the national anthem, and even her level of support for her teammates. They started..
Discussion Starter: U.S. Swimmer Blasts Foe for Doping
12 August 2016
In the News Rio de Janeiro—After calling out a Russian rival who’d served a 16-month suspension for doping, U.S. swimmer Lilly King received both praise and criticism this week. The dustup started when Russian Yulia Efimova—who was loudly booed—raised a finger in victory after winning..
Discussion Starter: Satan Clubs Launched as After-School Alternative
05 August 2016
In the News Salem, Mass.— Citing a need to “counterbalance” extracurricular options at public schools, a group called the Satanic Temple is launching a nationwide After School Satan Club. It’s a response to the Good News Club, an evangelical Christian group that has more than..
Discussion Starter: Rapper Urges Christians to Address Racial Injustice
25 July 2016
In the News Atlanta—As America tackles the tough problems of racial inequality and violence, rapper Lecrae wants fellow Christians to take action. The Grammy winner, an African American who survived a rough childhood and became a Christian in college, has gained a large following among..
Reconciling the Lack of Reconciliation
15 July 2016
It’s not getting better, is it? The elusiveness of racial reconciliation. Insurgent tensions with police officers. Mass shootings in public forums. Terrorist attacks around the world. Isn’t this the part where Jesus comes back? Perhaps you can relate to this… I’ve felt such heartache in realizing my empathy has..