Discussion Starter: Captured ‘Affluenza’ Teen Fights Extradition
31 December 2015
In the News Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—Eighteen-year-old Ethan Couch, captured in Mexico after several weeks on the run, is now fighting extradition back to Texas. Meanwhile, his mom, Tonya, who had fled with him, has returned to the United States. In 2013, Couch used an “affluenza”..
Discussion Starter: Americans Debate Trump’s Call for Muslim Ban
15 December 2015
In the News Washington, D.C.—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said last week that Muslims should be banned from the United States, playing on Americans’ terrorism-related fears and anxieties. A recent poll shows that only 17 percent of Americans now view Islam favorably. At a rally..
Discussion Starter: Mass Shooting Leads to ‘Prayer Shaming’
04 December 2015
Mass Shooting Leads to ‘Prayer Shaming’ In the News San Bernardino, Calif.—Following yet another mass shooting—on what the BBC called “just another day in the United States of America”—people who offered thoughts and prayers for victims experienced a backlash from those who called for action..
Give Thanksgiving the Bird
23 November 2015
I don’t want to lie to you. I’m not going to say, “Just buck up, camper.” Ministry is incredibly difficult, and it isn’t often easy to feel thankful because of it. Kids sass you. Adults critique you. Church misunderstands you. Satan attacks you. Now that we got that out..
Discussion Starter: Refugee Policy Debated Amid Terrorism Fears
19 November 2015
In the News Washington, D.C.—Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, in which ISIS militants killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, America and Europe are rethinking their refugee policies. At least one suspect had entered Europe among a wave of Syrian refugees. Since 2011,..