What I Am Not Thankful For

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our nation and even our nation’s leaders, but I am not thankful for how they have been behaving themselves. America’s view of its own elected Congress has declined so dramatically that now, according to one poll, Americans prefer hemorrhoids, fungus, jury duty, dog feces and potholes over congress. Even the IRS and the DMV had higher approval ratings (I am not making this up!). Congress only had an edge on serial-killer Charles Manson, Russia’s Vladimir Putin (probably exactly how he likes it!), and we can all be grateful they preferred Congress over Miley Cyrus’ “twerking.”

Are Our Smartphones Killing Us?

Recently, and for no apparent reason, a man gunned down a random college student in the middle of a crowded rail car in San Francisco. You know what’s even more unsettling? There were no Good Samaritans.  According to surveillance video, no one responded when the gunman drew his weapon.  In fact, no one noticed at all.  All of the passengers were so distracted by their smartphones that it took a gunshot to rouse them from their digital torpor. While what happened in San Francisco is an extreme example of lives lived through a digital haze, it is an instructive example …

Can Billy Graham Bring Hope to Millennials?

The Rev. Billy Graham doesn’t mean as much to me as he has meant to many other Americans. I am 30 years old, and the lion’s share of his ministry was accomplished in my parents’ and grandparents’ generation. While I have an almost indescribable respect for him, I’ve never met him and I cannot count myself among the 215 million individuals who have heard him preach in 185 countries around the globe. His significance in my life has been largely historical.

And you know what? The same is true of most millennials I know.

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