American Morality: 1987 & 2014

CNN recently conducted a poll of American morality similar to the one conducted by Time Magazine in 1987.  When the statistics are placed side-by-side, one can see significant signs of change over the past 27 years.  Overall: In 1987, 7 out of the 8 actions surveyed were considered by the majority of Americans to be morally wrong. Now, only 3 of the behaviors are thought to be morally wrong by a majority (being married and having sex with someone else, cheating on taxes, and having an Read More …

Twitter for Middle School Students

CNN.com recently featured Dan Simon's report on how one eighth grade history teacher is using Twitter in the classroom on the news site's home page.  Enrique Legaspi reminds his students to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), but his classroom also includes computers for any students without a device that connects to the internet.  During class, he asks students to tweet their responses to his questions.  Legaspi finds that using Twitter in this manner helps students find their voice and increases Read More …

Is Tithing Required?

Cnn.com religion editor Dan Gilgoff shared the findings of a recent informal survey of the National Association of Evangelicals in a blog post.  He writes: The survey, conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) among its 100-member board of directors, found that 42% of evangelical leaders believe the Bible requires tithing, while 58% do not . . . The National Association of Evangelicals, the nation’s biggest evangelical umbrella organization, would not say how many of its 100 Read More …

Should Christians Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer?

Katie Glaeser's recent post on the CNN Belief Blog about this topic captured my attention.  Until I read it, I had never pondered the possibility of adopting a terrorist for prayer.  It is simply one of those things that I suspect many people would never consider unless they were prompted to do so. In the article, Glaeser tells the story of Adopt a Terrorist For Prayer (ATFP), which was founded in 2008.  According to Bruce Thomas, ATFP's founder and a former military chaplain, 603 people have Read More …