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Definitions Matter: Rights

  You’re in a conversation and someone start talking about rights: “human rights,” “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” “trans rights,” or maybe they refer to things like healthcare, income, or a job as “rights.”   What would you say?   Definitions matter. In conversations, we often find ourselves using the same vocabulary as others, but not

Identifying Misinformation

  You’re scrolling through social media and someone shares a post that doesn’t sound quite right. Is it true, or is it another case of misinformation on the Internet?   What would you say?   Misinformation has always been around, but it’s even more of a challenge now that so much of our lives are

How to Have a Conversation: Engaging Controversial Topics

  You’re in a conversation with a coworker and they’re pretty vocal about a controversial topic. You want to say something, but you’re having a hard time gathering the confidence to respond.   What would you say?   Questions are a risk-free way to engage in a conversation, giving you latitude, liberty and effectiveness, without

Doesn’t Religious Liberty Protect Extremists?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious ‘freedom’ is bad because it gives cover for violent religious extremists.”   What would you say?   Some people think that religious liberty allows religious groups to do anything they want to do. So, extremist groups are able to use religious freedom as a license to

Does Advocating for Religious Liberty Hurt Our Christian Witness?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Standing up for religious liberty is bad for Christian witness. After all, aren’t Christians supposed to turn the other cheek?” What would you say? Sometimes people think that Christians who advocate for religious liberty do so at the cost of their Christian witness. They assume that defending religious

Are We All Racist?

You’re in a conversation – or maybe a diversity training session at work – and the topic turns to systemic racism and someone asks, “Are we all racist?” What would you say? When asking ourselves if we are racist, we must be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Every person is made in

Should Christians Support Black Lives Matter?

You’re in a conversation and someone asks: “Should Christians support Black Lives Matter?” What would you say? It is absolutely true that black lives matter. Christians believe that because all people are made in the image of God, everyone has dignity and equal value. And it’s important to affirm that truth for specific groups who

Should We Try to Erase Economic Inequality?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “In America, the richest 1% have 40% of all the wealth. This kind of inequality shouldn’t be tolerated.” What would you say? The wealth gap between the upper class and everyone else is almost always framed in terms of inequality and fairness. But that doesn’t present the whole

My Vote Won’t Make a Difference

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “My vote doesn’t make a difference, so I’m not voting.” What would you say? 137 million people voted in the 2016 election. That’s a lot of people. One vote, out of 137 million, doesn’t seem likely to make a difference, does it? But is that a good reason

Why Vote?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Why vote? Politics are ugly, and God is sovereign no matter who is in office.” What would you say? It’s true that God is always in charge. Scripture is clear that nothing can ultimately derail God’s plan. But does that mean we don’t need to care about what

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