This blog is maintained on behalf of the Amy Foundation for the purpose of tracking the best Christian journalism we find on the Web. Our posts regularly identify those news articles or opinions in the mainstream media that represent good faith-based writing and example them for other Christian journalists.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Good Commentary! (but no scripture)

Jeff Mullin writes commentaries for the Enid News & Eagle in Enid, Oklahoma (population 47,045). In reviewing online commentaries about the case of Afghani Christian, Abdul Rahman, Mullin did a good job addressing the issue of religious martyrdom and gets at why Rahman's faith is so threatening to Islam.

On March 26, 1996, Mullin writes:

The concept of Christian martyrdom seems an ancient one.

All Christians know the stories of Stephen, James, Philip, Matthew, James the Lesser, Andrew, Peter and Paul.

All died because of their faith.

But that was thousands of years ago.

The idea of putting someone to death simply because they worship in a certain way seems anachronistic, at best, in the opening decade of the 21st Century.

That, however, is precisely the situation facing 41-year-old Abdul Rahman, a native of Afghanistan who converted from being a Muslim, to Christianity, some 16 years ago. ...

Read more of Mullin's commentary at:

Unfortunately, this opinion would not qualify for the Amy Writing Awards because it didn't include an identifiable scripture passage. There are plenty of passages that would fit nicely. The one I am thinking of comes from Galatians 5:1:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Good job, Jeff. Keep up the good work! We look forward to reading one of your columns as a 2006 Amy Writing Award entry later this year.

Submitted by
Bruce Umpstead

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Edward Colimore of the Philadelphia Inquirer presents a balanced exposition of Benjamin Franklin's faith in his 3/21/06 article. Had Edward quoted a scripture passage, this would have been a strong entry in the Amy Writing Awards. Here's a sample of his piece:

Faith debate familiar to Franklin
What would Ben do? Same as us, one
philosopher posits - wonder.
by Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer

He was born 300 years ago but would have felt at home in today's cultural tug-of-war between America's secular and religious camps.

Benjamin Franklin lived through a similar battle himself and was conflicted about his own faith.

What would he say about the government display of the Ten Commandments and the use of "In God We Trust" on coins? Where would Franklin be in the debate over the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance or the teaching of intelligent design in the public schools?

"Franklin's religious perspectives are what really make him seem a contemporary in the beginning of the 21st century," said Kerry Walters, the William Bittinger professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College.

Well done, Edward! Find the article at