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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Teenage abstinence

The recent article "Saving Grace" in The New York Times was a great article for all Christians to read, particularly those leading our youth groups and young adults. Thank you for presenting such a wonderful perspective on this important subject of teenage abstinence. Scripture was not quoted, but could have easily included to qualify for an Amy Writing Award.

Article: My Problem with Christianism in TIME

This refers to the recent article, "My Problem with Christianism" in TIME magazine (5/7/06) by Andrew Sullivan. While I doubt I could agree with the article 110%, some valid concerns are raised about how the media lumps all Christians into the religious right. There are tremendous risks for all of us in painting any group with such a broad stroke. Your article will cause all of its readers to think. It is very well done. Again, this article does not contain scripture but could have easily woven in a passage dealing with humitlity, virtue, etc.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Faith, fiction, conspiracy and codes

Thank you to Tiffany Pakkala of the Gainesville Sun for her 5/19/06 article titled "Faith, fiction, conspiracy and codes."

This is one of the best articles about the movie that I have read. I thought the quote from Professor Westin that said “I give him an F for research, a C for writing ability, but an A+ for marketing” hit the nail right on the head. I only wish that more people who do not know the truth could read this article before going to see the movie.

This article did not include scripture. A smart way to qualify such a piece would have been to include such a quote from one of the story's many sources.

Good work, Tiffany!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Current events and scripture. . .

This was a good example of an article about current events and how easily scripture could have been incorporated into the story. The article by John Iwasaki appeared in the May 5th issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and was titled "Nation raises its voice in prayer" in response to an event highlighting the National Day of Prayer.

He writes:
"They prayed for President Bush, Congress and Gov. Christine Gregoire. They asked God to bless moms and dads, teachers and students, cops and physicians. They sought divine guidance and human compassion.

"If the requests to the Almighty seemed ambitious, it might be because participants at the National Day of Prayer gathering Thursday at Westlake Park were confident in the object of their devotion.

"All these proposals we have, we can't do them without God," said the Rev. Emmanuel Iweh, a Nigerian native who leads St. Mary Magdalene Church in Everett. "With God, we can do everything."

The story went on to discuss other National Day of Prayer events, both locally and statewide. It also quoted President Bush's statements made at a service in Washington, D.C. where he said "prayer humbles us by reminding us of our place in creation. Prayer strengthens us by reminding us that God loves and cares for each and every soul in His creation. And prayer blesses us by reminding us that there is a divine plan that stands above all human plans."

While this was a news report, including a quotation of scripture from one of the story's sources would be a good way to weave biblical truth into the story. This piece could have easily cited Matthew 19:26 ". . . with God all things are possible." We will encourage this author to include scripture in future articles and enter the Amy Writing Awards.