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.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oh So Close

Okay, so I had to go to the second page of search returns to find it, but I found at great opinion that almost qualifies for the Amy Writing Awards.

Pastor Craig Harris deals with transgenerational faith in his opinion, titled "Pushing faith on your children," in The Palenstine Herald-Press (Texas).

Craig writes:
I’ve heard parents say they are going to let their kids make up their own minds about matters of faith. Newsflash! Our children are going to make up their
own minds no matter what we do.

“I don’t want to push religion on my kids like my parents did me,” I’ve heard. That sounds like a good idea; no one wants anything pushed on them. “So, we don’t go to church or talk about God in our home.” Now I’ve got a problem with your plan.

Here’s a reality check about matters of faith. We all form our own opinions and make up our own minds about it. My faith is not a clone of any of my parents’ or grandparents’ beliefs. As far as I know, in fact, I’m the first Harris from our family who is a preacher. But I grew up seeing that faith was important to my folks and that became the foundation of everything I am.
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Unfortunately, Craig didn't include identifable scripture in his opinion, otherwise this would be an excellent entry in the 2007 Amy Writing Awards.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Second Page on Google

I apologize for the delay in posting. Having started a new job, it is challenging to keep up on all my hobbies. So I decided to run my Google News query today on "Christian Faith God." The today's first story looked promising, but ended up being a 150-word movie review.

So I clicked on Page 2 and found this delightful article, titled "Children of God," written by Christine Whittaker, a the priest at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Holliston, MA, published in The Hopkinton Crier.

Christine shares the insights of Episcopal infant baptism with her broader community. What was so attractive about this piece was how she drew the reader in:
The English writer P.D. James described her novel The Children of Men as a hristian fable, though the religious dimension seems to have eluded several reviewers of the recently released movie based on that book. The novel is set in England some years in the future, at a time when the human race has lost its ability to reproduce. James uses small details to capture the sense of longing and despair that haunts people then there are no more children and no more births. Government regulations, for example, allow limited reproduction for pet animals and people gather for the birth of kittens to watch and celebrate with awe the arrival of new life.
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Unfortunately, Christine didn't include indentifable scripture, so it doesn't qualify the Amy Writing Awards, but it would have been a strong entry because of the message of bringing children into the community of Christ.