Tag Archives: Stereotypes

Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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Shock Value: A Communications Tip from Jesus

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Jesus was a master communicator and a highly influential figure.  One of his favorite techniques was unpredictability; it got attention, incited questions, challenged prevailing interpretations of Scripture and invited conversations. Unpredictably… Gabriel visited a teenager and announced, Mary, you’re going to give birth to the Son … Continue reading

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Two Stories of Sinking Ships

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The sinking of the Titanic is a story upon which other stories have been projected.  It was a true and tragic event that has become a useful illustration of human hubris.  Famously touted as unsinkable, it has ironically become the iconic image of a sinking … Continue reading

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Challenging Stereotypes

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Here’s a little experiment.  Imagine someone in each of the following categories: teenager, single mother, gay man, banker, Muslim, conservative Republican, union member, liberal Democrat, Christian.  Were you able to conjure up a mental image of each stereotypical character?  Whether we … Continue reading

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Cubs, Sox and Stereotypes

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My husband and I have a mixed marriage. I am lifelong Cubs fan. He thinks Cubs fans are more interested in partying and talking on their cell phones than in actually appreciating the game of baseball. After all, who goes … Continue reading

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