Faith Behind the Headlines

Lesson 11:  Olympic Athletes and Drug Use

Lesson 11: Olympic Athletes and Drug Use

Every four years I suggest we discuss an article, “Over the Edge” that Sports Illustrated published in 1997. It contains two questions Bob Goldman asked Olympic-level U.S. athletes every two years since 1982.The first was “If you were offered a banned performance-enhancing substance with two guarantees: 1) You will not be caught. 2) You will […]

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Lesson 12:  Sin

Lesson 12: Sin

David Brooks recently reported on polls that show young people do not have the tools to think or act ethically. He seemed surprised when these surveys reported young people react to moral problems according to whether an option makes them feel good or not. . My response to Brook’s article was “Where have you been?” […]

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Lesson 13:  Handling Sin

Lesson 13: Handling Sin

As I reported last week the Young Adult Reading Group discussed sin for several months. Each meeting they shared their ideas about a topic or two, such as lying on a resume and euthanasia. At the end of the sessions, they wanted to discuss ways for handling sin. My background paper follows. You can check […]

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Lesson 14: War and Peace

Lesson 14: War and Peace

Lupe suggested we have to redefine sin in our time. That is at the back of many of the youth’s discussions. They charge the adult world of ignoring or denying what is going on and so failing to provide ethical insight. A good example is war and peace. The adult society acts as if we […]

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Lesson 15: The Last Days

Lesson 15: The Last Days

This is a topic that continually comes up, primarily because it is always in the headlines. It is about some nut case gaining news coverage by insisting he has figured out a date, a strange sect committing mass suicide, the Y2K scare at 2000, advertising for a movie, a televangelist charting earthquakes as signs, another […]

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