During the Olympics, Russian Christians Work for Reform and Revival

The Sochi Games were mired in controversy before they even began.It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The first Russian Games since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sochi was supposed to show the world just how far Russia has come in the last 23 years. It was supposed to change the perception of Russia held by those whose international sympathies were forged during the Cold War. Yet, as reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s exorbitant spending came to light (at $51 billion, the Sochi G … [Read more...]

The Big Chop: A Theology of Natural Hair

On Jan. 13, Tamera Mowry-Housely, co-host of The Real (and formerly one half of ABC's Sister, Sister and E!'s Tia & Tamera), took to social media to rave about her new haircut. Posting an Instagram photo with an accompanying tweet reading, "Love my big chop...love my curl doctor @shaiamiel You did it again." Mowry was quickly hailed a role model for young women of color. She even received a congratulatory tweet from Dark and Lovely, a giant in the multibillion-dollar African-American hair i … [Read more...]

Persecution Continues: Political Reform in Myanmar May Not Be The Progress We Think It Is

When Myanmar president Thein Sein made a state visit to London last July, the British foreign secretary congratulated him on Myanmar’s slew of recent reforms: direct government censorship of the media had been abolished the year before; the newly free Aung San Suu Kyi had been permitted to win a seat in parliament; and since becoming president in 2011, Thein Sein had released 1,300 political prisoners.Along with cautious praise, the British government presented Thein Sein with millions t … [Read more...]