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Reflections on an Epidemic

Reflections on an Epidemic

I was shocked by something this past Fall. At our conference in Charlottesville, RJ Heijmen showed a clip of a father telling the story of his son’s suicide and the emotional and spiritual agony it caused. The man’s words could not have possibly been heavier, and I almost questioned whether we had crossed a line. […]

Fat Children Took My Life

Fat Children Took My Life

A provocative piece on the obesity epidemic via Slate’s new Hive project, in which author Daniel Engbar compiles a startling amount of data about the ineffectiveness of ‘tough love’ when it comes to dealing with this issue. In fact, the evidence of “the law increasing the trespass” (Romans 5:20) is pretty egregious here. A classic […]

The Mockingpolitics of Soda Tax (or Co-Cola if you live in my neck of the woods)

The Mockingpolitics of Soda Tax (or Co-Cola if you live in my neck of the woods)

“…we have a problem with “sin taxes,” such as the penny-per-ounce surcharge on sweetened beverages championed by CDC Director Thomas Frieden. Most of us would probably agree that we’d be better off if we drank less soda, but any government action designed to control consumption puts us on alert. A tax is far less likely […]

Mockingbird At The Movies: All About Eve and The Jungle Book

Mockingbird At The Movies: All About Eve and The Jungle Book

This week’s installment comes from the always insightful John Stamper: Hello everybody. This is my first Mockingbird At The Movies, and since most of you don’t know anything about me, here are a couple quick facts about the Man Behind The Curtain: I’m 44, I work for the CDC in Atlanta, and I came to […]