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‘Small’ things can make a difference

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Compassion | I wanted to ask influential Democrat Lacy Johnson about the race for mayor of Indianapolis. He is the party’s district chairman, and the city has evolved to…

Avoiding prison’s revolving door

Avoiding prison’s revolving door

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Prison | INDIANAPOLIS—Melissa Benton looked like a candidate for a career in crime. Her parents divorced, and her stepfather was accused of abusing her and her…

Journalism as a mission field

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Media | He was the most gifted reporter of his generation at The New York Times . John McCandlish Phillips was remembered in his death last week for that rare ability to…

We can’t afford more ways to gamble

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Gambling | Think of legal gambling like snakes in a pit. Go ahead into the pit to play with the snakes, but you risk getting bit. In the case of gambling the snakebite…

Why Francis Schaeffer belongs in a spiritual hall of fame

Why Francis Schaeffer belongs in a spiritual hall of fame

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Books | What is it about Francis Schaeffer that keeps books coming off the presses almost 30 years after his death? Bill Edgar shows some reasons why in an effective…

Turning poverty into an opportunity for the gospel

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Compassion | Working out of an aging church building in the Eastside community of Indianapolis, Neighborhood Fellowship is waging a low-key undeclared war on poverty. The…

Addicted state governments

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Gambling | Indiana’s addiction to gambling has taken a new twist. Hoosiers are told they need land-based casinos on the state’s borders and table games at horse…

Common Core: Reasonable reform, or just another expensive test?

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Education | INDIANAPOLIS—The Common Core academic standards, the subject of fervent debate in my home state of Indiana and in several other states, looks like an…

A culture of high expectations

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Education | INDIANAPOLIS—A Hebrew proverb says: “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” In Indianapolis, students at the…

Faithful leadership in Indiana

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Politics | With Mike Pence succeeding Mitch Daniels in the governor’s mansion, Christian conservatism is alive and well in the Hoosier State

Politically incorrect but creative thinking in the classroom

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Education | Indiana state Sen. Dennis Kruse doesn’t worry much about what’s politically correct. He saw the easy-divorce problem hurting children and families and…

Common Core: Reform or fad?

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Education | The jury is still out on the Common Core education standards. Some impressive education reformers stand behind them, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and…

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