Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Missouri. She writes novels for young adults, is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series, and reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

Everybody sing!

Religion | The temporary loss of congregational singing highlights its unique value
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/28/20, 03:39 pm

What do you miss most about church during enforced isolation? It might be the socializing, or the preaching, or the excellent Sunday school series that was interrupted. 

I miss the singing. 

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Inside the outbreak: Creative disruption

Society | God has purposes—millions of them—in the current pandemic
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/16/20, 02:11 pm

At the time I’m writing this, COVID-19 is officially a pandemic, folks are going cancel-crazy, and nobody knows how bad it will be. 

What will be the score a few weeks from now? I wish I could ask my future self if it’s safe to fly, or if the kids are back in school, or if the shelves are stocked with toilet paper and chicken soup again. Or if I’m struggling to breathe and someone I know is dead.

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A plea for beautiful buildings

Culture | Proposed executive order challenges soul-crushing architectural fads
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/12/20, 03:48 pm

Most of us don’t think about architecture unless it slaps us in the face. That may say more about bland, blocky public buildings than we’d like to admit, but several years ago I was slapped by the central public library in a Midwestern university town. The entrance, opening to a four-story atrium, resembled an upended, corrugated, glass-and-aluminum Dixie cup. The main body of the building, constructed of native red granite, sloped slightly inward, decorated with random strips of window.

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