Janie B. Cheaney

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

Minute by minute

Religion | It is in the moment that things happen and the Spirit moves
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/13/17, 06:30 pm

One year on a chilly Sunday evening, Dec. 29, a small group had gathered at the church where I worshipped. The Sunday night crowd was usually less than half the size of Sunday morning’s, and it was Christmas week besides, but our pastor preached as faithfully to scattered sheep as he would have to packed pews. For this sermon he borrowed a theme from his own grandfather, also a pastor, and notes from 1949 (before most of us were even born).

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Dreamland faces reality

Hollywood | New technology and moral turpitude create a crisis for Hollywood
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 11/18/17, 10:33 pm

In 1905, Hollywood was a peaceful suburb of Los Angeles populated mostly by orange trees, unconcerned with the new art form taking shape on the East Coast. “Motion pictures” were a novelty predicted to fade within a decade: What was drama without dialogue?

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Dangerous intersections

Radicalism | A trendy theory of oppression offers only utopian delusions
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/30/17, 02:57 pm

A charming little video on YouTube features schoolchildren explaining to each other what “intersectionality” is. To them it means identity: the combination of factors, like skin color, gender, and ability, “that makes you, you.” Simple, right? Not so much. Intersectionality is an academic theory, the origin and definition of which are easy to explain. But the implications are thick and sticky as molasses.  

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