Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Boastful dunces

| Post-literate college students reveal a 'resentful incapacity'
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/28/09, 12:00 am

Do you recall this story? "A large wooden horse is brought by Aeneas from Troy, which Queen Dido thinks is a sign of appreciation. When the wooden horse is opened up and a number of Greek soldiers jump out, Dido is in shock. Thankfully, Aeneas and his men show up and promise to restore her disorder."

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Acting out

| Chuck E.
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

There may be something about a Chuck E. Cheese's pizza emporium that makes a reasonable adult want to throw chairs-the constant flashes and beeps, the kids running wild, the sappy entertainment and bored teenagers in sweaty costumes-and the pizza's not that good, either. But a reasonable adult would suppress the impulse. Or that's the assumption, which a trend of violent outbreaks at Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants across the nation may belie.

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Good followership

| It's vital that we submit wisely to the authorities God has ordained
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/28/09, 12:00 am

Everybody agrees on the need for good leadership in the church. We need strength, vision, inspiration, wisdom, tact, perception-and with all that, humility. Do we know such a stellar individual in our struggling local body? Yes we do: her Head.

Well sure, you might say: The Head is perfect, but who's going to preach on Sunday, minister with patience, set our direction, define our focus for this little corner of the Christian community? Get real!

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