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.

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The wrong side of idealism

Voices | Without divine guidance, ideals come with their own stumbling blocks
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/23/17, 03:41 pm

Stephen Decatur, one of our first national heroes, distinguished himself during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, became captain of the USS Constitution at the age of 25, and proposed a famous toast. The toast may be better known than the man: At a dinner in Washington, D.C., Decatur reportedly raised a glass and said, “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!”

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1984 and its alternatives

Voices | Presidential deception is hardly new
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/10/17, 09:34 am

Did you recognize when it happened? When politicians began over-promising, even saying things they knew weren’t true? When the party in power began strictly controlling the information it put out? When presidential spokesmen started spouting obvious falsehoods with a straight face?

But wait—hasn’t that been happening for a while now? I remember a certain president making a bare-faced denial about a young female intern while shaking a finger at the camera. Another president smoothly promised that his sweeping healthcare program would not disrupt anyone’s current insurance plan.

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Very high stakes

Voices | Don’t forget that political opponents are image-bearers of a holy God
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/28/17, 12:01 pm

Anyone who sails the high seas of political dialogue on the internet encounters a lot of this kind of thing: “Dear White, Christian Trump Supporter—We Need to Talk.” That’s the title of a much-shared article on The Huffington Post, written by a female social-sciences professor at a West Coast university. But the combined condescension and anguish of the piece are echoing from every progressive corner: What’s wrong with you Christian conservatives?

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