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.

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Progression analysis

Politics | One election doesn’t negate the common grace God has given America
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/25/17, 03:51 pm

A few months ago I began posting online conversations with a friend who identifies herself as a Christian progressive. The conversations skidded to a temporary halt on Nov. 8, when she fell silent on Facebook. Guessing the reason, I sent a conciliatory email the day after, the gist being: Elections are always temporary. One side gets its chance to perform, then the other side.

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Future imperfect

Voices | History is more complicated than many progressives seem to think
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/12/17, 11:31 am

Every president has his characteristic sayings. In the near future, “Let me be clear,” “This is not who we are,” andI have a pen and a phone” will remind us of the administration now ending. Those were all understandable, if not always justifiable, statements; but one favorite phrase has always puzzled me: “the right side of history.” It sounds profound, especially to us history buffs. But what, exactly, does it mean?

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Quite contrary

Marriage | Translation fracas shows the central problem of the curse for both sexes
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

A few columns ago I wrote about language as a gift of God: supple, powerful, and evocative. Also slippery in translation, as the laborers working on a certain construction project on the plain of Shinar (Genesis 11) quickly discovered. Mistranslations can be historic. During the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev made a speech to Western diplomats, the key phrase remembered as “We will bury you!” What he said is more accurately translated, “We will see you buried”—a shade of meaning not quite as aggressive as Khrushchev’s attitude made it seem.

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