Sharon Dierberger
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Portrait of a Christian artist

Art | Combat and Christianity helped shape Roger Blum and his work
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 4/11/19, 03:09 pm

Artist Roger Blum, now 78, grew up in a troubled Seventh-day Adventist home in Northern California. That upbringing led him to register as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. In 1965, when he was beginning a master’s degree program and trying to establish himself as an illustrator, he received a draft notice.

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‘It’s a free country’

Law | Common sense, common grace—in one case
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/14/19, 03:43 pm

One well-publicized case ended this month in a slight win for religious liberty and freedom of speech. The City of Bloomington, Minn., gave up on its case against Ramin Parsa and agreed not to pursue prosecution further—and the resolution offers some lessons for others hit by clampdowns.

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Doctors with heart

Television | NBC show New Amsterdam features a compassionate medical team and secular perspectives
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 2/14/19, 12:17 pm

New Amsterdam, an NBC medical drama, stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as a status-quo-busting medical director, Dr. Max Goodwin. Now in the second half of its first season, the show grew out of Eric Manheimer’s 2012 memoir of his time as director at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

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