Current Events, Issues, and Trends
At Shine TYC we see the world through the lens of our faith. We’re adding salt and light everywhere we can. We have perspectives and opinions on current events, news, social issues, cultural trends and more. We don’t always agree on these topics. When we disagree, we do so in Christian love.
Governor John Kasich speaking at the 2020 DNC made me so happy. Not because I’m a die hard Democrat— because I am not. Not because I’m a die hard Buckeye— though I certainly am. But, because I want to stop feeling so yucky and polarized. I did my miserable years at recess in dirty sandboxes… Continue reading When You Know Something Is Not Right
I can’t believe that with over 160K deaths we are still in debate about whether or not to wear masks. Americans— this includes me— are fed up with not being able to do what we want to do, when we want to do it, and with whom we choose. I’m supposed to be in Martha’s… Continue reading Clothe Yourselves in Love…and a Mask
I’m a “magical negro” and this is my moment to tell you the truth. First, allow me to explain to you what a “Magical Negro” is. I didn’t make it up. In TV and film the Magical Negro is the Black character who helps the White protagonist overcome their challenges. It’s Uncle Remus, Oda Mae… Continue reading My “Magical Negro” Moment: Your One Black Friend Is Telling You the Truth….I Hope.
I first fell in love with words when I was seven years old. I still passionately love words today. To speak them, write them, or read them— centers me in the presence of God. Words are powerful. They can invoke pride, fear, comfort and chaos. That’s why when I saw the video of Amy Cooper… Continue reading The Amy Cooper Apology: Stop Saying “I’m Sorry” and Repent
A deeper exploration of this content appears in the weekly devotional newsletter. While fraud within the Paycheck Protection Program was inevitable, many large profitable businesses legally qualified for federal funds based on the criteria, e.g., the LA Lakers. Since my family isn’t in financial hardship during COVID 19, my husband and I agreed that I would… Continue reading We Have Rights
A deeper exploration of this content appears in the weekly devotional newsletter. Weeks ago I made a joke on my Instagram that, with COVID 19, it feels like these weapons formed against us seem to be prospering a lil’ bit. As I lean heavily on my faith and the Isaiah 54:17 promise that no weapon… Continue reading Bad Guys Win Sometimes
If you’d like scripture reflection and prayer, a version of this content appeared in last week’s Bible study newsletter. I recently saw a meme that read, “It’s not quarantine unless you’re in France. Otherwise, it’s sparkling isolation.” If you don’t enjoy champagne as much as I do, you may not understand the joke. These… Continue reading Seven Sweeteners of Sparkling Isolation
In a time when things seem super serious, I still laugh a lot. Mostly, I laugh at a myself. I also laugh at some of you and your COVID-19 memes and posts about homeschooling your children. Don’t get me wrong. Over the last week I’ve had my moments of feeling “sumkindaway” about all of this.… Continue reading 7 Things I Appreciate About Being in Quarantine
Unless you’ve been vacationing on Jupiter for the last few weeks you are inundated with news about COVID 19, the Corona virus. Over the past couple of weeks the online chatter has elevated from jokes about our inorganic, non-hygienic, gluten-filled childhoods to the current state of emergency here in metropolitan New York. It’s not that… Continue reading Wash Your Hands and Keep the Faith, Baby
Shine TYC is AUTHENTIC, BOLD, SMART, and COURAGEOUS and so we are not afraid to express our views. We believe life begins before conception. We believe you were a purpose before you were a person. We also believe in a woman’s right to choose. Pro-Choice does not mean pro-abortion. As of late, people seem to be… Continue reading Pro-Choice Christians
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