February 13, 2015

A Little Perspective On 50 Shades Of Grey

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So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and millions of Americans are celebrating with a visit to their local movie theater to catch 50 Shades of Grey.   What a commentary on our culture. I'm not going to rehash why going to the movie is a bad idea.  There have been a lot of excellent articles about why we shouldn't waste our time on this movie.  Read them. Instead, I thought I'd share a few numbers that give some perspective on the effects of violence on women around the world: BY THE NUMBERS: THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN  1 in 4 [...]

August 15, 2014

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

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This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

May 19, 2014

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]

April 7, 2014

Want To Change Culture? Start With Your Kids

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Understanding Family History Creates Strong Cultural Identity We talk a lot about changing culture at Vanguard Creative, because we believe that vanguards ought to be cultural influencers.  That doesn’t mean thumping your Bible or legislating morality.  I think we have proven that those tactics don’t work.    Cultural influence is about being a person that others want to emulate.  It's about changing current structures to reflect God's values so that His blessings can be released.  We don't want to beat people over the head with our religiosity.  Instead, we want them to be so taken with what is [...]