Articles by: Estep, Christopher B

Aftermath of Brussels attacks receives mixed reaction from U.S. politicians

April 3, 2016 7:06 pm

Leading political figures in the US responded in a variety of ways to the ISIS-sponsored bombings in Brussels on March 22. The responses ranged from demands for heightened scrutiny of American neighborhoods predominantly populated by practicing Muslims to calls for improved international cooperation in the effort to combat ISIS and […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: Nazarene schools and the cost of conformity

May 6, 2015 9:21 am

The past few months have seen a series of controversies within the Church of the Nazarene, especially discussing theological conversation on Nazarene university campuses. In February, Mid-America Nazarene University Chaplain Randy Beckum was removed from his position as Vice President of Community Formation just a few weeks after preaching a […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: Women should be on all U.S. banknotes, not just $20 bill

April 21, 2015 9:00 am

What do Syria, the Philippines, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, Israel, Sweden, Australia, and England have in common? According to Susie Poppick of Time Magazine, those countries all feature women on banknotes. The United States, on the other hand, does not feature a single woman on our banknotes. The lack […]

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Millennials and Politics: Meet millennial-friendly Elizabeth and Rand

February 26, 2015 10:00 am
Millennials and Politics: Meet millennial-friendly Elizabeth and Rand

This series on millennials has examined the difficult question of why young people have become disengaged from the American political system, their political ideology, and finally a path by which the Republican party can better align itself with that ideology. The final piece centers on the competitive bidding process that […]

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Millenials and Politics: Not ideologically confused, just dissatisfied with options

February 12, 2015 10:00 am

Last week, I wrote about how young people have become increasingly disillusioned with American politics, and I finished by asking a difficult question: what can be done about this issue? This week, I will be exploring that question even more with an article about the millennial political mind. What do young […]

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Millenials and Politics: How do we eliminate our apathy?

February 6, 2015 10:00 am

To say that young people have little faith in politics would be a gross understatement. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 34% of non-voters are under the age of 30, while only 10% of likely voters are under the age of 30. Joshua Miller at The […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: Students are responsible for creating community

November 3, 2014 10:00 am

Last week, Jessica Johnston wrote an article about weekends at ENC, and how the lack of events and activities for students on those days causes problems for our community. She argued that “our lack of events isn’t only a lack of entertainment, but it’s also a key factor in separating […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: Is excessive money in campaigns “cheapening” democracy?

October 12, 2014 7:54 pm

“It’s getting to the point where, in politics, money is the most important thing.” John Snow, a former state senator in North Carolina, said those words to New Yorker writer Jane Meyer for an October 2011 story titled “State for Sale.” Unfortunately, the excessive influence of money in politics is […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: Tabloid scandals should not determine our politicians

October 5, 2014 11:17 pm
CHRIS ESTEP: Tabloid scandals should not determine our politicians

When it comes to election year, reporters often focus on scandals, digging up dirt from the politicians’ pasts and painting them in a grimy image. Many times, we think our leaders should be “angels,” perfect in every aspect of character. However, the founders of the United States anticipated that the rulers […]

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CHRIS ESTEP: President’s speech confirms a long road ahead for U.S.

September 21, 2014 6:39 pm
CHRIS ESTEP: President’s speech confirms a long road ahead for U.S.

On Sept. 10, President Obama delivered a speech to a war-weary nation about his strategy to “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State. This radical organization has recently conquered broad stretches of territory in Iraq and Syria, committing acts of vicious barbarism in their […]

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