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By on October 1, 2020 in Perspectives

Alumni, faculty and other members of the ACU community often stand out as thought leaders in their fields. Here is a collection of their opinion pieces as shared by various media outlets.

Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams, executive community relations officer for ACU, writes about the significance of Juneteenth in this op-ed piece for the Abilene Reporter-News.

What does the Exodus story have to say to the American Black church today? Dr. Jerry Taylor, associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry, and director of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action, shares his thoughts in the September issue of Christianity Today.

None of us escapes the storm. At one point or another the sky will darken, the winds will rage, and we will find ourselves in a modern-day version of the Galilean gusher, writes Max Lucado (’77) in this Fox News column, adapted from his just-released book, You Are Never Alone: Trust in the Miracle of God’s Presence and Power.

Max Lucado (’77) wrote a touching farewell to the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Feb. 21.

It happens innocently enough. Your boss hands you an extra assignment that turns out to be a major undertaking. Or a colleague takes a leave of absence and you’re asked to absorb his workload. Or you agree to chair a community fundraiser because you feel guilty you haven’t been that involved lately. Before you know it, you’ve got too much on your plate with too little time to get it all done. Elise (Smith ’83) Mitchell shares advice on creating more margin in your life.

Abilene Christian is known for the quality of mentoring relationships between faculty and students. This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about why such relationships are important for college students.

What’s the secret to managing your emotional responses so you can lead with a cool head and a calm heart? Elise (Smith ’83) Mitchell, CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network, offers three practical strategies you can try right now – plus a little neuroscience on how your brain works.

Dr. Mark HamiltonDr. Mark Hamilton (’89), professor of Old Testament, writes about the deeper implications of “entertaining angels in disguise” in a column for Relevant magazine.

Jami AmerineJami Amerine (’96), popular blogger and author of the newly published Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior, is featured on the Fox News website with her post “Dear Big Bad World, You Can’t Have This Halloween.”

In an article for Mashable, ACU trustee Elise (Smith ’83) Mitchell writes about the “three podcasts that will help millennials take over the world.” Elise is CEO of Mitchell,  an award-winning strategic communications firm and has received numerous awards, including being named PRWeek Agency Public Relations Professional of the Year and a Top 50 Power Player in PR.

Nathan Gray, M.D. (’05), instructor for Duke University School of Medicine, published an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association about health choices facing undocumented immigrants. The research was picked up by major news agencies including U.S. News & World Report.

Minister Toby Slough talks to students about his struggle with anxiety and depression in this Chapel video that has been shared from our Facebook page 320 times and viewed by more than 73,000 people.

Dr. Mark W. Hamilton (’89) weighs in on the current political climate in this commentary for the Dallas Morning News titled “How some evangelical Christians are complicit in the cruelty of politics. Hamilton is a professor of Old Testament at ACU.

Hope Martin and Ethan Etter speak in ACU ChapelThe ACU community was blessed by messages from Hope Martin and Ethan Etter, who received standing ovations after speaking in Chapel. Hope is the daughter of Angie (Griggs ’92) and Tim (’92) Martin, M.D. Watch the video, and read more about the two teens in The Optimist.

Dr. Ben Ries, associate dean for vocational formation at ACU Dallas, explores the connection between our work and our faith in a Vocatio Talks seminar. Watch the first installment in the series, which he filmed from Potter’s House in Washington, D.C. Ries holds a doctor of ministry degree and is a consultant for ACU’s Duncum Center Solutions.

Stephen Moore talks about his book on bullyingEnglish professor Dr. Steven Moore tells KRBC-TV about the ways he is using his children’s book, Theodore Thumbs, to inspire others. Watch his interview here and read about Moore’s impact on campus here.

Fort Worth social worker Jennifer (Fields ’13) Sterling talked about being a victim of child abuse during her keynote talk for the 18th annual Champion for Children conference in Abilene.

Pain often is the best teacher, writes Jackie Halstead, Ph.D. (’87), who teaches in ACU Online’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program. Halstead explores the topic of broken hearts in this column for The Christian Chronicle.

Can you lie your way to happiness? Marketing professor Dr. Mark Phillips (’88) is researching “the art and science of happiness” and chronicling his findings in a 99-part blog series.

You don’t have to be a professional meeting planner to pull off a killer meeting. This advice from includes tips from ACU psychology professor Dr. Steve Allison (’76).

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