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Articles by Rick Langer



  • Winsome Conviction

    Rick Langer, Timothy Muehlhoff — 

    Popular speaker and author, Brene Brown, states: “It’s hard to hate people close up. So, move in.” Communication theorists note that what helps...

  • Winsome Conviction

    Rick Langer — 

    Puzzled about voting? Download our guide to help clarify beliefs, values and convictions for the 2020 election. There are a multitude of voter’s...

  • Winsome Conviction

    Rick Langer, Timothy Muehlhoff — 

    What is "the argument culture," and how have we been immersed into it? Tim and Rick unpack four notable characteristics of "the argument culture"...

  • Winsome Conviction

    Rick Langer, Timothy Muehlhoff — 

    Incivility is a hallmark of our conversations, both within the Church and across the broader culture. Can we foster conversations that deepen and...

  • Talbot Magazine

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    What Does a Swastika Mean to Me?

    Rick Langer — 

    The swastika has etched a personal meaning into countless souls. Some of these souls whisper stories from their graves, but others still walk among us. And for some, myself included, the stories of our fathers and mothers have been etched into our souls as well.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Rick Langer — 

    In light of Holocaust Remembrance Week and Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 5, professor Rick Langer shares what a swastika means to him. ... Likewise, the swastika, the twisted cross, is a distillation of all of Nazism. It proclaims “racial purity” and narratives of “supermen” and “lives unworthy of living.” Its jagged arms encompass a thousand crimes both large and small, and circumscribe many million corpses, named and unnamed, which lie in graves across the continent of Europe. But the swastika has also etched a personal meaning into countless souls. Some of these souls whisper stories from their graves, but others still walk among us. And for some, myself included, the stories of our fathers and mothers have been etched into our souls as well ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Rick Langer — 

    Thanksgiving from William Bradford to George Washingto to Abraham Lincoln to 9/11, has not just been a holiday celebration but rather a discipline of gratitude grown in the soil of adversity.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Rick Langer — 

    We live in one of the most materially prosperous cultures that the world has ever known. We live with full stomachs and warm houses, surrounded by technological toys, secured by gates and walls, tended by the best of medical practice, and endlessly entertained by a 24/7 stream of media. There is only one thing we are missing: contentment. Why is "enough" so hard to find?