Category Archives: Character

BASEBALL’S PERFECT KNIGHT

“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” The commissioner of baseball, Ford Frick, spoke those words of one of the legends of the game. The words now appear at the base of his statue, placed outside his hometown ballpark, where he played every game of his 22-year career. Last Saturday, January 19, that legend departed from this world, 92 years old, leaving one of the most impeccable reputations in the history of the game, or any sport, for that matter. Continue reading

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JUDGING THE GOSPEL

When a celebrity’s reputation tanks, what happens to his charity? “Nine times out of 10, the charity suffers when something bad happens to the famous person it’s associated with,” according to Ken Berger, head of Charity Navigator. “But Livestrong has been the exception to the rule.”
Identification has powerful implications, as Ken Berger indicates. When people think about the charity, they think about the celebrity. If the celebrity has acquired a negative reputation, those negative thoughts are transferred to the charity. The charity may have an impeccable reputation, but transferred feelings often have no rational basis. Continue reading

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HOLLYWOOD’S BLIND SIDE

I finally broke down and watched a movie that several of my daughters were raving about. “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, chronicles a young couple’s tumultuous recovery from a car accident that nearly killed both of them. Paige suffered a brain injury that left a five-year hole in her memory, including the romance and marriage to her husband, Leo. Continue reading

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MODELING HONOR

Shock waves rumbled throughout the modeling world in December when a Victoria’s Secret model walked off the runway. Kylie Bisuttii achieved national recognition in 2009 when she won the nationally televised Victoria’s Secret Model Search over 10,000 contestants. She was 19.

Almost 2 years later, to the day, she did not appear in the televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Dec. 1). Wanting to explain her absence, Bisutti tweeted, “I have decided not to model lingerie because I personally feel that I am not honoring God or my husband by doing it.” Continue reading

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TEBOW TIME

He did it again Sunday. Tim Tebow steered the Denver Broncos to another come-from-behind victory. Five times this season he has forged fourth-quarter rallies to win. When he assumed the quarterback position, the Broncos were 1-4. Now they are 8-5. You do the math. Continue reading

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GOOD FOR EVIL

“We saw people that were obviously suffering. They felt a great sense of responsibility for what happened. How could we add to their pain displays of anger or anything like that?” Barry Sullivan, father of Declan Sullivan who was killed in a tragic accident at Notre Dame Continue reading

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THE DIFFERENCE A CAMERA CAN MAKE

I am sure Robert Adams is a great guy. People who know him would probably attest to his integrity. But the fact remains that as he flirted with temptation he lied. He used deceit to present himself as an honest man, What honesty he did display resulted from an awareness that someone had already seen him take the money – a camera. Continue reading

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