Note: if you’d prefer to listen, there’s an audio version of this article on the podcast A Better Me. This article also appeared on Faith Matters. One December a few years back, I was in the middle of my first year of grad school, and my class was holding its annual Christmas ball. It was attended by nearly every student my year, several hundred people, who were ready to unwind at the close of a tough…

All of us know a person or two who just seems a bit… different than the rest of us. C.S. Lewis describes them this way: “Their very voices and faces are different from ours: stronger, quieter, happier, more radiant. You tend to think that you are being kind to them when they are really being kind to you. They will usually seem to have a lot of time: you will wonder where it comes from.” They’re…

My first year in grad school, I took a macroeconomics course in which we used a framework known as the “trilemma.” In essence, the trilemma (also known as the — and I swear I’m not making this up — unholy trinity) posits that countries with their own currencies may choose a maximum of two out of three economic policies: 1) a fixed exchange rate 2) independent monetary policy and 3) free movement of capital. I…

When I was doing my undergrad at BYU, I spent some time working with a non-profit that taught entrepreneurship and gave microloans to underprivileged would-be small business owners. It was a wonderful experience and I made several close friends among the other volunteers as we did our (often inadequate) best to fulfill a mission we believed in. The founder of the non-profit, a long-time professor at the BYU’s Marriott School, had led (and continues to…

I loved the two months I spent in the Provo MTC in early 2004. As a brand new missionary and at nineteen, I’d never felt so strongly that I was fulfilling the purpose of that season of my life — and that that purpose would make a pivotal difference in the lives of many people I had yet to meet. There’s a certain ego to that feeling, to be sure. But I also felt like…

When I read Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that dominated news headlines for approximately 72 hours, I was appalled. I imagine (and hope) that most people felt similarly. ABC canceled Roseanne almost immediately, releasing the following statement: Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show. Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, said that canceling her show was the “right thing,” adding that “you can’t debate what is morally right”…