So don't suddenly start thinking coffee is the elixir of life. But if you're reaching for your second...or third...cup today, don't feel too guilty. After all, it's part of a healthy diet.
America's culture wars have raged in nearly every imaginable setting, from courtrooms, to CEO boardrooms, to hospital rooms and even classrooms. But who could have possibly foretold that the battle's next frontier would be fought on the Starbucks line?
Does being Christian make us kinder to our partners? More willing to forgive when we are wronged? Opposed to revenge? Unwilling to use violence, whether physical or verbal? Do we stand up for civil and human rights in our communities?
I tried to write about what I thought the Starbucks red cup controversy was about, but I decided to express it with a drawing instead.
This coffee cup doesn't tell us anything about Jesus, Christmas, Starbucks, or evangelical Christians. But I'm hoping it does teach us something about how quickly imaginary problems can become reasons to stereotype entire people groups.
There are folks who want you to get upset about things... some of them fairly trivial, like how a coffee cup is decorated...! Why? Because people wh...
In the wake of Veterans Day, we can take inventory of the pledges made by companies to hire more veterans.
Twitter has recently added the ability to create polls in its latest update and I have taken full advantage of this new feature by fully engaging the public on both current events and some of the greater dilemmas of our time.
"By the bells of my jingles, that's the final straw!" said Santa Claus, standing up from his lounge chair and throwing down a copy of The Arctic Times. Plastered across the front page was a giant photo of a plain red Starbucks cup. Just above it, the headline: WAR ON XMAS CONTINUES.
Lets all agree to move on from this less relevant controversy and focus on the good during this wonderful time of year.
No matter what, it is a not so subtle statement about the brand's role in the holidays and in our popular culture, given all the discussion that this move has created. That alone is a score, and another nod to the brand's active role in our pop culture.
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If you're someone of the Christian faith who found Starbucks' plain red cups upsetting, fear not: I've figured out what you can do in light of this controversy. I even broke it down into easy-to-follow steps
If you look hard enough, or just spend enough time on the internet, you can find a group of people who are upset over just about anything.
By removing snowflakes from their cups, how are people supposed to know it's holiday season and embody its spirit by being decent people to each other?
Continuing to perpetuate the perception that American Christians are self-righteous, superficial, tin-eared fundamentalists who care more about their rights to carry a gun and say what they want than making the world more into the image of the divinely inspired kingdom of God.