2017 Higher Goals Awards

Presented during EPA’s 2017 convention, the 2017 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2016 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “Theology of Political Candidates Series: The Theology of Donald Trump, The Theology of Ted Cruz, Is Bernie Sanders Religious?” — Michael Horton, John Fea, Yehiel Poupko. Second Place: War Cry, “Serving Refugees” — Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee, General Andre Cox, Ashley Schena, Jeff McDonald. Third Place: Illinois Baptist, “Modern missions series” — Lisa Sergent. Fourth Place: The Baptist Standard, “Coverage of Sexual Assault Scandal at Baylor University” — Ken Camp. Fifth Place: One Magazine, “Life and Lessons From the Valley” — Candice Smith.

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Illinois Baptist, “The Lost Value of Humility” — Eric Reed. Second Place: Christianity Today, “Saved Through Child-Bearing” — Wendy Alsup. Third Place: Focus on the Family, “God ... the Father?” — Vance Fry. Fourth Place: DTS Magazine, “The Lord Loves Diversity” — Dr. Mark Bailey. Fifth Place: One Magazine, “Leaving Our Nets” — Sarah (Last name withheld for security reaons).

Blog: Single Post

First Place: Boundless, “Fat. Single. Christian.” — Joy Beth Smith. Second Place: ManagingYourChurch.com, “What Would Repealing the Johnson Amendment Actually Mean for Churches?” — Elizabeth Jackson. Third Place: The Baptist Standard, “What’s at Stake for the SBC in Backlash Against Russell Moore?” — Jake Raabe. Fourth Place: Michael Foust, “We’re Giving Away our Kids’ Christmas Toys.” Fifth Place: Stephen Clark, “Thankful.”

Blog: Website

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “Gleanings” — Jeremy Weber, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Kate Shellnutt, Morgan Lee. Second Place: BioLogos. Third Place: ManagingYourChurch.com — Samuel Ogles, Michelle Dowell, Matthew Branaugh. Fourth Place: Wheaton Magazine Online, “#MyWheaton” — Allison Althoff Steinke, Katherine Braden, Kelsey Plankeel, Natasha Zeng. Fifth Place: Michael Foust, “MichaelFoust.com: Thoughts on Raising a Christian Family.”

Cartoon

First Place: Compassion Explorer Magazine, “Tricky Trail” — Luke Flowers. Second Place: Cadet Quest, “Casey’s Cadre” — Bob Lyzenga. Third Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Friends Out Back” — Crystal Bowman. Fourth Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Captain Absolutely” — Dennis Edwards.

Cover

First Place: Towers — Gabriel Reyes-Ordeix. Second Place: In Touch Magazine. Third Place: Young Salvationist — Captain Pamela Maynor, Andrea Ricker, Ashley Schena. Fourth Place: Christianity Today — Sarah Gordon, Alecia Sharp. Fifth Place: Outreach Magazine — James Long, Taylor Bird, Tim Downs, Marcus Torres.

Critical Review

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “What ‘No Man’s Sky’ and C.S. Lewis Tell Us About the Spirit of Our Age” — C.T. Casberg. Second Place: Christianity Today, “Does Protestantism Need to Die?” — Fred Sanders. Third Place: The Pathway, “Hacksaw Ridge Shows Triumph of Conscience” — Brian Koonce. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, “Beyoncé and the Theology of Lemonade” — Mandi Cherico, Velda Love. Fifth Place: Priscilla Papers, “Review of ‘Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate by Michelle Lee-Barnewall’” — Aida Besancon Spencer.

Department

First Place: Influence, “Like a Leader” — Konan Stephens, James T. Bradford. Second Place: Focus on the Family, “Family Stages” — Sheila Seifert, Ginger Kolbaba. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “Margin Notes.” Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, “Life Frames” — Laura Reinhardt, Eugene Lee, Jon Warren. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, “Faith | Works” — Mike Cosper, Seth Haines, Jen Hatmaker, Charity Singleton Craig, Tony Woodlief, Joseph E. Miller.

Devotional

First Place: Sojourners, “Who Is This Jesus?” — Belden C. Lane. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, “Why Lent is Good for Bad Christians” — Katelyn Beaty. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “Allergies and the Eschaton” — Mike Cosper. Fourth Place: The Behemoth, “My New Life as a Chimera Living with two sets of DNA” — Alec Hill. Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, “Second City Sabbatical” — Mike Coglan.

Editorial

First Place: The Baptist Standard, “How Do Evangelicals Enable Locker Room Talk about Women?” — Marv Knox. Second Place: The Covenant Companion Online, “The Awful Command to Love Our Enemies” — Stan Friedman. Third Place: Alabama Baptist, “Mocking the Alabama Supreme Court” — Bob Terry. Fourth Place: The Echo, “Seven Essential Items for your Ignorance Starter Pack” — Luke Wildman. Fifth Place: PE News, “The Battle for Religious Liberty” — George O. Wood.

Evangelism Article

First Place: Influence, “Becoming an Engaging Church” — Rice Broocks. Second Place: Young Salvationist, “Will You Tell Your Story” — Captain Jamie Satterlee. Third Place: Church of God Evangel, “Build Bridges” — Victor Morris. Fourth Place: Light and Life Magazine, “Leaking Good News” — Matthew Thomas. Fifth Place: Alliance Life, “Give the Gospel a Chance” — Steve Irvin.

Feature Article

First Place: The Covenant Companion, “When Ministers Moonlight” — Bob Smietana. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, “Defying the Beast” — Kari Costanza, Laura Reinhardt. Third Place: Influence, “Homelanders: The Next Generation” — Judson Collier, Josh Babyar, George Paul Wood, Chris Railey, Rick Knoth. Fourth Place: SAConnects, “A New Chapel, A New Life” — Warren L. Maye, Robert Mitchell, Lea La Notte Greene, Susan Magnano. Fifth Place: Pursuit, “I Am a Syrian-American: Bringing the Refugee Crisis to Light” — Raine Paul, Caleb Bol.

Fiction

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Winning Oscar” — Nancy Rue. Second Place: Inheritance, “Orphaned Adults” — Johnson Chiu. Third Place: Explorer’s Guide, “Hannah Is Not Nice” — Derek Lewis. Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, “Closing Windows” — Martyn Wendell Jones. Fifth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Bugged and Blue” — Laura Sassi.

First-Person Article

First Place: Christianity Today, “The Shaken Conscience of a Pro-Life Activist” — Karen Swallow Prior. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “Kneeling on Charred Ground” — Tony Woodlief. Third Place: One Magazine, “Life in the Valley of the Shadow of Death” — Candice Smith. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, “My Iranian Awakening” — Geila Rajaee. Fifth Place: The Brink, “Loving the Refugee” — Ryan Akers.

Freelance Article

First Place: Patti Townley-Covert, “Human Trafficking Swings Community Outreach Door Wide Open.” Second Place: Steve Rabey, “Cannabis Crusade: Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Moms Changing U.S. Drug Laws.” Third Place: Stephen Clark, “How to Lead Introverts into Bible Engagement: Five Ways to Connect with the Quiet Ones.” Fourth Place: Ann-Margret Hovsepian, “Made in Vietnam.” Fifth Place: Michael Foust, “We’re Giving Away Our Kids’ Christmas Toys.”

General Article: Long

First Place: SAConnects, “I’m Worth Something” — Robert Mitchell. Second Place: Christianity Today, “Grapes of Wrath” — Jeremy Weber. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “Kneeling on Charred Ground” — Tony Woodlief. Fourth Place: Christian History, “Seeking the Light of Christ” — Max Carter. Fifth Place: EFCA Today, “Your Relational Abilities Matter More Than Your Preaching” — Jennifer M. Kvamme.

General Article: Medium

First Place: Concordia Seminary Magazine, “His Grace: Two Journeys to Gratitude” — Kim Plummer Krull. Second Place: Sojourners, “Call of Beauty” — Abigail Olcese. Third Place: Inheritance, “Don’t Pray for What’s Not Broken” — Eddy Ekmekji, Rhoda Suzuki Ekmekji. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family, “Stress Busters for Moms” — Arlene Pellicane, Vance Fry. Fifth Place: ChurchLawAndTax.com, “Responding to the Transgender Bathroom Access Controversy” — Richard R. Hammar.

General Article: Short

First Place: In Touch Magazine, “The Gift of Marginalia” — Jamie A. Hughes. Second Place: Answers Magazine, “Armed with Brains” — Heather Brinson Bruce. Third Place: Focus on the Family, “No Disrespect Intended” — Michael Ridgeway. Fourth Place: The Behemoth, “His Hand Feeds Us Both: Thoughts on Bears from an Alaskan Fisherwoman.” — Leslie Leyland Fields. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, “Owning Land” — Liuan Huska.

Humorous

First Place: Sojourners, “Give Me a Few of Your Tired, Your Poor...’“ — Ed Spivey Jr. Second Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “C.S.I.: Sidon” — Teresa McClintock, Christina Haemmerle. Third Place: Teachers of Vision, “A Lesson in Civics” — Dave Meurer. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion Online, “Well Done, Good and Faithful Frequent Flyer” — Dana Bowman. Fifth Place: Leading Hearts, “Of Moose and Men” — Torry Martin, Doug Peterson.

Interview Article

First Place: Outreach Magazine, “Dave Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons” — Paul Pastor. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, “Politically Speaking” — Ron Elving, Ed Gilbreath. Third Place: Advance, “Can There Be Harmony in Our Division? How Confident Pluralism Unites Us without Erasing Our Differing Beliefs.” — Shapri LoMaglio. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, “Melinda Gates on: Empowering Women and Girls” — Kari Costanza. Fifth Place: Sojourners, “We Set Out to Start a Community, and Now We Have a Village.” — Jim Wallis.

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Jesus Returns” — Michael Heath, Jenny Dillon. Second Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Seated with Christ” — Ashley Walton. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “Let God Change Your Mind” — Aubrey Longley-Cook. Fourth Place: The Living Church, “The Old Rugged Gun” — Matthew Townsend. Fifth Place: Compassion Explorer Magazine, “Open House” — Luke Flowers.

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: Christianity Today, “Life After Prison” — Brian Stauffer, Alecia Sharp. Second Place: Pursuit, “One of Us: The Search for a Personalized President” — Caleb Bol. Third Place: Alliance Life, “It’s OK to Cry” — Kenneth Crane, Daron Short. Fourth Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Wonder at the Manger” — Jim Madsen, Jenny Dillon. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, “Off the Hook” — Johnathan Bartlett.

Personality Article

First Place: Decision, “The Testing of Tim Tebow” — Charles Chandler. Second Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Choosing the Rejected” — Rachel Ferchak. Third Place: Facts & Trends, “Forgiveness: The Language of Heaven” — Aaron Earls. Fourth Place: Mutuality, “Samaritan Sinner, Celebrated Saint: The Story of the First Christian Missionary” — Bronwen Speedie. Fifth Place: Cedarville Magazine, “Primetime” — Clem Boyd.

Photo Feature

First Place: Worldwide Challenge, “For Richer, For Poorer” — Guy Gerrard, Ashley Walton. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “The Fields of Peeragarhi” — Atul Loke. Third Place: World Vision Magazine Online, “Meet the Makers” — Elizabeth Hendley. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “Charleston: A Fragile Forgiveness” — Jonathan Hanson, Alecia Sharp. Fifth Place: Compassion Magazine, “The Church’s Bounty” — Chuck Bigger, Mark Kyle, Leanna Summers, Sr., Willow Welter.

Photography Use

First Place: Worldwide Challenge — Guy Gerrard, Tom Mills, Ted Wilcox, Ashley Walton. Second Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Eugene Lee, Chris Huber. Third Place: On Mission — Shawn Elledge, Hayley Catt, K. Faith Morgan, Meredith Yackel, Josie Rabbitt, Joe Conway. Fourth Place: Compassion Magazine — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Sr. Fifth Place: Christianity Today — Sarah Gordon, Alecia Sharp.

Poetry

First Place: Sojourners, “& (ampersand)” — D.S. Martin. Second Place: Crux, “Signs” — Luci Shaw. Third Place: The Behemoth, “Bright Angels” — Ronnie Sirmans. Fourth Place: The Banner, “Slowing Up” — Joe Veltman. Fifth Place: Mutuality, “The Samaritan Woman at the Cross” — H. Edgar Hix.

Publication Design

First Place: On Mission — Shawn Elledge, K. Faith Morgan, Meredith Yackel, Josie Rabbitt, Joe Conway, Steve Beaver. Second Place: In Touch Magazine. Third Place: Wheaton Magazine — Mary Leiser, Stefanie Enger, Katie Alford. Fourth Place: Influence — Steve Lopez. Fifth Place: The Brink — David Jones, Stephen Nelson, Katy Fry, Mike Hollis, Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young.

Publication Redesign

First Place: Israel My Glory — Lorna Simcox, JD Lemming. Second Place: Compassion Magazine — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Sr.,. Third Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Dale Mason, Michael Matthews, Doug Rumminger. Fourth Place: Worldwide Challenge — Becky Thomton, Ashley Walton, Guy Gerrard, Mark Winz. Fifth Place: World Vision Magazine — Mike Ryan, Elizabeth Hendley, Kristy O’Hara.

Reporting

First Place: Christianity Today, “Outpacing Persecution” — Jeremy Weber. Second Place: Rescue, “Race Relations by the Numbers” — Jim Watkins. Third Place: Race, Faith and Politics Today, “Church, Bishop Minister to Total Man” — Kyle D. Huckins. Fourth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Who is my Neighbor?” — Emilie Vinson. Fifth Place: The Baptist Standard, “Damning Details Emerge About Sexual Assaults at Baylor University” — Ken Camp.

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: World Vision Magazine, “Weathering the Storm” — Jon Warren. Second Place: Worldwide Challenge, “The Beauty of Burnout Opener” — Ted Wilcox. Third Place: War Cry, “Centerspread” — Ashley Schena. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, “A Faithful Generation” — Ben Rollins. Fifth Place: Rev. 7 — Barbara Alber, Grace Miller.

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: Answers Magazine, “Noah” — Chris Neville. Second Place: Facts & Trends, “Second Shift: Thriving in Bivocational Ministry” — Gary Bistram, Katie Shull, Carol Pipes. Third Place: Southern Seminary Magazine, “The King’s President” — Emil Handke. Fourth Place: The Living Church, “Many Children, Like Moleed, a Somali Living in Wisconsin, Tell a Common Story of Being Bullied in School.” — Asher Imtiaz. Fifth Place: SAConnects, “Lt. MunnShirsath’s in Times Square” — Susan Magnano.

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: Decision, “Two Visions, Two Americas.” Second Place: Fuller, “Restore” — Lauralee Farrer, Irene Neller, Miyoung Yoon Hammer. Third Place: World Vision Magazine Online, “Crafted With Care” — Elizabeth Hendley, Eugene Lee, Annila Harris, Kristy O’Hara. Fourth Place: Rescue, “Cover Focus: Addiction” — Brad Lewis, Kristi Rector, Mike Hames. Fifth Place: Facts & Trends, “Second Shift: Thriving in Bivocational Ministry” — Bob Smietana, Philip Nation, Thom S. Rainer, Katie Shull, Lisa Green, Carol Pipes.

Standing Column

First Place: Illinois Baptist, “Nate Adams standing column” — Nate Adams. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “Pulpit” — Charles F. Stanley. Third Place: World Vision Magazine, “President’s Letter” — Rich Stearns. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “Bodies & Souls” — Matthew Loftus. Fifth Place: The Banner, “Editorial” — Shiao Chong.

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: Pursuit, “I Am a Syrian-American: Bringing the Refugee Crisis to Light” — Raine Paul. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, “Millennial Mavericks” — Hannah Hawkinson. Third Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Barnyard Explorer” — Laura Koenig. Fourth Place: The Banner, “Why I Want You to Invite Me Out for Coffee” — Hannah Biggs. Fifth Place: The Echo, “Race Relations: Six Snapshots of Taylor Students Experiences” — Cassidy Grom.

Table of Contents

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Elizabeth Hendley, Kristy O’Hara. Second Place: In Touch Magazine. Third Place: Compassion Magazine — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Chuck Bigger, Mark Kyle, Sr. Fourth Place: Outreach Magazine — James Long, Taylor Bird, Tim Downs, Marcus Torres. Fifth Place: Southern Seminary Magazine — Daniel Carroll, Emil Handke, Eric Jimenez, S. Craig Sanders.

Titles

First Place: Sojourners, “12 Years for a Paintbrush; A Jew, A Christian, and a Muslim Walk Into a Parking Lot…; Too Blessed to be Stressed.” Second Place: The Behemoth, “The Week the Sun Reached Out and Touched Us; The Pitch Goes On; What Color Is North?” — Morgan Lee, Joel Heng Hartse, Andy Walsh. Third Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Ring Around the Wedding; Wrong Way Mother’s Day; Samson and Delightful” — Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, “Very Important Persons; Quiet, Please; Divine in the Twilight.” Fifth Place: Christianity Today, “Consider Civil Disobedience; The Shaken Conscience of a Pro-Life Activist; Charleston: A Fragile Forgiveness” — David Koyzis, Karen Swallow Prior, Bob Smietana.

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: In Touch Magazine, “Very Important Persons” — R. Kikuo Johnson. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, “Childhood Lost and Found” — Mike Ryan. Third Place: Christianity Today, “Life After Prison” — Alecia Sharp. Fourth Place: Answers Magazine, “Convergent Evolution or Common Designer?” — Chris Neville. Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, “Beyond BFFs” — Steven R. Luce.

Typography and Lettering

First Place: Christianity Today, “The Books & Arts” — Joel Felix, Alecia Sharp. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “This and Nothing More” — Peter Arkle. Third Place: World Vision Magazine, “Childhood Lost and Found” — Mike Ryan. Fourth Place: Co:Mission, “Coming Home” — Colin Wilson. Fifth Place: EFCA Today, “Spanning the Generational Gap” — Matt Pamer, Zack Bryant, Diane McDougall.

Website Design

First Place: Fuller Studio — Lauralee Farrer, Tamara Johnston McMahon, Becky Still, Michael Wright, Ben Brandt. Second Place: The Behemoth — Jennifer McGuire, Valerie Broucek. Third Place: Sojourners Online — Sandi Villarreal, Bob Sabath. Fourth Place: Southern Seminary Magazine Online — David Yeiser, Colby Adams, Eric Jimenez, Daniel Carroll. Fifth Place: Compassion Magazine Online — Leanna Summers, Mark Kyle, Sr., Chuck Bigger.