2020 Higher Goals Awards

The 2020 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2019 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: The Christian Chronicle, The Venezuelan Diaspora — Erik Tryggestad. Second Place: The Christian Post, Leaving Christianity — Brandon Showalter, Leah Klett. Third Place: Boundless, Giving God Control of... — Suzanne Gosselin, Matt Ehresman, Lauren Dunn. Fourth Place: Answers in Genesis, Plant Communication — Harry Sanders. Fifth Place: Baptist Press, Super Bowl LIII — Tim Ellsworth

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Fathom Mag, Break the Teeth in Their Mouths, O God — Russell Meek. Second Place: Illinois Baptist, Why I Need Resurrection — Eric Reed. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, The Grammar of Faith — Jen Pollock Michel. Fourth Place: Sojourners, The Company of the Unafraid — Walter Brueggemann. Fifth Place: DTS Magazine, Let’s Crown Character in Today’s Culture — Chuck Swindoll

Blog: Single post

First Place: Boundless, The Latest Buzz Around Christians and Alcohol — Lisa Anderson. Second Place: Concordia Seminary Magazine, The Chance to Dance — Melanie Ave. Third Place: Message Magazine Online, Missions or Wanderlust? — Stephanie Boon. Fourth Place: Plugged In, What Is Real? Reflections on The Matrix 20 Years Later — Adam Holz. Fifth Place: Answers in Genesis, The Fetal Heartbeat Isn’t the Issue — Ken Ham

Blog: Website

First Place: Message Magazine, ABWE Blog — Alex Kocman, Leah Pickard, Loren Skinker, Lauren Farr. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, The Exchange — Ed Stetzer. Third Place: Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham’s Blog — Ken Ham, Avery Foley. Fourth Place: Boundless, Boundless Blog — Lisa Anderson, James Clapper

Cartoon

First Place: Illinois Baptist — Dennis Fletcher. Second Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Friends Out Back — Crystal Bowman, Kevin Zimmer. Third Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Sleuth Family Robinson — Christopher P.N. Maselli, Dennis Edwards

Cause of the Year Article - Biblical Literacy

First Place: Christianity Today, The Greatest Story Ever Animated — Paul Pastor. Second Place: Mutuality, A Tale of Two Rapes: What Tamar and Bathsheba Teach Us About Power, Consent, and Sexual Violence — Erin Moniz. Third Place: SAConnects, Entering the Man Cave — Robert Mitchell. Fourth Place: Illinois Baptist, How Will You Read the Bible in 2019?. Fifth Place: The Brink, Was Jesus Born on December 25: And Everything Else You Wanted to Know About Christmas — Danny Conn

Cause of the Year Illustration/Photo - Biblical Literacy

First Place: Christianity Today, Your Bible Translation is Imperfect. It’s Also a Miracle. — Casey Fritz, Sarah Gordon. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, How to Jump Back In to Bible Reading — Matt Chinworth, Sarah Gordon

Cover

First Place: SAConnects — Lea Greene, Reginald Raines. Second Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse — Jim Madsen, Jenny Dillon. Third Place: Light Magazine — Jacob Blaze, Jason Thacker, Dan Darling, Marie Delph, Lindsay Nicolet. Fourth Place: Christianity Today — Sarah Gordon, Alecia Sharp, Andy Olsen, Ted Olsen. Fifth Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Andrea Peer, Ashley Walton, Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie, Heather Klinger, Shaun Kempston

Critical Review

First Place: Sojourners, The Art of Transcendence — Faith-Marie Zamblé. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, Nadia bolz-Weber’s Gospel of Shame-Free Sexuality — Wesley Hill. Third Place: Crux, Costly Grace and Severe Mercy: Theological Resonances in Louise Pennys Three Pines Mysteries — Maxine Hancock. Fourth Place: Plugged In, Green Eggs and Ham — Kristin Smith. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, Ladders to Nowhere — Leslie Leyland Fields

Department

First Place: In Touch Magazine, Faith/Works — Cameron Lawrence, Aline Mello, Eric Caposella. Second Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Hacks & Facts — Sheila Seifert, Vance Fry. Third Place: Influence, Like a Leader — George P. Wood, Rick Knoth, Christina Quick. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, News — Daniel Silliman, Jayson Casper, Kate Shellnutt. Fifth Place: War Cry, Frontlines — Lt. Colonel Timothy Foley, Jeffrey McDonald, Ashley Schena

Devotional

First Place: One Magazine, When I Am Weak — Ruth McDonald. Second Place: Illinois Baptist, A Christmas Essay — Eric Reed. Third Place: Word&Way, Grace for a Tree Sniffer — Heather Feeler. Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, The Bible’s Best Description of Salvation Is a Phrase We Rarely Use — Julie Canlis. Fifth Place: The Banner, Enough Trouble — Syd Hielema

e-Newsletter

First Place: World Vision Magazine Online — Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie. Second Place: BioLogos — Nate Caminata, Hillary Rankin, Jim Stump. Third Place: Facts & Trends — Aaron Earls, Aaron Wilson, Carol Pipes, Joy Allmond. Fourth Place: NRB Today — Kenneth Chan, Craig Parshall, Mary Montemayor, Sharon Schnell, Linda Smith, Leah Zapata

Editorial

First Place: Christianity Today Online, Who Owns a Woman’s Body? Not Who You Think — Andrea Palpant Dilley. Second Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, The Enemies Christ Warned Us About — Cole Richards. Third Place: Alabama Baptist, Is It Really Fair to Claim ‘It Isn’t Fair’ in the Life of a Believer? — Jennifer Rash. Fourth Place: The Banner, Judge Not — Shiao Chong. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, Celebrating Sexual Ethics — Andrea Palpant Dilley

Evangelism Article

First Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, 4 Challenges to Your Child’s Faith — Natasha Crain. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, Judea, Suburbia, to the Ends of the Earth — Ashley Hales. Third Place: Facts & Trends, The 7 Most Dangerous Words in Evangelism — Aaron Wilson. Fourth Place: SAConnects, What is Evangelism Today? — Robert Mitchell, Warren L. Maye. Fifth Place: Teachers of Vision, Thirsty Deserts — Joy Lucius

Feature Article

First Place: Cru Storylines, Slovak Students Speak Out for Christ — Mark Winz, Ted Wilcox, Journey Group, Rachel Ferchak. Second Place: The Banner, The Cult of Normalcy — Sara Pot, Shiao Chong, Judith Claire Hardy, Dean R. Heetderks. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, The Day of the Bombings — Kevin Selders. Fourth Place: Light Magazine, Without Love, Apologetics Fails: Bearing Witness with Gentleness and Respect — Jacob Blaze, Jason Thacker, Lindsay Nicolet, Marie Delph, Dan Darling, Alex Ward. Fifth Place: War Cry, Hope Realized — Michael Smith, Lt. Colonel Timothy Foley, Jeffrey McDonald, Ashley Schena

Fiction

First Place: Boundless, Tetelestai — George Halitzka. Second Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Perfect Pep Talk — Kim Washburn. Third Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse, The Year Without Summer — Dee Emerick Blackstone. Fourth Place: The Banner, A Depression Story — Mary Hulst. Fifth Place: Explorer’s Guide, Tales from Explorers Academy: On the Farm — Derek Lewis, Janiece Waldrop, Katie Greenwood, Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young

First-Person Article

First Place: Alliance Life, Be Brave — Brian Neville. Second Place: New Frontier Chronicle, It’s Time To Go Back In — Erin Wikle. Third Place: Brio Magazine, Career — Robin Jones Gunn. Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, I Used to Hide My Shame. Now I Take Shelter Under the Gospel — Greg Johnson. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine, An Unlikely Masterpiece — Stacia McKeever

Freelance Article

First Place: Michael Ray Smith, Teaching at a Baltic-Based University Offers Sanctuary for the Battered and Best. Second Place: Seana Scott, How to Pray When Your Husband is Imprisoned. Third Place: Anita K. Palmer, From ‘Zero Tolerance’ to ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. Fourth Place: Carla Foote, God’s Hand in Growing Disciples. Fifth Place: Michael Foust, 4 Uplifting Biblical Messages from PBS Les Miserables

General Article: Short

First Place: Proclaim!, Woe to us — Luis Palau. Second Place: Christianity Today, Son of a Son of a Son — Jen Wilkin. Third Place: Fathom Mag, Seeds Want to Grow — Andrea Burke. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, A Desperate Prayer — Thomas Jeffries. Fifth Place: Baptist Press, Man Baptized at Church he Vandalized Six Months Earlier — Tobin Perry

General Article: Medium

First Place: Alabama Baptist, Snowflake Babies — Grace Thornton. Second Place: Alliance Life, God’s Tattoo — Emmy Houk. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, A Tended Place — Christie Purifoy. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, Maximum Security Church — Daniel Silliman. Fifth Place: Decision Magazine, Friendship Founded in Forgiveness — Giovanna Albanese

General Article: Long

First Place: Concordia Seminary Magazine, Seminarians Living Lives of Significance — Melanie Ave. Second Place: Brio Magazine, Are You Caught in the Allure? — Jessica Harris. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, The Grammar of Faith — Jen Pollock Michel. Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, Is Your Trip Tourism or Missions? — Andy Olsen, Bekah McNeel. Fifth Place: World Vision Magazine, Love Breaks through In Lebanon — Jane Sutton-Redner

Humorous

First Place: Sojourners, Can We Build an Economy Without Losing Our Souls? (Nah) — Ed Spivey Jr.. Second Place: Plugged In, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — Paul Asay. Third Place: The Christian Chronicle, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, Alexa Answers — Erik Tryggestad. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Without Grumbling — Patricia Raybon. Fifth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Am I a Bad Dad? — Tim Hawkins

Interview Article

First Place: Sojourners, The Advocate — Da’Shawn Mosley. Second Place: War Cry, Expert Witness: The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers — Jeffrey McDonald. Third Place: Christianity Today Online, Prison Was My First Pulpit — Morgan Lee. Fourth Place: The Christian Chronicle, Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly Returning to Africa as Medical Missionary — Bobby Ross Jr.. Fifth Place: Velocity, Stand Beautiful: An Interview With Chloe Howard — Chloe Howard, David Jones, Derek Lewis, Nic Dennis, Andrea Young

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Sojourners, Who Am I? — Mike McQuade. Second Place: Answers Magazine, All Aboard: Unexpected Passengers on Noah’s Ark — Chris Neville. Third Place: Message Magazine, Meet Our Newest Missionaries — Lauren Farr, Loren Skinker. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Can We Talk? — Mark Weaver. Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online, The Most Effective Response to Poverty? Worshipping the True God — Rick Szuecs

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: Sojourners, Apocalypse Is Not a Dirty Word — James Jirat Patradoon. Second Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Kids and Turbulent Emotions — Sija Hong. Third Place: Answers Magazine, The Dark Side of Nature — Dave Mottram. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, Just Jump Back In — Matt Chinworth. Fifth Place: Peer, Envy — Renaud Vigourt

Personality Article

First Place: Christianity Today, The Forgotten Female Preacher — Grant Wacker. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle, Loving a ‘Lost Cause’ — Erik Tryggestad. Third Place: Decision Magazine, From Hatred to Love — Jerri Menges. Fourth Place: Sojourners, This Is How We Let Abuse Thrive — D.L. Mayfield. Fifth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Forgiveness Changed Everything — Benjamin Hawkins

Photo Feature

First Place: World Vision Magazine, Pond of Misery — Jon Warren, Kari Costanza, Ashley Walton. Second Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, They Shot, We Fled: The War No One Talks About — Jon Green, Natasha Fullard, Dennis Waterman, Jay Snyder. Third Place: Christianity Today, Holy Rumblings — Melanie Grizzel, Sarah Gordon. Fourth Place: Brio Magazine, Thank You — Cary Bates, Jody Reiner, Pamela Woody, Andrea Gutierrez, Laura Koenig-Pottkotter. Fifth Place: SAConnects, A New Day — Warren L. Maye, Ryan Love, Lea Greene

Photography Use

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Chris Huber. Second Place: Pursuit — Lauren Sawdey, Lauren Shelburne, Phillip Ndowu, Heather Finnigan. Third Place: Pentecostal Messenger — Spencer Ming, Taylor Staniforth, Kimberly Ming, Brian Ramos, Tyler Price, Laura Salazar. Fourth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs — Jon Green, Natasha Fullard, Dennis Waterman, Jay Snyder. Fifth Place: Fuller — Nate Harrison, Katy Cook, Lindsey Sheets, Lauralee Farrer

Poetry

First Place: Fathom Mag, The Single Life — Jolene Nolte. Second Place: Crux, The Foolishness of God — Mary Romero. Third Place: Sojourners, Visitation — A.M. Lawrence. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., My Bedtime Prayer — Nancy Sanders. Fifth Place: DTS Magazine, Our Worth and Value Set Secure — Joye Baker

Publication Design

First Place: Peer — Captain Pamela Maynor, Andrea Martin, Paul Fiesel, Olivia Scherzer. Second Place: Sojourners — Ed Spivey Jr., Metaleap Creative. Third Place: Fuller — Katy Cook, Lauralee Farrer, Tamara Johnston, Nate Harrison, Denise Louise Klitsie. Fourth Place: Pursuit — Lauren Sawdey, Lauren Shelburne, Phillip Ndowu, Heather Finnigan. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville 

Publication Redesign

First Place: Sojourners. Second Place: Peer — Captain Pamela Maynor, Andrea Martin, Paul Fiesel, Olivia Scherzer. Third Place: Advent Christian Witness — Justin Nash, Cara Brock. Fourth Place: Alabama Baptist — Jennifer Rash, Carrie McWhorter, Jessica Ingram, Grace Thornton, Lauren Grim, Janet Erwin

Reporting

First Place: Christianity Today Online, Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says — Kate Shellnutt. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle, A Perpetrator in the Pews — Bobby Ross Jr.. Third Place: New Frontier Chronicle, What Does the Retail Apocalypse Mean for Red Kettles? — Jared McKiernan. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, Citizens of Nowhere — Kari Costanza. Fifth Place: Illinois Baptist, Listen, Lament, Repent, Repair — Meredith Flynn

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: World Vision Magazine, Border Crossing — Jon Warren. Second Place: Alliance Life, Mother Baby Greetings — Ewien van Bergeijk-Kwant. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, Muslim Worshipper — Jay Synder. Fourth Place: Pentecostal Messenger, Brazil Mission — PCG World Missions. Fifth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, You’ve Got This, Mom! — Jessie Sandager

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: Cru Storylines, Chicken Farmer Portrait — Ted Wilcox. Second Place: World Vision Magazine Online, From Guarguallá Grande with Love and Alpacas — Chris Huber. Third Place: Christianity Today, Holy Rumblings — Melanie Grizzel, Sarah Gordon. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, Goats Bring Blessings — Laura Reinhardt. Fifth Place: The Chimes, From Leading Troops to Leading Christians — Thecla Li

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: Light Magazine, A Hidden World: Christian Faithfulness in the Face of Persecution — Jason Thacker, Lindsay Nicolet, Dan Darling, Jacob Blaze, Marie Delph, Alex Ward. Second Place: Answers Magazine, More to Life — Dale Mason, Mike Matthews, Sarah Eshleman, Melissa Webb, Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville. Third Place: Illinois Baptist, Southern Baptist Convention 2019 Annual Meeting — Eric Reed, Meredith Flynn, Kris Kell, Lisa Misner, Leah Honnen. Fourth Place: Pentecostal Messenger, Centennial Celebration — Spencer Ming, Taylor Staniforth, Kimberly Ming, Brian Ramos, Tyler Price, Laura Salazar. Fifth Place: SAConnects, Out of the Darkness — Warren L. Maye, Robert Mitchell, Hugo Bravo, Reginald Raines, Lea Greene, Ryan Love

Standing Column

First Place: Christianity Today, Beginnings of Wisdom — Jen Wilkin. Second Place: Fathom Mag, Frank and Hearty — John Blase. Third Place: The Baptist Standard, Texas Baptist Voices — Michael Bell, Todd Still. Fourth Place: Sojourners, Eyes & Ears — Danny Duncan Collum. Fifth Place: The Banner, Still — Rod Hugen, Judith Claire Hardy

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: Pursuit, The Modern Realities of Sex Trafficking: A Global Crime in Our Own Backyard — Danyella Wilder. Second Place: Peer, Not The Same Old, Same Old — Jaquelle Crowe. Third Place: The Herald, My Dreaded Companion — Danielle Bliven. Fourth Place: The Threefold Advocate, Internment Camps in China Constrain Religious Practice — Catherine Nolte. Fifth Place: The Chimes, Hong Kong Protests Hit Home for Biola Community — Brittany Ung

Table of Contents

First Place: World Vision Magazine. Second Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie A. Hughes, Kayla Yiu, Sandy Feit, Eric Capossela. Third Place: Alabama Baptist — Lauren Grim. Fourth Place: One Magazine — Andrea Young, Marianne Stewart, Dr. Edward E. Moody, Jr., Eric K. Thomsen

Titles

First Place: In Touch Magazine, Death By Quiet Time; A Calling to the Crooked-Nosed and Fleshly; What I Learned In a Yurt Church — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Aline Mello, Eric Caposella. Second Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Prudes and Prejudice; Whining, Bickering and Other Mouthy Misbehaviors; When the Past Is Present — Danny Huerta, Ginger Hubbard, Terri Clark. Third Place: Sojourners, Silicon Valley’s Original Sin, They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Jeong, This Is How We Let Abuse Thrive — Jim Rice, Ed Spivey Jr., Julie Polter, Rose Marie Berger, Betsy Shirley, Da’Shawn Mosley. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, Pious Pledges and Consecrated Keggers, When the Saints Go Undercover, The Greatest Story Ever Animated — Kyle Rohane, Matt Reynolds, Caleb Lindgren, Mallory Rentsch, Sarah Gordon. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine, Falling for Your Feelings, God’s Other Book, An Eye for Every Occasion — Emily Thomes, Simon Turpin, Roger Patterson, Stuart Burgess

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: In Touch Magazine, Hungry to the Feast — Yaso + Junko, Cameron Lawrence, Eric Capossela. Second Place: Answers Magazine, An Eye for Every Occasion — Chris Neville, Dan Stelzer. Third Place: Peer, Pretend Happiness — Max-o-matic, Captain Pamela Maynor, Andrea Martin, Paul Fiesel, Olivia Scherzer. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, The Everlasting Desire — Sarah Gordon. Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, Scars of Conscience — Kristi Schild

Typography and Lettering

First Place: Message of the Open Bible, Redemption — Greg Roberts, Andrea Johnson, Nicole Kerr. Second Place: Answers Magazine, An Eye for Every Occasion — Dan Stelzer. Third Place: Brio Magazine, No Need to Fuss — Becca Clason, Cary Bates, Jody Reiner, Pamela Woody, Andrea Gutierrez, Laura Koenig-Pottkotter. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Victorious — Eric Capossela, Cameron Lawrence. Fifth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Good Parents, Prodigal Kids — Matt Chinworth

Website Design

First Place: World Vision Magazine Online — Heather Klinger, Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie, Chris Huber, Kathryn Reid, Laura Reinhardt, Jon Warren. Second Place: Sojourners Online — Sandi Villarreal, Bob Sabath, Bob Christenson. Third Place: Fathom Mag — Jeremy Cherry, Kelsey Hency, Jon Minnema. Fourth Place: Peer — Captain Pamela Maynor, Andrea Martin, Paul Fiesel, Olivia Scherzer. Fifth Place: Cru Storylines — Journey Group, Rachel Ferchak