Sometimes an idea for writing comes to me out of a conviction of sin. Months ago, at the beginning of primary season, I didn't know anyone who supported Trump. My first reaction to his presidential bid was bewildered amusement, then as he gained in the poles, fear. I thought, "Who are these Trump voters?" I realized that there was huge demographic of Americans who I am profoundly out of touch with. I began hearing stats in the early primaries about how Trump voters were more likely to be poor, have less formal education, and attend church rarely. I realized I don't know Trump supporters because I surround myself with (mostly) urban, educated people. Poorer whites were a demographic off my radar and, the more I thought about it, I realized that it was a demographic overlooked by a lot of urban evangelicals and mainline churches. So I called a pastor friend and we talked this over. By the time I got off the phone an hour later, I knew I had to write on this topic. To me, it wasn't about Trump anymore; it was about the way that our own urban biases and (sometimes) city snobbery can impede our ministry as a church. I have read more articles/books, interviewed more folks, and wrote more drafts for this piece than anything I've ever published (besides my book...although I didn't do interviews for my book so that was unique to this piece.) I learned a lot. Anyway, read it here: I Overlooked the Rural Poor...Then Trump Came Along . It is published in this month's CT print magazine as The America I Forgot.
Then, check out Tony and Jen Holmes Curran's church's site: here ! And watch their video (above). I interviewed Jen as I was researching this piece and got to know her a bit. She is wise, passionate, and loves her church family! If you resonate with my piece, one response would be to donate to their church! They are doing vital and beautiful work! You can donate here.
The first part of your essay is going to be the introduction. Here, you will let the readers know what your paper is about, what your key point is, what you want to prove and the reader will decide, whether he wants to continue reading. Your introduction should be no more than one paragraph with five or seven sentences. After your introduction part is ready, you should proceed to write the body of your essay. If you take all steps that are provided above, you will not face any difficulties with writing the body of your essay, because by this time, you will know every idea that you want to include, arguments to prove your idea (the quotations that you wrote down, examples from the plot of the story), your own attitude to the story and opinion about it. Remember, however, that the body of your essay needs to consist of several paragraphs (as a rule, there are three paragraphs in the body, although you may include two, four or even five, depending in the number of main ideas that you want to provide). The opening sentence of every paragraph should be a little introduction to it. You need to put the idea in the first sentence and support it with further several sentences. The argumentation should be in the middle of every paragraph and take three or five sentences. In the end of every paragraph, you need to provide a little conclusion that proves that the arguments you provided support your idea, given in the first sentence.