Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  This comes with a Presidential Proclamation as well as dozens of news articles and events to take part in.  Ever since I first learned about the reality of modern-day slavery a few years back, it seems that more and more people are talking about it.  Awareness has been growing, though…

Porn is Everywhere and it is a Gateway Drug

I absolutely cherish my 15 month old daughter Junia.  She has become my obsession.  As I play with her during the day or pray with her before bedtime I often find myself imagining what kind of person she will be when she is older. Maybe she'll be a teacher.  Or perhaps she'll want to be…

The Secret Service Scandal and Sex Tourism

The story of the Secret Service advance team, preparing for President Obama's visit to Colombia, continues to be headline news.  Eleven members have had their security clearance revoked following the allegations that they brought prostitutes into their hotel in Colombia. What is scary is that this sort of thing happens every day in country after…

Pimps are Criminals who Beat Women…which is not Cool

Back when Emily and I were first married, before she worked at the cyber school, she taught at a Mennonite high school.  Most mornings I would pack her lunch for her, as she left much earlier than I did (I work with college students, why be on campus before 10?).  I often packed a simple…

Just Laws to Protect Trafficking Victims: What the Church Can Do

How you vote in the presidential election does not really matter. I am quite disillusioned with politics.  Too many powerful religious people think it is their job to pledge support to a presidential candidate.  I wonder how Jesus feels when his people are reduced to a voting bloc?  Recently a large group of evangelical Christians…

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Recently President Obama declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month.  It is great that this issue is being taken seriously by those in the halls of power.  Here is the beginning of what Obama said in his speech (and you can read the whole thing at the link): Nearly a century…