#34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

Following yesterday’s history of the Civil War, I include this shorter book focusing on the religious situation surrounding the war.  There is still debate and discussion about why the Civil War occurred.  Everyone living at the time knew why (slavery!) but afterwards there was a vested interest in the south to change the narrative.  Unfortunately, […]

#35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you’re a fan of history, this is an absolutely brilliant history of the Civil War.  That said, McPherson begins the story in 1844 (where What Hath God Wrought, #65 on my list, left off).  The first chapter tells of the lead up to the war.  I wish the first chapter were published as a […]

Resources to Learn About And Act Against Human Trafficking

Last evening CSF took a night off from our usual meeting to attend a Human Trafficking Awareness Month event.  As a group we visited another local college where we took part in an event called Walk in a Victim’s Shoes.  The goal of this event is to help participants get a bit of a feel […]

The Journal of John Woolman – A Not-Review

John Woolman was a Quaker who lived just prior to the American Revolution.  But he is not known for anything to do with that, for he was fighting a much bigger fight, speaking our against slavery while the vast majority of people in the colonies still accepted it.  Woolman did not just speak out about […]

Another Book that Broke My Heart: Girls Like Us by Rachel Loyd

Rachel Loyd’s fantastic book, Girls Like Us, interweaves her story as a survivor of sexual abuse with stories of girls she works with in New York City through her organization GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services).  What is happening to girls in our world right now is heart-breaking and I am thankful for those like […]

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 […]

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 […]