#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)

Today we look back on the acceptance of slavery in the 1800s and before and ask what those people were thinking. How could they accept such a horrific crime to continue in their midst? Or we look to our more recent past and cringe at the crimes done by those in favor of segregation. Again, […]

#90 – Junia is Not Alone by Scot McKnight (My 100 Favorite Books)

Junia was a coworker with the Apostle Paul, she is mentioned in Romans 16:7.  For centuries though, this name was translated as “Junias”, or as a male, because the assumption was simply that women could not be leaders in the church.  And since the church did not have female leaders, they made sure to modify […]

Recent Reads – Horrible Advice to Soldiers, Beiber and Trafficking, Marriage, Guns and More!

Shameful, Ridiculous and Cruel Why on earth do people listen to anything David Barton has to say?  Not only is his history totally shoddy, but he teaches awful theology and ethics.  Whether it is assuming America is some sort of Christian nation so our wars are always blessed by God, or telling soldiers with PTSD […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 11, Mary’s Hymn of Praise)

Day 11 – Mary Praises God – Luke 1:46-56 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 10)

Day 10 – The Angel Visits Mary – Luke 1:26-45 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and […]

A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Review)

It is always fun to review what appears to be a controversial book.  Though I am not sure why exactly A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans is so controversial.  In the “evangelical Christian” world there are a diversity of views on gender roles.  Some, called complementarians,  see women as called to submit to […]

Why Does Turning a Camera on Make Abuse Legal?

A few weeks ago woman was arrested in my town when detectives raided a massage parlor.  The woman arrested was charged with prostitution, selling sex. The story was passed on to my from a friend who knows I volunteer with a local group that seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking, as well as to become […]

Make a Difference – Give a Loan

A few months ago I read the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  It is probably the best book I have read all year and one of the most important books I have ever read.  This is the sort of book that will not […]

Book Review – Half the Sky

Today we look back on the acceptance of slavery in the 1800s and before and ask what those people were thinking. How could they accept such a horrific crime to continue in their midst? Or we look to our more recent past and cringe at the crimes done by those in favor of segregation. Again, […]

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 […]