Why does God allow preventable things?

It is not unusual for Christians to question God when we suffer and when we observe evil in the world. But Good Friday offers good lessons for those who grapple with a circumstance God has the power to prevent. That's because the crucifixion of Christ was one of the most preventable events in human history. … Continue reading Why does God allow preventable things?

My Black History 1998: Choosing a Cemetery

In 1998, when our newborn daughter Victoria died, Joe and I made the awful, but necessary decisions everyone makes when they must bury a loved one. We chose scriptures to share. We chose burial clothes. We chose a casket. And because we live in the rural South, we had another choice to make: Do we … Continue reading My Black History 1998: Choosing a Cemetery

A pro-life opportunity on the border and beyond

Christians should be first in line decrying family separation and other inhumane practices occurring on the border. If we are pro-life, we should not only want to see an end to abhorrent policy. We should demand an end to the practice of dehumanizing immigrants. After all, isn't it the dehumanization of the unborn that enables … Continue reading A pro-life opportunity on the border and beyond

I gave up Trump for Lent. Here’s what happened.

Years ago, as our family ate the church for lunch after Sunday service, our precocious youngest childĀ  blurted out: "Are we gossiping?" It was a powerful, embarrassing moment; proof that when you teach children principles of kindness, they will hold you to account. That day we were inadvertently teaching our children how to critique the … Continue reading I gave up Trump for Lent. Here’s what happened.