Giving birth to liberty hurts

I have a friend whose husband insulted her while she was giving birth to their first child. He pulled himself away from watching the NBA finals long enough to say, “If you had strong abs like mine, it wouldn’t hurt so much.” …I’ll pause while you pick up your jaw… Most of us know better…

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…

The Bible is for living, not for quoting

I love the Bible. I hug my Bible on a regular basis for its power to inspire and change me. I named my blog The Studious Mom because studying the Bible has been my favorite thing to do since I became a Christian in 1981. Yes, my faith in God and scriptures are tested by…

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 child  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…

Seeing Our Bias Part III: It’s Time to Grow Up

I recently read a book written by historian Charles Dew entitled The Making of a Racist. Born in 1937, Dew grew up in Florida and he describes how the Jim Crow South shaped his young mind. Dew says he learned more through osmosis than through verbal instruction, but his parents’ behaviors, along with community narratives venerating…

Seeing Our Bias Part II: How I Overcame My Bias Against Police

Last fall, I shed my bias against police. This was no easy feat. I pretty much hated police. Like 99% of black people in America, I grew up understanding that racial profiling, police brutality, and unjust sentencing were the norm in America. In fact, jokes about police brutality were a staple in the black community…