The Unreasonableness of Love

Late last week I received an e-mail from Voice of the Martyrs, an organization dedicated to helping Christians around the world who face religious persecution. The e-mail tells of a Christian lawyer in northwestern Pakistan who was defending another Christian in court against exorbitant interest rates. His name was Edwin Paul, and he had been … Continue reading

Mother-in-Outlaw

Marie Barone, from Everybody Loves Raymond Courtesy tvland.com I was on a plane from Chicago to Philly when the girl next to me asked if Philadelphia is close to New Jersey. She was on her way to get married, she told me in broken English. She was from Southeast Asia. She was marrying a man … Continue reading

Comrades in Twin Beds

Ricky and Lucy might have been quite the scandal for showing bedroom scenes on television, but a decade or two later, they were laughable. Two people sleeping in separate beds. HA! Well, time must be cyclical because here we are, a bunch of Lucys and Rickys. Thanks to claustrophobia, a decent amount of selfishness, and … Continue reading

Ferngully Hippies and Banana Refugees

When I was little, my mom took me to see Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. I hated it. It was an agenda-pushing, liberal hippie love-fest. I didn’t know any of those words then, but that’s about how I felt. And being in the South at the time, those were not good words. Some hippie rehearsing “Give … Continue reading

Loved by the Marginalized

I picked up The Nanny Diaries a while back because I’d heard it was pretty good and written by graduates of my own little nontraditional college. It details the somewhat fictional experiences of a student named Nan who works as a nanny for presumably some of the worst people ever, or at least some of … Continue reading

Life on the Road

Photo: Olav A. Saltbones/Norwegian Red Cross For the last six months, we have read every sad story imaginable about Haiti and its orphans and widows. We have been frustrated alongside relief workers who can’t get supplies into the hardest-hit places. We have felt the confusion of the government, which wants to rebuild but is paralyzed … Continue reading

Micah Calling for Justice

This statue of the prophet Micah stands outside the moot court auditorium at Georgetown University. Below it a plaque quotes Micah’s words: He has showed you, O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God.

The Real Football and the Good in Life

[The video above is from NotforSale: South Africa, and expresses the excitement leading up to the World Cup, not just as fans but as activists. It presents the fun and anticipation of working to end a terrible crime like slavery by giving human trafficking “the red card”.] A few people have commented over the past … Continue reading

Where is Love?

This past weekend my husband and I attended opening night of Oliver! at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Even though it is based on Charles Dickens’ dark tale Oliver Twist, the musical handles a lot of the characters and themes very lightly, especially in the first act. I have never been quite comfortable with upbeat, … Continue reading

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