Guest Commentary

If We Want to Prevent Human Trafficking, We Need to Focus on Older-Child Adoption

Many of us have started moving on from the pandemic. We’re at the two-year mark now, cases are dropping, and we’ve started living our normal lives again. But for so many, this return to normalcy is impossible. Human trafficking spiked during the pandemic, as did the sheer number of those vulnerable to traffickers. And hundreds of thousands of these newly-vulnerable people all over the world are just children.

Delivering Hope in Times of Crisis

At a time when everyone is frightened and no one knows what to expect, with many unanswered questions, it is so helpful that we have the unchanging Word of God to share. While we can’t provide answers about the immediate future, we can provide bedrock truth about the hope of eternity. And while we have no guarantees of peace in this lifetime, we can share about the Prince of Peace who will guard our hearts and keep our minds at perfect peace when our thoughts are focused on Him.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the first official World Down Syndrome Day, established on March 21, 2012, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all of the amazing ministries working together to serve individuals with Down syndrome, including people like my brother Johnny. He was the delight of our family, and I am so glad that my parents recognized his value and worth and taught us to never let a disability define anyone.

The Danger of Christians Overreacting to Critical Race Theory

Just when we were climbing out of the pit of racism created by our ancestors, we are being dragged back into it—exchanging one form of racism for another. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a denial of God’s grace and ought to be resisted by God’s people. That said, Christians should avoid overreactions to CRT proponents’ actions.

We Need to Depoliticize Prayer

If prayer is to have the power to help us, it’s time that we depoliticize it and revitalize its purpose by returning to the idea of prayer as intentional, private thought. The use of prayer as a strategy to manipulate audiences can diminish its authenticity and power for individuals across faiths and spiritual belief systems.

Five Lessons from 48 Valentines Together

This year my husband Greg and I celebrate our 48th Valentine’s Day as a married couple. After being married that long, you realize that neither you nor your husband are the same people you were initially. For a marriage to grow strong and healthy, each person has to change to meet the other’s needs. Doing this is not easy, but here are five lessons that have helped me over the better part of the past five decades: