For Ayana


You can’t read this blog post right now, Ayana, nor can any of your 200+ schoolmates, but I write it for you.  For Ayana, “Beautiful Flower.” I was supposed to be on a blogging break, but the searing reality of your abduction and the fact that you remain missing, three weeks later, will not let me … Read More


MLK on peace

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, given annually to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. He was, indeed, an earthly prince of … Read More

A different Christmas list


Can I interest you in creating a different Christmas list? Amidst the buying frenzy of the holidays Long after the Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays and Giving Tuesdays are over While you make your list and check it twice…   Can I encourage you to remember those who  Are bought over and over, sometimes up … Read More

Persecuted church: Following becomes costly


With the 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) being observed this coming Sunday, November 10, I’ve been ruminating about when following becomes costly, as in, risking one’s very life for faith in Christ.   Imagine being confined, tortured, left destitute, or murdered simply because of your faith.  This is the daily … Read More

Search and rescue: When freedom depends on us

Search and Rescue

Happy July 4th!  As America celebrates yet another birthday, we recall the freedoms that we take for granted in this “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Our hearts long to see others–whether nations or individuals–enjoy those freedoms, too. Blogging with The Exodus Road for the last six months has been an eye-opener … Read More

Why justice is always worth it


One of the things that growing older tends to do is to help you distill the real from the frivolous–and to stoke a desire for more of what truly matters. I’ve always been drawn to hard cases, situations in which people are working against seemingly impossible odds.  The desire to bring justice where it appears … Read More

Hailing the heroes in the war against human trafficking

help the helpless

Few issues resonate as deeply within me as the trafficking of women and minors for sex.  To quote the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, it is a fire shut up in my bones.  I mourn the potential lost through all forms of slavery:  the great thinkers, engineers, artists, and leaders whose lives were snuffed out by … Read More

Persecuted but not abandoned

Isn’t it amazing how many liberties we take for granted?For example, I presume daily that I will travel to and from my home, go to work, share my faith, and attend church services without fear or intimidation.Such presumption is not an option, however, for hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide. A History of Violence In this past century alone, an … Read More