Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]Read More A Prayer for the Mothers
Yesterday I read the following tweet from Mark Driscoll: And when I read it, I let out a huge sigh. Because of all the people Driscoll could’ve chosen from the genealogy of Jesus to make his point, he just had to pick Tamar. As a woman, I get tired of people—especially influential men—picking on Tamar.Read More A Tribute to Tamar
“We must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.” So implored Corrie ten Boom’s sister as she lay ill as a prisoner at Ravensbruck concentration camp, during […]Read More BOOK CLUB: The Hiding Place
“The truth is, as much as we complain about it, we are drawn to hurry. It makes us feel important. It keeps the adrenaline pumping. It means we don’t have to look too closely at the heart or life. It keeps us from feeling our loneliness.” The Dangerous Women group I’m a part of is reading […]Read More An Unhurried Life
Something isn’t sitting well with me. GOP Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann drew fire from Bill O’Reilly this past Monday when she clarified her stance on undocumented immigrants while being interviewed on his Fox News show. O’Reilly was following up on a statement Bachman made last Saturday at Mike Huckabee’s presidential forum (also on Fox News.) […]Read More The Holidays and the Undocumented
I only applied to one college. In hindsight, that wasn’t the smartest strategy. But during my junior year of high school I visited TCU, fell in love with it, and immediately decided to go there. My parents generously provided abundant resources for me to attend college, and I graduated near the top of my high […]Read More No Back-Up Plan
As I continue to process the news about Osama bin Laden’s death, one particular aspect of the raid on his compound really intrigues me: That a woman was fatally shot during the action. At first we were told the woman was one of bin Laden’s wives. Now that doesn’t seem to be the case. Early […]Read More Who Would You Take a Bullet For?