Raising Criminals

Raising Criminals“It takes a village to raise a child.”

Yeah, we’ve all heard that repeated ad nauseam since Hillary Clinton dropped the line and attributed it to an old African proverb over a decade ago. Maybe it’s just me, but when non-African-descended folks start quoting African proverbs, they start to have as much validity as those old-school Calgon Detergent, “ancient Chinese secret” commercials. Just ain’t all that convincing when folks turn ancient wisdom into worn-out clichés and marketing slogans.

Michelle As ‘Helpmate’

Michelle As 'Helpmate'Last week a lot of folks were in a frenzy about the number of times–four–that the word “helpmate” was used in Michelle Obama’s cover story in the March 9 issue of People. I love when folks create a dustup out of things they don’t understand. Some are bristling because they think that calling her a helpmate doesn’t give her equal footing. But I’d like to help clear things up and show people that being called a helpmate is nothing bad at all. In fact, it’s an honor.

Embracing Life — Day 16

Embracing Life -- Day 16

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 16: His First Home

Question for you: when you think about the life, ministry, and person of Jesus Christ, what does your mind naturally focus on? Do you mostly think about the miracles He performed, or does the resurrection captivate your attention? For some of us perhaps our thoughts go to the conversations He had with the religious and political leaders of His day; there were some doozies. I wonder how many of us give sustained thought to His birth, more specifically His conception? I know we highlight the incarnation in December, but do we ever really give much thought to the fact that He grew and developed in the womb of a woman, what Randolph Sly refers to today as ‘the first home of the whole human race”?