Rent-a-parent for the Holidays

Madonna

My mother loved Christmas. She made a big fuss over it every year. As daughter Shelby says: Giving gifts was grandma’s love language. Getting them was, too. Mama loved to give & get gifts.  When I got the call last year on Christmas Day telling me that Mama was dying, and that I needed to get [Read More...]

Some of the Best Mothers are Fathers

Father's Day

When I got old enough to buy cards on my own I used to give my mother a Father’s Day card. Mama thought the whole gesture ridiculous, but as a single mother she’d earned it. Besides, honoring my mother on Father’s Day was one way to not feel so left out as a child. It [Read More...]

Victory Christian Center: When Child Rape is not Child Abuse

VCC Staff members charged with failure to follow mandatory reporting laws include Pastor Sharon Daugherty's son John and his wife Charica, bottom left. The five have been temporarily suspended pending the proceedings of the charges.

  Suppose you were the person a distraught girl sought out to report that a youth minister had raped her in the stairwell right before church services. Suppose that young girl was only 13. Suppose you were on staff at that Mega-church. What comfort would you have offered that child? What action might you have taken to [Read More...]


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