Author: Dr. Carolyn A. Roth

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Assisted Suicide, Life and Death in 21st Century America

Assisted suicide is controversial. States, rather than the federal government, control the right to enact assisted-suicide legislation. In the several states that have assisted-suicide laws,...
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Sanctity of Life: From the Womb to the Tomb

I believe in the sanctity of life. That means that human life shouldn’t be artificially ended from the “womb to the tomb.” United States society is filled with political activism, legislation,...
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Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Americans Got Idols

Unlike ancient mankind most Americans don’t bow down or pray to an image, a carved pole,  ancestors, rulers, or heroes. Twenty-first century westernized society believes it has evolved beyond the...
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Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: What Does God Want (From You)?

Pledge Sunday in most churches focusing on making a financial commitment to support the church. The standard for giving is set at 10% of income because that was the minimum standard set for early...
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Bishop Greg Ortiz Explains the Meaning of Pentecost

(The following is an article by Bishop Greg Ortiz on Pentecost.  Originally, the article was published in a book that I copyrighted and published. Bishop Greg gave me permission to publish for...
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May 30 is Ascension Day, Forgotten Holiday

Ascension Day is a religious holiday (holy day). Although it gets lost between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, Ascension Day was celebrated as early as 68 AD. The first written evidence of an...
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On the Road to Nineveh (or ‘I Don’t Want to Go There’)

Most of you know something about Jonah. Jonah’s ministry was almost 3000 years ago; but, the message is timeless. Jonah begins with God telling Jonah go to Nineveh, Assyria to warn the people to...
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Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Communion as a Political Act

As the pastor finished his sermon and before the Eucharist was consecrated, he said,  “Communion is a political act.” Well, that statement refocused my wandering mind. My immediate thoughts were,...
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Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Sellers and Buyers of Sex

Human trafficking rakes in an estimated $32 billion annually. It is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world. Sex trafficking is the chief component of human...

Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Traditions of Resurrection Sunday

Early Christians used “alleluia” as an exclamation of joyful praise. For millennia on Easter morning, congregates greet each other and respond to the greet with the following words:  The...

The Deliberate Cruelty of a Not So Good Friday

After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, Jewish leaders took him to Pilate, the Roman governor of Palestine. The Jewish leaders demanded that Pilate crucify Jesus.  Pilate was reluctant to ord...

Lion’s Tooth of Maundy Thursday

For Christians the Passover meal Jesus celebrated with apostles on Thursday before his crucifixion is called the Last Supper. The guest room where it was held is named the Upper Room. Area maps...

Palm Sunday: God as a Gardener

Experiencing God through Plants About 2500 years ago before Israelites entered the promised land, Moses told them that it would be filled with milk and honey. Contrary to common belief, most...

Illegal Immigrant Health Services Costs – To You, To Me

A telephone rang in the Emergency Department of a hospital in a Texas border city on late Sunday afternoon. On the line was a 50+ Mexican woman who said that her family was bringing her to the...

Human Trafficking Vs. Migrant Smuggling: Exploring the Differences

Although human trafficking and migrant smuggling are both crimes, they are different from each other. The key difference is that individuals who are human trafficked are victims of a crime. In...

Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery

Slavery isn’t only an ancient phenomenon. It occurs in the 21st century. We name it human trafficking – a much nicer word than “slavery.” Human trafficking includes forced labor, debt bondage,...

Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Working with Thorns (When Dealing With People)

Acacia wood was the only wood used to build the Tabernacle.  Gold-covered acacia posts and cross bars stabilized acacia wood panels and held Tent of Meeting curtains in place. In the Tent of...

Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Politics of Remittances

My favorite waitress is in the United States (US) illegally. Her employer pays her in cash. I have no idea whether or not she pays US taxes. She sends money to her parents in a Central American...
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