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Author: Dr. Carolyn A. Roth

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...

Abortion: Can We Change Our Minds?

Thirty years ago I participated in a Pro-Choice march. I believed that a woman should have the right to carry a pregnancy to term or the right to an abortion. At the time, abortions were...

Drug Trafficking: An Alternative Perspective

At a college meeting, I listened to a Mexican national vehemently condemn her country’s president for attempting to stop the drug traffic into the United States. Her argument was that El...

“You’re Not Going to Build a Wall!” Parallel from the Past

When Jews were permitted to return to Judea, most went to Jerusalem. Almost a century earlier, Babylonians destroyed most of the wall around Jerusalem when they sacked the city. For ancient...

Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: The Earth Groans

Stewardship of creation is good; however, stewardship doesn’t change how 21st century mankind got to the point where environmental stewarded is vital. When the earth was created, it was “Good.”...

Dr. Carolyn A. Roth: Mary and Migrants

“Mom, I’m pregnant.” Mary said to her mother. Astonished, Mary’s mother responded, “Mary, you know that you and Joseph shouldn’t have had sex until the betrothal period was over and you were...