The epidemic that has devastated Western Africa has now arrived in the United States. In recent weeks, several infected healthcare workers have been flown back to the United States for successful treatment. However, a greater threat looms from ordinary citizens knowingly or unknowingly bringing the disease to our country.
This week it was uncovered that Thomas Duncan of Liberia flew to Dallas, Texas on United Airlines. He started his travels in Africa, stopped in Brussels, Belgium before arriving in the United States. While he did not show symptoms of the disease on the flight, he became sick in Dallas and is currently in critical condition.
Purportedly, Duncan traveled to Dallas to see family members, but his former boss in Monrovia, Liberia said that Duncan knew he had the virus and traveled to the United States to seek treatment. While Duncan's family denies the accusation, there is no denying he came in contact with a pregnant woman in Monrovia on the verge of dying of Ebola. more >>
A woman who was once a quadriplegic is now walking and actually expecting her first child with her husband, which she says is nothing short of a miracle from God.
"I went from a 32-year-old woman that was healthy, having a boyfriend who never really saw me with a hair out of place, to lying in a bed in a diaper," Liz Mitchell told WFAA in September.
Liz fell off a balcony and landed on her head, shattering two vertebrae and suffering a spinal cord injury. She was placed in a medically-induced coma for five days and awoke to the news that she was a quadriplegic. Her boyfriend (now husband), Bryan, was the one who told her about her condition. more >>
This column orginally appeared in The Atlantic.
On April 24, 2012, President Obama went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to make his case for student-loan forgiveness and college affordability. After slow-jamming the news, Obama pointed to a surprisingly traditional justification for helping young people reduce their student loan debt: It was causing them to delay marriage.
This moment encapsulates the overlooked underpinning of President Obama's economic message: his focus on family. It is an approach fit for our times, as families in America face extraordinary pressures, obstacles and burdens. Both parties would be wise to emulate this in the upcoming midterm elections. more >>
One of the things I am passionate about is that many overweight and unhealthy people need to simply start their health journey. We are on a journey to become healthy, and it is a downright war sometimes to get through this difficult time.
We should never travel this road alone. Being in a community of like-minded people is critical.
Before I describe how I found community and why it meant so much to my health journey, I must first describe my life before. more >>
Dr. James Dobson and his son, Ryan, have collaborated on a new video series titled "Building a Family Legacy" that is being simulcast in churches across the U.S. through Oct. 5.
The series combines Dr. Dobson's classic Focus on the Family videos with four new films by him and Ryan. It also includes the new film, "Your Legacy," and is designed to equip parents and grandparents to "build a lasting legacy of faith in their families," notes the press release.
"It's harder now to raise kids than it's ever been because the culture is at war with families," Dr. Dobson said. "I feel 'Building a Family Legacy' contains the most important message of my career. There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children." more >>
When we think of rumors or lying, we often think of the difficulties of immature drama. We think of the deception and misrepresentation, and the hurt and pain that flows from faulty sources. It seems like the likely candidates are childish teenagers or daytime soap operas.
However, rumors and lies aren't limited to baby-momma-drama television shows. In fact, there are many sources and means by which people believe wrongly. Through media, pop-culture, peer-pressure, the lack of educated choices, and the imitation of immoral role models, people often land far from the truth.
In what seems like more than ever before, young people are believing lies about romantic relationships and marriage. As Christians, we believe that God created romantic relationships as a gift to be enjoyed in marriage, but the world has exchanged the truth and replaced it with lies. The result is that love is exchanged for lust, where honorable practices are replaced with dishonorable passions (cf. Romans 1:24-27). And whenever a lie is believed as a truth, consequences will follow. more >>