The Super Bowl, Trafficking, and What’s Missing From the Conversation

This weekend Atlanta will host one of the world’s largest sporting events, the Super Bowl. Anti-trafficking groups are already on the ground identifying victims of sex trafficking and leading them to the freedom and resources they desperately need. Law enforcement personnel are working hard also.

Rescues will be made. Arrests will happen. We all want to see justice served for something as heinous as sexual exploitation. We want the perpetrators stopped. We want sex trafficking to end.

Though rescues and arrests are important, sex trafficking is a multi-layered problem that won’t be solved by rescues and arrests alone. Pimps will recruit more […]

By |February 1st, 2019|

New Year, New Perspectives

New Year’s resolutions. Do you love them? Hate them? Wish you could be better at keeping them? For me, simply resolving to do or not do certain things doesn’t typically work. Even setting goals (including SMART ones) can only go so far in taking me to the next level. But I have found something quite powerful to help me grow and change, and that’s gaining new perspectives.

Perspective changes everything.

Growing up I adopted a very judgmental view of women in prostitution. Then I got to know some of them. Their stories broke me. I realized that given a different set of […]

By |January 4th, 2019|

Why TrueNorth is Narrowing Its Focus to Parents (And Why That Matters to the Rest of Us)

Five years ago I said goodbye to my anti-trafficking coworkers who’d become family to me. God knit our hearts together over rescues, hotline calls, and trainings filled with worship and tears. Now I run a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the good news of our sexuality and helping parents pass that on to the next generation of image-bearers of God. God has faithfully shown me every step and continues to today. 

TrueNorth is entering a new year of ministry with greater clarity and even greater resolve. Initially, our underlying mission was to end sex trafficking by going upstream and dealing with […]

By |December 27th, 2018|

Thankful for God’s Unchanging Design

This past year I’ve given our Allies talk to about 1,000 parents in the Atlanta area. Their questions are very telling of the times in which we live. Here are a few of them:

  • My son has a child in his class who has two mothers. How do I explain issues related to homosexuality with my little one?
  • My child has been masturbating since she was very little. How do I guide her without shaming her?
  • Won’t telling my kids about sex make them curious? How can I keep them from looking up their questions about it on the internet?
  • […]

By |November 20th, 2018|

Sexuality and the Future of the Church

There was a palpable sense of a holy ground moment in the room. Through tears my friend brought his story of sexual sin before some close brothers in Christ. Except for the moment he’d confessed to his wife, it was probably the most vulnerable he’d ever been. Though the group of young men responded with grace and love, the topic of sexuality was never mentioned again. A lone voice crying out for companionship in the toughest struggle of his life.

Sweet young women, many of them, have sat across from me and shared how porn or erotica entered their lives during […]

By |October 5th, 2018|

Sam Allen of the Band Son Ship: Vulnerability that Leads to Connection

When Sam Allen of Son Ship began writing and singing about recovery from his porn addiction, he knew the songs would resonate with many who had the same struggle. What he didn’t realize is how his vulnerability and courage would be connection points with others whose struggles were quite different. Turns out brokenness can take many forms but the journey toward recovery is a well-worn path with many common intersections.

Son Ship is shining light into some of the darkest places using music, words, and surrendered hearts.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sam recently. This unique band […]

By |July 14th, 2018|

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