"Babushka and her life," by Anton Novoselov. Photo courtesy Anton Novoselov via Flickr Creative Commons.

Let’s not laugh (too much) at #SochiProblems: just say ‘no’ to poverty porn

At this moment, I’ve been living in one of the poorest countries in the world for one year, three months, and two days. I can’t use the tap water to rinse my toothbrush, much less to drink. All of the water we use must go through a high-quality, Swiss-made ceramic filter. But that’s quite a luxury, really, since one of those filters costs half a year’s salary for the average worker here. Sometimes the water in our house shuts off for a few hours — or even for most of the day, and we have to flush the toilet with water reserved in a bucket alongside.

As Britain marks David Livingstone's 200th birthday (pictured here) on Tuesday (March 19), Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century.  Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Portrait Gallery in London

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Missionary icon turns 200

(RNS) On the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone’s birth, Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century. A new book, meanwhile, introduces a darker side to Livingstone’s globe-trotting career and the corrosive effect it had on his marriage.