How to Start Homeschooling

As a long-time homeschooler, friends seek me out when they’re seriously thinking about homeschooling. Often they’re panicky at the prospect. I can relate. When we decided halfway through our firstborn’s kindergarten year to un-enroll him and teach him at home, my “what now?” phone call was to a homeschooling veteran. She not only successfully homeschooled […]

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Q&A: Is it possible to date my ex’s friend?

Question More than a year ago, I broke up with my boyfriend.  Currently, I am quite interested in another guy that my ex is also friends with. Here’s the dilemma: I don’t want to hurt my ex. I was the one that broke up with him. I broke his heart, and even now, I feel […]

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When Past Plagues Present in Dating

Last week I answered the following from a man worried that his past may have a bleak affect on his future: Question I’m a single guy, never married but in the past I have a history of sexual immorality and a lifestyle that was in open rebellion against the Lord. I am dating a young […]

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What is a Christian Christmas?

QUESTION I’ve been a believer in Christ most of my life, and I know that “Jesus is the reason for the [Christmas] season,” but every year I feel like that head knowledge has a hard time getting to my heart. I’m so distracted and busy in December. I love to buy gifts for people, and […]

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The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving Secret

by Candice Watters Apart from the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, one of our favorite Thanksgiving meal traditions is a Pilgrim quiz. In the center of our table, next to the feast, is a small bowl with strips of paper; each with a question. How many Pilgrims left for the New World? From where did […]

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Indian Summer

A lesson from Autumn: delays can hold promise of delight. Sometimes wildly so.

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How to Bake Bread

When our daughter was only two, she preferred peanut butter sandwiches to nearly everything else. Because she was underweight, an older friend encouraged me to start baking bread from scratch, and then she showed me how to do it. That, plus natural, sugar-free peanut butter was a staple during a season when she needed lots […]

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How should you respond if a non-Christian asks you out?

Last week I answered a question from a woman who isn’t sure how to turn down a date with an unbeliever. She wrote, A few weeks ago a non-Christian asked me out. I didn’t know he was interested in me, was taken off guard, and didn’t know how to respond. I felt very uncomfortable saying, […]

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What we read this summer, or what you might want to read this fall

Free time for reading is a big part of what makes summer special in our family. This year we tried something new, setting a goal that we all work together to achieve. Inspired by a feature on books that ran in the Wall Street Journal, we tacked the photo illustration on the side of our fridge and […]

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On Farmer Boy and Becoming a Man

This week as our eight-year-old son was reading chapter 25 of Farmer Boy to me at the kitchen table, I was feeling a bit behind schedule. We had been doing this together on and off since last fall, and I was eager for him to finish so we could start another read-aloud. But today, when I noticed how close to the end of the book we are — […]

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