It’s already sticky

Though many of the local churches in our town canceled services two weeks ago due to heavy snowfall and freezing rain, we ventured out after hearing that ours would be open for as many as could make it. It was the perfect morning to wear the super soft fleece I’d bought on sale while shopping [...]

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The Key to the Christian Life: Be Fruitful

What’s the essential message to guide you in your Christian walk throughout all of life–a simple encouragement bringing clarity for those who wonder what to do with their life, who seek direction in work, in education, in relationships, and in ministry calling? It’s the first two words the Bible records God speaking to humankind, and [...]

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How to Find Good Books, Part 2

“Is that a good book?” I asked my friend, picking up the hardback her son had set on our couch. “I don’t know,” she said, “I hope so. He reads so fast I have a hard time keeping up with him.” She said she tries to stay a step ahead, scanning his library selections ahead of [...]

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I Married an Unbeliever, Now What?

Last week advice columnist Starshine Roshell answered a question at TheWeek.com from a self-described Christian woman married to an atheist man. She wrote, I have been married for two years, and we just got pregnant. Neither of us was planning it and we were using birth control, but I guess we were the lucky 1 percent. [...]

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Are we ready for Christians considering childlessness?

The cause of intentional childlessness is going mainstream. Time magazine gave its cover to the cause with a lead story on the childfree life called The Childfree Life: When Having it all Means not Having Children. In that story, Lauren Sandler writes, “women who choose not to become mothers are finding new paths of acceptance. [...]

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Blessings of family

A moving reminder of the real wealth in family relationships: Watch this video

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What if Your Friends are a Bad Influence?

In my recent advice column at Boundless.org I answer the question “How can I end a friendship that pulls me away from Christ?” The author of the question writes, When I began graduate school a few years ago, I formed a close friendship with a non-Christian classmate. Although I’ve tried to plant seeds in her [...]

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How Will You Spend Your Summer?

Depending on your time zone, the official beginning of summer is today or tomorrow. But if you’re like me, you don’t wait for Summer Solstice to start acting like summer is here. By Memorial Day, I’m so ready for a break after a busy school year and spring that I’m tempted to envy A.A. Milne [...]

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Keeping Wedding Costs Down

When we got married, $10,000 seemed like a fortune to spend on a wedding. Now that amount would barely cover half the cost of the average American wedding. Is it possible to have a celebration fitting the grand occasion of your wedding while still honoring God as His steward? This week I have a column [...]

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How to Teach Your Child to Read

My child was reading at four! My child was reading at three! Oh yeah? Well my child was reading at two-and-a-half! I’ve got you all beat! My child could read before he was born! Sound familiar? It may not be words you’ve actually heard or spoken, but if you’re like me, you’ve probably had moments [...]

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