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Still Learning from Jane Austen

“Looking for my Darcy in a world full of Wickhams.” That phrase caught my eye from the front of my friend’s t-shirt. I chuckled. And I winced. As a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I got the meaning right away. So few good men, so many jerks. Ah, if only it were that simple. Indeed, […]

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Summer Reading for Families

The May issue of Southern Seminary’s Towers magazine has a books focus with an emphasis on reading fiction for the purpose of enriching your spiritual imagination. I contributed an article for parents about the value of reading aloud to their children, whatever their ages. Included are strategies to make it simple and more fruitful. Here’s […]

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Maternity is Not about Me

“You’ll need proof. Can you get a copy of the death certificate?” I remember the awkwardness of trying to answer that question while booking last-minute plane tickets to North Carolina for my father-in-law’s funeral. Who would fake their dad’s death just to get a discount—and not a very good one at that—on airfare? A misunderstanding […]

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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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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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Indian Summer

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

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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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Hope for marriage when there’s so much divorce

Is it folly to hope for marriage when divorce is happening all around you? That’s the gist of the question I answered this week on Boundless. A young woman wrote, Over the past two years I have noticed more and more people separating and getting divorced after 15, 20, even after 30 years of marriage. […]

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