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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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Camping in the basement

Our camping trip with the church got cancelled. So we pitched our tent in the basement. Complete with a roaring fire …which we made our s’mores over. …with a little help from these products…

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What to Expect When No One is Expecting

Jonathan Last has written the best book to date on the dramatic global retreat from family making.  It has the creative title What to Expect When No One is Expecting and we mentioned it briefly here where we included an excerpt published by the Wall Street Journal. Recently, Last gave a talk for the American Enterprise […]

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Family Declines Prompt James Dobson to Write Dystopian Novels

Dr. James Dobson, author of over 25 books on marriage and family, recently released his first novel, Fatherless. With his co-author Kurt Bruner, Dobson portrays a dystopian future in which foundational family realities, taken for granted for eons, grow increasingly marginalized. Dobson recently answered questions about this new work in an interview with Religious News Service. […]

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Loving your wife when you hate the “romantic industrial complex”

Men, as we enter the week of Valentine’s Day, is there a part of you that feels a little anxious as sellers of romantic gifts and services peddle their wares and set expectations for how men should go about translating love for their wives? Are you tempted to just write it off as a Hallmark […]

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Change the world from your family room

Over the past century, the inertia has been toward turning family and home life inside out. “Prior to the industrial revolution,” writes Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “most families assumed responsibility for economic production, the education of children, and socialization into the culture. Recreation, entertainment, child rearing, and vocational training were […]

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The Demographic Cliff

In all the recent debates about U.S. fiscal policy, debt and threats of a fiscal cliff, an underlying problem has received little attention. “Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff,” Jonathan V. Last wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. “Those are all just symptoms. What America really […]

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Could This be the Year to Start a Family?

Compared to getting in shape, getting out of debt or other similar resolutions, one of the biggest goals a married couple can set in a new year is starting their family. Even though current financial challenges and uncertainties might make this seem like a bad time for such a goal, there are still surprising reasons […]

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Link Between Spiritual Formation and Family Formation

As I was finishing my master’s degree in public policy I needed to find a topic for my thesis. For several years, I had been interested in the differences between baby boomers and the generation I grew up in that has been called generation X, baby busters, mosaics, etc. Around that time, I read a […]

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