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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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Why Have Babies?

You may think your reasons for having babies are biblical, but if you’re like me, you’ve absorbed a lot more culture and a lot less Bible than you realize. “Do you hope to have children?” That’s the question I’ve started asking the young married women God brings into my life. It’s not as bold as […]

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Family requires sacrifice

It is the right of little children to have individual love all day long and to have more than the tag ends of affection. But this situation will not change until the family is seen as an institution so precious that men and women will sacrifice something, even in excitement and personal expression, in order […]

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A New “Problem with no Name”

Fifty years ago today, Betty Friedan released the book The Feminine Mystique in which she described “a problem with no name.” She described how educated women felt trapped in suburbia, gazing longingly toward unrealized opportunities in corporate offices. Today, women enjoy those opportunities in the workplace, but are now experiencing a new problem with no […]

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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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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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WSJ’s Pro-Human Ethic

“My editors made it clear they were guided by a very different idea: that human beings ought to be seen as minds rather than mouths.” That’s journalist William McGurn writing in today’s Wall Street Journal about his bosses at the editorial pages, explaining what makes them different from most papers and news outlets culture-wide. McGurn learned that […]

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She Wants a Baby

Early in our marriage, Candice and I used to take long walks in our neighborhood to discuss the week ahead. Sometimes we talked about the future, but there was always a clear line between immediate tasks, like “get the oil changed in the car,” and future plans, like “get rich and build our dream home […]

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Further Reading

Cultural Changes in Approach to Starting Families Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, “Life Without Children,” State of Our Unions 2006, The Social Health of Marriage in America Christian Apologetic for Family Formation Albert Mohler, “Does the Family Have a Future? Part 2” Albert Mohler, “Can Christians Use Birth Control?” Biblical Guidance for Having and Raising Children John […]

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