January 2015

The Only Thing You Need to Teach Your ChildrenI will never be a perfect parent. And that's a good thing.
The Only Thing You Need to Teach Your Children
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Recently I’ve been working on a talk called “Talking with your Children about What Matters Most.” I thought it would be easy to write, given that I’ve recently written a book with the subtitle “Learning from my Children about What Matters Most.” ...

How a Pro-Life Bill Could Lead to More AbortionsA new bill in Indiana could undermine efforts to get accurate information into the hands of expectant mothers.
How a Pro-Life Bill Could Lead to More Abortions
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Pro-life legislators in Indiana recently introduced a bill to ban abortions based upon the knowledge of sex or disability. In other words, although the bill would not ban abortion altogether, a woman could not choose abortion based upon the knowledge that she was having a ...

How Should Christians Measure Success?In a world of instant gratification and surface beauty, bearing fruit that will last.
How Should Christians Measure Success?
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In the modern world, measurements matter. Newspapers and magazines offer infographics. Congress passes legislation mandating measurable results. And Christians are no strangers to the modern tendency to provide a chart or graph, a documented data set, to demonstrate effectiveness ...

A Working Mom's Reflections on the State of the UnionWhy I support Obama's proposals for increased childcare.
A Working Mom's Reflections on the State of the Union
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Pundits will argue publicly for the next few days and politicians will argue via legislation for the next few months about President Obama’s sundry proposals in last night’s State of the Union address. But as a working mom, I want to focus on one proposal that ...

Harmony on EarthOn MLK Day, Rethinking Racial Integration
Harmony on Earth

In 1970, a group of African Americans in the small US town of Mount Laurel, New Jersey petitioned township officials to build low-income housing. Led by a young woman named Ethel Lawrence, the group was otherwise forced to live in the crime-ridden metropolitan environment ...

Why We Need Rich ChristiansExcessive wealth isn’t good for anybody, unless it’s used for good for everybody.
Why We Need Rich Christians
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Despite some recent economic good news—the unemployment rate is dropping and the economy as a whole has been growing for a while now—plenty of people in America have reason to worry about money. Fifteen percent of the nations live below the poverty line. Nearly ...

Joy in the Bleak MidwinterWhen the weather and the news lead us toward despair, we can still choose to rejoice.
Joy in the Bleak Midwinter
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Today the sky is bright ribbons of white and cornflower blue. Flakes—like goose feathers escaping from the stretched seam of a pillow—fall onto a thick blanket of snow. Bare tree limbs and branches are drawn against the winter sky, as whimsical as pencil sketches. ...

On Our Daughter’s Ninth Birthday, No Thoughts of Who She ‘Might Have Been’The biggest problem with prenatal testing for Down syndrome.
On Our Daughter’s Ninth Birthday, No Thoughts of Who She ‘Might Have Been’
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Penny lucked out this year. To celebrate her ninth birthday, she received both a family party at her grandparent’s house and a party with friends at a local gym to honor her recent fascination with all things gymnastics. Both events looked like what you might expect: ...

Why You Don't Need to Read the Whole BibleIf you're new, or if you're prone to overachieving, consider scaling back that New Year's resolution.
Why You Don't Need to Read the Whole Bible
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It’s New Year’s resolution time, and for some subset of the population, reading the Bible is one of those things—like weight loss and exercise—that people vow to do more of at the beginning of each year. Countless plans and systems exist to help people ...

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