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Bible Challenge, Week Two: The Problem - Rebellion

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(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible.  I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF.  The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids.  Here’s the […]

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Schrodinger's Baby

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James Franco may be a little goofy but he has wide-ranging interests, like philosophy.  Or at least, that’s what one might gather from his YouTube series, Philosophy Time, in which he and Eliot Michaelson talk deep with various academics.  This video of their interview with Princeton Professor Liz Harmon was making the rounds a few […]

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Bible Challenge Week One: The Setting

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(Today we begin a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible.  I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF.  The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids.) Every story has certain […]

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Let Them Come: Teaching Children to Pray

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Prayer is not a part of Christian life.  It is Christian life.  It’s what your conversion was about: union with Christ.  It’s your side of the conversation, your participation in the divine nature (II Peter 1:4).  And so many of us suck at it. That’s the problem most of us have in teaching our children […]

"Hinder Them Not"

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You know the story, pictured in so many children’s Bibles and Sunday school literature: Jesus and the Children.  When the officious grownups—his own followers—tried to brush off women who were bringing their babies for him to bless, his rebuke stopped them cold and still warms every mother’s heart: “Let the little children come to me, […]

The Church of Facebook

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Mark Zuckerberg may be feeling a wee bit guilty.  He’s had six months to reflect on how Facebook, his own brainchild, disseminated enough false information to swing an election and betray all the liberal values his heart holds dear.  So he would like to redeem that wrong by making Facebook more of a force for […]

Here's to the Patriarchy

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Those days are behind us, they say, except when some irritating male trait pops up in the workplace or too many men gather around the hyper-masculine president while he’s signing a bill.  Patriarchy deserves no respect. The new definition is toxic masculinity, two words that tell you all you need to know about the proper […]

Friday Night Fathers

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Since my husband and I married some decades ago, we’ve never owned a television.  That used to be saying something: now not so much because any show can be streamed over any electronic device, and we do have a few of those.  Still, the very idea of owning an entire TV series would have never […]

Sad Kids

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At National Review, Mona Charon writes about an extensive study reported in the journal Translational Psychiatry: “Sex differences in recent first-onset depression in an epidemiological sample of adolescents.”  (Here’s an abstract of the study)  The sex difference findings are interesting—teen girls are twice as likely as boys to feel depressed—but the real punch to the […]