Family

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 […]

Mother's Day: No Laughing Matter

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I realized something for the first time when my kids were of an age for sleepovers and birthday parties: dads are funnier than moms. I might have noticed it in my own house if it wasn’t right under my nose.  My husband was the one to get on the floor and wrestle, start sock fights, […]

Happily Ever After for Real

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Is it a coincidence that so many fairy tales and traditional stories in the western tradition end with a wedding?  But they never continue with a marriage, beyond “and they lived happily ever after.” It’s as if the wedding itself is what the story was reaching for, even though it may have looked like the […]

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Family Inclusive . . . But How?

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There’s didn’t used to be a name for it; families just did it.  There was no children’s church or kid’s club–except for crying babies, who had their time out in the “cry room,” all ages sat through worship together.  I sat by my grandfather and begged cough drops and Juicy Fruit gum, studied the glossy […]

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When NOT to "Pray about It"

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“I’ve prayed about it and I feel at peace.” Peace about what? “About filing for divorce.  No—he’s not abusive or neglectful; we just can’t agree about anything.  We fight all the time and the kids are picking up on the tension.  This isn’t what marriage is supposed to be about.  He’s not going to lift […]

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