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Confessions of a Media-Protective Parent


May 30 2016
What I’ve learned from trying to keep my kids safe—but not too safe.

If my memory holds and my body lasts into old age, I’m pretty sure I’ll still be able to sing all the words to Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” My kids, on the other hand, may have the lyrics from the CDs of Rebecca St. James and Delirious? ...

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How to Address America’s Foster Care Crisis? It Takes a Village


May 27 2016
The next wave of the evangelical adoption movement will rely on the church's support.
How to Address America’s Foster Care Crisis? It Takes a Village
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Life as we knew it changed on April 16, 2000.

That’s the night my husband, John, and I sat at a friend’s dinner table surrounded by five girls between the ages of 5 and 15. Some were adopted; others were there through foster care. She told us, “There are orphans ...

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There's Never Enough Time


May 25 2016
What I’ve learned as a working mother about the limits of time management.
There's Never Enough Time
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There’s more than enough time. At least that’s what Laura Vanderkam seemed to discover in her 12-month time-tracking experiment. A full-time working mom of four young children under the age of eight, Vanderkam had every reason to complain of having too little time. ...

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Why Adult Coloring Works for Christians


May 23 2016
I mocked the coloring book trend, until I discovered it for myself.
Why Adult Coloring Works for Christians
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Last year, sales of coloring books in the US shot up from 1 million to 12 million units. The sales spike quickly prompted a slew of articles asking whether our culture is collectively stressed out and/or reverting to childhood hobbies. I, too, mocked the trend right up until ...

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Does the Road to Character Run Through Silicon Valley?


May 20 2016
The HBO show draws us in with deeper questions about power and morals.
Does the Road to Character Run Through Silicon Valley?
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In the pilot of the hit show Silicon Valley, low-level programmer Richard Hendricks (portrayed by Thomas Middleditch) accidentally creates a file-compression algorithm that could revolutionize the digital landscape. Over the course of the first season, Hendricks is offered a ...

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Blessed Are the Agnostics


May 19 2016
How I learned to see my unbelieving husband through God’s eyes.
Blessed Are the Agnostics
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I sat in the high bleachers, my lower back aching. I was listening to the final keynote speaker at a conference, so far back in the nosebleed seats that I had to squint to make out the tall, tattooed pastor standing on the stage. I shifted in my seat, listless and ready to stretch, ...

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Blue-Collar Contentment


May 17 2016
A parent's lesson from where providence meets the American dream.
Blue-Collar Contentment
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The last thing any parent wants to tell her child is “I’m sorry, we can’t afford it.” Whether it’s a special treat at the grocery store, a trip to an amusement park, or tuition at a prestigious university, the natural impulse of a parent’s ...

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