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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
daveparker / Flickr

As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. ...

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Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet


Aug 28 2014
On loving dogs and being loved by God.
Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet
John Carl

Just days after the death of a loved one last year, I had to travel halfway across the country for a conference. Because I carry grief in my stomach, I couldn’t eat. Weakness from not eating combined with the usual exhaustion from travel had me feeling ...

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Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll


Aug 26 2014
As God rebuilds, I see Mars Hill shift its focus to love.
Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll
Mars Hill Church

For years, Mars Hill has been known as a church that cares deeply about right thinking and strong theology, but rarely do people associate it with love or grace. It harkens Revelation 2:4, where Jesus tells the church in Ephesus that although it endured well ...

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When Childhood Has Become a Race


Aug 26 2014
Goodbye busy summer, hello busy school year: What have we lost in the rush?
When Childhood Has Become a Race
emmandevin / Flickr

In a July article for The New Republic, William Deresiewicz admonished parents to abandon Ivy League ambitions for their children. Having spent 24 years at Columbia and Yale, he surmises that students at our most elite universities have lost their sense of ...

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How Natural Family Planning Shaped My View of Sex


Aug 25 2014
A more intensive method of birth control reminded me that it’s God who’s in control.
How Natural Family Planning Shaped My View of Sex
yohutch / Flickr

If I had found out I was pregnant within the first year or so of my marriage, I probably would have cried unhappy tears and grimly braced myself for the end of life as I knew it. I was fresh out of college, ready to change the world, and not prepared to have ...

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Code-Switching for the Kingdom


Aug 22 2014
Sometimes the gospel sounds like, “Nobody can do me like Jesus.”
Code-Switching for the Kingdom
City Temple SDA Church / Flickr

When you’re the president, people hang on to your every word. With Barack Obama, known for his way with words, we pay particular attention. Listening to him speak before African American audiences, it’s easy to notice a certain air of familiarity ...

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Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral


Aug 21 2014
Dad-to-be: “The beauty of the video was that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral
Courtesy of ThePatandDreShow / Youtube

Soon after Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney posted their baby announcement video a couple weeks ago, theirs became the pregnancy heard round the world.

Inspired by Coca-Cola’s personalized #ShareACoke cans, the couple cracked ...

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Restoring Our Faith in Marriage


Aug 20 2014
Despite our negativity, most couples aren’t doomed for divorce.
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Restoring Our Faith in Marriage
andrewmorrell / Flickr

For decades, Americans have been hearing that the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 50 percent. And everywhere I travel as a speaker and researcher, I see a deep cultural discouragement about marriage today.

Conventional wisdom also holds that marriage is ...

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Have Babies, Just Not Yet


Aug 19 2014
Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.
Have Babies, Just Not Yet
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There are a number of reasons for the delay of childbearing on the part of women, who increasingly find themselves pursuing higher degrees, working full-time, and taking on leadership positions.

Babies don’t care if you just made partner, they arrive ...

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Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool


Aug 18 2014
The difference between playground chatter and harmful messages.
Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool
stevenljohnson / Flickr

Girls go to college to get more knowledge / Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider. My 10-year-old daughter belted out these words one evening this summer during a game of backyard volleyball. As the sing-songy rhythm floated in the twilight, I found myself smiling—at ...

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Home Sweet Home, Again


Aug 15 2014
Like a growing number of adults, I find support, love, and lodging in an obvious place: my parents’ home.
Home Sweet Home, Again
moppet65535 / Flickr

If you’re an adult living with Mom and Dad, you may not be as unique as you think.

Boer Deng of Slate recently wrote about a new Pew Research Center report on how multigenerational households are becoming more common. "In 1980, some 12 percent ...

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Shark Week Jumps the Shark


Aug 14 2014
Discovery Channel's popular (and once educational) series gets trapped in gimmick.
Shark Week Jumps the Shark
chrispiascik / Flickr

My friend took one look at promo staring Rob Lowe, “water-skiing” two harnessed sharks while tossing chum from a bona fide chum-bucket to the great whites leaping behind him and joked, “Shark Week has officially jumped the shark.”

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When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags


Aug 13 2014
African Americans are speaking out against modern-day racism. But who's listening?
When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags
(Jeff Roberson / AP)

By some measures, every 28 hours, a black man is killed in America.

This statistic rang true as I turned on my computer Saturday evening, scrolled through my Twitter feed, and saw #Ferguson, #MikeBrown, and other references to a police shooting where an unarmed ...

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A Christian Response to Trolling


Aug 12 2014
It’s not always easy to "love thy hateful commenter as thyself."
A Christian Response to Trolling
elisfanclub / Flickr

It’s the Internet at its worst.

It’s the Facebook commenter who blames the president for everything from crime statistics to bad TV, the sort of thing I see daily in my work as social media editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s the comments ...

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A Regional Supermarket Shakeup and America’s Split Corporate Culture


Aug 11 2014
Market Basket was known for doing things differently. Now the community is rallying against company changes.
A Regional Supermarket Shakeup and America’s Split Corporate Culture
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What started several weeks ago as a small-scale protest by employees from New England’s Market Basket grocery stores is now being seen as “a fight that encapsulates everything that is wrong with corporate America” (BBC).

While Market Basket ...

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