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Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife


Apr 17 2014
Alzheimer’s puts caregivers in painful in-betweens.
Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife
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Last week, I observed two examples of loving service at the dinner table. At one end, my sister-in-law smooshed peas in a plastic bowl for Beatrix, the newest member of the family. At the other, my grandmother sliced steak into pieces for my grandfather, who can no longer ...

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The Divine Grace of the IRS


Apr 11 2014
Seriously. God’s help comes from the weirdest places.
The Divine Grace of the IRS
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When the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that scholarship-receiving Northwestern University football players were deemed university employees and thus should be able to unionize, I had the strangest reaction, strange at least for a libertarian-leaner who believes ...

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Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'


Mar 28 2014
Five things Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement gets wrong about relationships.
Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'

The Interwebs don't need more snark about Gwyneth Paltrow, so I almost hesitate to weigh in on her "Conscious Uncoupling" announcement.

Almost.

I'm mindful that Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are, in fact, real people who are in distress and working ...

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Advice to Women: Marry an Evangelist


Feb 28 2014
Has scriptural instruction become merely optional in our marriages?
Advice to Women: Marry an Evangelist
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Shortly after I began dating Rob, I was talking with one of his friends. "He's a great guy," she said. "But have you heard him pray?" Her question was rhetorical. We had both sat in the church prayer meeting and listened to that young man call on the ...

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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows


Feb 27 2014
May the church offer divorcees grace, not guilt-trips.
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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows
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Many divorced Christians have felt they step into church wearing a scarlet D. Author Elisabeth Corcoran was one of these. After her marriage of almost 19 years unraveled, Corcoran grappled with pain, confusion, and shame. Those feelings were compounded when she was politely ...

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It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day


Feb 10 2014
Happy couples keep the romance alive year-round.
It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day
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It's not unusual for couples to find themselves sitting in front of the TV with their kids on Valentine's Day, the supposed most romantic day of the year. In the case of my family, we spent one February 14 watching a re-run of Wipeout.

The lovey-dovey among us might ...

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Beyoncé Vs. the Bible


Jan 31 2014
Was her sexy Grammy performance with Jay-Z actually good for marriage?
Beyoncé Vs. the Bible
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At Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Beyoncé and Jay-Z performed a memorable rendition of her new single. "Drunk in Love" is risqué (to say the least), but it highlighted a sexual relationship often ignored by secular artists: sex in the context of ...

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How Julia Child and Tim Keller Schooled Me In Femininity


Dec 16 2013
True womanhood runs deeper than our girly-girl stereotypes. (Thank God!)
How Julia Child and Tim Keller Schooled Me In Femininity
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It was just a bridal shower. But it was my bridal shower, and it sounded horrific. Girly frenzies like that just make me squirm. My friend didn't know this, so she'd offered to (graciously, generously, thoughtfully) throw the shindig. I was trapped.

Like my mother ...

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Engagements Are the New Weddings


Nov 20 2013
When did popping the question become such a big deal?
Engagements Are the New Weddings
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It used to be that the most important decision a man had to make (after choosing the girl) was what type of ring to buy. Now he's got to plan a knockout proposal—at least something cool and clever enough to go viral on YouTube. Planning a proposal has become a booming ...

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Asking Too Much of Marriage


Nov 15 2013
We can’t expect our spouses to solve all our problems.
Asking Too Much of Marriage
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We're often quick to associate loneliness and unhappiness with singleness, particularly in Christian circles. We expect marriage to overcome those feelings. We overlook not only the joy in that can be found in singleness, but also the sense of longing that persists in ...

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