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When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare


Jul 31 2014
Insults and intimidation threaten children’s perceptions of God.
When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare
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Conversations on bullying and its effects on the psychological health of our children have intensified in recent years. State legislatures have mandated procedures for investigating suspected acts of harassment or intimidation. Teachers now receive training on how to recognize ...

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Confessions of a Cosplay Mom


Jul 22 2014
How this Christian parent learned to embrace the wacky Comic-Con scene.
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom
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When I tell people that my teenage daughter loves to cosplay, they often have no idea what I'm talking about. Cosplay? What's that?

Costumed play, or cosplay, has emerged as a colorful subculture of dress up and role-play. Cosplay conventions are major events where ...

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Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder


Jul 14 2014
Rather than hide in pain, trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life.
Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder
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Molly Merry rests a hand on her pregnant belly, smiling at the uncertainty that lay in her womb. She wasn't always this calm, but she knows her daughter—diagnosed with an often-fatal genetic disorder—is in his plans.

"I felt like he kept telling me, ...

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How It Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender


Jul 7 2014
Abusers’ families are secondary victims, left to reconcile their conflicting emotions.
How It Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender
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Years ago, before my current husband Jeff and I were married, I asked one of my daughters how she would feel if Jeff officially became one of the family. At first she responded enthusiastically, about how awesome it would be if he lived with us, about how we can watch all ...

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In Honor of Periods, Pad Commercials, and Menstrual Cramps


Jul 1 2014
Why suppressing our cycles isn’t always the answer.
In Honor of Periods, Pad Commercials, and Menstrual Cramps
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Recent ads from Verizon and Always Sanitary Pads pack a powerful message to pre-teen girls on what it is like to be dismissed as "like a girl." In contrast, the latest video from menstruation marketer HelloFlo, which provides monthly "special delivery" ...

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Mythbusting for Foster Parents


Jun 25 2014
Thousands of American kids need foster homes. Don’t let misconceptions keep you from helping.
Mythbusting for Foster Parents
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As a community committed to caring for those in need, Christian families looking for ways to reach out and serve often think about foster parenting. Barna Group reports that 31 percent of Christians have seriously considered foster parenting (compared to 11 percent of non-Christians). ...

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Tied Up in Our Own Preferences


Jun 19 2014
How fear, not prayer, led us to choose sterilization… and regret it.
Tied Up in Our Own Preferences
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While the contemporary ability to determine one's family size is heralded as a mark of Western progress, that freedom carries with it moral and spiritual responsibility. Some branches of Christendom (most notably, the Catholic Church) have well-documented doctrinal positions ...

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Theology of the Imagination


Jun 18 2014
How our very-real God loves an active, creative mind.
Theology of the Imagination
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What made these favorites? That in both instances I was treated to the wild, wooly and wonderful imaginations of kids at play. While I pulled weeds, two girls on the other side of the fence play-acted a story in which they kept twisting the plot. While I drove carpool, ...

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When Dads Don't Stay


Jun 13 2014
Confronting the reality of fatherlessness in America.
When Dads Don't Stay
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The first clear memory I have of my father exemplifies every moment after. The lake lapped softly against the posts of weathered, bone-dry dock upon which I stood. I curled my toes into the splintery wood, blinked back the intense, hot Texas sun and leapt blind, for the first ...

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Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale


Jun 10 2014
How the realm of make-believe can bring us toward God.
Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale
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As I child I dreamed often of flying.

What made these dreams deliciously haunting – the sort that linger pleasantly in the mind well after you've awakened – was how mundane everything else had been, save the surprising ability to fly. Upon waking, I'd ...

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