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Holiday Traditions, Under Construction


Dec 12 2014
Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.
Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
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When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the ...

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The One Thing to Tell Pregnant Moms: ‘Congratulations’


Dec 10 2014
No family too big, no mom too young to hear our affirmation of life.
The One Thing to Tell Pregnant Moms: ‘Congratulations’
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I’m pregnant with my fourth baby right now. Any mom who’s bore that many children—and even some with just two or three—knows what it's like to share the news of another pregnancy. People are quick to make comments like:

"Are you pregnant ...

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Common Ground for Christians and Common Core


Dec 5 2014
A teacher’s perspective on how higher standards serve poor students.
Common Ground for Christians and Common Core
Brad Flickinger / Flickr

As a former public school teacher, I have taught both the traditional state standards and Common Core aligned standards. I have dug deeply into both, researched their effectiveness, and watched them play out in my classroom.

Outside of school, I have observed the vitriol ...

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Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture


Dec 3 2014
Media shapes how youth see their bodies. What can the church teach them instead?
Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture
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Getting an abstinence talk from a parent or youth pastor has become something of a rite of passage for evangelical teens. As evidenced by purity balls and promise rings, our subculture is deeply concerned with protecting youth from premarital sex. But I wonder if our focus ...

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The Missing Voice in the Adoption Conversation


Nov 24 2014
How our language would change if we heard more from adoptees.
The Missing Voice in the Adoption Conversation
Courtesy of Angela Tucker

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You’d think that this kind of public campaign promoting adoption would be something that gets adoptees like me excited. Instead, I find myself feeling ambivalent. Too often, parents’ voices dominate the adoption conversation, both in society overall and in ...

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The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your Kids


Nov 21 2014
Why doing it all alone isn’t the best (or most biblical) parenting strategy.
The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your Kids
Matt Molinari / Flickr

I sat across from my husband with tears in my eyes as I confessed my horrible failure. I needed my son to spend more time in childcare, and it felt like a personal deficiency. I only have one kid, after all, so why couldn’t I keep up? Why couldn’t I be like those ...

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What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status


Nov 20 2014
Amid the confusion over immigration laws, here are five things you should know.
What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status
alberth2 / Flickr

After speaking to a Sunday school class about immigration, a woman asked if she could talk to me. She pulled me aside and whispered, “I think there’s a girl in my daughter’s class this year who is, umm, not legal. What should I do?”

She explained ...

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God’s Grace Through the Pain of Pregnancy


Nov 6 2014
Nine months can feel like a long, dark valley.
God’s Grace Through the Pain of Pregnancy
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Millions of women here in the United States experience infertility or an impaired ability to get pregnant, in addition to staggering numbers of couples across the globe and in developing countries in particular. No doubt for many of these women, the pain and suffering associated ...

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All My Children Are ‘My Own’


Oct 29 2014
The theological significance of adoption language.
All My Children Are ‘My Own’

Editor’s note: In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday, author and mother Sara Hagerty shares with us the following essay about how the language we use around adoption reflects our understanding of our adoption into the family of God.

“We prefer not to refer ...

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My First American Halloween


Oct 28 2014
Finding cultural nuance in the Christian trick-or-treating debate.
My First American Halloween
Andrew Morrell / Flickr

I was 30 years old the first time I dressed up for Halloween.

Halloween was not a part of my childhood in South Africa—only something we knew from seasonal episodes of sitcoms exported from the West. I remember my sisters and I pretending to trick-or-treat, singing ...

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