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World Vision, Gay Marriage and Taking a Stand on the Backs of Starving Children

(34) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:48 PM

On Monday Christianity Today reported on a shift in World Vision's employment policy with regard to sexual morality. World Vision is a Christian organization dedicated to serving impoverished children and has always held a pretty rigid code of morality for employees. Specifically, employees are not to...

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Are We Living Dr. King's Dream, Or Just Talking About It?

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM

As we celebrate the impact of Dr. King, I've seen many links to posts about how to talk to kids about his legacy. I've seen lists of resources linking to books and movies that help children understand racism and the importance of avoiding prejudice. I've written a post like that...

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Is the Duck Dynasty #StandwithPhil Outrage Really About Christian Values?

(162) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:30 PM

My Facebook feed has been lit up with people responding to the suspension of Phil, the patriarch of A&E's popular Duck Dynasty reality show. For full disclosure ... I watch this show and enjoy it. Sarah James turned me on to it and I find the...

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Davion's Plea for a Family (and the 101,000 He Represents)

(14) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Over the last few weeks, the story of Davion spread like wildfire across social media channels. Davion was a foster youth who had been waiting most of his life for an adoptive family. His desperation led him to visit a local church to plead for someone to adopt...

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He pillado a mi hijo mirando porno; ¿qué hago?

(87) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:06 AM

Hace unas semanas, escribí una entrada en la que explicaba cómo asegurar el iPhone para que los niños no pudieran encontrar sin querer contenido obsceno. Varios lectores me escribieron pidiendo consejo sobre qué hacer cuando ya nos hemos encontrado a nuestros hijos mirando contenidos adultos en la red....

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10 Tips for Proving You're a Grown-up (for Miley Cyrus and Other Young Adult Pop Stars)

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Miley Cyrus attempted to show us that she's "all growed up" with a sexed-up performance at MTV's Video Music Awards. We've seen this story before: young pop star tries to shed her Disney image by giving an R-rated performance on national television. And while I can see that this tactic...

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Finding Justice for Trayvon: 7 Action Steps for Our Outrage

(18) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:15 PM

"I take for granted that I belong wherever I happen to be." -- Joan Haskins

Any plausible deniability about the negative bias that Black men face in our country was pulled out from under me during our first adoption process. Americans love to see themselves as "colorblind," to describe our...

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Is Iron Man 3 Appropriate for Kids? A Content Guide for Parents

(5) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:59 PM

If you have children over the age of 6, chances are they are talking about the new Iron Man film. My oldest son is 8 and he and his friends have been buzzing about the new movie for weeks. Jafta and I had a chance to preview Iron Man 3...

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The Damaging Effects of Shame-Based Sex Education: Lessons From Elizabeth Smart

(73) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:34 AM

A couple months ago, several Christian bloggers created a conversation about the potentially harmful aspects of idolizing virginity and purity. While I think that abstinence is a great goal for kids (and one I will encourage for my own), I also believe that it is vitally important that...

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I Caught My Child Looking at Porn -- What Do I Do?

(19) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:03 PM

A little while ago, I wrote a post detailing how to secure an iPhone so that kids couldn't stumble onto explicit content. I had a few readers email me and ask for advice on what to do after you've found your child looking at adult content online. I...

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Rick Warren's Grief: The Comfort and Cruelty of Speculating on Suicide

(29) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 11:40 AM

I was devastated to hear the news of Rick Warren's son, who took his own life on Friday after a lifetime of battling serious mental illness. I don't know Rick well, but we have met a few times and have many common friends, having served in similar ministry circles here...

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Can We Bring The Holidays Down A Notch?

(609) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:02 PM

This past Sunday was St. Patrick's Day, a holiday I had completely forgotten about until my oldest stumbled out of bed and into the living room at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night while we were watching SNL.  "Can I help you guys hide the gold coins?" he asked. The WHAT? ...

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A Parent's Guide to Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Oz the Great and Powerful is Disney's new imagining of the class L. Frank Baum tale Wizard of Oz, providing a backstory to the iconic tale. The movie follows the beginnings of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a down-on-his-luck illusionist who relies on his charm as well as some shady practices...

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Resources for Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:46 PM

As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.

I am a firm believer that we should be talking to our kids...

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Occupy Christmas: Gifts That Give Back

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:48 PM

I'm pushing for another "Occupy Christmas" movement this year. Last year, a lot of people seemed enthused about the idea of bringing the consumerism down a notch for the holidays and bringing the tangible giving up for those in need. Less plastic toys for privileged kids, more food on the...

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How to Negotiate Screen Time With Kids

(10) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:17 AM

Figuring out how to appropriately negotiate screen time has been an issue in my house ever since the kids have been old enough to operate the computer. My kids are huge technology fans, which is no big surprise given that they have two parents whose phones are tethered to their...

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How to Cultivate Gratitude and Thankfulness

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Looking at the world through a lens of gratitude is not easy -- many adults have not even mastered it. But instilling the practice of being thankful in our children is important because thankfulness is a habit that will benefit them throughout their life; people who focus on gratitude...

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How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 3:07 PM

As Halloween approaches, many of us will be purchasing more than our usual share of chocolate. And while most of us probably make our purchasing decisions based on cost or preference, there is another factor to consider: most mainstream American chocolate companies make chocolate from cocoa sourced in the Ivory...

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Parents, Please Educate Your Kids About Adoption So Mine Don't Have To

(1236) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 5:07 PM

I took the kids to the park the other day, and I was seated just close enough to the play structure that I could faintly overhear a conversation that occurred between Kembe and several older kids.  At first, I had a hard time understanding what was being said, but something...

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A Parent's Guide to Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 11:35 AM

In many ways, Disney's latest family film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, defies genres in the current movie marketplace, harkening back to the family-focused films of days gone by.  It's a family movie about a family.  It's not geared towards children per se, but it is absolutely a family...

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