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Sometimes I Ignore My Children, and That's OK

(10) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:25 AM

I believe it's important to be present with my kids. I believe in quality time, and in quantity time, and I believe that children deserve attention and love. These are ideals that I strive for as a parent, but sometimes I can't help thinking that in the pursuit of better...

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What's the Difference Between Homophobia and Standing Up for "Christian Values"? The Answer Lies in a Postage Stamp

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Angered by the recent release of a postage stamp honoring gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, the American Family Association has asked  its members not only to avoid purchasing the stamp, but to refuse to accept or open any letter or package postmarked with one. In a recent email from AFA,...

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I've Got Your Lifestyle Blog Right Here

(8) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:46 AM

About a decade ago, I loved to scour through home design magazines for inspiration. I also bought the occasional fashion magazine. It was a guilty pleasure but also a source for ideas. I still look for inspiration, but I've replaced most of the magazines with online destinations. This seems to...

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White Privilege Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means

(19) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:24 PM

There was an article making the rounds this week in which a Princeton freshman does a "take down" of white privilege. It has been widely circulated as some kind of gotcha moment for people to subscribe to the idea that racial inequity is a thing to be concerned with....

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What NOT to Get Mom on Mother's Day

(14) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Mother's Day is a wonderful occasion on which hard-working mothers are commended for their selfless dedication, admired for their steadfast love, and given 24 hours free of all responsibilities. Right?

It doesn't always work that way. Children still behave like children. And sometimes their idea...

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A Letter to My Kids on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Dear Kids,

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about you. I know it's supposed to happen the other way around -- you guys thinking about your mom --but that's just how moms are. We can't help it. I want you to know how much I love you. I...

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Easter Week for Stoics: Why I Love Jesus But I'm Kind of 'Meh' About Easter

(75) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:42 PM

I have a confession to make about Easter...

Each year, it brings up some uncomfortable feelings for me. You see, on the personality scale between pragmatic and emotional, I'm way over on the boring end of the bell curve. I tend to be a very logical, calculated person. I don't...

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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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