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The Mother of All Swear Words

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Parenting

When I was in the first grade, I noticed an unfamiliar word scrawled on the bathroom wall, so I went home and looked it up in the dictionary. I'm not sure how I knew not to ask my mother what it meant, but after reading its definition, my gut instinct was validated: Here was forbidden stuff, with a capital “F,” if you know what I mean. There was no way my mom knew that word. Thank heaven for ...

Stepping Into Spiritual Battles

Author: Beth BroomCategory: General

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 I love the imagery found in this verse: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” It makes me think of fairy tales—a giant, cylindrical fortress rising into the sky. I imagine a tiny door at the base, almost invisible to the naked eye. I run to that door, open it and quickly slam it behind ...

Christianity is a Crutch for the Weak

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

I often hear unbelievers make the statement that Christianity is a crutch. It’s a statement intended to insult believers—to imply that only a weak person needs religion. And, in our culture, it’s a statement that hits its mark more often than not because our culture despises weakness. We don’t want to be seen as weak. We want to be perceived as strong.

Seeing Infertility as God's Mercy

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: General

“I don’t see a heartbeat.” Those six words sank like anchors. The sonogram image, pulsing with life only days before, showed a scene that was at once familiar yet devastatingly surreal. Our doctor confirmed it, and we saw our hopes for parenthood end. Seven weeks into pregnancy, my wife, Aimee, miscarried. It was our second miscarriage. We sat in stunned silence as tears streamed down ...

The False Nostalgia of Mad Men

Author: David RoarkCategory: Culture

You’ve probably never heard the name “Hal Riney,” but he’s perhaps the most celebrated ad man in American history. Though Riney made an array of brands successful—he even helped Ronald Reagan get re-elected—there was a consistent thread in all his work: nostalgia. Riney sold products by connecting them with a vision of “the good life,” a time in the past when things were ...

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