When Your Children Leave the Church: Brandon Vogt Offers Hope for Heartbroken Parents

If you're a Catholic parent, you know the joy that comes from seeing your child grow in the faith. On the day of his baptism, you rejoiced at the new life in Christ--anticipating years of loving and shared faith, and then an eternity together. When she received her First Holy Communion, her sweet innocence brought tears in your eyes.But then.... [end peaceful happy music, begin painful screeching sound] during high school or college, or when out on her first job, something happens. Your son … [Read more...]

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In Grand Haven, Cross=BAD, Anchor=GOOD

The town of Grand Haven sits on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.  For half a century Dewey Hill, which overlooks the town, has been home to a 48-foot cross--a highly visible landmark along the banks of the Grand River.The cross was erected in 1962.  However, according to the Grand Haven Tribune, the cross has most recently only been raised on the hill for the summertime Sunday evening Worship on the Waterfront services, which are sponsored by First Reformed C … [Read more...]

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Atheist’s “Modern Christmas Carol” Is an Indictment of Social Media

Bob Seidensticker, who writes at the Atheist Portal at Patheos, is a sparring partner and a friend.  Our paths don't cross on a daily basis; but when I write to counter some aspect of atheist thought, Bob is sure to pop in at my combox or on Facebook and tell me why I'm wrong.  He is always polite, and he helps to clarify why I'm actually quite right.Somehow, Bob has never appreciated the logic of a worldview that presupposes the existence of a Creator.And I, for my part, have not enough … [Read more...]

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