Dear Bristol: Thank You For Saying Yes to Life

Bristol Palin

My fellow Patheos blogger Bristol Palin made a pretty big announcement this morning:  She told her readers that she's pregnant, expecting her second child.You may recall that during her mother's political campaign, Bristol was an 18-year-old unwed mother, and she chose not to marry son Tripp's father Levi Johnson. Soon after giving birth to Tripp in 2008, Bristol launched an abstinence campaign, encouraging young women and men to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity.And … [Read more...]

Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

Twins Born 87 Days Apart–And That 23-Week-Old Newborn Is Astonishing!

Twins born 87 days apart

Amy Elliott was only 1 lb. 3 oz. when she was born four months early, leaving her twin sister Katie behind in the womb.  The Daily Mail reported the story of the Irish twins whose unusual births 87 days apart have set a Guinness World Record for "the longest interval between the births of twins." Tiny Amy was born on June 1, 2012, after her mother's water broke prematurely.  She was not expected to live--but she did, and she was joined by her 5 lb., 10 oz. sister Katie 87 days later.  L … [Read more...]