Long Way From Home: The Housing Crisis Lingers On

More than 7 million Americans lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2014. Three years ago, my husband and I became of them. And like the housing market, despite much improvement, we’re still recovering. While we hear far less about the real estate crash that’s not so far behind us, it has left a permanent mark on many communities. Decreased property values lower municipal tax revenues, which lead to cuts in services. Stressed municipal services and underserved schools re … [Read more...]

5 Practical Ways You Can Respond To The Planned Parenthood Videos Right Where You Live

This summer has brought a series of stunning videos from the Center For Medical Progress to our computer screens. These unfiltered videos highlight the secondary business of the selling of baby body parts after an abortion has been performed. They're barbaric and gruesome, and all of the spin in the world `splainin' away the cavalier talk by Planned Parenthood execs of Lamborgini purchases and how to get the most money out of each aborted child's body parts doesn't erase the hideous truth about w … [Read more...]

How Do You Spend Your Social Capital At Church?

How do you spend your social capital in your church? Have you ever stopped to take stock of your relationships and influence? I've found few with positional or social authority in a church ever consider what they possess. Instead, we count what we lack. I've known pastors who believe they're outsiders in their own church. I've known members of cliques in a congregation who are tone-deaf to the way in which their closed circle excludes others. Too many of us measure our network of relationships a … [Read more...]

No Lido Deck On The S.S. Prodigal

This is hell week for those who are grieving the loss of a mother or child. Greeting card companies, florists, jewelers and kitsch vendors urge us to celebrate the mothers in our lives. School children across America are making crayoned cards to gift to their mamas this Sunday. Churches have mothers stand for a round of applause or pass out carnations to adult women as they leave the service. Though some churches have grown more sensitive to the fact that Mother's Day isn't easy for some in t … [Read more...]

Spiritual Stage Parents

"I would never behave like those crazed mothers on shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms," we parents tell ourselves. "Spray tans on a four year old? Competition that takes all the joy out of childhood play? I would never live my ambitions through my kid!"Parental ambition come in plenty of shapes and sizes. Most of them aren't featured on basic cable, but are everywhere we turn during our active parenting years:The dad who goes a little ballistic about a bad call during his … [Read more...]

#1, #2, Me, You

When my husband came to faith in Jesus, he got the idea that really good Christians didn't poop. Or pee.You have to know he was 18 at the time. He was a member in good standing of his high school's audio-visual team, student council and chess club. I say this to highlight the fact that he was (and is) a very bright guy. He attended a Unitarian church for a while during his childhood, but had no first-hand experience with evangelicals to that point in his life. In fact, no one ever shared … [Read more...]

Fifty Shades Of Not Okay

I used to think men were the primary consumers of porn, though I've known a few women over the years who admitted to their own porn habit. The Fifty Shades "Mommy porn" phenomenon has changed the conversation in our culture. Women, you may think that the dreck you're reading on your Kindle during naptime - or the movie you're planning to see this weekend to celebrate St. Valentine's Day - is between you and (maybe) your husband or boyfriend, but it's not. It spills into your kids' lives in ways … [Read more...]


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