Vision, Creativity, and Courage: A Message to Mothers and Daughters

Dr. Dorothy Patterson speaks to a group of over 300 women at First Baptist Church Atlanta’s annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon on May 4, 2013. (Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church Atlanta)

For Mother's Day, Professor Dorothy Patterson shared insights on biblical womanhood from the lives of Jochebed and Miriam in Exodus 2.Dorothy Patterson, professor of theology and women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and wife of SWBTS President Paige Patterson, spoke on the importance of embracing biblical womanhood and challenged ladies to cultivate vision, creativity, and courage in every stage of life as Mother’s Day approached. … [Read more...]

Why Siblings Are Worth Celebrating

April 10 is National Siblings Day.

Did you realize that Wednesday, April 10, was “National Siblings Day?” Chances are you haven’t heard much about the occasion because it is not widely recognized, although it should be! When it comes to the topic of raising multiple children, the media is quick to focus on the cost of parenting in the modern age and the challenges of sibling rivalry. But brothers and sisters give us so much to celebrate. Siblings make life meaningful and fun, help create countless memorable moments among families … [Read more...]

Joy, Heartache, and the Plan of God: Our Adoption Journey

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What happens when you have one plan and God has another?By LISA MURPHYAdoption has been a tremendous blessing to our family.  It’s also broken our hearts.Our journey to adopt a second child began three years ago.  My husband Jimmy and I sought the Lord, and God prepared our hearts for a beautiful baby boy.  Even before we met him, we knew our son had desperate needs – open heart surgery was his most pressing physical need, but he truly needed a family that would love him – complete … [Read more...]

A Father’s Legacy, A Son’s Autism, and the Power of Redemption: A Conversation with Emily Colson

Emily Colson and her dad grew closer through the years.

Most people remember the late Chuck Colson as the White House “hatchet man” and convicted Watergate felon turned Evangelical Christian leader and and founder of Prison Fellowship and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.  Colson passed away on April 21 at the age of 80 after complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage, and I had the honor of attending his Memorial Service at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on May 16.  Though the service was a somber occasion, it was also … [Read more...]

Shared Mission, Eternal Purpose: Lessons from the Perfect Father-Son Relationship

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Last week on The Salt Shaker, we featured a four-part series on four young men whose prominent dads have started highly successful organizations, and the sons are now working with their dads to carry on those efforts.  Each of these guys shared unique insights on the challenges and rewards of working with their dads, and also included some fun anecdotes from growing up:Life With Father: A Conversation With Nathan ZachariasFrom Resistance to Respect: A Conversation With Jonathan Youssef … [Read more...]

Dynamic Duo: A Conversation With Jordan Sekulow

Jordan Sekulow, 29, is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

For Jordan Sekulow, the fight to ensure freedom and liberty in the U.S. and around the world has been a central part of his life from a very early age.  The son of Jay Sekulow, Jordan, 29, now serves as Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a leading international public interest law firm founded in 1990 and led by his father.“My work with my dad has developed naturally over the years,” says Jordan.  “On radio, I started co-hosting with him, and then filling in … [Read more...]

From Resistance to Respect: A Conversation With Jonathan Youssef

Jonathan Youssef, 28, often preaches at Church of the Apostles.

When listening to Jonathan Youssef preach a passionate sermon at Church of the Apostles or hearing him share energized ministry updates on the radio from around the world, one assumes he has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.  The son of influential pastor and author Dr. Michael Youssef, Jonathan, 28, now plays an increasingly significant role in his father’s pastoral ministry at the evangelical Anglican megachurch in Atlanta, and serves as International Director for Leading The W … [Read more...]


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