On Daisy Merrick (2004-2013) and Loving Little Children

I blogged a few times in the last year about little Daisy Merrick, the 8-year-old daughter of pastor Britt Merrick and his wife, Kate, of Reality Church in California. She fought cancer for many months before succumbing 11 days ago to the disease. The Merricks chronicled Daisy’s fight for life on the Pray for Daisy [Read More...]

The God-Driven Family Vs. the Money-Driven Family

The Her.meneutics blog often has provocative content, and this week was no exception. It featured a piece entitled “Thou Shalt Have More Kids” by Jen Pollock Michel that I found helpful. Michel makes the case that Christian families should not be driven by economic concerns, but by a better vision of the good life than [Read More...]

Suffer Not the Little Children to Come to Me–and to Us

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away (Matthew 19:13-15 [Read More...]

New Trends in Education That Really Aren’t New

Everything new is old again. So is the case in certain American schools, which are overturning sacred modern educational ideology by re-instituting special classes for below-average students. In “Holding Back Young Students: Is Program a Gift or a Stigma?“, Winnie Hu briefly reports on this trend and shows how it is igniting a firestorm among [Read More...]

What Kids Are Reading Nowadays, and How it Relates to the Greatest Commandment

Ninth-12th Grade 1. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”3. “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck4. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”5. “A Child Called ‘It,’ ” Dave Pelzer –Source, Seattle Times This selection is part of a larger list that you can read at the link above. Here are [Read More...]

Segregated Education: The New York Times Considers the Same-Sex Education Issue

I came across an interesting and lengthy piece by Elizabeth Weil in the New York Times which tackles the question of whether single-sex education is a beneficial and justifiable educational option. I worked for eighteen months on research for a book on manhood and thus found the article compelling. I’ll give you a few key [Read More...]


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