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Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements

Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements

John and I were at the Iowa State Fair this weekend. (My husband loves all the fried food. Calories at the fair don’t count, right?) Among our scheduled stops, we wanted to see a band that advertised itself as a mix between Stomp and Accapella. Sounds cool right? We...

4 Good Things That Go Bad When They Are Idolized

4 Good Things That Go Bad When They Are Idolized

  The internet has been abuzz with Joshua Harris’ announcement that he and his wife are separating AND that he is no longer a Christian. In case you missed the whole I kissed Dating Goodbye craze in the late 1990’s, let me summarize: Joshua Harris was a prominent...

How to Talk to the Jehovah’s Witness at Your Door

How to Talk to the Jehovah’s Witness at Your Door

It’s Saturday morning, and as you’re getting some cleaning done (and by "cleaning,” I mean binge-watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix in your pajamas), you hear the dreaded knock on your door and peer out. Judging from their conservative clothes and the...

Why did God Create the Tree in the First Place?

Why did God Create the Tree in the First Place?

A few weeks ago, our church’s 3rd-5th graders were learning about the creation story from Genesis, and I was brought in to the planning process to help address common science misconceptions that the kids will encounter as they get older. (i.e. “Science can disprove...

Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions

Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions

 This weekend, a blog was released titled “Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics.” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog...

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Five Biblical Women Every Girl Should Know

Five Biblical Women Every Girl Should Know

Not too long ago, a fellowship ad in our church bulletin caught my eye. It was for what appeared to be an adult version of church camp. I’m talking confidence course, archery, paintball, cool speakers, the works! It looked a-mazing. I whipped out my phone to find the...

When Pain Blinds Us: An Essay on Finding Hope in Crisis

When Pain Blinds Us: An Essay on Finding Hope in Crisis

There are times when I'm not sure I have any ability to do the things I have a passion for, and there are other times I feel like I was made for those things. It is a tumultuous wrestling that sometimes takes place in the life of a believer. We struggle with life...

7 Prayers for Afghanistan When You Just Don’t Have the Words

7 Prayers for Afghanistan When You Just Don’t Have the Words

The world has watched in horror as Afghanistan, a nation in which we have invested for decades, has toppled in a matter of days. Over here in the West, school is just starting. The COVID-19 Facebook debates are making me want to give up social media altogether, and...

How My Son’s Confession of Faith (Nearly) Broke Twitter

How My Son’s Confession of Faith (Nearly) Broke Twitter

For almost a week in late 2020, my 11-year-old son practically went viral on the Internet, and he doesn’t even know it. Let me tell you why. You see, he had walked out onto our back deck and, cool as a cucumber, announced to my husband and me that he had accepted...

Matthew West and the Modesty Debate

Matthew West and the Modesty Debate

In Matthew West’s latest satire song, “Modest is Hottest,” this dad of teen girls is smacked with the realization that his babies aren’t babies anymore. How should his daughters navigate the saucy side of TikTok and the pending arrival of boys at the front door? By...