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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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Oh, Baby! Responding to Cultural Lies About Having Children

Oh, Baby! Responding to Cultural Lies About Having Children

Note: This blog is about having children, but we here at Mama Bear recognize that married couples without children are families. Children are not required to make a family complete. We are simply noting the decline in birth rates and some lies and truths related to...

Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

I was in my mid-20s living in San Diego. I joined some people from a nearby church and went to a Pride parade to pass out water, give hugs, and hold signs saying “We are sorry the church hasn’t loved you the way Jesus would” (or something along those lines). All of a...

ROAR-ing through Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

ROAR-ing through Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

In the last couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time studying witchcraft – what it is and why people are drawn to it. It all started with a kitchen table conversation with fellow Mama Bear, Amy, when she revealed to me that she almost became a witch (hear her story...

ROARing Through Disney’s Zombies Trilogy

ROARing Through Disney’s Zombies Trilogy

by Alexa Cramer SPOILER ALERT! This article contains aspects of the plots from each of the three Zombies movies, including several spoilers. If you don’t want the ending of each movie revealed, we suggest you watch them before reading on.  Synopsis: Growing up in the...

Ways to Encourage the Papa Bear in Your Life

Ways to Encourage the Papa Bear in Your Life

With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’ve got a great excuse to tell the man in your life how much he means to you — because Papa Bears need encouragement, too (even if they don’t ask for it or act like they want it). We guys are supposed to play it cool, be...

Prepping Your Kids for Pride Month

Prepping Your Kids for Pride Month

For the past month, our local stores have been gradually stocking gear for the next holiday: Pride Month. Rainbows have become the pumpkin spice of late spring. Your toddler can now rock a trans rights tee-shirt. Even Mittens the cat can have an oh-so-fabulous...