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Talking to Your Kids About All Things Love

Talking to Your Kids About All Things Love

Ah, February — it’s the season of love, and we here at Mama Bear know that you’re probably busy with class parties, heart-shaped everything (even pizza!), and probably glitter…because really, what says love best than something that sticks around forever? We recently...
Discipling your kids through the Armor of God

Discipling your kids through the Armor of God

Ephesians 6:12 “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  If you’ve been feeling like something is...
Humbly He Came

Humbly He Came

There are a lot of things that are true but are hard to believe, but the fact that the Creator of our universe has pooped in a diaper is a big one. I mean, really think about that. And if your first reaction is to think that the opening line of this post sounds crass...
What Biblical Gratitude Is (and Isn’t)

What Biblical Gratitude Is (and Isn’t)

It’s that time of year again. The family is gathered around the table. Grandma asks each person to say what they’re thankful for – “And you’re not allowed to simply say ‘God’ or ‘Family’ or ‘This food’!” The kids (and some of the adults) roll their eyes while racking...
Is AI Dangerous? (Part 2)

Is AI Dangerous? (Part 2)

In Part 1, we may have virtually scared the pants off our readers with our semi-dystopian view of the future. But everything’s going to be okay, mama. You’re fine. I’m fine. Everything’s FINE!  No, really, we’re all fine.  Let me ask you something: can you give me an...
Why your teens need a dose of Reality!

Why your teens need a dose of Reality!

Your kids need a dose of Reality – the Reality Student Apologetics Conference!  According to the Fuller Youth Institute, 70% of Christian high school students have serious doubts about Christianity. In fact, 3 out of 5 Christian students have checked out of their...
How NOT to Respond Online to Tragedy

How NOT to Respond Online to Tragedy

This week social media has been abuzz with the story of the OceanGate submersible Titan. Their mission was to investigate the wreckage of the Titanic on the ocean floor. The sub lost contact with the surface less than two hours into its journey. And a rescue mission...
IF:GATHERING part 2: What to know before you go

IF:GATHERING part 2: What to know before you go

[This is part 2 of our coverage of the IF: Gathering. You can read the first blog here.]  Being in ministry is amazingly challenging in the social media age. People often have keyboard courage to say whatever is on their minds. They take statements out of context or...
The IF:Gathering: What the heck is it? (Part 1)

The IF:Gathering: What the heck is it? (Part 1)

I had never been to a Christian women’s conference before I attended my first IF: Gathering live stream at my church in 2018, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t familiar with any of the speakers. I took some notes from the videos, and enjoyed the table...
The Enneagram Part 3: Let’s ROAR, Mama Bears!

The Enneagram Part 3: Let’s ROAR, Mama Bears!

(Welcome to Part 3 of our Enneagram series! If you haven’t done so, check out Part 1 where we give a “Crash Course in the Enneagram” and Part 2 where we ask “Is The Enneagram Even Accurate?”) Let’s face it. Personality tests are fun. Even the cheesy Buzzfeed quizzes...
The Enneagram Part 2: Is It Even Accurate?

The Enneagram Part 2: Is It Even Accurate?

In the first part of this series, we looked at the history of the Enneagram. Many people are unaware of how the Enneagram was developed and how it made its way into Christian circles. We encourage you to check out “A Crash Course in the Enneagram” if you haven’t...
Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 3-part series on the Enneagram to address some hurts that may be caused by the timing of this series. We had no idea it would turn into such a cultural moment — thanks in no small part to Jackie Hill Perry publicly announcement...
The Enneagram Part 1: A Crash Course

The Enneagram Part 1: A Crash Course

Personality assessments are often used for career advice, relationship advice, to help work environments, and for self-improvement. In recent years, the Enneagram has sky-rocketed in popularity, especially, it seems, in the evangelical church. Even prominent Christian...
Thoughts from an American Girl about American Girl®

Thoughts from an American Girl about American Girl®

I’ll never forget the Christmas I turned 9. That spring, an American Girl® catalog made its way into our mailbox. When I spied Molly with her glasses and brown fringe bangs, a staple of my 90’s girlhood, I knew I had to have her. So, my mom and I made a pact. If I...