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When Your Kid Googles You (Take care. Someone’s listening.)

“I looked you up on google,” my daughter said a few weeks ago. I froze, arranging my face as nonchalantly as I could: “Oh really? What did you find?” “You’ve written a LOT of articles,” she observed, and paused a beat: “..and a LOOOTTT of articles about parenting.” She looked at me pointedly. Yes. Yes, …

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A Hell of a Tone of Voice (Some thoughts on how we talk about what happens after we die)

A while back, I was asked to participate in a panel answering questions about heaven and hell. The group had spent a couple weeks in a series looking at what Scripture says about what happens after we die. They were asking questions about heaven and the various ways people have understood “hell”: is hell eternal …

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I love you, friend, but I don’t want your essential oils (or leggings, or mascara…)

If you’ve been around church women for any length of time, chances are you’ve been invited to some kind of product party: a “no pressure, just-a-bunch-of-girls get together” with food and a presentation of jewelry, essential oils, makeup, leggings, cleaning products, accessories, nutritional supplements, skin care miracles, or (fill in the blank) on display. Or, …

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Is it okay to watch Game of Thrones? (some thoughts on freedom, fear, and viewer discretion)

  “Dear Bronwyn,   Is it okay to watch Game of Thrones? I have Christian friends who want to get together and watch it, and other Christian friends who think it’s the Show Satan Made. Any thoughts?   Thanks, HBgO or HBnO?”   Dear HBOer, I don’t know if it’s okay for you to watch …

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Eeny Meeny Miney NO (talking with my kids about rhymes and race)

  My kids were figuring out whose turn it was to do something this morning, and instead of their usual game of rock-paper-scissors, busted out that ubiquitous kids’ rhyme to solve their dispute: Them (chanting): “eeny meeny miney mo, catch a tiger by its toe. If it hollers…” Me: Now wait just a minute. We need to …

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Which is more blessed: poverty or plenty? (Some thoughts on wealth, faith, and the feelings that go with that)

Gilted Guilt. I’ve been wondering about this recently: the feelings of guilt that—for me and many other Christians—seem to attend the having of things and money. There’s a Scriptural basis for the call to financial simplicity:  ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head’, said Jesus, and ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’. ‘The love of the …

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