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struggling with depression

How to Help a Spouse Struggling with Depression

Your spouse might find openness struggling with depression. But mental health issues don’t just impact the lives of those who have them.

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postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression: Admitting It to Myself … And to My Husband

“Even good moms have scary thoughts sometimes,” my husband reassured. I didn’t want to admit it. But I knew deep inside I was facing postpartum depression.

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Go Home

Why “Go Home” is a Bigger Offense Than it Seems

John MacArthur told Beth Moore to “Go home.” Male and female opinions on both sides erupted. But there’s a bigger offense at play that no one is outing.

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understand kids' emotions

I Feel You: 4 Ways to Understand our Kids’ Emotions

I know my kids’ emotions are complex. I’m learning that rather than the disease, those emotions are symptoms. So I’m seeking understanding and solutions.

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Enneagram 8

How Being an Enneagram 8 Does and Doesn’t Define Me

I am the dreaded Enneagram 8—the challenger. Self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. But I also stand for what is right in an unmoving way.

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José Altuve

5 Reasons We Love José Altuve’s Big Game 6 Moment

It’s easy for Astros fans to love José Altuve’s series clenching 2 run walk-off sending Houston to the World Series. But we all cheer his poise and class.

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Casual Sex: What’s in it for Her?

Casual sex boasts the benefits of being a modern woman: freedom, confidence, independence. But how is hooking up good for girls if 83% prefer commitment?

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When A Pastor Takes His Life

People say talking about depression will make it better. Jarrid Wilson‘s suicide shows you can talk about it and not be okay.

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enneagram 3

Why Your Enneagram 3 Theology Will Fail You

An Enneagram 3 to the core, I know I can change the world. Feeding hungry children, slashing divorce rates, and housing homeless: bring it on!

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How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable in Today’s Culture

Disagreement usually sparks hatred. But when did disagreeing equate hating?  We, as a whole, have forgotten how to respectfully disagree.

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response to tragedy

10 ‘Somethings’ I Can Do in Response to Tragedy

In the wake of tragic events, it’s tempting to feel hopeless or point fingers at others. Here are some practical ways I can respond now.

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Ed Sheeran’s Beautiful Perspective

Whether or not Ed Sheeran recognizes it, his lyrics communicate the truth that the things of this world will never satisfy.

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The Best a Man Can Get: Warring over Masculinity

The ad is surfacing yet again, as Gillette attempts to explain billion-dollar losses this quarter. The public wonders if we need more or less masculinity.

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Showing Our Kids How to Love in a Culture Filled with Hate

“Close-minded. Unaccepting. Judgmental.” Many in our society label Christians as the most hateful people of all in a world fighting for love to win.

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wedding cake destroyed

What Miley Cyrus Teaches Us About Marriage

A catchy new song by Miley reveals a view on love that may not last a lifetime.

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I Kissed Dating Goodbye

Joshua Harris’s Heartbreaking Downfall

A millennial’s perspective on Joshua Harris’s “falling away” from the Christian faith: “I am among the generation that was shaped, both good and bad.”

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Does single equal happy?

Single Women Are Happiest and Healthiest?

Women who have never married or had children are the happiest and healthiest, I heard. I’m an unmarried woman with no children. Does single equal happy?

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Josh Harris and the Erosion of His Faith

Even the mighty fall. To some, Josh Harris was mighty. He had great influence on their spiritual formation. I hope and pray they know that the Almighty still stands.

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teens and video games

Why Your Kid Is Obsessed With Video Games

Video games offer a world for your kids where they are the ones with power. The lure is easy to see. But clearly gaming can’t satisfy these deep desires.

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kids' sports pressure

8 Ways to Destroy Your Kid Through Sports

We just want our kids to win at sports! But often in the process, we ruin their fun and train them to despise our approach to life and worldview.  

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kids and sports

5 Things Coco’s Parents Teach Us About Raising an Athletic Child

Besides her obvious talent on the tennis court, Coco demonstrated what it looks like when parents teach that there’s more going on than just the game.

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part time marriage

Why Gwyneth Paltrow’s Part-Time Marriage Only Sounds Ideal

Eight months into their marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk live in separate houses much of the time. Friends say it’s ideal. But what’s up?

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Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue Fashionably Frames Sex as Suitable Work

As the dad of a 13-year-old girl, when Teen Vogue moves from popping pimples to pushing pimps, I need to raise my hand and say, “I’m not for this.”

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Finding Freedom From Pornography

Most men would swim through shark-infested waters rather than admit our failures and weaknesses.

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a birthday wish

The Petty Prayer I Was Embarrassed to Pray

Tickets to JoJo Siwa’s sold out D.R.E.A.M. tour is all my eleven-year-old daughter wanted for her birthday. I was determined to find a way to take her.

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When Everything Is Family Nothing Is

What happens when society redefines family?  Our teenagers are sorting through the wounds of a generation’s idea that family is whatever you want it to be.

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women and respect

Should Boys and Girls Play on the Same Team?

High school wrestler Brendan Johnston explained, “I’m not really comfortable wrestling a girl.” Is this a sign of his narrow-mindedness and ego? Or respect?

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self worth

Ayesha Curry Said it For Women Everywhere

Does anybody notice me? Am I pretty enough? Good enough? Ayesha Curry’s open interview voiced concerns that most women aren’t brave enough to express.

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Self esteem and prayer

When Life Gets Tough, Self-Esteem Is Not the Answer

“Trust your heart. Believe in you.” Yet with the constant encouragement to pat ourselves on the back, the result isn’t all sunshine and cupcakes.

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second marriages

Why would Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Try Another Marriage?

This will be J. Lo’s fourth and A-Rod’s second marriage. What makes them think that this one will be the one that sticks? (We hope it does.)

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