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Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

A Struggle for the Nation’s Moral Center
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the United States, people of faith are on the front lines of the effort to replace life-without-parole sentences for children with age-appropriate accountability measures that focus on rehabilitatio ...

Two Children Killed in Afghanistan by NATO Forces
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

THIS JUST IN — horrific news from our friends in Kabul. Over the weekend two kids, age 7 and 8, were killed by NATO forces while herding cattle in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. ...

Why You Should Pray Like a Six-Year-Old Boy
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of honesty with God in our prayers. Stifling that honesty in ourselves or in our children by demanding that he or she pray for world peace instead of an awesome Chris ...

I'm An A-Hole Dad
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

My son, Mattias, is a charmer. As introverted and crowd-averse as I am, he feeds off the energy of a group. His uncle Matt calls him “Slumdog Millionaire” because he’s convinced that, if you dropped him in the ...

What Comes After the Grief?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants. WILL THE MASSACRE at Sandy ...

Forgetting the Children of Sandy Hook: How We’ve Become the Friends of Job
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

In tragedy, I have learned that it is always at the moment we begin to talk that the people who need our care the most are forgotten. In other words, I fear we have become the friends of Job, trying to explain ...

Five Children’s Questions About the Sandy Hook Tragedy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

I have little to add to the Sandy Hook conversation at a certain level, but I have heard questions from many children, some from my own kids. I thought I’d offer some responses I’ve shared. ...

What We Parents Must Do
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Our deepest question now is whether what happed on Friday — and what has focused the attention of the entire nation — will touch the nation’s soul or just make headlines for a few days. ...

Kids Say the Profoundest Things
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The week of Christmas had always been an exciting time for my friends, my brothers, and me. We knew we would wake up on Christmas morning and find video games, toys, basketballs, clothes, and all of the things ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

Why I Let My Children Play With Elves
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

I have a great deal of respect for the desire to keep the focus on Jesus and his birth at this time of year. And, yet, I allow my children … I encourage them even … to believe in Santa. ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

“What’s your greatest fear about having another baby?” I don’t think Amy was just goading me when she asked me this back in the early stages of impending double fatherhood, but she knows we’re both pretty goo ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Helping Billy Inherit the Earth
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

I want my student to see that the things that make him different are the things that make him unique. Those traits can help him build a more humane world for all of us. But it's hard for a 7-year-old, or ...

Education and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jan Resseger Julie Polter An advocate for public education argues that trying to make ...

They're Not Racist. They Just Don't Know.
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

My sons, ages 13 and 10, spend two evenings each week on a golf course because I parent out of my own personal brokenness, which includes an acute awareness of life experiences and skills I was not exposed to ...

'We Have a Long Way to Go'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes, talks about ...

Living Letters
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Is America a place where she really can become an architect, a lawyer or anything she wants to become? And will the schools prepare her? Odeth is a living letter to me and to you. Her life asks a vital questio ...

The Sound of Learning
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The dangers that swirl around her come from gender stereotypes that threaten to curb her scientific interests. I worry that she will internalize the myth that boys are good in math and science and girls are n ...

Kids Hit Hard By Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count. USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count: ...

The Age of Innocence: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Originally Posted: 07/22/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

I liked this film so much I've already seen it twice. "Moonrise Kingdom" is so good, in fact, I almost couldn't bring myself to write about it for fear of not doing it justice. ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Breaking the Bubble Wrap
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Magazine Article

David M. Csinos and Brian D. McLaren We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to ...

'Croon Her to Sleep with Freedom Songs'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick The goal of social justice parenting is not to produce the "right" kind of child—it is to create an environ ...

Gardeners of Youth
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Maresca Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage. We who nurture the life of children co ...

One Deadly Infection, Two Healthy Babies, and Three Broken Legs (or, how Government Healthcare Totally Saved My Behind)
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Brace yourselves. I’m about to step on a soapbox. Much as I’d like to go all armchair-Constitutional-scholar and argue that access to affordable health care SHOULD be in the same category as education, fire-fi ...

A New Low: Targeting American Children
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Even as we await the Supreme Court’s ruling on states’ rights to pass their own immigration laws, Senate Republicans are arguing for two sets of federal legislation even worse than the worst state bills. Thes ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Princess Pop Tarts and LEGO Waffles: The Dangers of Marketing Food to Children
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is a dangerous marketing strategy when it comes to food and our children. No, it’s not “sugar” or “fat” or even promotions of “low sugar” or “low fat." Most of the food-marketing ploys aimed at kids ...

Protecting Children From Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund remind us in Protect Children Not Guns 2012 that 5,740 children and teens were killed by guns in 2008 and 2009. The e-ma ...

A Decade After War, Sierra Leone Still Struggling to Find Peace
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

In the aftermath of former Liberian president, Charles Taylor's conviction for war crimes this week, author Greg Campbell writes for The Atlantic that the children of neighboring Sierra Leone still suffer ...

Tackling Hunger a Moral, Security, Economic Imperative
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Members of the G8 announced its commitment to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition which will seek to “lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained a ...

Motherly-ness: Shaping a Woman's Soul
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

However, the question I got in that class made me think of why we should be celebrating Mother’s Day in church and how far the church has to go yet in how we “handle” motherhood. How we talk about it, how we h ...

A Hundred Hidden Kisses (Day Five)
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

It sounds strange to say that Amy leaves well, but it’s true. She’s way better at it than I am. And at least now, glancing in the rearview, I can see why it’s a good skill to have. ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

Hearts in the Trash (Day Two)
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that packing all the belongings you need for at least three months into the back of a Prius is a challenge. Of course, being a guy it’s the kind of challenge that makes life worth living. Anyone w ...

Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:03am | Type: Blog

It was remarkable to me, with a little bit of healthy distance, how similar the two situations ended up being. Though in one, the fit was about mourning the loss of some ideal that might have been (but probabl ...

The Hoola Hoop Mission
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It’s a simple joy – hoola hooping. And that seems to be the reason Carissa Caricato left her job to travel the world. A few years ago when Carissa traveled to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts, she brought a few hoops to share with the children. A ...

An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

Earth Mother: My Definition of Pro-Life
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

As a pro-life Catholic Mother, I am amazed that I am being accused of being a part of the far left environmentalist movement with the implied insidious goal of hijacking the term 'pro-life' to furthe ...

Vatican to Hold Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and prote ...

When It Comes to Welfare Reform, Britain is Not So Great
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

My hope is that, thanks to courage and action from the church and others in the UK, the government will realize that there is more to governing that simply balancing the books. Ga ...

Here?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Abayea Pelt Human trafficking happens around the world -- and right down the street. A Washington, D.C. organization works to save girls ...

Collateral Murder and Preemptive Love
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:58am | Type: Blog

Today I was catching up on emails and came across two messages that deeply affected me, maybe because I read them back-to-back. Today I was catching up on emails and came across ...