The responses continue to come in from my “Just-for-Fun Sex” and “Blaming Women” blog posts. It has even occasioned some rather brisk debates between the men and women in our office. One of our female staffers has a college-aged son who rolled his eyes at her and told her that everybody in his world is having sex. She was afraid to ask about him.
Reacting to my comment that husbands and fathers need to make their wives and daughters feel... Read More
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” according to personal development guru Jim Rohn.
Do you agree?
I pretty much do. However, I don’t agree with the implication of that quote, which is to shield yourself from people who are “less” than you or who will bring you down.
As a Christian, I struggle with that idea. I read the Bible and see God’s writers warning us against associating with certain kinds of people,... Read More
What color did you see?
The latest Internet sensation—asking what color #thedress was—had everyone chiming in. People were stunned that what they saw was not what their family and friends saw. How could you not see what I see, whether it was black and blue, white and gold, or some other color variation?
Scientists explained the phenomenon. It has to do with light and reflection and how your brain processes it. Apparently we all see color slightly differently—but this one... Read More
Dear Mamas of little ones,
I sat behind you in church this week.
I saw you struggle with holding two kiddos because the one in your arms wasn’t happy when another one wanted to join.
I saw your son completely messing up your hair.
I saw you and your husband hand the toddler (who had a cold) back and forth because he couldn’t decide which lap he liked best.
I saw the look on your face as you jumped up... Read More
Christian blogger Veronica Partridge never expected she’d strike a chord for a blog post about leggings, but when the post went viral, she ended up on Good Morning America.
In her post “Why I Chose to No Longer Wear Leggings,” Veronica, a young mom and wife, says that she decided to stop wearing leggings in public after a conversation with her husband. Despite being a godly man, he admitted it’s almost impossible not to look when another woman sports skintight... Read More
“Race, the Rawest Nerve” was the title of a series in my hometown paper some years ago. Race-based slavery is the most shameful part of our nation’s history, and racial disparities in American life may still be the rawest nerve in our political and cultural life today.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest events in America’s raw racial history—the assassination of Malcolm X. Malcolm grew up in a Baptist family, converted to the Nation of... Read More
My blog post from a couple weeks ago drew quite a bit of comment, some of it critical. After reading the comments, I realize that I have left some completely erroneous impressions, ideas directly contrary to my intent and beliefs. Let me speak to these issues again in greater depth and, I hope, greater clarity.
There is absolutely no excuse, ever, for rape or forced sexual behavior of any kind. Ever. Males who do this should be punished to the... Read More
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie just came out in theaters this weekend, grossing an estimated $94,400,000 (Grey being the last name of the main character).
Maybe you’ve already seen it, or maybe you’re still deciding. When the book first came out a few years ago, I resisted reading it for quite a while until I felt left out of conversation and my curiosity got the best of me. I checked it out from the library and almost immediately opened it, right to... Read More
My heart hurts. While the frenzied vaccine debate rages on social media, people who love Jesus are making comments that leave me almost speechless. It’s easy enough to find really spiteful ones, but I’m sharing only the mild ones here:
“People who don’t vaccinate are stupid.”
“People who vaccinate are blindly doing what they’re told.”
“Vaccinate your child or we can’t be friends.”
“Can we please just have a child care center for only unvaccinated children?”
Whether you are a... Read More
Valentine’s Day in elementary school was one of the most-anticipated days of every school year. I am not the type to hold onto a lot of things for sentimental value, but I still have my Valentine mailbox from fourth grade. It was a shoe box I decorated so carefully at home with all the craftiness I could muster, complete with an opening cut in the top (which I’m sure my mom probably cut out for me). I still remember my... Read More