“Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born, was a hit song from the moment it debuted last year. So much so, that it’s still getting attention in 2019. This song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,1 and on March 4th, it took the number-one spot for Billboard’s Hot 100.2 Why does our culture love this song? Maybe it’s the stunning vocals that give chills. Or… Read More →Looking for Meaning in “Shallow”
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains major plot points for the film Avengers: Endgame] Avengers: Endgame is an amazing success, making 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend,¹ concluding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten-year, twenty-two-movie long “Infinity Saga.” And while all of its characters and stories are extraordinary, the main themes of each movie are perfectly ordinary, such as love, loss, and family. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers are more than just superhero teams,… Read More →Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family
This week’s video by Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason makes an important point about the biblical definition of marriage. Shlemon shows how Jesus confirms, exclusively, the Old Testament view of marriage, thus leaving all other forms of sex and marriage outside the biblical view. Furthermore, Shlemon suggests that it doesn’t make sense to have mixed feelings about Christians and the church and still think Jesus is “cool” on this issue, because the traditional view… Read More →Jesus on the Definition of Marriage
This recent article on The Stream by Eric Metaxas hits home some interesting points about manhood. Metaxas thinks through a time a few months ago when Kanye West spoke from the Oval Office about his own family experiences that have lacked “male energy.” Metaxas discusses how the concepts of male and female have been deconstructed so much by culture, conjoined with the many fatherless households across the country, has left countless individuals longing for a… Read More →Who Are Our Heroes?
According to one source, every 13 seconds someone in the United States files for divorce.1 Though the divorce rate has been declining for years, about 50% of children will still see their parents getting divorced in their lifetime.2 These statistics are devastating and should be cause for lament. Of course, the effect on the man and woman is terrible, but children also experience great pain, confusion, and heartache when their parents separate. While giving music… Read More →When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t
This article by Tim Barnett offers parents a creative, engaging way to start teaching their children to think critically. Tim discusses how he watches a video from PragerU with his oldest daughter every night before bed, because their captivating, bite-sized content can really be a catalyst for interesting conversations. As Tim notes, this strategy may not work for every kid, but it’s one potential way to start engaging the minds of your kids from a young… Read More →Teaching Your Kids to Think
How do we equip our children to handle challenging questions? Author and apologist Natasha Crain offers answers for parents from her book, Keeping Your Kids On God’s Side.
What does it take for our children to follow Christ in a hostile world? Author and apologist Natasha Crain speaks directly to parents in this week’s interview, sharing practical advice on empowering kids to stand strong in their faith.
I love reading to my kids, in part because I only read books that I enjoy too. Reading together has made us better, and sharing stories has grown our family’s intimacy. I’d like to share some books that I’ve enjoyed reading and my kids have enjoyed hearing.
Alex McFarland teaches parents to begin fulfilling their vital role in teaching their children about the Christian faith as he shares about his latest book, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Have About God & Christianity.
What’s the best practical advice a parent, teacher, or pastor can give a 20-something today? According to one researcher, telling him or her not to hold off on marriage is a good place to start. Despite cultural pressure for millennials to put off matrimony and “take advantage” of their 20s, W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, says the science tells a different story.
More young Americans than ever are kicking cans down the road instead of dragging them from their bumpers. In other words, they’re putting off marriage for ever longer periods of time, creating long-term problems for those who don’t wait to have sex and lengthening temptation for those who do wait, especially 20-something Christians. How can the body of Christ support young couples and those in their 20s who are single?