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Either you’re in God’s will or you’re not. While many folks find comfort in such black-and-white thinking, it also allows them to hurt and harm whole groups of people. A little cognitive dissonance can be good for your soul. […] Read More

Youth hockey leagues in Canada train their adult volunteers how to work with transgender and gender nonconforming kids. Why can’t church volunteers learn similar lessons to use in the youth room or the Sunday School classroom? […] Read More

When our adult son told us he was gay, we knew he was made unique to God’s plan and not condemned. Our family, secular friends and some Christian friends affirmed him. Our greatest disappointment was the response of the church. […] Read More

Here’s to us. Those of us with less than adequate mothers. Who felt the pain of betrayal and loss. You chose to survive, to thrive and to love well. Congratulations on transcending your family trauma. Cheers! […] Read More

When Christian teens in the U.S. need guidance, advice or spiritual conversation, they seek out one person more than all others, a study found. Their moms. […] Read More

One opposed slavery and became an advocate for peace, another an advocate for clean and healthy living for all women, and the third wanted a time for reflection and gratitude for what moms should be. And they’re all Mother’s Day heroes. […] Read More

Many criticize younger generations as perpetually lazy, overly sensitive and naïve. Nothing could be further from the truth. The church should start listening to them and begin to encourage their leadership. […] Read More

Mother’s Day is a day of joy and pain. Pastors and churches must realize that not everyone has the same perspective and experience. For some, the holiday is downright painful to celebrate. […] Read More

While churches rightly celebrate the birth of a child, they must also make space for those who suffer from postpartum mood disorders to receive support without guilt. Churches must shift how they talk about mental health. […] Read More

Even though everyone has the right to an education, we take literacy and education for granted in the U.S. In many Central American countries, however, literacy rates are low at approximately 75 percent. […] Read More