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When Teachers Contradict Christianity: What To Say To Your Child

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Friday Parent Focus

Last Friday I spoke on dealing with the schools when they undermine the faith. There’s one more person involved that I didn’t mention: your child. What do you tell your child when teachers contradict Christianity?

Suppose your child were in a classroom where the teacher said the Bible is a book of fables. Suppose also the teacher retracted that statement, strictly on the grounds that it’s illegally discriminatory for him to say that in class. Your child would still wonder whether …


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When Your Child’s School Undermines Christian Faith

Friday, May 10th, 2013

My daughter came home from school one day in eighth grade and said, “My history teacher told us Christianity is a myth like all the other religions.”

It’s a common enough thing to hear in the public schools. What does a parent do when their child’s school undermines Christian faith?

Too Much Experience

We had a lot of experience dealing with teachers and administrators. Some might say we had too much experience. One of our children was bullied repeatedly. Though the worst of it wasn’t …


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Why Young People Leave the Faith

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Leaving Home, Leaving the Faith

Last time in this series we talked about one great way to help our children remain connected to life in Christ as they leave home: give them a multi-generational experience of that life as they’re growing up. Now for some discussion on why young people leave the faith.

Top-quality research indicates there is one great (?) way above all to discourage students …


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The Great Commission and Your Children

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

One of my daughter’s best friends is an Olympic hopeful gymnast. I went to one of her meets earlier this year, and sat with her parents for part of it. After her balance beam performance I asked her dad what it was like watching his daughter on that apparatus. He said something like, “I can’t stand to watch. And I can’t stand not to watch.”

His daughter won the competition that day, first place all-around. Needless to say, the dad was very proud.

I have …


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Wrong, By Any Human Standard

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

There are certain things we can all agree on.

We don't agree on whether extreme public sexual expression is immoral. We don't agree on what constitutes “extreme.” We really disagree on the ethics of same-sex “marriage.”

But we do agree in holding science in high esteem. For the most part we hold scientists in high esteem, not just for their contribution to knowledge but because they're generally trustworthy.

I'm sure we could also agree that one of the great virtues of the sciences is their …

 

“America’s War On Children”

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

David Marshall is an outstanding writer, both in print and on his blog. But this is exceptional: America's War on Children:

….it is the duty of the Church to call our nation to repentance, nonetheless.

That sin is no longer racial, but generational.

We are gravely sinning against our children.

The issue that comes to mind for many Christians, when I say that, will be abortion. But let me propose that abortion, including partial-birth abortion, is not the only or maybe even …

 

When There Are No Experts

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

My current column at BreakPoint begins,

The age of the expert is reaching a limit.

Not long ago an advocate for same-sex “marriage” challenged me to prove scientifically that growing up in a household led by a same-sex couple was harmful to children. “I’m not sure we have any data to show it’s harmful,” I told him. “But if you think you can take comfort from that, you had better think again.”

Why? This time there are no experts.

 

Two Steps From Reasonable About Marriage

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Stephen Heaney at Public Discourse: Two Steps From Reasonable About Marriage. Good reading for anyone who has ever doubted marriage and child-bearing belong together.

 

SSM: Reason and the Religious Divide Part 4: Children

Monday, May 14th, 2012

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series SSM, Reason, and Religion

I expect that this, the final post in this series, may also be the most controversial. In these  articles I’ve been trying to do two things:

Demonstrate that there are non-religious reasons to reject same-sex “marriage,” and Answer the question, “If rejecting SSM isn’t all about religion, then why are SSM’s opponents so overwhelmingly members of conservative religions?”

This post will focus on one …

 

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