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In Praise of Slow Courtship (and Country Music) Part I

I’d like to take a few moments to praise dating slowly (and country music). Please allow me a few clarifications: I’m not advocating you kiss dating goodbye and I am not calling you back to a premodern state of chaperones, parlors, and carriages. Rather, I am coming against the haste of the modern Christian march to marriage and advocating for…

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Do You Want to be Content?

Do you want to be content? Take a moment to ponder. . . really, do you want to be content? Do you want to be in the rat race of more, more, more, or on the quiet road of contentment? Do you want to be always affected by circumstance, or content whatever the circumstance? Do you want to control it…

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Danger in “The One”

When we’re young (and often as we age), we dream of how some day “the one” will sweep us off our feet, be our absolute “soulmate,”and make us blissfully happy forever after. It’s what our romantic comedies are all about—that one person we’ve all been waiting for. Do a simple internet search, and everyone is thinking and writing about it.…

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We’re Really Not That Different. . .

Last Sunday morning, across the world, many were out shopping on a regular day during the holidays. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a huge explosion took 250 of their lives. 250 lives taken in a moment. The location was Baghdad, the holiday Ramadan, and the explosion was claimed by ISIS. The first report was 150 lives, and I was dismayed. Dismayed…

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What is a Woman’s Highest Calling?

She sat across from me in my office, trying to decide what to do next—grad school or get married. And then she said it. “Well, a woman’s highest calling is to be a wife and mother…” I was a little taken aback. At the time I was single, in my mid-thirties, completing a PhD. If she was right, I’d not…

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