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My First Ethics Professors: Motherly Wisdom
My First Ethics Professors: Motherly Wisdom

By: Mitch Randall
They were my first ethics professors: my mother, my grandmothers and my great-grandmothers. And these women were only the tip of the iceberg. They dried my tears, corrected my course and walked alongside me in life.

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'Chain Migration' Terminology is Attack on Families
'Chain Migration' Terminology is Attack on Families

By: Blake Hart
"Chain migration," an increasingly common term used by politicians and media, is a politicized phrase to attack efforts to reunite U.S. citizens and some lawful permanent residents with their families.

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The Easiest Gift You Can Give Someone This Christmas
The Easiest Gift You Can Give Someone This Christmas

By: Jim Kelsey
Listening to one another's stories is a gift you can give to others this holiday season. If someone tells you the same story many times, perhaps it is because that story is important to them.

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Why It's Important to Record Your Family Stories
Why It's Important to Record Your Family Stories

By: Mitch Carnell
Family stories are important. They tell who you are and where you came from. Make time to write or record your family stories. You may think no one would be interested. Think again.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together
5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together

By: Christina Embree
Many churches want to find ways to incorporate more times for families to stay together in worship, but these congregations don't know where to start. Here are 5 ways your church can make it happen.

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6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right
6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right

By:Julie Ball
In many churches, Father's Day gets scant attention while Mother's Day is a big deal. Many don't get it. Here are six ideas to help your church get it right on Father's Day and throughout the year.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due
4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due

By: Doug Dortch
Father's Day doesn't get the attention it deserves. Rather than view it as a cultural accommodation, churches can touch on the practical ways that dads might live into their God-given roles and responsibilities.

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7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul
7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul

By: Matt Sapp
Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. This information overload hits all of us. Distractedness is killing our souls, but you can take steps to turn it around.

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How Christians Can Change Culture. (Hint: It's Not Politics)
How Christians Can Change Culture. (Hint: It's Not Politics)

By: Thomas Kidd
Culture is extraordinarily complex and not susceptible to quick change, especially through politics. While evangelicals can participate in politics, we must remember that politics simply reflects culture.

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Highly Religious Americans: Happier, More Family Oriented, Regularly Volunteer
Highly Religious Americans: Happier, More Family Oriented, Regularly Volunteer

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. citizens who are "highly religious" tend to be happier, to spend time with extended family and to volunteer, a study discovered.

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What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?
What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?

By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.

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'Trumbo'
'Trumbo'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Trumbo,' a film about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, reminds us how easily we turn on those who are different from us. It's particularly interesting in light of our current political climate. (Photo: Bleeker Street Media)

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Easing the Burden on Our Stressed-Out Families
Easing the Burden on Our Stressed-Out Families

By: Matt Sapp
In our fast-paced society, you can either take care of your family financially or you can actually be there to take care of your family. For a growing percentage of the population, you can't do both.

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Inching Closer to Achieve Work-Life Balance for All
Inching Closer to Achieve Work-Life Balance for All

By: Zach Dawes
After two national politicians - one from each party - cited family priorities over their career ambitions, have we finally turned a corner toward a more productive conversation on work-life balance?

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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9 Ways to Help Children Grow Spiritually This Summer
9 Ways to Help Children Grow Spiritually This Summer

By: Robert Guffey
Summer has arrived, and it's time for kids to play and make memories. Summer also provides time to intentionally help your children - or grandchildren - engage with God's world and grow spiritually.

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Pushy Parents Discourage Children from Team Sports
Pushy Parents Discourage Children from Team Sports

By: Jon Kuhrt
Children learn many positive lessons from team sports, but two studies find children are turned off from participating when their parents behave badly at games or put on too much pressure to win.

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Family, Patriotism Strongly Influence Self-Identity
Family, Patriotism Strongly Influence Self-Identity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith is a distant third behind the influence of family and patriotism on self-identity in the United States, a recent survey conducted by The Barna Group says.

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All in the Family
How does your family stack up against Jacob’s? Do you have some of the same dynamics going on? Do you see many similarities? No one inherits a perfect family or develops flawless friendships. Every relationship has its ebb and flow. Misunderstandings are inevitable and feelings get hurt. People and circumstances change and so must relationships. This is normal and natural.
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Great Expectations
For the most part, people come to know God by observing the lives of his followers. The way we as believers arrange our priorities, spend our money, do our jobs, parent our kids, handle our challenges, problems and temptations, treat our neighbors, react to those who hurt us and respond to those in need reveals the God we worship and serve. [ ]What kind of God do people see as they observe you?
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One Truth at a Time: Creator of Community
It feels like a church service when brothers get together and remember what their parents taught them, and this, I think, is Jesus’ hope: that when we get together as brothers and sisters and remember what he taught us it will feel like a church service, and when we are what he taught us to be.[ ]It will feel like family.
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Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
By: Robert Parham
To make progress on reducing income inequality, we need to abandon either-or propositions and unite on sensible both-and solutions. 
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Jesus Calls Us to Broader Understanding of Family
Jesus Calls Us to Broader Understanding of Family
Even though many of us often hate to admit it and seek to ignore it, Scripture teaches us we are all family, connected by the same heavenly father. When will we live out that truth?
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Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Addressing the nation's only private liberal arts institution dedicated to educating African-American men, President Obama talked to graduating seniors about race and fatherhood.
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Why You Need to Give
Why You Need to Give "Duck Dynasty" a Chance
Even if you're not "Duck Dynasty's" target audience, you'll be hooked after one show. It's one of TV's funniest shows and features a family committed to each other.
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How to Cook a Turkey
Are you striving to be good in every way? Are you faithful to those who need you to be responsible? Is your love strong enough to see people through their worst times?
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A Prayer for People Who Aren’t Trying to Escape
People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pose no threat to the institution of marriage. Marriages are threatened by hypocrisy, hatefulness, and self-centeredness.
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Pope Says Comatose Can Still Feel Presence of Family
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a mother that her comatose son can feel her “presence” and “love.”
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Cookbook Preserves Family Recipes Lost in Holocaust
(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12.
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Young Mormons Advised not to Delay Marriage
(RNS) Single Mormon men who are postponing marriage should get to it right away, church President Thomas S. Monson said.
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Obama Drops Defense of Anti-gay-marriage Law
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
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State Department to Leave Mother and Father on Documents
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from records of overseas births.
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Technology Unites Missionaries, Families Around the World
(RNS) Janine Winkler loves reading books to her 2-year-old grandson Judah, but he’s usually half a world away in Nigeria.
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Poll Finds Family, not Jesus’ Birth, at Heart of Christmas
(RNS) While nearly all Americans celebrate Christmas, most focus more on family than religious traditions, a new survey shows.
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Definition of Family Shifting, Scholar Says
(RNS) The definition of who makes a family is shifting in the minds of Americans to include more same-sex couples, new research shows.
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Catholic Adoption Agency Loses Fight over Gay Parents
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
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Calif. Judge Lifts Stay, Permits Gays to Marry Aug. 18
(RNS) Same-sex couples can begin marrying in California again on Aug. 18 pending another appeal.
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Study Finds Prayer Aids Relationships
(RNS) The old adage “couples who pray together stay together” may be true, especially for African-Americans.
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British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
The British government's new family policy will acknowledge the importance of marriage, highlighting how much better children fare if their parents stay together.
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Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Advocates of quiverfull theology believe any kind of contraception or any desire to prevent the conception of a child during the coital act is a sin against God. Here are eight ways they miss the target.
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Flash Forward: Sushi Dinner Foreshadows Family's Future
Flash Forward: Sushi Dinner Foreshadows Family's Future
A dad, in town on business, took his freshman daughter out to dinner. As I watched them share tapas and sushi, I leaped 20 years into the future when I'll be picking up the check for my own daughter.
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Abusers Distort Bible to Justify Domestic Violence
Abusers Distort Bible to Justify Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is still shockingly common and found too often in the church. Such violence is not an issue of anger management or marital strife; it is ultimately a matter of power.
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Face in the Crowd: One of the Uninsured Millions
Face in the Crowd: One of the Uninsured Millions
The phrase "30 million uninsured Americans" doesn't really connect with those of us who have access to health care unless we know an uninsured American. I did. He was my father.
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Dealing With Son's Prison Sentence Only Way I Know How
Dealing With Son's Prison Sentence Only Way I Know How
Where do you start to explain how the high school quarterback, the kid most everybody from his hometown really liked, could end up breaking our hearts? Two words sum it up.
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The Family's DNA
There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, coercive about what I’m going to invite you to do now. It’s just this: in silence to recognize and to focus on your Ultimate Parent who makes you a part of an all-inclusive family, whose DNA is love, to recognize that God is strengthening you through the power of God’s Spirit to be a lover and someone who has the capacity to care not just for yourself but for others, to receive Christ into your heart again today, to let his DNA work within you so that you can recover and reclaim your own essential DNA, and to recognize, through the eyes of faith, that you are being rooted and grounded in love.
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Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-role ideology significantly impacts how evangelical families communicate, a study says. Egalitarians focus on conversation; complementarians on conformity.
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Seminary Heads' Answer to Declining Baptisms: Have More Kids
Seminary Heads' Answer to Declining Baptisms: Have More Kids
Southern Baptists have watched their baptism totals decline, and two seminary presidents know who's to blame. The birthrate has also been declining among Baptist families. These leaders think Baptists need to have more kids.
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Who is this Family?
If we truly believe in Christ, it has to include prayer because we want to talk to Christ. We want to know how Christ would lead us. If you are including on your short list the things that are absolutely essential for church, be sure to include relationships because there is no church without the relationships of common believers and believers who share together, people who lift each other up, people who pray for one another and encourage each other. Not one single person among us has everything that we need to be the Christian that God has called us to be. But when you start putting us together, I find that what I lack is made up by somebody else. What you lack is made up by someone else. We all come together and find that God gives us the resources to be who he has called us to be.
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Be Creative and Pastoral in Financial Crunch
Be Creative and Pastoral in Financial Crunch
We all run current events through filters. Take the economy. When we heard of a recession on both coasts, we Texans barely raised an eyebrow. Our economy was robust and diverse. When the market crashed and the recession hit our state, we began paying attention.
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Everybody Was Somebody to Studs Terkel
Everybody Was Somebody to Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel was born to a Russian Jewish tailor, Samuel Terkel, and Anna Finkelin in New York City. They moved to Chicago when he was a boy. Elder Terkel and his wife ran a boarding house where Studs met people from everywhere and cultivated an interest in all types of people.
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Know What Matters Most to You
Know What Matters Most to You
Recently, I endured a bit of "down time" as I recovered from surgery. My normal routine seldom provides much in the way of down time. I can't say I enjoyed the experience, but it did have an up side: With time on my hands, I began to reflect on what matters most to me.
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Starving on Plenty
Starving on Plenty
Living in this great land of opportunity might make the temptations more attractive, but it also provides great possibilities for incredible transformations. We can make healthier choices for our lives, more loving choices for our communities and more caring and serving choices for our neighbors.
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Caution Needed on the Information Superhighway
Once, we just taught our children to look both ways before crossing the street. The busy intersections available on the Internet are proving just as dangerous. While none of us would want to go back to the horse and buggy, we also have learned the importance of safety precautions.
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Roaches and Rats: A Nativity Reflection
I must have been about three years old when this image was burned into my mind, and probably it will be the last thing I recall when I lay on my death bed as an old man.
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Church as Family
What do you think of when you hear the term church?
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Confusion Reigns for Southern Baptist Professor
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., actually does know why husbands abuse their wives.
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Show Me a Sexist; I'll Show You a Racist
Ah! The good old days--when men were men and women were kept in the kitchen; when being white was right for America.
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Speaker Chastised Over Criticism of 'Biblical Patriarchy' at SBC Seminary
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
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Life Lessons From Father to Son
After 31 years as a parent you would think I would have some sense of competence about the task. Well, I don't. If anything, as time goes along, I feel more perplexed than ever.
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Moderate Leader Says Huckabee Lied About SBC Statement on Wifely Submission
Baptist Press reported that Mike Huckabee said he "stands by" a Southern Baptist statement on wifely submission, but a moderate leader says the former Arkansas governor misrepresented what the statement really says in last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
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Huckabee Linked to Controversial Bible Teacher Bill Gothard
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has ties to a controversial Bible teacher known for authoritarian views that critics say border on spiritual abuse.
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The More Things Change, the More They Change: A Christmas Memoir
As a child I would go to bed on Christmas Eve so excited I could hardly sleep. Of course, part of the problem was that the last words I heard from Mama before I went to bed were "Go to sleep now; Santa Claus won't come if you're awake." So I went to bed terrified that I wouldn't be able to sleep and certain that if I didn't sleep then there would be no gifts for me.
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Southern Baptist Study Puts Women in Their Place
In 2000 the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines with theological arguments including women cannot be pastors and wives must submit to their husbands. Next year those controversies come to local churches in a new study by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Pastor Accused of Domestic Violence Resigns
A Southern Baptist pastor charged last month with domestic violence after a fight with his wife resigned from his Atlanta-area church on Sunday, according to media reports.
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