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All prayers welcome »

All over the country, kids are getting ready to go back to school. In some parts of the country, school has already started.

It’s a time of anticipation, nerves, and, in many cases, negotiating a new school. This means seeing old friends, making new friends and facing new teachers.

I have covered every angle of back

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Give us eyes to see »

Lately, after what seems to be horrific social behavior or political faux pas, we offer a barrage of side criticisms. Everyone is a Monday-morning analyst.

Our criticisms can be sparked by almost anything we read or hear about in the media. For example, lately the Olympics in Rio gave us Gabby Douglas and Read More »


Is our shame indignation out of control? »

Let me start by being clear.

Under no circumstances do I feel anyone should have the right to make comments about the way another person looks, dresses, parents, expresses their indignation at injustice or [insert the next shaming hot topic here].

It’s not acceptable in a public space or forum, behind that person’s back in the company

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Perfect timing »

My husband and I are expecting our first child. Two different doctors told us after three consecutive miscarriages, in vitro fertilization (IVF) would be our only option if we wanted to have a baby. Well, here we are, four months into a healthy pregnancy without medical intervention. (Knock on wood.)

Months before I announced this

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How do you relax? »

So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:3).

The old saying goes: “Man may work from sun to sun but woman’s work is never done.” Too often, I find this saying to be true. While the

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Human trafficking is hidden slavery »

by Elizabeth McKay

A hush fell over the room. A visiting speaker began to talk about the 300,000 girls, boys and women who live in our communities and are victims of human trafficking every year in the United States. It’s not as uncommon as we might like to believe.

When our visiting speaker said that

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Racism conversations over mac & cheese »

by Collette Broady Grund

“Ollie, I want to talk to you about something important,” I said, and my 6-year-old son’s eyes got wide as he shoveled a huge spoonful of macaroni and cheese into his mouth.

“Did you hear what Marrett and I were talking about this morning at breakfast? About people getting killed?”

He nodded, and

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Layers of memories »

To look at the tree in my friend’s backyard, you wouldn’t think it was anything special. But to my friend and her family, the tree honors the life of one who was miscarried.

The family planted a sapling in memory of one who was not.

Over time the tree has also sheltered many birds and a

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