Family Life
December 13, 2017

Bedtime Confession

One of the songs I sing to my son at bedtime is “Black Honey” by Thrice. I’ve listed the lyrics below, along with the conversation that ensued. He is V,…

Family Life
December 13, 2017

Four Great Christmas Books for Young Children

I have a big red bin full of books I pull out only during Advent and Christmas time. It includes silly ones about melting snowmen, and a couple of those…

Faith
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Sloppy Christianity

“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4 Walking in a life filled with the…

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The Veil Grows Thin

The words are familiar ones, thanks in large part to their inclusion in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Linus recites it to America every year on national television. It’s Luke chapter…

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Seek First the Kingdom

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