Two Pentecostal parents from Philadelphia watched two of their sons die from treatable diseases because they believe in faith healing. Now the couple has been sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.
Some people in our culture want too much out of a marriage partner. They do not see marriage as two flawed people coming together to create a space of stability, love and consolation, a “haven in a heartless world,” as Christopher Lasch describes it. Rather, they are looking for someone who will accept them as they are, complement their abilities and fulfill their sexual and emotional desires. This will indeed require a woman who is “a novelist/astronaut with a background in fashion modeling,” and the equivalent in a man.
There are no real circumstances truly hindering us from making a difference, whether it’s in the lives of two people or 2 million, whether through giving of our time, talents, money, influence or whatever else. If we search deep down in our hearts for the true reasons we choose not to engage toward making an impact, I believe we’ll find petty, avoidable circumstances with no depth to them. Here are just a few of those reasons:
A few months back I wrote about how to start an affair. I was saddened by the overwhelming response that I received because the sheer number indicates just how prevalent marital infidelity is. Today, I want to follow up on How to Have an Affair by sharing some of the most important lessons I have learned about overcoming an affair. These lessons are specifically aimed at the betrayed spouse; however, I believe many of them will also apply to the spouse who has truly repented of his or her actions.
In his book, No Little People, Francis Schaeffer warns against the fight toward perfection when he states, if we insist on perfection or nothing, we get nothing every time. There is a piece of me that would love to claim the title of Perfect Mom, and I am sure that you would too. It would be such an honor, such a crown. But since Perfect is well beyond grasp, why not strive for Good Mom? I am.
Add one more striking statistic to the debate over the pro-life movement's impact on America after four decades of advocacy. With abortion clinics closing at record rates as abortions hit near-record lows and state restrictions hit near-record highs, a respected report released today reveals that U.S. abortions have dropped to their lowest rate since 1973—the year the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.
I am not an overly romantic person, and that's good, because my husband isn't the type, either. And that's okay with us. If he was to sit down, at candlelight, look into my eyes, and recite poetry, we'd both end up laughing. We love candlelight, but we have never been what I would call romance lovers.
Over the years I've become convinced that some of the so-called charismatic gifts are no longer given and that they aren't a regular feature of life in the church. I am thinking particularly of the the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, tongues, healing, and miracles (and perhaps discernment of spirits).
Our first discussion about the new Colorado law that legalizes marijuana began with my daughter asking, "What's that smell?" It forced a conversation we needed to have anyway about marijuana, its effects on behavior, and the new laws that might make that smell more common. "You mean it might smell like this all the time?" The only response I could offer was, "I don't know."