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Let’s talk about sex (and God)

“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back…

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Being human

When my youngest daughter was born, she came out crying. The doctor said, “It’s a girl!” but my daughter just cried at the sound…

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Dealing with sin

Why would any Christian in his or her right mind listen to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18:15-17? Why would any of us even dare…

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Do you have a spiritual house cleaner?

For Christmas, my husband contacted a friend who has a cleaning business and surprised me with six months of housecleaning. Now, before I get…

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Sins of the sons

I know about pain that doesn’t go away. I wrote a book about it. I’m writing about it again, but not because of my…

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Planning for marriage

As many brides are putting the finishing details on their dream weddings, two economics professors from Emory University are sounding a caution. In their…

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Do you think of me differently now?

We sat across from each other in a moment of silence. He had just shared with me some personal struggles. He was confused and…

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An ode to the guy from the bathroom

I wish you would’ve met Charles. I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall…

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What I learned from “The Sex Talks”

This past October, I talked in church about sex. For four straight weeks. If you’re doing the sermon math, that was over two hours…

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I hope we’re that kind of elderly couple

Do you like to watch people? People are fascinating, aren’t they? And you see all sorts of them. I especially like watching elderly couples….