Parenthood, disability, ethics, and the crooked way of grace
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I’m all for trashing traditions that give us only glitz, gluttony, and maxed-out credit cards. But many of the traditions that get a bad rap, including these five, remain cherished by our family each year.
The core message of Wholehearted Living is that while our families and responsibilities will sometimes pull us in a million directions or make us feel that we've handed out so much of ourselves to other people that there's very little left for us, we c...
Three perspectives on why holiday gifts and giving traditions need to be thoughtful, meaningful, and tweaked in a way that makes sense for the particular blend of personalities and histories that make up our unique families.
The sight of a Christmas tree strapped onto a car roof awakens all kinds of anticipation for me; at this time of year, even the mind-numbing routine of driving my kids around is made delightful by the sight of lighted trees and electric candles in people’s windows, and strings of lights adorning outdoor trees and [Read More...]
Christmas is about the material illuminating the immaterial, about intangible spiritual truths being revealed through tangible physical things. God doesn't reveal the love and grace at the heart of the universe by beaming deep thoughts into our brains....
Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on whether the Federal Drug Administration would approve human clinical [Read More...]