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Redefining “Fruitful”: Is Procreation a Divine Mandate?

I have an article in the latest issue of Sojourners magazine, looking at fresh theology questioning the oh-so-American notion that traditional nuclear families consisting of a heterosexual couple and biological or adopted children is God’s ideal. What if, in fact, the New Testament undermines the primacy of biological family, rather than holding it up as ideal? What [Read More...]

“Why don’t you just adopt?” is the wrong question to ask infertile couples. Here’s why.

In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, I’m reposting this piece, originally published on Amy Julia Becker’s blog in 2011 (when it was hosted by Patheos). My friend Rachel Stone also has a post at Sojourners this week on infertility and the role of the church.  Thirteen years ago, my husband and I went through an emotional, expensive, [Read More...]

Natural Family Planning Isn’t the Only Ethical Option for Christians: Why I Chose an IUD

As I cradled my third newborn in his first hours of life, I was seized by a single, overwhelming thought: Never again. I could not possibly have another baby. My “never again” was more than a wearily satisfied observation that our family now felt complete. My “never again” was a desperate plea, tinged with panic, [Read More...]

Have One Child or Many, Just Don’t Plan on Getting What You Expect

Whether you choose to have one child or many, the children you end up with, and your willingness to embrace them no matter how they differ from the children you expected, will be the most important outcomes of your childbearing decisions.

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