Jim Daly

CP Contributor

Why Focus Is Reviewing 'Fifty Shades'

After much soul searching, Focus on the Family's media discernment arm, Plugged In, decided to review this film. Paul Asay explains why in a post on the Plugged In Blog. Here's some of what he had to say:

Why Are These Christian Women Reading Porn?

One of our nation's leading Christian publishers conducted a survey asking respondents to name the most influential book they had read in the past year. A startling number of women – Christian women – said "Fifty Shades of Grey" was their favorite book of the year.

Two Tips for Surviving Your Kids' Middle School Years

As your child enters adolescence, your parenting approach will likely have to shift into a few different gears. There's a lot going on, after all. Not only is the whirlwind of puberty at your child's doorstep, but his or her world is shifting. Family often becomes an afterthought, while friends and independence take top priority.

This Is the No. 1 Way to Improve Your Marriage

You've probably noticed that you and your spouse don't always see eye-to-eye. Maybe he talks too much – or not enough. She feels hot while you're shivering cold. Or maybe leaving early is rare because your spouse is always running late.

Was Atlanta's Fire Chief Fired Over His Faith?

Welcome to 2015. We are, indeed, living in a new era, where the mores and cultural norms are quickly shifting beneath our feet. When a person is labeled "anti-gay" for simply believing what our faith teaches, we know we've entered new territory.

Do You Agree With These Parents' Decision to 'Cancel' Christmas?

When John and Lisa Henderson grew weary of the poor behavior of their three boys, ages 5, 8, and 11, the couple decided upon a radical remedy. They decided to "cancel" Christmas. After months of working with their boys to help them curb a growing sense of entitlement and bad behavior, the parents decided to take the money they would have spent on presents and instead "put it towards service projects and giving gifts to others."

How to Break Free From a Troubled Past

We've all suffered heartache. Even if we grew up in a loving home, we were raised by imperfect people who made mistakes, no matter how well-intentioned they may have been. So none of us escapes completely unscathed. It's the reality of being born into a fallen world.

3 Ways to Cherish the Differences in Your Spouse

They say opposites attract. And at first, the differences are what make each other loveable. That's why the introvert marries an extrovert. The spender decides to get hitched with someone who's really thrifty. But after the wedding comes… life. And what was once cute is now irritating.

How to Have a Happier Family

On a recent program, the first in our two-part broadcast, "Game Plan for Having a Happier Family," our guest, author Dr. Kevin Leman, challenged parents with something of a brainteaser: Imagine your 14-year-old son announces he just gave the $200 he earned last summer to his buddy.

How Couples Can Work Through PTSD

Yesterday I wrote about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the perspective of military marriages – what might couples expect after a war veteran returns home. Today I'm continuing this two-part series by sharing how couples can work through PTSD in a way that will make the marriage stronger than it ever was before.

Why Are These Pastors Being Threatened With Fines of $1,000 Per Day?

People of faith do not forfeit their freedoms of speech and religion when they go into business. Public accommodations laws that elevate homosexual behavior to a protected status have been used to punish churches, wedding photographers, bakers, florists, wedding venues, faith-based adoption agencies, and even t-shirt makers in various states for refusing to participate in or promote an event or message that violated their conscience.

The Four Best Places to Raise Your Kids

MONEY magazine recently released its list of "Best Places to Live in America" for 2014, and Castle Rock, Colo., a town just north of Colorado Springs, was number four on the list. We can't all live in Castle Rock – but we can take steps to make our home a great place to live.

How to Keep Your Priorities in Order

You have three jars, each one partially filled, one with sand, one with water, and one with large rocks. The challenge? Fit the contents of all three jars into only one. Some people might start with the sand because it would seem to take up less space.

Who Are Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties?

Last week I introduced a series by Bruce Hausknecht, Focus' judicial analyst, on two cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. These cases can potentially have far-reaching implication on the state of religious liberties in our country, which is why it's important that Christians understand what's going on – and what's at stake.

Who's the Better Christian?

As believers, we need to get past the mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry. Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start. It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.

World Vision's Reversal Is the Right Decision

I believe the Board of World Vision had the best of intentions when they cited a desire for "unity" in making their original decision. But however well-intentioned, nothing is more important than adherence and faithfulness to the clear teachings of Christ. No matter how hard culture tugs, we cannot relinquish God's truth.