Jessa Duggar revealed that she and husband Ben Seewald are ready to start their family, even if it means not necessarily adopting right away.
The couple recently spoke about wanting to adopt, but that will take at least two years due to rules that explicitly state potential adoptive parents must be married for two years before beginning the process. Yet that is not stopping Jessa and Ben from fulfilling the dream they've had since before getting married in Nov.
"We hope to adopt a lot of kids," Jessa told People in Feb. "If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt. Even before we married, we wanted to adopt." more >>
Nearly sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in the pages of the Morehouse College student newspaper, "Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." A young man at the time, King's words captured the purpose of a quality education: to develop understanding and strength of moral fiber, which together empowers young people toward unstoppable success.
It is true that over the past several decades, reform efforts have made significant strides in addressing academic inequality; graduation rates among minority and low-income students have steadily increased over the past 30 years. More and more women have important opportunity for education.
Yet, with this success overall, we too often lose sight of the full scope of King's description. Common Core State Standards can help. Too many young African American men are victims of high truancy rates and too many are dropping out of high school, altogether. Many of them who do graduate and enroll into college are not finishing their college education. If we are to help them to succeed, we must intervene with solutions that work. more >>
Though it's an article from the summer of 2013, Slate's "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You are a Bad Person" has picked up steam again. In this almost unbelievable article, Allison Benedikt – while admitting she's judgmental – says, "There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school."
Yes, bad people send their kids to private school.
Since her argument is premised on the assumption that taking your kids out of public school makes or keeps the public school bad, one can assume that Benedikt would equally call homeschoolers bad. Perhaps worse. more >>
Christianity Today is facing sharp criticism for publishing an article last week whitewashing the legacy of Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist who viewed contraception as a means of creating a genetically improved human race. According to Christianity Today editor Amy Julia Becker, the purpose of the article was "to draw attention to the number of women, children, and unborn babies who die in countries without access to contraception." Instead, because the article linked Sanger to its promotion of contraception, it sparked "an Internet maelstrom of comments," hundreds of tweets and prompted Becker to issue an apology.
It's no surprise the article sparked strong backlash. After all, Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to exterminate the "Negro population." She once wrote that birth control is "nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit." It's stunning that guest author Rachel Marie Stone tried to "give the charge of 'eugenecist' a more complete background" by suggesting that Sanger wanted to help women "be good wives and good mothers." I appreciate that Christianity Today quickly recognized this error and corrected it.
Yet, what I still find disturbing is that Christianity Today and its critics have failed to acknowledge something equally objectionable in Stone's article: it argues for a completely godless solution based on completely godless reasoning. In fact, Becker quotes Timothy Dalrymple, an editor at Patheos, who wrote, "I hope you can make this argument more powerfully and more effectively in future by not making it seem as though one must accept or pseudo-accept Sanger in order to agree." In other words, it's fine to promote birth control as the solution to suffering in the developing world; just don't link it to Sanger. more >>
An aspiring singer who was rejected from "American Idol" three times has shared how her faith saved her from having an abortion.
On Sunday, Kimberly Henderson, a 26-year-old single mom from South Carolina, shared her harrowing ordeal on social networking site Facebook and the post immediately went viral, garnering more than half a million likes in two days. In it, she recalls her last-minute decision not to undergo an abortion procedure after unexpectedly coming across a powerful scripture.
"Two years ago today I was sitting in an abortion clinic thinking not having Vaida was best for me," Henderson wrote with reference to her two-year-old daughter. "Well this date is forever burned in my brain. ... I think that is God's way of showing me that HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything I've ever known." more >>
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
We have heard it preached from the pulpit for years. "If you are a good parent and train up your kids in the Christian faith they will not leave the faith."
I've preached it from the pulpit and chances are that you have too. The problem is this doesn't work. more >>