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Expecting New Love
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

July 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Anna Groff ...

On Scripture: Our Dysfunctional Families
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s stor ...

An Aching Heart
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared experiences. We love someone, and our hearts ache with them and for them at times. We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared exp ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

Enduring Family Values
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Counter to the stereotypes, a new study shows that African-American men are exceptional fathers. ...

Grace At Home: Thoughts On Christian Parenting From The 'Village Priest'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

February 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Joy Carroll Wallis ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

The Elf on the Shelf Can Stay
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

While some claim that the Elf on the Shelf encourages good behavior, it feels to me like this whole Santa/Elf myth manipulates good behavior. Yet, I’m beginning to admit that the Elf brings a sense of joy and ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Finding the integral relationship between your own personal good and the common good is your best contribution to our future. And it is the best hope we have for a better life together. ...

Creating Equal
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot As the Lean In debate shows, striving for gender equality is still personal and political—and vital. ...

Finding Hope and Wholeness in My Son’s Return to Africa
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea-related fatalities remain high in Malawi. So does unemployment, particularly among younger workers in urban areas such as Blantyre, where it is approximately 70 percent. But ...

Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

Talking to My Son About Boston
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

“I heard someone dropped a bomb on Boston,” said Mattias, my 9-year-old son, over breakfast while I scrolled through the breaking news reports. I woke up this morning, like everyo ...

Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

Steubenville Rape Case: From Blame to Responsibility
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of the Steubenville rape case has provided a moral challenge to our nation. We are caught up in a highly emotional cycle of blame as we debate who the real victim is in this case. I find myself ask ...

Why You Should Pray Like a Six-Year-Old Boy
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of honesty with God in our prayers. Stifling that honesty in ourselves or in our children by demanding that he or she pray for world peace instead of an awesome Chris ...

I'm An A-Hole Dad
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

My son, Mattias, is a charmer. As introverted and crowd-averse as I am, he feeds off the energy of a group. His uncle Matt calls him “Slumdog Millionaire” because he’s convinced that, if you dropped him in the ...

Is Gender Equality Killing Women?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a feminist, which means (to me at least) I support the elimination of barriers to access for all people, regardless of their gender. But in spite of that, the equality that follows such effor ...

On Scripture: The Hell of Parenting — A Study of 1 Samuel
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

We will do everything in our power to hold back the floods that threaten to wash away that which we hold dear — especially our children. Few narratives in the Hebrew Bible are mor ...

Five Children’s Questions About the Sandy Hook Tragedy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

I have little to add to the Sandy Hook conversation at a certain level, but I have heard questions from many children, some from my own kids. I thought I’d offer some responses I’ve shared. ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Raising Sons and Raising Men
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

There was something in my brother that was unstoppable — like my son, who climbs cars and fidgets restlessly and sometimes speaks out of his own impudence. This past Saturday, on ...

Finding Your Vocation: Lessons From Jim Forest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

There is something more important than a career that we call a "vocation." A vocation may also include getting a paycheck and going to a workplace, but there is much more. ...

They're Not Racist. They Just Don't Know.
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

My sons, ages 13 and 10, spend two evenings each week on a golf course because I parent out of my own personal brokenness, which includes an acute awareness of life experiences and skills I was not exposed to ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Five ‘Christian Parenting’ Ideas To Let Go Of
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Here are five habits, often attributed to “Christian parenting” values, that I’d just as soon replace with something new. I was invited by Paul, my editor at Huffington Post, to w ...

Breaking the Bubble Wrap
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Magazine Article

David M. Csinos and Brian D. McLaren We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to ...

'Croon Her to Sleep with Freedom Songs'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick The goal of social justice parenting is not to produce the "right" kind of child—it is to create an environ ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Resources to help you raise happy and engaged kids. Resources to help you raise happy an ...

Princess Pop Tarts and LEGO Waffles: The Dangers of Marketing Food to Children
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is a dangerous marketing strategy when it comes to food and our children. No, it’s not “sugar” or “fat” or even promotions of “low sugar” or “low fat." Most of the food-marketing ploys aimed at kids ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But w ...

Attending Your Own Funeral
Originally Posted: 01/27/2012 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I’ve been writing this week about inspired vision and embracing radical change even in the face of the death of present systems. But the experience is different when applying the same principles to our own liv ...

Waxing Poetic: The Great Gatsby Revisited As Audiobook
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

At the kitchen counter chopping vegetables doing dishes and looking out at the old avocado farm across the canyon and in the car driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway to appointments school ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/mayweb-only/28-41.0.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> Web article</a>< ...

A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S. As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as th ...

Health Reform: A Major First Step
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693990437_H8wF9"></a>As I watched our president present his plan to pass the health refo ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Video Interview with Don Miller
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Matt Hildreth Don Miller ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...