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Are You Free? (Part II) Escape from Freedom

With the 4th of July just past, most of us have been at least unconsciously reflecting on freedom, but a lot of people are confused about what that really is.  As I shared in my first post on the subject last week, freedom isn't the ability to do whatever you want.  Freedom is your capacity to be your best self in every moment; the ability to do what's best for yourself and others at all times, regardless of your feelings to the contrary or the pressures you're...
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Are You Free?

(It's good to be back!  Thank you for your patience during my recovery.*)

Right now, in the middle of the Fortnight for Freedom, many People-of-Faith are organizing to assert and protect our first and most cherished freedom, the Freedom of Religion which, although a universal human right, is legally enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution.

But with all this talk in the press about "freedom," it might be...
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Faith

Religious People are Stupid and Mean (Studies Show)

Well, to be fair, that's not exactly what the researchers said.  But it would be easy to draw those conclusions from a casual reading of two recent reports.

The first study, from the University of British Columbia, notes that "Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief."   (Although, considering the methodology, which appears to have involved having people do a questionaire measuring religious belief, do some mental activities like filling out additional questionaires intentionally printed in hard-to-read fonts [to engage analytic reasoning...
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Faith

Gifted: Faith and Self-Esteem

Sometimes you’ll hear people make the comment, “He thinks he’s God’s gift to the world.”  They mean it as a criticism, but the statement is true about each and every one of us.  You ARE God’s gift to the world.

Christianity teaches us that everything we have; our talents, our treasure, even our minds, bodies and spirits, have been given to us as a gift that we are to use to work for the good...
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Faith

Raising Loving, Moral Kids: An Interview with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Today, Lisa Hendey, host of the very popular site, , interviewed my wife, Lisa, and I on the publication of our new book, the completely revised and updated 10th Anniversary Edition of Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Raising Sexually Whole and Holy Kids.

In the interview, we share a bit about our life, our kids, and what it really takes to raise children who can be authentically...
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Faith

Real Men Go to Church

Apparently, if you want to be a real man, you’d better get to church.  Studies consistently show that women are more likely to attend church services than men.  But new research shows that men who attend church services are actually more manly (in the most positive sense of that word) than those who skip.

The study, reported in the  book, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Husbands and Fathers, by University of...
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The Love Test: 4 Points that Reveal if Love is Real

How may times in our lives do we feel a connection with someone and wonder if they really connect back?  Have you ever been in a relationship that you thought was loving but, for whatever reason, you just weren't sure that the person you loved really loved you?

It could be a romantic relationship, but it could just as easily be a relationship family member or a friend.  Sure, people often say the right...
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