Category: Home & Family

What Master of None and Thomas Kinkade Have in Common

“Going to Whole Foods, want me to pick up anything?” One of the most memorable lines from Master of None season two is never spoken. Instead, it’s a calculated text, recycled to a sea of potential online dates. In the context of comedian Aziz Ansari’s ripped-from-real-life narrative, it’s presented as a breath of fresh air amid a thousand “hey”s and “hi”s…  [more]

A Muslim Comedian’s Search for Belonging in America

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—a new Netflix comedy stand-up special—is a series of stories held together by a common thread: a search for belonging while caught between two cultures. Minhaj is the American-born child of Indian immigrants, and a comic perhaps best known for his comments at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He was raised by his dad for the first eight years of his life.…  [more]

Let’s Not Throw “She” and “He” Out With the Grammatical Bathwater

The fact that the English language has no neutral singular personal pronoun has long vexed linguists, writers, and college freshmen. It’s also a problem that’s been in the news in recent years. In 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported growing acceptance of the use of “they” as a singular pronoun among copy editors. Later linguists at the American Dialect Society voted “they” as…  [more]

Why We Let Our Friends Review Our Bank Account

The most radical thing about our family's tax return this year isn’t that we used it to pay off a student loan. Plenty of Americans use their refunds for that purpose. This tax season, those who get refunds will on average see an extra $2,800 in their bank accounts—a sum large enough to generate the annual news stories about how massive numbers of people will spend the cash. Plus, we’ve…  [more]

What If My Daughter Wants to Be a Pastor?

“I had no idea that people have issues with female pastors.” One of the congregants at our church lamented this to me with shock and exasperation. She was in her early 30s and considering a change in professional direction by attending seminary. Sandra came to me for my thoughts on choosing the right school; her face went blank when I suggested she study at a place that supports women serving in pastoral…  [more]

Julia: Sesame Street’s New Image-Bearer

In some ways, she is another young celebrity making the promotional rounds on various talk shows. Last month, she made her television debut on 60 Minutes. Since then, she has been generating great buzz, with a variety of radio and TV appearances, including National Public Radio, CNN, and the BBC, as well as articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, People, and more.   However, this actor, Julia, is…  [more]

How Should Christians Navigate the Gender Revolution?

Katie Couric recently hosted a documentary entitled Gender Revolution on the National Geographic channel. A companion piece to the latest edition of National Geographic magazine, the documentary focused on matters relating to intersex and transgender people. Essentially, it raised questions about a world where it’s not merely gender roles that are up for grabs, but gender itself. The documentary was strongest…  [more]

Why I Send My Child to Public School

With the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, the topic of schools and school choice has been in the news. Growing up, I was homeschooled. My mother was considered a pioneer by many, for good and for bad. I am a direct result of my education, where I was allowed to pursue studies that interested me, where my brain could unfurl and bloom in a safe, caring, and Christian environment. I feel…  [more]

National Returns Day and the Consumer Liturgical Calendar

Any savvy consumer knows the shopper’s triduum of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the relatively recent addition of Green Monday. How many, though, have heard about National Returns Day? Last week, on Jan. 5, shoppers returned 1.3 million packages. That’s only the number forecasted by UPS. Other carriers like Federal Express and the United States Postal Service will add their own returns, creating a…  [more]

Marriage: The Christian Version of ‘Yes Means Yes’

There are a confluence of recent factors forcing us to think more about consent in sexual relationships: the passage of “yes means yes” laws (vs. the older “no means no” model); the continuing attention to sexual assault on college campuses and the rise of Title IX complaints; and the accusations of sexual harassment involving Roger Ailes and Donald Trump. As a Christian, I’m encouraged…  [more]

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