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The Closing of the American Mind

“Children may be told over and over again that their parents have a right to their own lives, that they will enjoy quality time instead of quantity time, that they are really loved by their parents even after divorce, but children do not believe any of this. They think they have a right to total...

“So Much Day Care, Not Enough Brain Care”

“The first three years of life make or break the brain. A newborn comes equipped with some 100 billion brain cells, or neurons. The trick is to get neurons to form links with one another. The more links, the more power a brain has. At nine months, a baby’s brain can feature a quadrillion links.”...

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Psalm 127

Digging into the Text: Just offhand, I thought that the title of a sermon on Psalm 127 might be “The Cure for insomnia,” inspired by that delightful line: “the Lord gives his beloved sleep.” Of course, that’s a gross reduction of the breadth of the Psalm, but it does point to its multi-level meaning. One…


Genesis 16:1-6

Comments, Observations, Questions to Consider Hagar is revered by 2 billion people walking the earth right now as a “mother of the faith.” Perhaps no other woman besides Mary herself has as many people who honor her. But what are we to make of Hagar’s story? The apostle Paul in Galatians 5 uses Hagar as…