Check out our newest podcast–a rebroadcast of Dr. J’s recent interview on Sheila Liaugminas’ show “A Closer Look.” She’s discussing the current marriage situation in the U.S. by skimming the various legal challenges to traditional marriage and the public reaction to them. Dr J also joins Mary Summerhays and Alisa Olson to discuss some grassroots initiatives taking place in Utah: the upcoming Stand for the Family conference and the soon-to-launch Voice for Marriage website.
September 18/19–Stand for the Family in Provo, UT
October 3–International Children’s Rights Conference at the Reagan Library near Ventura, CA. This is an open event for anyone interested in children’s rights issues, including divorce, donor conception, surrogacy, and adoption. Find more information here.
Our Christian Iraqi brothers and sisters need our help!!
San Diegans, what is happening to Christians in Iraq is unthinkable and wrong, no matter what your religion. If you’re able, please join us at St. Peter’s Chaldean Church to pray and donate to the cause of housing and protecting people forced into homelessness.
Remove all forms of sarcasm from your vocabulary. “Sarcasm” comes from a Greek word meaning to tear flesh like dogs. There is
never a good time to tear your spouse’s flesh. So take my one week challenge and live without sarcasm until Sunday.
Yes, if you started late, I will still allow you to participate in my One Week Challenge. Just eliminate sarcasm from your life on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, send me an email to email@example.com telling me you took the challenge. I will send you a Free Prize!
BTW, this is Tip # 39 from our book, “101 tips for a happier marriage.” You can get your copy at the Ruth Store. Or, join Dr J’s challenge and get a free prize. Or both!
Dr J’s One Week Challenge began on Sunday, July 6! How are you doing with eliminating the Sarcasm from your life? Is it harder than you thought? Easier than you thought?
Share the challenge with others. I win send you a prize at the end of the week!
All you have to do is tell me that you made the effort to eliminate all traces of sarcasm from your life. I will trust you! If you start in the middle of the week, don’t worry: you can still participate!
Not only will I send you a prize, your family and friends will benefit too: they will receive a Kinder, Gentle You, to be friends with. Virtue is its own reward!
BY SHEILA LIAUGMINAS
Ever since he’s been pope, Francis has talked about this problem often and called for specific action. His sense of urgency is clear.
And his determination undaunted. He has shown it time and again, like here when he addressed a group of ambassadors to present their Letters of Credence, something Francis wasn’t about to allow to be merely ceremonial. Read more…
A few years ago, I was asked to give the commencement address at Providence Academy High School in Plymouth MN. I wanted to support the young people in their individuality, as well as in their following Jesus. This is a short excerpt from what I said those high school seniors.
“Have you ever noticed how people try so hard to stand out and be noticed, and at the same time, they want to belong and fit in?
I think this a reflection of the fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. In order to be ourselves, we need to be like God. Jesus told us frequently, “Come follow me.” You could say that we are programmed to imitate somebody, or more accurately, we are programmed to imitate Somebody with a Capital S.
Many of our peers, our friends and neighbors have never had an encounter with Jesus Christ, the God Man. So, they can’t figure out whom to follow. They follow pop stars or sports heroes or political figures, people who all too often have disastrous lives. All the while, these same friends and neighbors of ours go to great lengths to distinguish themselves and demonstrate their uniqueness.
The irony of this pose of independence is that Jesus is the one person we can safely follow, without ending up divorced or in rehab. If we follow Jesus, we’ll stay out of trouble and we won’t lose ourselves or our identity. In fact, we become more ourselves than ever. We can become the best versions of ourselves, by following Jesus. And that is the key to being ready to see God face to face.
If you keep that final end in mind, then your life will make sense to you. The confusing situations you may face; the disappointments you may experience; these will be bearable if you realize that you can follow Jesus through them all. The difficult choices you make, such as where to go to school and what to study, what jobs to take, where to move, whom to marry, how to treat your spouse and your children: all of these decisions will be much easier to make when you make them with reference to that final end of seeing God face to face.”
You can request a pdf of the entire address at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can listen to the live event here. When you are satisfied that this is a great message for the graduate in your life, you can purchase a gift card version of the talk, by going to the Ruth Store, here.
by Marcus Roberts
A while ago on Demography is Destiny, we discussed the shortage of young women in China (due mainly to sex selective abortions exacerbated by the one-child policy) and the paradoxical phenomenon of “shengnu” (leftover women): young women who can’t find a husband. In that blogpost we explained this as due to women wanting to find husbands who were higher than them on the financial, educational, and social status ladders. As women in China upskill and become better educated and have better employment prospects, the chance of a woman finding a husband higher than her on these ladders decreases. Read more…
by Robert Knight
If you want to know where the left is taking the country, a quick trip to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website is instructive.
There you will find a “hate map,” on which the precise locations of reputable Christian organizations are listed, along with skinheads, Nazis and other actually disreputable groups. Above the map is a photo of what appear to be storm troopers, none of whom resembles Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, but that’s beside the point. Read more…