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Parenting 101—Recipe or Relationship? (by D. P. Love)

If you Google “parenting books” you get over 166,000,000 hits; likewise, crowded bookshop shelves are brimming with numerous resources all claiming to have the best ways to parent our children. It’s overwhelming: parents really need advice—Christian parents included....

The Suburbs and Your Soul

It’s not often that you read a book that speaks to you and for you, that asks the questions you ask, and that has a little closer reach toward some answers. But I’m feeling that sense of resonance as my wife and I start reading Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living...

A Single Mom’s Prayer (by D. P. Love)

[Editor's note: posts by D. P. Love are from our intern] The Lord led me through many challenging seasons as a single mother. My son is now grown, and yet the memories of my wrestling with the Lord are fresh. If you are reading this and this is your story, I pray that...

“It’s Ok Not to Be Ok”

“It is OK to not be OK. It’s OK to seek out help from counselors. . . . Know that seeking out these options doesn’t make you less of a Christian or less of a person. Our identity is in the Lord.”  Wise words from a Virginia Tech student profiled in the Roanoke Times...

Dating and Christian Faith(fulness) Part 1

The whole dating thing is hard. That’s true (in different ways) at age 15, 25, 35… 65. The reasons abound for the complexity, but certainly cultural circumstances play a role: People are in school for a long time. After school they are in debt. There is pressure to be...

Safeguarding yourself and your family online (part 2)

In a previous post, I reflected on a recent study that seemed to indicate that installing internet filters did not actually reduce the amount of pornography a person views (or a child is exposed to). I took a sober look at what a filtering system cannot provide, but...

Why Internet Filters Don’t Work (Part 1)

Getting an internet filter like Covenant Eyes or Safe Eyes is usually a core component of advice Christians give to help people who want to stop looking at pornography. It’s easy to see why. I’ve often heard it said that having unfiltered internet is like having a...

Finding a Way Through

I regularly make the drive between Roanoke and Christiansburg, and I never get tired of it. Spring in the Roanoke and New River Valleys is beautiful. I haven't had to deal with it too much myself, but I do hear horror stories about traffic on I-81. I do understand it...