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  • Blog Post: Roots and Wings: Episode 319

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Should I Stay or Should I Go? The single life brings lots of freedom. Most of us can uproot our lives, move across the country, take a new job and find a new ministry on our own terms. But when is commitment just as valuable? When's it time to put...
  • Blog Post: Your Turn: Why I Adore Lent

    by Catherine Emanuel Most of my friends think I’m crazy, but I adore Lent. From the ashes on Ash Wednesday to the candles on Holy Saturday, the season captures me in a way nothing else does. I love the idea of being joined with the whole church in prayer and repentance, across the world and...
  • Blog Post: My Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

    Confession: Sometimes I hate Facebook. Except when I love Facebook. Basically, I have a love/hate relationship with it. And Twitter. And Instagram. And blogging, when I actually remember to post. Sometimes I find social media frustrating because people don’t read things the way I intended or...
  • Blog Post: What is Facebook Saying About You?

    I’ll admit it. I’m kind of a Facebook junkie. I do try to limit my online consumption, but spending most days at home with two toddlers, social media provides a needed social outlet. If you're a Facebook regular, have you ever wondered what your Facebook statuses say about you? (As an...
  • Blog Post: How to Combat the Selfie Culture

    I had several people comment to me this week about how the upcoming generation relies too heavily on social media. Young adults are becoming self-consumed by platforms that allow them to share every detail of their lives. I've even seen jokes on Pinterest about how when children grow up, they won't...
  • Blog Post: Reflections on a Forced Tech Fast

    My family and I got back from vacation last week after spending seven days at Sonrise Mountain Ranch near Cimarron, Colo. It’s a family camp where parents spend mornings in a pretty intense biblical curriculum together while kids have their own program. Afternoons and evenings are more open, with...
  • Blog Post: Is Texting a Relationship Game-Changer?

    There’s no doubt that technology, particularly smart phones, has changed the way we communicate. And the way we date. This article in USA Today had some interesting statistics on texting and how young adults use it in their dating lives. According to the article, texting is one of the major...
  • Blog Post: Cards

    I was one of those kids who went to church camp every summer. I remember one of the most exciting parts of the day was around lunchtime. Right after the noise of boys and girls screaming, “There ain’t no flies on us!” echoed around the camp and throughout rural Ohio, the camp leaders would call out the...
  • Blog Post: The State of the Online Date

    I met my wife April 27, 2003 — the old-fashioned way. Actually, that's a bit of a lie. We'd been introduced by a mutual friend two years before. But my wife doesn't even remember that meeting. That day in 2003, we bumped into each other again standing in line at a movie theater. I reintroduced...
  • Blog Post: “You Wrote What?”

    Anyone who’s been in a romantic relationship very long knows that conflict comes with the territory. And constructively working through rough spots is one of the most important ongoing tasks in any long-term relationship, whether you’re dating, engaged or married. These days, however, there’s a new...
  • Blog Post: Smartphone Addiction: Episode 275

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: My Phone Is My BFF Smartphones have changed the way we live. In many ways, they make us more efficient and connected. But they have a dark side, too. From texting to tweeting, gaming to gawking at blogs, news feeds and videos (crazy cat antics, anyone...
  • Blog Post: True Love May Be Just a Few Feet Away

    Online dating is pretty commonplace now, but it's so slow , you guys . You know, you have to get on the Internet, look at people's profiles, send a message, wait to get a message back, decide to meet, and then pick a time and a place. I mean, that whole process could take hours — days even! What...
  • Blog Post: The Devil in the Viruses

    I hope you didn’t spend your Christmas the way I spent part of mine: on the phone with tech-support guys for a couple hours, dealing with viruses that hit my mother’s computer, which had already been crashed a couple of times in the past year. When I run across viruses, I have to wonder about the...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Wars

    I need to confess some sins I've been struggling with: jealousy, lack of contentment, envy, pride. And that's just to name a few. You'd think that as a woman who stays home most days with her kids, I wouldn't have the opportunity to cultivate all these vices. But they come to me ... via...
  • Blog Post: The Facebook Humble Brag

    I’ve found myself spending less time on Facebook these days, and I’ve been struggling to figure out exactly why. I still log on and breeze quickly through my newsfeed at least once or twice a day, but where before I would think of funny or random things to craft into a status update on a daily basis...
  • Blog Post: Face to Face

    A few weeks ago my brothers and I discovered Voxer. We live hundreds of miles apart and don’t often get the chance to talk. We text and email, but rarely talk. Then along came Voxer, a smart phone app that turns our phones into a type of walkie-talkie. Voxer allows us to send each other quick voice messages...
  • Blog Post: The iPad and Me

    Back in March 2010, Apple announced the revolutionary iPad. The next week I was discussing it with some friends, and I strenuously stated that it wasn't something I needed so I would simply wait until the iPad 2 came out with better features. Two days after that declaration I walked out of an...
  • Blog Post: The Story of Christmas

    I was a child the first time I experienced, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe . The old BBC movie was playing on a local television station, and I remember watching with wonder. The story seemed to grip me from the very beginning. When it ended, I remember making the connection that Aslan was like...
  • Blog Post: Physical Beauty, Part 2

    In Part 1 of this series, we considered the significant place physical beauty has in our lives. I suggested the overemphasis of physical beauty is unwise, especially if it leads to the neglect of our hearts. Several of your comments defended physical beauty, suggesting it’s OK to make an effort. I agree;...
  • Blog Post: Hey! That's Personal!

    A few years ago I didn’t have Facebook, and no one cared. It was a passing curiosity when someone asked me if I had a profile and an equally passive response when I said no. "Oh, that's cool." But passivity became passé when — 500 million signups later — suddenly saying no to that question...
  • Blog Post: Taming the Tongue on Social Media

    Have you ever said something you wish you could take back? Maybe it was in a moment of frustration or stress. Or maybe it was just an accident, but you heard yourself saying something you quickly lamented. It’s true that the tongue can be a restless evil in our lives, one that is impossible to tame ...
  • Blog Post: Problem Leaving a Comment?

    Some of our readers are saying that they're having problems leaving comments. The last couple of days, I've experienced this, too: I press the "Post" button, but nothing at all happens. Have you had that problem? FWIW, when I first press the "Preview" button, and...
  • Blog Post: Text-lationships

    This week, I read an e-mail from a Boundless reader, who asked a question regarding my article " Not Your Buddy ." In the article, I outline Dr. Pamela Reeve's levels of relationships: acquaintances, companions and intimate friends. Bottom line, I (and Dr. Reeve) don't advise intimate...
  • Blog Post: Chosen - #1

    Part of my day job includes keeping up on the latest bioethical happenings in our culture. So naturally, I took note of the recent " Two-Minus-One Pregnancy " story in The New York Times . The premise of the article is that there is a growing movement of women who are willing to “selectively...
  • Blog Post: Without God ...

    I sometimes enjoy reviewing Twitter's "trending topics," just to get an unfiltered sense of what folks from a broad variety of cultures and backgrounds are thinking. " Without God " is currently among Twitter's top 10 trending topics. Here are some of the things that non-Christian...