Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why You Need the People Who Disagree With You

In his book Outliers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell makes a controversial claim. He questions the idea of the “self-made man” and explains that most successful people owe some of their fortune to luck. He writes, “People don’t rise from nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage. The people who stand before kings may…
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The Great Friendship Debate

One of the issues Ike and I have struggled with ever since we’ve been together is the question of cross-gender friendships. By “struggle” I don’t mean that we’ve wrestled with jealousy or inappropriate intimacy with someone of the opposite sex. Instead, we’ve struggled with how to articulate cross-gender friendship in a manner that is both…
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Why Your Children Need to Fail

This past weekend I heard a fascinating interview with a Stanford professor of psychology named Carol Dweck, who is author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Dweck studies the psychology of failure, and what she has discovered not only has implications for parenting, but has the potential to shed insight on the…
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Dancing to the Music of the Gospel

This week I unearthed an excerpt from a book that I had forgotten about, although I have posted it here before. I used it for a lesson I taught on Ephesians 2 Tuesday night, and it is just as powerful to me today as it was 2 years ago when I first read it. Don’t…
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Some Thoughts on Empowering Evangelical Women

As you can probably tell, it’s been one of those weeks! Sorry I haven’t been on here since last week–life has been busy, but busy with good things. This week I want to share an interesting tidbit from my academic research that may have implications for evangelical women. I say “may” because more research is…
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