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Hug more, scold less: Strict parenting linked to child obesity

Moms and dads whose favorite phrase is, “because I said so,” may want to rethink their parenting style. A new study shows that authoritarian parents are more likely to have obese kids than those who take the time to explain rules.<p>Among children aged 6 to 11, having an authoritarian parent — one who …

Parenting

Boy, 11, reacts with shock, tears when he learns he'll be a big brother

Logan Fairbanks’ dad says he’s always been the “big-hearted, big-brother type,” and on Tuesday Logan learned that he’ll soon become an actual big brother. A video camera was rolling when the 11-year-old got the news, and since then more than 100,000 have watched his adorable reaction.<p>Josh and …

Alaska

Lonely and sidelined - the plight of older people, even in the Church

The Pilgrims' Friend Society has been caring for the elderly since 1807, when a group of young Christians in Islington became concerned that older …

Burglar Stumbles Across Child Pornography, Calls Police

This is a pretty wild story that took place in December, and is finally catching some traction. It all happened in Spain, where a burglar raided the …

Rich Stearns on Our Ultimate Calling

Rich Stearns knows a thing or two about following God’s call.<p>He was right in the middle of a successful business career when he felt God calling him …

A remembrance of a forgiveness

Many years ago now I was alone in a room in the dark with someone who was dying. I had hurt him a lot in the past, and he had hurt me, too. We didn’t …

Fathers' faith key to passing it on

The rate of children who adopt their parent’s faith has remained stable in the past 40 years, despite increasingly anti-religious influences outside …

An un-church tries to connect churches and young adults

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—This town has more than 800 churches, but many of them struggle to reach the vast population of twenty- and thirty-something …

No covetous man

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot” (Proverbs 14:30).<p>Arthur C. Brooks of the right-leaning American Enterprise …

Good Samaritan helps driver who had seizure, restores our faith in humanity

It can be tricky to thank a bashful Good Samaritan for a kind act. But one Minneapolis couple is grateful that their mystery hero has reluctantly stepped forward.<p>Aaron Purmort, 34, and his wife Nora spent a whole week wondering about the identity of the person who came to Aaron’s aid on Feb. 28. …

The Brain

Mark Zuckerberg on why Facebook succeeded: 'We just cared more' - TODAY.com

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Mark Zuckerberg

'Full circle': Man finds stranger who saved him from suicide 6 years ago

It was a Good Samaritan encounter that changed a young man’s life forever.<p>Six years ago, on a bitterly cold January morning, Jonny Benjamin was coaxed away from a ledge on London’s Waterloo Bridge by a total stranger walking to work.<p>Benjamin was 20 years old and had just been diagnosed with …

Mental Health

Ohio biker, 82, is buried on his Harley

Billy Standley rides into eternity astride 1967 Electra Glide inside Plexiglas casket made by sons.<p>Billy Standley, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was buried Friday in the Plexiglas casket his sons built, firmly astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was 82, his bike 47.<p>Standley's heavenly ride …

Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better: 3 Reasons I'm Convinced God Most Often Builds His Church Small

Bigger is not necessarily better. When I need to tighten a screw in my glasses, I need the right tool for the job—a tiny little screwdriver.<p>It’s the …

Dealing with Critics - Sermons & Articles

In a recent article, Thom Rainer writes: “The pastor must often make demonstrative statements and definitive decisions. Such is the nature of …

Am I Becoming a Better Preacher? - Sermons & Articles

“Pastor, you preaching just keeps getting better all the time.” I recently celebrated five years as my church’s pastor (though pastoring for more …

An Essay on Preparing a Sermon - Sermons & Articles

Many of us who preach sermons have struggled a time or two with preparing these messages. Some of these struggles might include stage fright, either …

A Simple Defense - Sermons & Articles

“The law of the Lord is perfect,reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, …

The Curious Case of the Illusive Illustration - Sermons & Articles

?“Mrs. Hudson, it’s missing!” shouted Holmes.<br>As she ran into the pastor’s study, Mrs. Hudson worried. “What’s missing?” she asked.<br>“The illustration I …

Millennial Myths and the Real Reasons People Leave the Church

Attention Christian bloggers and columnists. I have a favor to ask. Could you please stop speaking of young people as if they’re a homogeneous group …

The Hardest Part Of Ministry: Saying No

I am an ordained pastor, serving a rural congregation. I lead worship and preach most Sundays. I sit at hospital beds. I conduct weddings and …

The John Maxwell Company

John Maxwell on Leadership<p>Maxwell Fundamentals: How I File<p>As a communicator, I’m often asked where I get all the great quotes, statistics, and …

There's a Big Difference Between "Opinions" and "Ideas"

photo credit: Fabio Bruna<p>The world turns on the power of ideas, and yet the social media world seems very often to revolve around shallow opinions. …

The Power of Focusing On the Peanut

<i>“When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God,</i> …

5 Ways, Pastor, To Encourage Your Wife

photo credit: Fr Antunes<p>Ever wondered how you know when someone needs encouragement? Here’s a simple test. It works every time. Check and see if they …

How to Become a Mentor and Why It’s Important

photo: Creative Commons, Jim Dimo<p>One of the most important aspects in my personal growth as been mentorship. I have been lucky to have incredible men …

When Trust is Broken

photo credit: opensourceway<p>Most of us don’t have to think very long or hard to remember the last time our trust was shattered. Maybe it was a board …

How Can a Workaholic Change His Focus?

What’s chipping away at your soul? What’s getting in the way of you becoming the person God created you to be? In this study, Craig Groeschel of …

5 Simple Moves That Will Shift Your Ministry to a New Trajectory

photo credit: AndiH<p>The moves I’m going to suggest are simple. They’re not hard to understand. They’re not even hard to execute. They’re not easy. …