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Articles in Faith, Joy Holden and Leah Conti

A Father’s Impact

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Here’s what a recent Swiss study discovered about the influence of parents on their children’s church attendance.... Read full article

Risking Christmas

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It takes some courage to face another Christmas. All those expectations. All those expenses. All those memories. All those family members! ... Read full article

Parenting Together

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One potentially divisive area that often catches parents off-guard is the method of parenting. It’s not usually on the docket for one of those late night conversations associated with young love before we tie the knot. But, as in most areas that divi... Read full article

Guided by Faith

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It seems like only yesterday, and yet in other ways it seems like years ago. The pain was like a neverending tsunami wave. My family and I had recently moved to Baton Rouge where I would serve as Lead Pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church. Our family was... Read full article

Smile or Else! A Friendly Guide to Taking Family Photos and Keeping Your Sanity

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Despite the effort you put forward, it is easy to wonder if it is worth the hassle and if there is any way to make it through without feeling like you’re family is enduring cruel and unusual punishment. I am here to assure you that indeed, there is. ... Read full article



Dads, Your Children Need You

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Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” –Psalm 68:5 (ESV)... Read full article

Is This Our New Normal?

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Barry, oh Barry. You arrived late and then left without making much of an impression. And we are grateful! Your tardiness and lack of effort were quite welcome to those of us still suffering from storm shock. Let me just say, on behalf of all the 201... Read full article

Everybody Needs Jesus and Counseling

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You’ve heard the axiom, “Never talk about religion or politics.” I think it’s become, “Never talk about religion, politics, or mental health.” I often tell people, “We’re all crazy. Everybody needs Jesus and counseling.”... Read full article

Bless Their Heart

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It is a widely-known witticism that when you talk about someone in the South, one can self-pardon by simply adding the words, “bless their heart.” The reality is, what is being said rarely does actually bless anybody. It seems harmless enough, until ... Read full article

Handle Conflict Like Christ

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We’ve all been there before. You know, the moment when you realize that relationships aren’t built to be peaches and cream all the time. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, or even just a friendship, all relationships face the challenge of handling... Read full article

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