Do Single-Parent Families Put Children at Risk?
By Romanita Hairston     June 14th, 2016
Let me start with a clarification: This post is neither a criticism of single parents, nor a condemnation of their status as "single." I know single parents love their children just the same as married parents do, and that many of them make immeasurable sacrifices for their children's futures. Rather, this post is meant to explore the experience of children in single-parent families, and the realities that single parents face. It's probably one of my most academic blog posts to date, but I hope you'll bear with me, because I think it's worth it!

Often this conversation is focused on the reasons that people with children are single. We turn it into a moral conversation. While there may well be value in that discussion, I'm not sure we spend enough time understanding the practical impact of this reality – regardless of how it came to be. And I am sure we don't spend enough time as a society discussing what we can do to help.

Researchers have proposed a number of theories for why chil...
Salty Christians
By Romanita Hairston     May 31st, 2016
"Salt is good, but if it no longer tastes like salt, how can it be made to taste salty again? It is no longer good for the soil or even for the manure pile. People simply throw it out. If you have ears, pay attention!" Luke 14:34-35 (CEV).

It would be an understatement to say that the current political environment is charged. In fact, it seems we live in one of the most politically tumultuous times in recent history. Christians find themselves on both sides of the debates. William Blake said, "The vision of Christ that thou dost see is my vision's greatest enemy." It would seem that there are many different visions of Christ, and what it means to follow Him today. As I've reflected on this season, I've thought a good deal about my vision of Christ and what it means to me to follow Him. This week, I'm sharing a devotion from Luke 14 that speaks deeply to me about what it means to be "salty."


God, help us to listen, hear, and follow you.

Read Luke 14

One day I joined a f...


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