When it Feels Like You Always Have to be Sorry for Something

Offering an apology for wounds you have committed can be tricky business. There are times when it may seem like nothing you say is good enough to receive forgiveness.  “I’m always saying ‘I’m sorry,’” one man said to me recently. “She just seems to hold onto grudges forever.”  “Offering an apology can … Read moreWhen it Feels Like You Always Have to be Sorry for Something

Fellow Christians: We Have So Much More Than Same-Sex Marriage and Transgenderism to Discuss With a Secular World

This week, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a document called the Nashville Statement, which aimed to define how sexuality should be viewed through a biblical lens. As you might expect, there has been a tremendous amount of back-and-forth between those who support it and those who don’t. My purpose in this post … Read moreFellow Christians: We Have So Much More Than Same-Sex Marriage and Transgenderism to Discuss With a Secular World

How to Know if You Have Made an Idol Out of Happy Marriage

This month, my husband and I will celebrate five years of marriage. Our anniversary marks five years of laughter, five years of tears, five years of stupid (and not-so-stupid fights), and five years of making up.  I love my husband. I can’t imagine life without my husband. But I’ve never considered this … Read moreHow to Know if You Have Made an Idol Out of Happy Marriage

“And So He Left”: One Family’s Struggle with Gender Dysphoria

My husband and I had been married for 15 years and had three children, and were actively involved in the ministry of our local church. We were just another one of those “keen Christian couples” that are the heart of church life. You can imagine my shock when my husband told me that … Read more“And So He Left”: One Family’s Struggle with Gender Dysphoria

He is faithful

Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14NIV “Are you pregnant yet?” this question might have pierced Sarah’s heart each month. The shame of barrenness was unbearable. God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of nations with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. After waiting for many years, … Read moreHe is faithful

8 Tough Questions Kids Ask About Evil and Suffering…and the Answers You Wish You Had When They Asked

In my own experience and in talking with other parents, questions from kids about the evil and suffering in our world are often the most difficult to answer. Some of these questions can leave us squirming to find the right words…and wondering if we just said something that is biblical at all! If you relate to … Read more8 Tough Questions Kids Ask About Evil and Suffering…and the Answers You Wish You Had When They Asked

10 Areas of Your Husband’s Life to Pray against Satanic Attack

Your husband struggles with attack daily. He may not talk with you about it, but the struggle is real. Sometimes the attack is from his own flesh. Sometimes it’s a natural consequence of living in a sinful world. And sometimes it’s a direct assault from his “adversary the devil [who] prowls around like … Read more10 Areas of Your Husband’s Life to Pray against Satanic Attack

Kids Win When Teachers and Parents Team Up

The little girl’s eyes watched carefully as her parents met her kindergarten teacher for the first time. She noticed the handshakes and adult smiles. She heard her mother laugh when the teacher told a funny story about chasing a stray dog out of the classroom when setting up for the new year. Slowly, the little … Read moreKids Win When Teachers and Parents Team Up

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

How Much Do You Know about Your Wife’s Work as a Stay-at-Home Mom? You may be the recipient of her home-cooked meals, wear the clean clothes she washed and folded yesterday, and eat off the dishes she unloaded from the dishwasher. You may share a bed with her, raise children with her, and even participate … Read more5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

Marie Stopes International: carrying out unsafe abortions in the UK and across the globe, using taxpayer millions

For the past five years, the charity Marie Stopes International (MSI) has been given £163 million in UK taxpayer money to spend on abortions in developing countries. This money also went on helping to liberalise laws on abortion. No other country gives as much money to MSI than our own Department for International Development (DFID). … Read moreMarie Stopes International: carrying out unsafe abortions in the UK and across the globe, using taxpayer millions

Seeing the Person behind the disability

Late in June, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) abolished the role of Disability Commissioner. This happened 36 hours before Lord Shinkwin, newly appointed to the role, was due to hold his first board meeting. Shinkwin explains that EHRC’s chair, David Isaac, had declared the role to be ‘redundant’. The rights of disabled people … Read moreSeeing the Person behind the disability

5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm Than Good

A couple of years ago, my husband and I were invited to a dinner party with a few other new parents from our kids’ Christian elementary school. After we worked our way through appetizers and the requisite small talk, the conversation turned to our respective faith backgrounds. One of the moms confessed that, as much … Read more5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm Than Good

Why the rush to change blood donation deferral policies for commercial sex workers & men who have sex with men?

Commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM) in Britain and Scotland are to be allowed to donate blood three months after they last had sex (see also here, hereand here). The rule changes will come into force at blood donation centres in Scotland in November and in England in early 2018. The Government accepted the recommendations … Read moreWhy the rush to change blood donation deferral policies for commercial sex workers & men who have sex with men?

Does Eye Candy Really Matter if I Stay Faithful to My Spouse?

I don’t know where you live in the world, but in the state of North Carolina, we’re experiencing an epidemic. Parents are hysterical. Small children’s eyes widen at the pure horror, pointing fingers and rousing parents from their naps, nestled beneath beach umbrellas. Teens up and down the coast are nervous too, constantly tugging … Read moreDoes Eye Candy Really Matter if I Stay Faithful to My Spouse?

Three Dating Tips for the Christian Girl Who’s Been Hurt

You thought he was the one, he seemed to tick all the boxes. It was like a dream come true until you woke up to a far from perfect reality. You realized he was never what he seemed. That you were naïve and wanted a fairy-tale, so you held on for so long. You were … Read moreThree Dating Tips for the Christian Girl Who’s Been Hurt

Why Kids Should Learn To Code

It’s a given that kids need to learn to code if they want to work as a web designer, software programmer, or computer scientist. Beyond that, you might think that it is a pretty useless skill. Writing line after line of code or debugging software programs do not appeal to the vast majority of people. … Read moreWhy Kids Should Learn To Code

College climbs down over ban on Christian doctors and nurses training in sexual and reproductive health

Doctors and nurses wishing to practise in sexual and reproductive health have been granted more liberty to exercise freedom of conscience under new guidelines published earlier this year. The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), a faculty of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), has relaxed its stance on conscience in new guidelines issued … Read moreCollege climbs down over ban on Christian doctors and nurses training in sexual and reproductive health

DNA editing – a significant advance but many questions remained unanswered

You can see my Sky News interview on this story here. Scientists have, for the first time shown that it is possible to correct gene mutations in human embryos successfully using a gene editing tool potentially opening the door to treatment for over 10,000 single gene disorders. The US and the South Korean researchers used a new technology … Read moreDNA editing – a significant advance but many questions remained unanswered

Ideology or Evidence (part two)? The battle over abortion statistics

Having blogged about the triumph of ideology over evidence in relation to the campaign in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland for presumed consent to organ donation, I can now report on a campaign where evidence triumphed over ideology. This one is in relation to the reporting and publicity of abortion outcomes. To give some background: … Read moreIdeology or Evidence (part two)? The battle over abortion statistics

5 Things Every Couple Needs to do to Have a Strong Marriage

Like any healthy relationship, a good marriage requires work. No matter how compatible a couple may be or how in love they feel, there will be times when unforeseen challenges arise, and it’s then that the true foundation of a marriage is revealed. Lizzy Christian shares in her article for Relevant “5 … Read more5 Things Every Couple Needs to do to Have a Strong Marriage

Ideology or evidence? The battle over presumed consent to organ donation

The debate about changing the law on organ donation is one of a number of controversial issues where I believe that we are increasingly seeing see the triumph of ideology over evidence. A campaign to introduce ‘presumed consent’ to organ donation on death has been gaining momentum for some time and now similar legislation to … Read moreIdeology or evidence? The battle over presumed consent to organ donation

Join My Book Launch Team for Talking with Your Kids about God!

I’m excited to announce today that I’m forming a launch team for my new book, Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have (if you missed the recent post explaining what the book is all about, click here)! A launch team is a group of people who are excited about … Read moreJoin My Book Launch Team for Talking with Your Kids about God!

Charlie Gard: Emotion has trumped trust in today’s society, but parents and professionals can work together

The tragic case of Charlie Gard, and the desperate efforts of his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard to do everything to give him a chance of life have gripped the national and international media.  The case raises profound and troubling questions about the power of medical technology, the duties and responsibilities of doctors and … Read moreCharlie Gard: Emotion has trumped trust in today’s society, but parents and professionals can work together

10 Ways a Man Makes His Wife Feel Ugly without Saying a Thing

Days before I got married, my pastor’s wife told me, “Your husband will never intentionally hurt you.” Twenty-two years later, I believe she was right—for the most part. Yet the key word is “intentionally”. Even though the average guy isn’t making it his mission to hurt his wife, he can unintentionally leave her feeling rejected, … Read more10 Ways a Man Makes His Wife Feel Ugly without Saying a Thing

Justine Greening’s transgender proposals are unscientific, dangerous & part of a greater social strategy

Men and women will be able to change their gender without a doctor’s report and amend their birth certificate accordingly under new government proposals. Yesterday Justine Greening (pictured), the education secretary and minister for women and equalities, said (£): ‘What we want to try to do is streamline the process, make it easier, de-medicalise it and make … Read moreJustine Greening’s transgender proposals are unscientific, dangerous & part of a greater social strategy

Why Boots chemist should not have capitulated to pressure from BPAS over emergency contraception

Over the weekend I waded into the debate on whether Boots should reduce the price of the so-called ‘morning-after pill’ and criticised the high street chemist for ‘capitulating in the face of political pressure’. Let me explain why. Boots had originally defied calls to slash the price of ‘emergency contraception’ – with its chief pharmacist saying it did … Read moreWhy Boots chemist should not have capitulated to pressure from BPAS over emergency contraception

Let’s not go back to Gin Lane – once again it’s time for government to rethink alcohol policy

‘History repeats itself.Has to.No-one listens’ Steve Turner It feels like déjà vu to once again see the headlines calling on the government to tackle alcohol related health problems.  A study from the University of Sheffield shows that up to 68,000 people will die from alcohol related liver diseases in the next five years unless action is … Read moreLet’s not go back to Gin Lane – once again it’s time for government to rethink alcohol policy

Family planning – ‘summit of a mess’

Last week’s London Family Planning Summit was, on the surface, a ‘successful’ follow up to the 2012 Family Planning Summit, which aimed to increase access to contraception for 120 million women. US$2.5 billion was pledged by governments and other donors to ‘improve and expand the reach of reproductive health services to women and girls in … Read moreFamily planning – ‘summit of a mess’

4 Most Difficult Things about Divorce (And What You Can Do to Help Those Going through It)

Divorce is an unfortunate reality in today’s church. The church is said to have a 30-50 percent divorce rate. And regardless of which side you stand on the issue, as Christians, we are called to reach out to those in need to show the love of Christ. And like any issue in the church … Read more4 Most Difficult Things about Divorce (And What You Can Do to Help Those Going through It)

The Conway Case – a change in the law to allow assisted suicide is dangerous and unnecessary

A 67-year-old Shropshire man with motor neurone disease (MND) is seeking to overturn the law banning assisted suicide. Noel Conway is backed by the former Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now rebranded Dignity in Dying (DID)), whose lawyers will argue that the current blanket ban on assisted suicide under the Suicide Act is incompatible with his rights under … Read moreThe Conway Case – a change in the law to allow assisted suicide is dangerous and unnecessary

Troubled times: Is God giving Britain over?

The rollercoaster journey of the last twelve months has left many UK citizens feeling dislocated and anxious about the future of our country. Political events – Brexit, Trump, a snap general election, a hung parliament, confidence and supply arrangements and the Queen’s speech – have laid bare deep divisions between old and young, right and … Read moreTroubled times: Is God giving Britain over?