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It is hard to understate the influence of childhood experience. In a very real sense, the past makes us who we are. Some of the most vivid recollections human beings have are from childhood. Psychologists, counselors, and other social researchers tell us that the first phases of a person’s life—whether from birth to toddler or birth to puberty—are the most formative. Few would disagree. While the brain remains somewhat elastic throughout life, the basic biological structures, neural and otherwise, are carved, shaped, and erected until a tipping point of around 18-25 years of age, where the brain begins to stop developing and the body physically begins processes of long-term decay, finally terminating at the last phase of life. Interestingly enough, I have not met a... Read more
Lexi Friesen
Most commonly known as an author and researcher, Halee Gray Scott (PhD) also teaches seminary courses, is married and has two daughters. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Christian Education Journal, Books and Culture, Gifted for Leadership, and Breakfast Reading. In 2014, her book Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women was released by Zondervan. She is an advocate for living each day to the fullest as she believes too many people can’t seem to get past the disappointments and heartbreaks in life. As she states on her website (, “I write about living well because I believe we have enough monsters in the world and not enough heroes.” Lexi Friesen: How did advocating for women’s leadership become a pas... Read more
tim+anne evans
We have recently received a number of emails from the Family Research Council sponsored Watchmen on the Wall. Their slogan appears to be: Championing Pastors to Transform America. The email is signed by Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton, Vice President for Church Ministries, Family Research Council.  Visiting their website, we decided to click on “Join the Movement”. This group appears to be very concerned about a number of important things—including marriage, family, freedom, and spiritual leadership. Interestingly, their biblical examples of spiritual leaders and their struggle for righteousness and justice are all men including Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Peter. In addition, their examples of spiritual leaders from American history are all men. Including; P... Read more