A La Carte (11.27.13)

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Here’s a variety of topics to help you think through different aspects of life.

How to deal with holiday family tensions: “We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time.”

What’s the role of conscience in teenage impulsivity?: “It’s hard to generalize about teenage impulsivity, because some adolescents clearly have more self-control than many adults, says principal investigator B. J. Casey, a neuroscientist. Still, a growing body of evidence suggests that, in general, teens specifically struggle to keep their cool in social situations, she says.”

An explosion in Texas and the meaning of fatherhood: Wonderful article on “the meaning of fatherhood”

Don’t be late for dinner: “Even now that they’re 21 and 17, some of the best times we have are over food…even when it’s as simple as a Starbucks or an ice cream. You know what we did over those meals? We built a tribe. A sense of family and community that runs deep. Very deep. It created a sense of belonging for all of us and has set the foundation for our family for the rest of our lives.”

7 ways to love your neighbor: “Our goal as Christians is not political; our goal is biblical. Increasingly, however, our government and our society are at odds with the Bible, which forces us to decide: will we follow the Spirit of God, or the spirit of the age?”

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