One of the ways we support families here at Focus is through our series of original articles, which we publish for free online each month. In case you may have missed them, here are links to a few of our latest articles related to marriage and parenting, as well as to faith and culture.

Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion
“How can you take the Bible literally?” “Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?” “How could a loving God allow so much suffering?” For followers of Jesus, questions like these can make us more than a little uneasy. They can provoke a fight-or-flight response. Rebecca McLaughlin’s book, Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, offers a more compelling approach. Click through to read how she provides believers a model for engaging those questions and others with intelligence and grace.
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How to create emotional word pictures
An emotional word picture is a communication tool that uses a story or object to simultaneously activate the emotions and intellect of the listener. In so doing, the listener experiences your words, not just hears them. In short, when you use a word picture to communicate what you’re trying to convey, it can go right through your spouse’s defences and straight into his or her heart. Worried you're not creative enough to use word pictures? Unsure of how to get started? Click through for five steps on how to take communication with your spouse from average to life-changing.
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How to reduce grumbling and increase gratitude in your kids
Grumbling hurts us. It hurts our relationships and our faith in God’s goodness. And it easily becomes a habit. Click through for some tips on how to help your kids replace grumbling with gratitude.
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Rebecca McLaughlin: Loving God with all of the mind
As a public intellectual, Rebecca McLaughlin walks in the footsteps of Christian apologists like C.S. Lewis and Timothy Keller. She speaks and writes to persuade informed skeptics of the validity of the Christian faith and to equip her fellow believers with the tools to engage the criticisms levelled at Christianity. But her work never sounds like a dry academic lecture. Her style is vibrant and appealing. Click through to read more about the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion.
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