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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

October 28, 2014 | Author:

The man behind the most popular female comic book hero of all time, Wonder Woman, had a secret past: Creator William Moulton Marston had a wife — and a mistress. He fathered children with both of them, and they all secretly lived together in Rye, N.Y. And the best part? Marston was also the creator of the lie detector.

Harvard professor and New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore reveals this and other surprising details about Marston in the new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

“I got fascinated by this story because I’m a political historian and it seemed to me there was a really important political story that had been missed that’s basically as invisible as Wonder Woman’s jet,” Lepore tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.

Marston, who was a famous psychologist, made up Wonder Woman in 1941. He was interested in the women’s suffrage movement and in Margaret Sanger, the birth control and women’s rights activist — who was also his mistress’s aunt.

A feminist icon, Wonder Woman was an Amazon who forced people to tell the truth with her magic lasso. She was a controversial figure in the 1940s because of her overt sexuality and her link to bondage. Her costume was inspired by Marston’s interest in erotic pin-up art.

“There’s no simple story here,” Lepore says. “There are a lot of people who get very upset at what Marston was doing. … ‘Is this a feminist project that’s supposed to help girls decide to go to college and have careers, or is this just like soft porn?’

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The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About

October 27, 2014 | Author:

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ICSI sperm injection into oocyte Courtesy: RWJMS IVF Laboratory

A self-proclaimed geek friend once described Silicon Valley as a place where instead of going to the movies to watch a film, everyone takes a seat in the theater and turns around to look at the projector. The Valley is home to cross-disciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, doctors and inventors who wake up every day wondering how they’re going to master the impossible. When they have a prototype they find an equally enterprising storyteller to help them package and translate the benefits. Great things have been invented as a result.

This is also a place that falls in love with outsized expectations and dreams of what could be—sometimes to the detriment of early adopters. This could not be truer than in the area of reproductive medicine. It has been 36 years since the birth of the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby. We’ve since been led to believe that science has mastered Mother Nature. This is not true. I know. I am a former patient of three clinics in the Bay area, all of which were happy to sell me services as long as I could pay the bill. I had multiple fresh and frozen embryo transfers. Instead of taking home a baby, I came away with tremendous heartache. And my experience is not unique. Around the world, there are an estimated 1.5 million IVF procedures each year, and 1.2 million fail.

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Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry Has a Dirty Little Secret
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges

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The Affair

October 26, 2014 | Author:

By Chad Bird, author at the Flying Scroll

theaffairThere are times when a man and a woman, even though they’re good people, even though they’re both married and committed to their respective spouses, even though these spouses love them, find themselves falling in love with another person whom they think is their soulmate. It isn’t planned. They’re not looking to cheat. But out of the blue they meet someone else and begin thinking, “I might be happier with this other person.” Then they have a choice to make.

That, at least, is the premise of the new Showtime drama, “The Affair,” which began airing earlier this month (October 12). One of the co-creators of the show, Sarah Treem, told Hitfix, “The idea [for the show] was that you’re in a marriage, you love your wife, she’s a good woman, you’re a good man. You have kids and then you meet somebody by chance who [sic] you think is your soul mate. What do you do?” (more…)

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Albert Mohler Reviews Grudem’s Evangelical Feminism

October 25, 2014 | Author:

Are American evangelicals charting a new path into theological liberalism? That is the serious question posed by Wayne A. Grudem in Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?This new book is one of the most urgently needed resources for evangelical Christianity, and it represents one of the most insightful and courageous theological works of our times.

Wayne Grudem is no stranger to controversy. Currently Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, Grudem is the author of several important volumes on a range of theological issues. Most importantly, he is the author of his own Systematic Theology and Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth. He also co-edited the landmark volume, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, with John Piper.

In Evangelical Feminism, published by Crossway Books, Grudem argues that evangelical feminism now represents one of the greatest dangers to the continued orthodoxy of the evangelical movement. “I am concerned that evangelical feminism (also known as “egalitarianism”) has become a new path by which evangelicals are being drawn into theological liberalism,” he explains.

In this new book, Grudem considers twenty-five different patterns of argument put forth by evangelical feminists, and demonstrates that every single one of them either contradicts or compromises the authority of Scripture.

In considering the arguments put forth by evangelical feminists, Grudem is careful to avoid ad hominem attacks on egalitarian scholars and spokespersons. Instead, he considers each of their arguments with considerable scholarly care and attention, drawing the logical conclusions from the methodological assumptions the egalitarian scholars embrace.

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Preparing Sons For The Future

October 25, 2014 | Author:

By R.C. Sproul Jr. of Highland Ministries

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Don’t follow the folly of the world.

An excellent question. Too often we in the church follow the folly of the world in taking a passive approach to the future. We tend to believe all we have to do is show up, and if things don’t work out well for us, it must be the system’s fault. Another key error we have embraced from the world is this notion — that if we acquire specialized skills we will be able to provide for our families. Such thinking often leads to violating the first principle of sound stewardship — never spend more than you make. The standard American plan is to send our children off to college, borrow tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for it, and hope for a good job that will allow the debt to be paid off upon graduation. Sometimes it works, but you’d likely be better off blowing the money on blackjack at a casino.

Teach them good character

So what can we do? The Bible doesn’t say that wealth comes from acquiring specialized skills. It says it comes from character. A man who is diligent in his work will do well, whatever the circumstances. A man with a passion to love, and therefore serve his neighbor, will do well, whatever the circumstances. A man who is able to delay gratification, to work now, play later, will do well, whatever the circumstances. My goal as a father is toraise my children, all of them, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And that leads to character.

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Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide To Our Daily Bread
Foundational Elements of a Godly Estate
Home Education for Real Life
Quadrivocational Mission: Training Young Men for Life

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The Biblical Meaning of Submission for Wives

October 25, 2014 | Author:

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Submission has a bad rap in today’s  world.  When society hears “wives submit to your husband,” they raise up their hands with the belief that submission to a man is demeaning.  I wish to shed some light on the true biblical meaning of submission and change that perception.
The key text concerning submission of wives to their husbands is taken from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, found in Ephesians 5:22-33

First, let may say that I believe submission is  not reticence, it is notservanthood, not inferior or resigned to, not docile, not degrading,  not a sign of weakness. In fact submission is a sign of strength, not of weakness. It requires a great degree of personal strength of character. Submission is a spirit of respect a wife has toward her husband. It is an attitude intended to help her and her husband to live a contented, peaceful life together.  Problems and disagreements between a husband and wife in marriage are inevitable. But when a woman has an attitude of submission- a heart of respect for her man, it is much more likely that the inevitable problems will be resolved harmoniously, without unpleasant quarrelling and without bitterness and resentment. And that is not to say it will be so because the man dominates and gets his way all the time.  Some people look down on submission as if it were something demeaning, degrading or humiliating but that is not at all what submission is about.

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She Shall Be Called Woman: Victoria Botkin’s Study of Practical Wisdom From Scripture for the 21st Century Woman
Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan & Sarah Edwards
Sussannah Spurgeon: Free Grace and Dying Love (Morning Devotions with the Life of Susannah Spurgeon)

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Halloween and Your Kids

October 25, 2014 | Author:

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Few festivals give Christians more cause for debate than Halloween. To some Christians, it is merely a harmless time.To others, it is indicative of the prevailing godless worldview.

Few festivals give Christians in the Western world more cause for debate than Halloween. To some Christians, it is merely a harmless time of year when children get to dress up and play games. To others, it is indicative of the prevailing godless worldview—a celebration in which children are encouraged to beg from their neighbors, while playing with traditions that date back to the most dangerous pagan occult practices.

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A Bitter Pill To Swallow

October 24, 2014 | Author:

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This spring marks the 55th birthday of the birth control pill, championed by many, then and now, as the “best-thing-since-sliced-bread” solution to unplanned pregnancy, child abuse, overpopulation, and marital stress. After more than half a century of living with “the Pill,” however, many facts have emerged that paint a far less pretty picture.

Regarding this last reason, the late Dr. John Billings of Australia—who along with his physician-wife Evelyn, pioneered one the first methods of natural fertility regulation—once recounted that he saw firsthand as a young physician how contraception harmed marriages:

When we say, ‘I do not want your fertility any more,’ or ‘I will not give you my fertility anymore,’ we’re damaging the marriage. The withdrawal of this gift tends to destroy marriages. I was shocked to notice, from the earliest days of my work, to see how marital infidelity in one—or both—of the spouses often followed the introduction of contraception or sterilization.

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Consequences or Love of God – What Motivates Your Teenager?

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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It is no secret teenagers face powerful temptations.  Parents want to make sure that consequences are in place to help protect their children. It is good to put deterrents in place for behavior that is unacceptable and sinful. But, for your teenager, still it comes down to that moment of decision; is the consequence enough to make a difference?

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The Power of the Gospel – Live Stream

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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Can’t Make It to This Year’s Conference?

This year’s NCFIC conference, The Power of the Gospel will be online. Sign up for the Power of the Gospel Live Stream! Each of the main sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for future playback. By registering for the live feed, you will also gain access to the saved videos which will be made available for 30 days following the conference.

Learn more and register!

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Piper: The Mystery of Marriage

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

When God engaged to create man and woman and to ordain the union of marriage, he didn’t roll the dice or draw straws or flip a coin as to how they might be related to each other. He patterned marriage very purposefully after the relationship between his Son and the church, which he had planned from all eternity.

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Breast Cancer- The Risk They Don’t Mention

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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In keeping with the international trend, we have just had breast cancer awareness week in the UK. Women were told to have mammograms, to take exercise, to avoid hormone replacement therapy, to breastfeed. All good. But, as usual, certain other things we should do or avoid were not mentioned.

A woman would never guess, for example, that the choices she makes about pregnancy and childbirth can raise or lower her risk of breast cancer. Taking the contraceptive pill, delaying her first child, aborting a pregnancy – these things are among the factors driving the “epidemic” of breast cancer among younger women. Doesn’t she have a right to be told?

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp – DVD Set
Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs/King James Version
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A 78 year Love Story

October 22, 2014 | Author:

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CINCINNATI — When Helen Auer died on Wednesday, she was sitting in her chair. Her husband of 73 years came into the room and knew right away. Joe leaned over, gave her a kiss goodbye, and whispered in her ear: “Helen, call me home.”

Just 28 hours later, Helen did. Joe Auer died at the age of 100. His children figured he could manage one night without her, but not two. Wednesday they will have a funeral mass in front of the same altar where they were married in 1941.

This was a couple from a different time. They survived the Depression in East Price Hill, they met at church and had their first of 10 children before Joe went off to fight in World War II. Helen was pregnant with their second when Joe left. She kissed him at the end of the driveway and he walked down toward Greenwell Avenue and then Union Terminal on his way to go fight the Germans with the U.S. Army.

Helen (nee Fluegeman) was able to mail him a photo, somewhere in France, of her with their two children, Barry and Judy. Joe would meet Judy for the first time when she was 3 years old.

Joe carried that photo in his wallet as he trudged through Europe after landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. He kept that photo in his wallet, in fact, the rest of his life; smudged and worn and endlessly important. “It never left his wallet,” Jerry Auer, Helen and Joe’s 10th and final child, said. “It’s still in there right now.”

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Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents & Children

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Public School Officials Harass Homeschoolers In West Virginia

October 22, 2014 | Author:

By Mike Donnelly of HSLDA

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The homeschooling community in Ritchie County has grown fast, and officials concerned with funding impacts have apparently ordered a campaign to persuade parents to put their kids back in public school.

Ed Toman, Ritchie County superintendent of schools, allegedly ordered members of his staff to contact homeschoolers to convince them that they should re-enroll their children in his school system. Reports indicate that county homeschooling families are getting calls from officials who have questioned parents’ competency and asked questions like “what can we do to get your kids back in school?”

Some homeschooling parents who spoke with HSLDA and requested anonymity described a pattern of intimidation or harassment.

“I’ve received several calls from the school district,” one HSLDA member family said. “One family told me that they had gotten so many calls at their place of employment that their work supervisor was asking questions about the calls.”

“Some families who met at the start of the year with counselors about homeschooling were told teachers would lose their jobs because their kids were being homeschooled. They didn’t seem at all interested in the fact that parents were leaving the system because they were fed up with problems,” she continued. “I told the school district that they were misusing our private information and that we wouldn’t stand for them infringing our rights to homeschool.”

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Curriculum Advice, From Victoria Botkin Volume 1:Practical Help for Beginning Homeschool Mothers
Curriculum Advice From Victoria Botkin Volume 2: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption

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How To Be The Family The World Notices (In A Good Way)

October 21, 2014 | Author:

By Tricia Goyer at Momlife Today

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On a recent business trip there are two families that stand out in my memory. One is a couple who sat down by me at the lunch table at the airport.

“Why are you talkin’ to me?” The woman’s voice was nearly shouting as she glared at her husband. “I’m hungry, and you know I don’t like anyone talking to me when I’m hungry.”

“Yes, I know.” The husband’s words came out as a sigh, and he slumped into the chair and waited as she went to order food.

No matter what the sitcoms say, family life is not about outsmarting others to get what you want or putting down others to make yourself look better. Too many people throw in the towel on kindness and instead pick up their boxing gloves, fighting for individual fulfillment in their family. If you pay attention, the mantra you might see displayed in the actions of family members is, “It’s all about me.”

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