When the Baby Carriage Comes Before the Marriage
Laurie DeRose, Family Studies

Couples who didn’t marry before having a child opted out for a reason—so their relationships face tough odds.

The Evangelical Academy
Richard Mouw, First Things

The Jesuits, in setting up their colleges and universities, have typically not required their non-Jesuit colleagues to share their vows. But there is nothing about their sense of academic propriety as such that would prohibit that kind of boundary-setting.

Law and Morality in Public Discourse: How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture
Charles J. Chaput, Public Discourse

It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God.

Assemblies of God Turns 100 and Looks to a Multiethnic Future
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

The U.S. denomination has some 3.1 million faithful — with a membership that is 41 percent nonwhite, up from 31 percent a decade ago.