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Heaven: Fairy Tale or Eternal Destination?

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Despite being diagnosed with ALS at 21 and given two years to live, Stephen Hawking lived decades beyond his predicted death, eventually dying at the age of 76. It’s easy to imagine that living more than 50 years on borrowed time may have inspired him to think about heaven now and then. In addition, the renowned physicist, by nature of his career, spent a lot of time pondering big-picture questions, like those surrounding the origin of the universe. And here’s …

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13 Reasons to Keep Going

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“If you’re listening, you’re too late,” claim the grim posters for the controversial Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why, which dropped its second season in late May, and has just been renewed for a third season. The widespread popularity of 13 Reasons Why—which chronicles the lead up to and fallout of a high schooler’s suicide—suggests that it has touched a nerve in our culture. With its themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault and rape, and revenge, the world of 13 …

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Love in Action Cuts Through Caste

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Many people in India dismiss the caste system as being yesterday’s news. It’s a long-forgotten concept, irrelevant in today’s world, they claim. But caste and class divisions are still endemic among different segments of our communities. There is an invisible line, separating the “upper” from the “lower” – a line that we, as believers, need to destroy with our actions and not just our words. The caste system is an issue that is paralyzing India’s progress. It even plays out …

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5 Things You Can Do Today to Reclaim Your Joy (No Pixie Dust Required)

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What is it about the movie “Hook” that has captivated kids (and their parents!) for nearly thirty years? Robin Williams, certainly. And pirates always help. And, of course, Tinkerbell was pretty neat. But that warm feeling the movie left us with…where did that come from? Ah, yes. The plot. That great storyline in which a man rediscovers joy. Peter Pan rediscovered joy, and audiences across the nation cheered and cried. He found his lost “happy thoughts” and, for the first time …

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Motherhood: Not for the Faint of Heart

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When I think of May, I think of flowers and moms. And just as there are endless varieties of blooms, moms are pretty diverse, too. They come in all shapes, sizes, states of mind, levels of mom-skills, and more. That variety means that even though everybody has a mother, not everybody shares similar experiences and memories of the iconic maternal influence. Perhaps this is why Mother’s Day comes under fire now and again. We enjoy celebrating Donna-Reed-type moms, but what …