Real love vs. pornography

In the late 1930s, Nikolaas Tinbergen demonstrated a new concept in biology: “supernormal stimulus.” Introducing plaster eggs larger and more brightly colored than ordinary eggs into birds’ nests, he found that birds could be tricked into neglecting their real eggs in favor of the fake ones. Similarly, he used models, larger and more brightly colored than ordinary butterflies, to lure male butterflies away from real females. Animals can’t always tell the difference between a counterfeit and the real thing.

A Sunday meal to build Christian community

Dinner together as a family was a given growing up. It was a part of our daily routine, a time when our parents would check in with us and we would see one another. As an adult, I appreciate this routine as having been a foundation to my desire for, and expectations and practice of, the great gift of Christian community.

Cómo tener una sagrada familia

Era un caluroso día de julio hace 32 años cuando mi familia posó por última vez para un retrato formal. Ahí estamos mi madre y sus cinco hijos (mi padre había muerto en 1972), esposos y nietos, de pie o sentados con atención en la sala, con nuestros trajes de domingo, zapatos bien boleados y cabello bien peinado, sonriendo como si no hubiera preocupaciones en el mundo.

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