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Woman donates embryos on Facebook: 2 questions

The Watts family - Shelby, Angelina, mother Angel, Charles, Alexander and father Jeff - pose for a family photo while enjoying an afternoon at home (Credit: The Tennessean/George Walker IV) Angel and Jeff Watts are the proud parents of two sets of twins. They used in vitro fertilization to conceive both times but were left with 6 embryos after deciding that their family was complete. They placed the embryos in the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, TN but, after two years, they remained at the Center. They came to find out that theirs were one of over 300 sets at the Center, with each set consisting of as many as 24 embryos, so they decided to take a more active approach in finding a recipient family. The Watts posted their situation on Facebook, listing the qualities they were looking for in potential adopters: married for several years, in a steady, loving relationship, strong Christian background, and roots in Tennessee. After receiving hundreds of responses over the course of only 3 weeks, they settled on the Galloways from Cookeville, TN.

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Questionable vaccines and ruling emotions

Jayden Mercado, 4, sits in his mother Yariluz Ocasio's lap while he gets an influenza vaccine at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, January 10, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder)New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made headlines earlier this week on a trade mission to London. In front of a facility for MedImmune, an American company that makes a nasal flu vaccine, Christie broke with many in the medical field and the president when he said that parents "need to have some measure of choice" about vaccinating their children against measles. Speaking as a father more than a governor, he said, "It's more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official… parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well." His office would later add that "with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated."

His comments were especially significant due to the recent surge in measles. Doctors warn that up to 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles in recent weeks. According to the Mayo Clinic, the United States averaged about 60 cases of measles per year, with most originating outside of the country. However, due to the recent phenomenon among parents who, against the advice of medical professionals, refuse to vaccinate their children, this statistic no longer proves to be true.

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'I have a fiancé, a girlfriend and two boyfriends'

Adultery concept - a young man with his arm around one woman while holding hands with another woman, all walking down a brick path (Credit: Michael Jung via Fotolia)So states the headline of an article now on the CNN website.  The story profiles Miju Han, a resident of the Bay Area who lives with her fiancé.  She has also been seeing a woman romantically for two years, and dates two other men.  She calls her relationship status "polyamorous," meaning "many loves."

If you're shocked by her story, know that soon you won't be.  Polyamory is the next step in the continued movement of our culture from traditional marriage into whatever people want to do.

Last year I wrote a paper responding to the Supreme Court's decision to revoke the Defense of Marriage Act.  In that paper I offered the following observations:

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Millennials: why do they spend so much time on Facebook?

A young woman compares two smartphones, an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy, at a trade show (Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar)As an American traveling abroad and trying to communicate across a language barrier have you ever felt the temptation to speak slowly and loudly as if that is going to help them understand your urgent request to find the nearest bathroom?  They look at you with that befuddled stare, shrug, smile, and walk away.  Why are we the ones that get frustrated?  We are immigrants in their native land yet we expect them to understand our language.

I am sure you have experienced the same frustration in dealing with younger adults and their apparent obsession with social media.  Have you attempted to have a conversation with them and they seem unable to lift their eyes from their iPad?  Or perhaps they roll their eyes when you ask them to put their phone down for a minute? This young "Millennium" generation was born after 1980.  Facebook and social media aren't new or confusing technology to them.   They are "digital natives" and you are the "digital immigrant."  For example, 89% of "millennials" use social networking sites, less than 40% of their parents and grandparents do.  On average a millennial spends nearly three hours a day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.  While this may seem high, it is still less than the five hours a day the average older adult spends watching television!

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To Tinder or not to Tinder: what does the Bible say?

Tinder presskit (Credit: Tinder)Tinder, similar to Voldemort from Harry Potter, is a name one does not utter in public. Just the mention of this new dating app causes faces to blush, heads to turn, and judgments to be handed down. Like opinions of Taylor Swift, everyone has a stance they take on Tinder. They are either the biggest fan, think it is single handedly destroying all things good, or they are embarrassed by it but secretly love it.

So what is this "sparks flying," "love story" telling, dark magic app for your phone? Tinder is the fastest growing dating app that is sweeping (or you might say swiping) the nation. On Tinder, a person's picture appears, and if it is easy on the eyes (as my papaw says and as Laban's daughter Rachel is described (Genesis 29:17)) you swipe right. If this person is not to your liking, you swipe left. If both individuals swipe right on each other's pictures, then you are each notified and have the opportunity to text each other on the messenger portion of the app.

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