Responding to the American Birth Dearth with Faith

We trust that He who lovingly laid His hands of blessing on the little children will keep His hands of love and guidance on ours.

By Stan Guthrie

Soon after Christine and I started dating, we discussed how many children we might want, if and when we got married. I, from a home with three kids, said that three was a good number. Christine, who was from a smaller family, said one.

“One?” I said, genuinely surprised. “He’ll get lonely.”

Without missing a beat, Christine replied, “Then we’ll get him a dog.”

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About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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