Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness is managing editor of Reporter Online, the official web magazine of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, and assistant editor at, a forum about Christian female vocation. She writes regularly on issues of faith, family, and culture. You can follow her on Twitter @CLMagness.
‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ Is Of No Comfort To Hurting Women, But This Is

If the idea of another self-help book leaves you feeling tired before you have even turned one page, try some Jesus-help instead.

7 Tips For Sending Your Child Off To College

For us, the first day of college felt almost like the first day of kindergarten, as we stepped back from being the primary directors of our child’s studies and daily schedule.

Those Studies Are Right: Being A Mom Is Much Harder Than Most Day Jobs

Having recently rejoined the fulltime work force after 25 years of mostly staying home, I can say without hesitation that fulltime mommying is way harder than fulltime employment.

Why It’s A Great Idea To Arm Schoolchildren With Buckets Of Rocks

Giving kids a bucket of rocks to use against an intruder sends a couple of messages that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Why It’s Perfect That Ash Wednesday Falls On Valentine’s Day This Year

Is this a problem for Christian churches that celebrate Ash Wednesday, calling attention away from a solemn liturgical observance to a lighthearted, sometimes silly secular holiday? No.

It’s Not Blame-Shifting To Ask Where The Parents Were In The Gymnastics Sex Abuse Cases

Cries of ‘blame-shifting’ are in effect a sort of victim-shifting — from the children to those who were best-positioned to protect them but who, by their own admission, failed to do so.

Evil, Not Homeschooling, Caused The California ‘House Of Horrors’

If local governments can’t protect the children in their own schools, what makes anyone think they can protect children in home schools they are only going to inspect once a year?

It’s Time To Stop The Sexual Witch Hunt And Take A Hard Look At Ourselves

From the #MeToo movement to the outing of past crimes to the demands to purge the evil among us, there is a growing sense of panic bordering on hysteria.

5 Things Thanksgiving Can Teach Us About Living Better All Year Long

The quintessential Thanksgiving image of friends and family gathered around a beautifully set table represents something that many no longer experience regularly yet still deeply crave.

Why So Many People Get A New Lease On Life In Their 50s

When you’re standing on the threshold of The Rest of Your Life, anticipating 30 to 40 years rather than 60 to 70, you want to get it right.

Here’s What Disaster Relief Looks Like Right Now On The Ground In Houston

The swift response to Harvey’s devastation was the fruit of much preparation, organization, and groundwork—often going back years.

Don’t Blame People For Harvey’s Devastation. Do Something To Help

We need to put the best construction on other people’s efforts in the midst of this crisis—and turn our attention to our own.

We Need To Learn To Sing Together Again, And Not Just At Green Day Concerts

It seems so obvious that it should hardly need to be argued: if we don’t teach our children to sing together, they won’t grow up with the ability to do so.

Slate: Let’s Fix High Maternal Mortality Rates By Killing The Baby Instead

Killing the unborn isn’t the answer to high-risk pregnancy. We should focus on helping mothers and their children, from conception to childbirth—and beyond.

13 Things I’ve Learned From 30 Years of Marriage

Life is unpredictable, swinging from joy to sorrow and back again, over and over and over. Marriage is naturally going to reflect that swinging.

June Chu Dogpile At Yale Is Yet Another Ado About Nothing

After quickly reading June Chu’s offending reviews in screenshots made available by the Yale Daily News, I found myself scratching my head at the hubbub.

5 Reasons You Should Go Back To Church Again If You Visited This Easter

Whatever the reason you went to church on Easter, God is glad you were there, not because he needs you, but because you need him — more than once a year.

Why Your Mom’s Opinion Should Matter Way More Than Chrissy Teigen’s

In the false authority hall of fame, celebrities are at the top of the list. Why do we pay them any mind?

We Took The Benedict Option For 20 Years Without Knowing It, And It’s Paid Off

The concern that Christians who embrace the Benedict Option are retreating into a cultish, anti-social lifestyle is perhaps the most common criticism of Rod Dreher’s book. But not accurate.

Try These 8 Simple Holy Week Observances To Prepare Your Soul For Easter

Easter is about more than bunnies and baskets. Here’s how you can transcend the commercial, and spend more time reverently preparing for Easter Sunday.