Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness is managing editor of Reporter, the official web magazine of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, assistant editor at Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife, a forum about Christian female vocation, and a contributor to "He Restores My Soul: Writings on Cross and Comfort" from Emmanuel Press. She writes regularly on issues of faith, family and culture.
A No-Fail Christmas Caroling Guide For Even The Most Bashful Singers

Here are some common carols (and tips for how to sound good) that can help set your caroling plans in motion this holiday season.

Why You Should Go Christmas Caroling This Year, And How To Start

We underestimate the amount of joy and community bonding that can happen if we take time out of our busy lives to sing collectively with our neighbors.

‘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?