Friday Five: Marian Liautaud
Providing practical help on the challenging issues of life.

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Marian Liautaud.

Marian Liautaud is editor for Today's Christian Woman and Church Law and Tax. She regularly contributes to both as well. She is the author of War on Women. You can follow her on Twitter @marianliautaud.

Today we chat with Marian about Today's Christian Woman, sex-selective abortions, and marathons.

At the beginning of this year, CT chose to relaunch Today's Christian Woman. This was a pretty successful magazine before it was cancelled in 2009. What was behind this decision?

Today's Christian Woman is a name readers have long trusted. However, Christianity Today sensed a shift in reader needs, so they retired the TCW brand and relaunched a new media initiative called Kyria (pron. Kee-ree-uh). People had trouble saying the name, much less knowing what it meant ("chosen lady" as referred to in 2 John). Kyria focused on spiritual formation. Though the brand didn't gain traction with readers, it helped transition CT's women's publishing from print-first to digital, plus print. And it helped identify that there was a groundswell among readers to bring back TCW. So the new TCW was launched in 2012, and it has evolved and morphed throughout the past year. We boldly proclaimed a new day for Today's Christian Woman when we launched our new digital weeklies in which we focus on a single theme each week and offer five different takes on that theme. We feature a great mix of multi-generational, multi-ethnic voices to represent different ages, stages, and life experiences of our broad cross-section of readers. Content is pushed out to subscribers via, iPad, mobile, and soon Kindle. Wherever women are, that's where we'll be too, bringing them the best Christian content that addresses the unique interest and challenges for today's Christian woman. We're also continually adding to our contributor rolls with authors who bring a strong network of followers and are helping grow our community of readers. For instance, this year we added Dr. Juli Slattery (founder of Authentic Intimacy) as our regular contributor on sexuality, intimacy, and marriage, and Sherry Surratt, new CEO of MOPS, who speaks fluently on the topic of mentoring and women in ministry.

What advice do you have for emerging female Christian writers?

Christian writers can be so polite and nice to the point where they fail to confront the reality of messy, real life. We're challenging our writers to confront the grit of real life from a godly perspective and in a way that provides practical help for women who are enduring all kinds of challenges. Women Christian writers need to be willing to speak honestly about the questions and struggles they have if we're going to build each other up and encourage one another.

November 15, 2013

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Steve Finnell

November 18, 2013  3:04pm

OT..BIBLE TRANSLATIONS The thought process of some Christians is puzzling to say the least. Why do some believers in Christ question that God has the power to guide men to translate Bibles that are inerrant, trustworthy, accurate, faultless, reliable, infallible. Some of the same Christians who believe the following miracles of the Bible, doubt that God can produce an inerrant translation of the Bible. They believe that Aaron's staff became a serpent. (Exodus 7:10-12) However they do not believe that translations of the Bible are trustworthy. They believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead. (John 21:14) However they do not agree that Bible translations are inerrant. They believe that the dead man Elisha stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13:20-21) However they doubt that Bible translations are infallible. They believe Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead. (John 11:37-44) However they do not affirm that Bible translations are reliable. They believe that God turned Lots wife into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26) However they are not convince that God has given us a translation of the Bible that is accurate. Even those who state that the King James translation is the only accurate translation, believe that Mark 16:16 does mean what is says: They say "Has been baptized shall be saved" actually means, "Has already been saved before they were baptized." They assert that Acts 2:38 actually means "Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because your sins have already been forgiven." They really do not trust the KJV either. Ninety-nine percent of the Bible translations are accurate, trustworthy, inerrant translations of God's word. A few of my favorites are New American Standard Bible, King James Version, New King James Version, English Standard Version, and New International Version. There are also many other reliable translations. YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG.

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Jon Stallings

November 18, 2013  3:03pm

I guess I am a bit confused - Quite a few churches and Christian leaders speak out against abortion. It may not be the intent but the article seems to condone abortion but not abortion based on gender selection?

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November 15, 2013  12:40pm

"Most alarming—the church is virtually silent on this issue." Are you waiting to hear the church speak on NBC, New York Times, etc? Are you waiting for some church expert to write a book? There probably are some out there. Are you waiting for pastors to say something? They probably have from time to time but unless you are sitting there you won't hear them. Are you waiting for the saints to speak up, vote systematically against abortion? 50% of saints will vote pro abortion because they have suckered for the progressive world view that includes the holy grail of abortion for whatever reason - and for free. Another 25% don't vote at all. That does not leave many left to speak and 99% of those are trained weekly to gather with nothing prepared to "spur one another on to love and good works". God has created every believer to do that. He knows what it takes to increase "love and good works". That has been outsourced to pastor which also consumes 75-85% of their "giving". It is currently very bleak, but it can change beginning with a reversal of the last tragic reality. So if you are looking for systemic changes necessary to bring change, helping the saints know what God has called them to do and speak out about the no brainers, then maybe add this challenge to your list. "Feminists are especially silent on the matter, which is ironic considering their pro-female posture." Were you thinking there would be any element of truth or authenticity there? They are probably at the place where they would justify taking any life up till age two merely for convenience sake or simply to reduce the human species. They are out to deceive as many women as possible because they serve the father of lies. They don't believe in him, but that does not mean he does not exist. Do you believe this?

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