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The Church Is Your Mom


May 21 2015
Maybe not a perfect mother, but a mother worth celebrating nonetheless.

This year, Pentecost Sunday, which is this weekend, falls a couple weeks after Mother’s Day. But several years ago the two celebrations fell on the same day, and I thought that timing was perfect—Pentecost celebrates a birth and a mother­, the birth of the ...

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Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women


May 20 2015
The oldest way to spread a religion is not to evangelize people; it’s to create new ones.
Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women
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In all the battles waged by men, one of the most effective ways to destroy the enemy is to destroy its women. Rape and sexual abuse are wartime “strategies” as old as war itself.

Yesterday The New York Times ran a devastating report that hundreds of girls as ...

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B. B. King, My Soundtrack for Suffering


May 19 2015
What the late King of the Blues reminded me about the King of Kings.
B. B. King, My Soundtrack for Suffering
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When blues guitarist B. B. King died last week, the web lit up with tributes, and San Francisco jazz station KCSM devoted all of that day’s programming to selections from King’s vast repertoire.

Such a response is all the more striking, given the blues’ ...

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All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity Inequality


May 18 2015
Christians help bridge the gap by making the local church really local.
All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity Inequality
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At the beginning of Sunday school, one of the four- and five-year-olds piped up to ask: “Miss Hannah, can we pray that my mommy won’t be mean to me anymore?” For the past year, I’ve been squeezing my knees under a two-and-a-half-foot-tall table every ...

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God Bless the Foot-Washers and Nail-Painters


May 15 2015
Our little luxuries are taking a big toll on workers.
God Bless the Foot-Washers and Nail-Painters
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Through cleaning and primping, we form bonds, build relationships, and reinforce social structures. Our markers and means of beauty thereby represent broader cultural dynamics and issues.

Take, for example, the professional manicures and pedicures that have become standard ...

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When the Cross and the Crescent Are in the Same Family


May 14 2015
How an evangelical mom and Muslim daughter overcame their divide.
When the Cross and the Crescent Are in the Same Family

When Patricia Raybon’s youngest daughter went off to college, she watched her wrestle with some of the racial and religious questions she struggled with as an African American during the Black Power era decades before.

“Generationally, we were at very different ...

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Is This What Love Looks Like?


May 12 2015
Parsing mixed messages about the heart of marriage.
Is This What Love Looks Like?
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In a series of illustrations entitled, "Love is…" Korean artist Puuung attempts to “find the meaning of love in our daily lives.” Her vibrant sketches of amorous couples are homespun, pure, and familial. Lovers dance barefoot in their high-rise ...

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