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The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations
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The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations


Jul 28 2014
Neither Granny’s castoffs nor HGTV trends belong in church buildings.

1987 called. It wants its tissue box cover back. You know the one, made by hand in colonial blue and dusty rose calico.

Author David Murrow appears to have found the final resting place of this artifact in the churches he's visited. He excerpted a section from his book, ...

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The Next Chapter for Christian Publishing


Jul 28 2014
Instead of saying goodbye to the ‘Golden Age,’ it’s time for us welcome a new era.
The Next Chapter for Christian Publishing
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Earlier this month, renowned Christian author Philip Yancey said Farewell to the Golden Age of Christian publishing, leaving authors and readers concerned over the future of the industry. One author shared, "This is why I'm re-evaluating whether I want to be a writer ...

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Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership


Jul 25 2014
Unmarried ministers offer a unique understanding of devotion to Christ alone.
Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership
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Each time I read a well-intentioned article on how to make the most of your single years, I scan down to the author's bio and often discover that, sure enough, he's married to his college sweetheart, pulling advice from a brief period of singleness years ago.

Even ...

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Not Another Charity Case


Jul 24 2014
Violence against women calls for an immediate, institution-wide response from Christians.
Not Another Charity Case
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Vast amounts of ink have been spilled pointing out how our attempts at charity go about it wrong. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie came under fire for his model, which donated a pair of shoes to someone in a developing country for each pair sold, arguably leaving foreign ...

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Confessions of a Cosplay Mom


Jul 22 2014
How this Christian parent learned to embrace the wacky Comic-Con scene.
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom
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When I tell people that my teenage daughter loves to cosplay, they often have no idea what I'm talking about. Cosplay? What's that?

Costumed play, or cosplay, has emerged as a colorful subculture of dress up and role-play. Cosplay conventions are major events where ...

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The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'


Jul 21 2014
The series’ groundbreaking diversity disappoints in the realm of religion.
The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The following post contains details from the first and second seasons of Orange Is the New Black. (Don't say we didn't warn you.)

I love my Don Drapers and Walter Whites, but we were long overdue for a Piper Chapman. She's the main character of Orange Is the ...

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How Poor Could They Be?


Jul 18 2014
On going broke and getting judged.
How Poor Could They Be?
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After I confessed some of the stupid decisions we've made during our financial dry spell, a woman told me her family, in similar straits, went to Disney World: "We'd paid for the trip before my husband got laid off. We couldn't get a refund. To cancel seemed ...

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