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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback
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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback


Oct 20 2014
Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.

It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.

During those first few quiet moments—just before I rouse my middle-schooler for early morning band, then my daughter for her grade-school ...

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The Pastor’s Wife Effect


Oct 20 2014
Pastors' wives don’t need reverence. They need friendship.
The Pastor’s Wife Effect
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In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift recounts a conversation with her brother about a man he’d seen walking around with a cat on his head. She was torn between wanting to respect the man’s privacy and wishing she had a photo. After all, she said, ...

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How Love Leads Us to Worry


Oct 17 2014
When we love someone or something, we assume they’re ours to worry about.
How Love Leads Us to Worry
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Author Amy Simpson, a regular Her.meneutics writer, has previously shared with us about various aspects of mental health, including the church’s response to mental illness, the language we use to talk about mental disorders, and the rise in depression and OCD among ...

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What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?


Oct 15 2014
How “exceptional” African Americans still bolster our stereotypes.
What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?
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In high school, I took a class called “The Black Experience in White America,” studying stacks of books on critical race theory, reels of historical documentaries, and pages of prose written by African Americans. The course asked: What does it mean to be black ...

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Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?


Oct 14 2014
How our instinct to praise each others’ looks might fuel an image-obsessed culture.
Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?
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A few weeks ago I saw on Instagram a picture of my friend with a celebrity. It wasn’t a backstage concert photo, or a selfie from a chance run-in at Starbucks. Instead, she was working with this nationally recognized figure as a part of her job. I was excited for her ...

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The History We’d Prefer to Forget


Oct 13 2014
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
The History We’d Prefer to Forget
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The recent round of protests in Colorado over a proposed change to the Advanced Placement American History curriculum has illustrated for me the challenge in our culture about what it means to remember well.

The College Board, the organization that administers Advanced ...

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The Deeper Draw of YA


Oct 10 2014
Grown-up readers find a necessary reminder of our brokenness and vulnerability.
The Deeper Draw of YA
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For decades, adults have enjoyed books intended for teenagers and adolescents. But during this year’s leisurely summer reading season, the adult inclination toward young adult (YA) lit became a hotly debated topic.

Ruth Graham sparked a fury with her article in Slate ...

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