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A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church
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A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church


Apr 21 2015
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by Autism.

For the first two years of my son’s life, I felt like a complete failure.

As Rowan’s parents, Erik and I battled. We battled delayed speech. We battled meltdowns and tantrums that made no sense, even for a two-year-old. We battled his panic attacks in Target, ...

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With Children in Foxholes


Apr 20 2015
Dodging election season airstrikes with Sudan's most vulnerable.
With Children in Foxholes
Kimberly L. Smith

In America, I mocked politicians who plundered for votes by shaking hands and plopping kisses on baby’s plump cheeks. Who do they think they’re fooling? Now, after more than a decade of working in Sudan and South Sudan, I’d take those friendly baby-kissing ...

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Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition


Apr 17 2015
Where do women belong in complementarian organizations?
Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition

It’s not just outsiders that look at Christian conferences—especially those with conservative stances on gender roles—and ask, “Where do women fit in here?”

Even for "insiders" like me, theological alignment doesn't dissolve the ...

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One Last Thing: The Christian Porn Secret


Apr 16 2015
Novel skips pat answers and focuses on healing in community.
One Last Thing: The Christian Porn Secret
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Imagine that weeks before your wedding, you walked in on your fiancé, an upstanding Christian man, watching pornography.

That’s the premise of One Last Thing, a novel from Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue. St. James is best known as a Grammy-winning Christian ...

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Cry


Apr 14 2015
We don’t need to apologize for our emotions.
I Am Woman, Hear Me Cry
Linda Mea Meoni / Flickr

For millennia, women’s emotions and women’s fears have been regarded as abnormal and erratic, at least where “normal” has been defined by men, who do not share the cyclical nature of women’s physiology and psychology. The menstrual cycle, and ...

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Another Chance to Be Afraid—and Trust God


Apr 13 2015
A Christian mom fighting fear in East Africa.
Another Chance to Be Afraid—and Trust God
Ben Curtis / AP

On this past Maundy Thursday, students at a university in Garissa, Kenya gathered to pray before class. Others crammed for exams or finished dressing for the day or scarfed down breakfast. While they went about the spiritual and the mundane, gunman murdered two guards at ...

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Sometimes, Kids Don’t Need to Share


Apr 10 2015
If we want to teach our children generosity, we shouldn’t force them to take turns.
Sometimes, Kids Don’t Need to Share
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Spend 10 minutes with group of toddlers and you’ll soon hear an adult admonish, “You need to share!”

Little ones routinely offend social norms: They don’t ask. They grab. They whine. They impressively arch their backs when they don’t get something ...

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