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Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s
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Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s


May 27 2015
Christian psychologist: ‘God has a way to reach them’

In the Gospels, Jesus recognizes people the religious elites fail to see. Consequently, we can make an effort to ask ourselves, Whom do I render invisible? And, who goes overlooked by our culture or our churches?

On staff at my church, as I work to coordinate pastoral care ...

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Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Christian Woman


May 26 2015
New opportunities affirm the unique giftedness we’ve always had.
Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Christian Woman
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We’re constantly tempted to focus on what women can’t do or how women have struggled. Sometimes, it’s for good reason—throughout history, there are countless instances of society and the church failing to affirm women.

But as I explored the topic ...

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The Church Is Your Mom


May 21 2015
Maybe not a perfect mother, but a mother worth celebrating nonetheless.
The Church Is Your Mom
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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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