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The Dumbing-Down of Brave
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The Dumbing-Down of Brave


May 1 2015
Real courage is more than a cute catchphrase.

THIS WAS NOT BRAVE, declared fashion blogger Jessica Kane, as she posted a photo of herself in a swimsuit. “I've been told how brave I am for not having a coverup,” she said, “but going without a wrap would only take bravery if I cared what others thought ...

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Good Cop, Bad Cop, and the Baltimore I Knew


Apr 30 2015
Responding to the recent protests over Freddie Gray’s death.
Good Cop, Bad Cop, and the Baltimore I Knew
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My memories of Baltimore police seem like parallel realities. “Officer Friendly” came to my elementary school back in the ‘80s, a uniformed hero in front of an excited classroom full of black kids. After that, the boys spent recess imitating police officers ...

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When Doubt Is More than Just a Season


Apr 28 2015
Rather than waiting for it to pass, keep wrestling.
When Doubt Is More than Just a Season
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Every spring my social media feed bursts with photos of children sitting in fields of bluebonnets, an annual tradition in Texas. It’s purported to be a crime to pick a bluebonnet, our state flower. (It’s not.) It’s definitely a crime that I’ve lived ...

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Nothing to Fear But Every Single Thing


Apr 27 2015
How womanhood became a state of second-guessing.
Nothing to Fear But Every Single Thing
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A few months after our son was born, the three of us were taking a walk when my husband confessed to me something about our journey into parenthood, “I wasn’t prepared for how fearful you’ve become.”

I don’t consider myself an anxious person. ...

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Clothing Manufacturing Gets a Makeover


Apr 24 2015
A Christian-owned company in Nepal works to empower, not exploit.
Clothing Manufacturing Gets a Makeover
Courtesy of Purnaa

Update: Shortly after we posted this interview with the founder of a Kathmandu-based clothing company Purnaa, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake. Purnaa has since verified that all its staff survived. For more on the disaster and relief efforts, please see CT's Gleanings ...

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Shared Savior, Split Traditions


Apr 23 2015
Why I try to be generous to Christians who see some important things differently.
Shared Savior, Split Traditions
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As a kid, I observed Abuelita reading her Bible. Each day she faithfully opened the Scriptures and struggled to pronounce the words aloud in Spanish. Even with only a third-grade education, daily Bible reading was a priority, and it soon became a priority for me, too. My ...

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A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church


Apr 21 2015
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by autism.
A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church
Paradise Nazarene / Flickr

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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