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The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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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 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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Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image


Jul 16 2014
Our obsession with appearance has theological ramifications for both women and men.
Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image
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Have you ever heard a sermon about body image?

Aside from the occasional side comment, I've never heard body image given substantial treatment from the pulpit or serious attention from leaders in the church, which is surprising since body image is not a marginal issue ...

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6 Crowdfunding Myths for Christians to Consider


Jul 16 2014
Online fundraising can be a great ministry resource… if done right.
6 Crowdfunding Myths for Christians to Consider
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The world has seen crowdfunding campaigns for everything from high-tech fitness gadgets to, more recently, a very expensive potato salad. In fact, in 2013, crowdfunding—a term for the process of gathering contributions, typically online, for a specific project—was ...

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When Our Desires Disorient Us


Jul 15 2014
Recognizing what we want allows us to stand exposed before God.
When Our Desires Disorient Us
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Recently, a new field of psychology has spawned to address the task of examining desire. Wantology, of which Arlie Russell Hochschild makes mention in her New York Times article, "The Outsourced Life," is a field of expertise aimed at helping people discern their ...

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Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder


Jul 14 2014
Rather than hide in pain, trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life.
Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder
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Molly Merry rests a hand on her pregnant belly, smiling at the uncertainty that lay in her womb. She wasn't always this calm, but she knows her daughter—diagnosed with an often-fatal genetic disorder—is in his plans.

"I felt like he kept telling me, ...

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Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook


Jul 11 2014
As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s also help the helpers.As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s not forget to help the helpers.
Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook
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When a 19-year-old college student from our church went missing, our entire community sprang into action. Search parties were assembled, prayer teams were gathered, and social media campaigns were launched. Hundreds showed their support, and together we mourned when she was ...

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