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Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong
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Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong


Aug 28 2015
A religious freedom advocate looks at the factors that keep faith communities resilient in conflict.

If you want to understand international affairs, you have to understand religion. One significant and threatening example: the ongoing campaigns by extremist groups like ISIS to gain power and terrorize their opposition based on religious ideology. In these instances, young ...

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America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think


Aug 26 2015
A teacher's plea for the church to give the gift of literacy.
America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think
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Today’s post comes from one of the winners of the Her.meneutics Summer Writing Contest, responding to the question, “What do you wish the local church knew?” Winning entries will appear on the site each Wednesday through Labor Day. –Kate

I spent ...

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Humbled By Motherhood


Aug 25 2015
I thought starting a nonprofit was hard. Then I had a baby.
Humbled By Motherhood

Starting a nonprofit to deliver water and AIDS services to more than 1 million people in Africa was the hardest thing I’d ever done. At 22, I co-founded Blood:Water with the band Jars of Clay. Over the past decade, I’ve spent my days on tour buses and airplanes ...

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You Are How Much You Work


Aug 24 2015
Amazon, Google, and the troubling push for productivity at all costs.
You Are How Much You Work
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When friends come to visit, I take them to the San Francisco Bay Area’s must-see spots: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the beaches and mountains—and, more recently, Googleplex, Google’s sprawling 26-acre campus.

Home to 3.1 million square feet of office ...

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God Doesn’t Need You to Go Viral


Aug 21 2015
Christian vloggers walk a fine line between sharing Christ and selling themselves.
God Doesn’t Need You to Go Viral
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It’s easy to see why pregnancy announcement videos go viral: the over-the-top excitement, the celebration of love and new life, the fun, creative ways parents share their big news. It’s the ultimate feel-good experience in our social media feeds.

Christian families ...

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God Does Help Those Who Help Themselves


Aug 20 2015
A look at poverty solutions that engage the poor.
God Does Help Those Who Help Themselves

As our group lumbered through Rwanda's hand-cultivated hills in a small van this past July, we met enterprising women and men who had taken out small loans through community banks or church-sponsored savings groups. They told proud stories of having improved their lives ...

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Our Plates Runneth Over


Aug 19 2015
For the sake of the church, its mission, and our health, it’s time to talk about our diets.
Our Plates Runneth Over
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Today’s post comes from one of the winners of the Her.meneutics Summer Writing Contest, responding to the question, “What do you wish the local church knew?” Winning entries will appear on the site each Wednesday through Labor Day. –Kate

There’s ...

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