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What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You
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What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You


Apr 22 2014
Midwesterners’ ubiquitous church-talk helped me finally address my doubt.

"So have you found a church family yet?" She leaned in over her coffee, meeting my eyes across the dining room table. I paused for a split second, my expression puzzled.

"No," I answered, shaking my head and laughing nervously. "No church family ...

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My Kid Is Not My Calling


Apr 21 2014
How we've mischaracterized the Christian "call."
My Kid Is Not My Calling
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I might sound like a bad mother, but I have a confession to make: I love my son, I delight in my son, and I would literally lay my life down for my son. However, I do not feel called to be a mom.

I came to this realization years before I ever gave birth, back when a friend ...

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We Wish You a Busy Easter


Apr 17 2014
Why the extra services and special meals of Holy Week are good for us.
We Wish You a Busy Easter
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As a child, I'm not sure I would have told you Easter was a holiday. Christmas prompted weeks of preparation on a church musical; commandeered displays at every store; and mustered a parade of boxes in the mail bearing presents from far-off relatives. In comparison, Easter ...

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Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife


Apr 17 2014
Alzheimer’s puts caregivers in painful in-betweens.
Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife
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Last week, I observed two examples of loving service at the dinner table. At one end, my sister-in-law smooshed peas in a plastic bowl for Beatrix, the newest member of the family. At the other, my grandmother sliced steak into pieces for my grandfather, who can no longer ...

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The Epic Jesus Follower Fail


Apr 16 2014
The cringe-worthy subplot of Holy Week underscores the truth of the gospel.
The Epic Jesus Follower Fail
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On the Internet and in our culture, there's a lot of bluster, often warranted, about the failures of the church. We wince as another pastor is involved in scandal; another popular Christian leader says something unhelpful, insensitive, or heretical; another Christian ...

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How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis


Apr 15 2014
Fighting gender inequity in global farming.
How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis

It's spring, and as sporadic rains fall on thirsty California, I am thinking about a certain biblical promise. Found in Hosea, it follows an assurance that God will heal, revive, and raise Israel up again: "He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering ...

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Lent Isn't Just About You


Apr 14 2014
Why one Catholic writer went on a mission to do more than self-improve.
Lent Isn't Just About You
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In recent years, Lent has become more than an opportunity to give up chocolate, as Christians explore ways to use the 40-day period to engage social justice issues, such as hunger, clean water, and poverty.

Bridging spiritual disciplines with mercy ministry, 31-year-old ...

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