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What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve
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What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve


Jan 30 2015
Need Christians to help and lead at church? I know plenty.

Many have attributed American churches’ dwindling numbers to an “entitlement mentality,” saying that today’s Christians look to congregations to for a certain kind of fulfillment and leave when those needs aren’t being met.

But perhaps the ...

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What Do I Get If I’m Good?


Jan 29 2015
Raising moral kids in a culture of rewards.
What Do I Get If I’m Good?
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Several weeks ago, as I wrestled my two-year-old into clothes, the weight of my charge as a parent hit me—somewhere between the second time putting his shirt on and the third time putting his pants on. As he ripped off his socks and threw them at the dog, I told him, ...

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Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better


Jan 28 2015
How unexpected fame and quirky family has helped Jessica Robertson share her faith.
Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better
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Jessica Robertson belongs to a big, unusual family—evangelical Christians made famous by their popular duck-call company Duck Commander and the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Since its premiere three years ago, the show has set cable reality TV records, attracting ...

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Dealing with ‘Gender Disappointment’


Jan 27 2015
In the age of girl power, many of us want daughters. Here's why I’m happy either way.
Dealing with ‘Gender Disappointment’
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Like many moms, I joke that I have a love-hate relationship with pregnancy. I love feeling my baby kick and the idea of life growing inside of me, but my body tends to hate being pregnant. When I found out in September that I would be having another baby, I braced myself. ...

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Parented by Grandparents


Jan 26 2015
The challenges of caretaking in middle age present new opportunities for outreach.
Parented by Grandparents
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A few weeks ago, I was at a McDonalds PlayPlace with my two grandsons, ages 6 and 11. There were a half-dozen other older caregivers in the room watching the kids burn off some of that Happy Meal energy. When a little girl took a tumble down a slide and cried, “Grandma!” ...

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Why Women Turn to Terrorism


Jan 23 2015
And how the church can offer a different way.
Why Women Turn to Terrorism
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Long before the terror attacks in Paris and the manhunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of one of the men accused of killing a police officer, women have participated as active combatants in terrorist-related violence.

Able to move closer to targets without detection, women ...

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What Maternity Leave Policies Have to Do with Christian Witness


Jan 22 2015
Our institutions can—and should— lead the way in supporting new life and growing families.
What Maternity Leave Policies Have to Do with Christian Witness
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Women in higher ed are bound to raise the question: When is the most “convenient” time to have a child?

Is graduate school best? In the first few years of teaching? After tenure? For many of us the primary concern is not at what point in our careers, but at ...

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