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Artist Profile: Anna Kocher


Apr 30 2009
The Philadelphia painter finds 'gritty physicality' in motherhood and in faith.

Anna Kocher is an artist in the greater Philadelphia area whose work has been displayed at her alma mater, Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Church of the Good Samaritan, where she ...

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Humans in Creation: Another View


Apr 29 2009
Nature's enduring value is not in what it can provide us.

Earth Day came and went last week, represented on Her.meneutics with a flurry of commenters responding to Kay Warren's piece, "Puppies Aren't People." On the same day, DisneyNature released Earth, a film blending spectacular beauty, heart-warming scenes of animal ...

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Elizabeth Lev Defends Mom's Decision to Turn Down Notre Dame


Apr 29 2009
She may be a bit biased, but her response is still spot-on.

Politics Daily contributor Elizabeth Lev fired a smart defense this morning of Mary Ann Glendon's refusal to accept Notre Dame's Laetare Medal and to speak alongside President Obama at the school's May 17 commencement ceremony. Glendon sent a letter Monday saying ...

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Going Undercover to Expose Planned Parenthood


Apr 28 2009
Lila Rose's pro-life activism may be breaking state privacy laws. But does it matter?

The Los Angeles Times recently profiled a college student who videotapes counseling sessions at Planned Parenthood clinics to expose potential wrongdoings.

Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA history major, has led her group Live Action to videotape clinics in Los Angeles, ...

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A Campaign for (Kind of) Real Beauty


Apr 27 2009
"Real" fashion models may present as many problems as their hyper-stylized counterparts.

Over the past week, I have mentioned the April issue of French Elle - whose cover features European celebrities without makeup or Photoshop retouching - to nearly every woman I know. Each of them has echoed the sentimentsringing from every corner of the fem-blogosphere: ...

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The Other Miss California Controversy


Apr 24 2009
Carrie Prejean might have stood up for Christian sexual ethics by skipping the Miss USA pageant altogether.

By the time a story like Miss California's has been covered on blogs and in tweets for three days, it seems like old news. On Tuesday, the editors at Her.meneutics discussed how to cover 21-year-old Carrie Prejean's answer to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's question ...

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FDA Accepts Ruling, Minors to Have Access to Morning-After Pill


Apr 24 2009

The Obama administration further sealed the deal that girls 17 and older will be able to purchase the "morning-after pill" without a prescription.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would accept a federal judge's ruling that lifts the Bush administration's ...

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Lynne Hybels: Beware! Dangerous Women


Apr 24 2009
They might just step up and do something.

I'm not a numbers person, but I keep on my desk a list of percentages that shakes me every time I read it. Did you know that ? Seventy percent of the world's extremely poor are women? ? Almost 80 percent of all refugees are women and their kids? ? Every year, ...

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Promise Keepers Invites Women to 2009 Gathering


Apr 23 2009

Promise Keepers (PK), the evangelical ministry known for its focus on making men better fathers and husbands, is inviting women for the first time to its main 2009 conference, the ministry announced this week.

"This year we are calling men to bring the women in ...

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Kay Warren: Puppies Aren't People


Apr 22 2009
When compassion for animals goes too far.

Recently, Rick was trimming a vine around our patio cover and accidentally dislodged a bird's nest with two blue speckled eggs. He brought it to me to see if I thought our grandkids would like to have it. Instead of experiencing pleasure at seeing a beautifully ...

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Children?


Apr 21 2009
Questions linger as last of Nadya Suleman's octuplets heads home.

The last of Nadya Suleman's octuplets has been discharged from the hospital and is now at home with his family. Following a three-month stay at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, California, Jonah Angel Suleman - who weighed only a pound and a half ...

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Blog Comments and Christian Courtesy


Apr 21 2009
Some otherwise loving believers could use a remedial course in table manners.

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"If I serve something you don't like," I explained, "you may politely refuse it. A simple ?No, thank you' will do. But if you say you say bad things about the food or about the cook, or if you make unpleasant retching noises, you will have to eat it."

Intelligent ...

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An Apologetic for Ink


Apr 20 2009
Why I got a second tattoo after the first one was a complete mess.

When I see a young woman with a tattoo, I cringe - not because I'm an old prude, but because I know from experience that she may well spend the next 20 years trying to hide it and/or many times its cost trying to get rid of it. A 2008 Harris poll found that men ...

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Re: Evangelical Women in Public Life


Apr 20 2009

Alisa Harris, editor at Patrol magazine, responded to the question we posed last Thursday, "Where are all the evangelical women in public life?" by pointing to prevalent beliefs about women and spirituality. Here's her helpful analysis:

That's what's interesting—women ...
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Why Do We Love Susan Boyle?


Apr 17 2009

If you haven't seen the viral video of Susan Boyle yet, take a few minutes to watch it.
It's worth it.

When Boyle appears on the American-Idolish Britain's Got Talent, she admits that she's never been kissed, tells the audience she's 47, and then shakes her hips ...

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