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Confessions of a Church-Skipping Mom

Jun 30 2010
Is it better to attend church burnt out and stressed, or occasionally stay home but miss corporate worship?

Several Sundays ago my kids were playing outside when we called them to get in the car for church. They stalled. They whined. They asked, "Why do we always have to go to church?" My responses became less patient and my words sharper, until I slammed my hand against ...

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The Perils of Christian Chick Lit

Jun 29 2010
How my sugary-sweet chick lit relationships turned on me.

Mandie Shaw, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Elsie Dinsmore were close companions of mine throughout the teen years. I also enjoyed as occasional playmates Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller.

I now regret some of those friendships.

As a voracious reader, ...

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Why Dads Matter

Jun 25 2010
The role of fathers may be changing, but it's no less essential.

Last Sunday morning, my daughter Penny helped me make breakfast for her dad. He likes it simple: coffee, OJ, a bowl of cereal with raisins. We assembled it all on a tray, complete with the newspaper and a card: "Happy Father's Day I love my dad" in 4-year old ...

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Before the Next After-Sex Pill

Jun 24 2010
Moral, theological, and ethical questions behind 'ella,' a new pill to prevent pregnancy.

Medical experts, pro-life advocates, and women's groups are once again debating the moral questions raised by so-called "morning-after" pills. On June 17, an advisory panelrecommended that the FDA approve anemergency contraceptive known as "ella" for prescription ...

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Q+A: Selling Girls on Craigslist

Jun 22 2010
Rebecca Project founder Malika Saada Saar explains how Craigslist became the medium for human trafficking.

On Saturday night I attended a dinner party in Laguna. A guest seated next to me pulled out a snazzy looking camera, and raved about how he got it for a steal on Craigslist.

In the car, I asked my sister if she's used Craigslist. "Of course! It's the best. It's ...

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Glee: Stereotype Me!

Jun 21 2010
Why the introduction of a stereotypical Christian character on the popular show Glee could be reason to celebrate.

When Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that the popular TV show would add a female Christian character in its second season, a "Carrie Underwood" type, I worried that she might be just another outrageous caricature representing the worst people think of us. But ...

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What a Father Remembers

Jun 17 2010
Sometimes the most meaningful moments get lost in the busyness of life.

The other night my husband, Rafi, and I clicked through old photos on his laptop. He stopped on a picture of our son, who is now 8 years old but was 4 in the photograph. Rafi smiled at our son's short hair and big smile and said, "Remember how he looked when he ...

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Ooh La La over Lady Gaga

Jun 17 2010
Why I showed my son a music video from one of pop culture's hottest artists.

Okay, true confessions time: I showed my 14 year-old son Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video.

No, it wasn't a mistake and yes, I'd do it again. You might be asking, "Who is Lady Gaga?" Or maybe you're shaking your head and tut-tutting to yourself, "What in the world ...

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Growing Gardens to the Glory of God

Jun 16 2010
Lessons gleaned from 'Animal Vegetable Miracle', Barbara Kingsolver's tale of eating only homegrown food for a year.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life is Barbara Kingsolver's captivating account of a year spent eating only homegrown and locally raised food. Known best for The Poisonwood Bible, her 1998 novel about Christian missionaries in the Congo, Kingsolver ...

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Sexy Evangelism

Jun 15 2010
Why our narrative about sex, dating, and marriage is a gospel priority.

My husband runs a dormitory of 30 high-school boys. Recently two of them lounged on our living room floor, asking questions about our faith. It started with theodicy (If God is good, why do bad things happen?). We covered confession and the difference between ...

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Women with the Self-Doubt Syndrome

Jun 14 2010
Some high-achieving women have the 'impostor syndrome—the ingrained sense that they don't belong at the table of influence.

A few years ago, a colleague of mine asserted that pride was the original sin shared by everyone. I thought for a moment, and had to admit that I did not resonate with his assessment. Pride assumed that one had more confidence than they should, or that it was ...

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When a Daughter Must Parent Her Parents

Jun 11 2010
A new study shows why caring for aging parents more often falls on women than on men.

A few minutes ago I got the news that my daughter's mother-in-law has stage 4 cancer. I was still staring at the computer screen, trying to digest the information, when a friend forwarded me a report on a Canadian study with this headline: "Female Caregivers Face ...

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Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

Jun 9 2010
In case you missed them the first time, the newest posts that got our readers talking.

(10) Her.meneutics' Summer Reading List // Comments: 5
What our regular bloggers are taking to the pool.


(8) No Right to Rest for Weary Anglicans, by Christine A. Scheller // Comments: 17 Why churches like St. James in Newport Beach still need support from ...

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Offering Grace to Infertile Couples

Jun 8 2010
The revised edition of William Cutrer and Sandra Glahn's 'When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden' is an encouraging, if limited, resource.

"You can always adopt." "Are you sure you want kids? You can borrow mine this weekend." "I know you're going to have a child. I can just sense it from the Lord."

These are just a few of the comments that many infertile couples hear when they share their pain with ...

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The Hutterites: Beyond Bonnets and Buggies

Jun 7 2010
A review of 'I Am Hutterite', Mary Ann Kirkby's memoir of growing up in a radical Anabaptist community.

Most evangelicals know a bit about horse-and-buggy driving, technology-shunning Amish and conservative Mennonite communities. But unless we've grown up in the Dakotas or on the Canadian prairie, we likely don't know much about their Anabaptist cousins, the Hutterites. ...

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