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Iranian Christian Women Acquitted

May 28 2010

Two high-profile Christian women were acquitted by judges in Iran in May after they were arrested in March of 2009 on charges of anti-state activity, spreading Christianity, and apostasy.

Maryam Rostampour, 28, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 31, are both Iranian converts ...

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A Bikinied Muslim Miss USA

May 26 2010
The backlash to Rima Fakih's win suggests mainstream America still wants their national beauties to be Christian.

When I tell people that I study religion and beauty pageants in America, they usually ask, "What do beauty pageants have to do with religion?" "Everything," I reply. So I was excited to see that another pageant participants' religious beliefs are in the news—if ...

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I Once Was 'Lost' But Now Am Found

May 25 2010
Despite all its syncretistic symbols, the show's finale depicted one aspect of Christian theology superbly.

My husband and I consciously choose to watch only one television show at a time, which we watch, well, religiously. For the past few years, our show has been Lost. Its dramatic plot and love stories and perpetual mysteries all piqued my interest, but the show, ...

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No Right to Rest for Weary Anglicans

May 24 2010
Why churches like St. James in Newport Beach still need support from worshipers who have left the battle.

Such is the fatigue over the Anglican-Episcopal splintering that two weekends ago, when the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles consecrated the denomination's second partnered gay bishop, the event didn't make a blip on many evangelical news websites. Also largely ...

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Christian Female Musicians, Missing in Action

May 20 2010
What accounts for the surprising dearth of women in today's CCM scene?

Do you know Becky? If you are a Christian woman in your 30s or 40s and married with kids, you are Becky. Becky, I was fascinated to learn, is what Christian radio stations have named their ideal listener, and most everything you hear on K-LOVE, WORD FM, or your ...

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Adultery: My Genes Made Me Do It

May 19 2010
Research like the kind in 'For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage' runs the risk of reducing people to brain chemistry and DNA.

In her new and buzzworthy book, For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage, The New York Times's Tara Parker-Pope examines what brain chemistry and genes have to do with happy marriages. She begins a recent Well column with a question: "Why do some men and women ...

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Modesty: A Female-Only Virtue?

May 18 2010
Scripture suggests that modesty means more than keeping the right parts covered.

About this time four years ago, Calvin College students, ready to enjoy the long-absent Michigan sun, spent hours each day on the campus lawn, "studying" for finals and playing Ultimate Frisbee until dusk. Calvin, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church ...

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The Secret (Moral) Life of Babies

May 17 2010
Does the fact that infants seem to have an innate morality suggest divine intervention?

When my baby was about nine months old, he started giving out hugs with his own unique twist: He'd wrap his chubby arms around whomever he was hugging, and then gently pat their back. It made sense; his bedtime routine usually consists of Daddy holding him in ...

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Problems with Do-It-Yourself DNA Tests

May 14 2010
Consumers don't just need information about their genes; they also need medical and theological wisdom.

After the FDA intervened this week, Walgreens has decided to postpone selling do-it-yourself DNA testing kits in 6,000 of its stores nationwide. The drugstore chain had arranged to sell kits made by Pathway Genomics that promised to reveal your risk of health ...

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Blogger Lynn Roush Talks to WORD-fm on Marital Health

May 14 2010

Her.meneutics' recent review of Paul Tripp's new book on marriage, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, caught the attention this week of WORD-fm, a radio station based in Pittsburgh. John Hall and Kathy Emmons contacted reviewer Lynn Roush, ...

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The Anti-Racist, Anti-Fear Gene

May 11 2010
People with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, show us what it means to live trusting others as God calls us to.

Over the past month, NPR has addressed various aspects of Williams syndrome, a rare chromosomal condition in which a series of genes on one chromosome has been deleted. Williams syndrome (also Williams-Beuren syndrome, or WBS) is characterized by learning disabilities ...

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Toying with Adultery?

May 10 2010
'Runaway mom' Tiffany Tehan's story reminds us that no one is immune from the temptation of infidelity.

Tiffany Tehan, a pastor's daughter and graduate of an Ohio evangelical college, went missing Saturday, April 17. Local authorities deemed the 31-year-old mother's absence suspicious: her green Ford Explorer was found in a park near her home with a flat tire and ...

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It's Mother's Day, Not Motherhood Day

May 7 2010
When churches confuse the two, women can end up serving false (and unbiblical) expectations.

My first Mother's Day—as a mother, at least—was a bust.

It started out well enough: My husband surprised me with a pair of espadrilles I had admired in the (get this) Neiman Marcus catalog. But somewhere after the shoes, disappointment became the theme ...

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Abortion Measures Move State-à-State

May 6 2010
The shape of the abortion debate has shifted to state-level politics.

In a changing political climate, Christians are finding their attention and energy divided among a number of issues. Recognizing these tensions, the Manhattan Declaration called for Christians to refocus on core issues, one of which was abortion. Simultaneously, ...

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Perplexed by the Pill

May 5 2010
How birth control pills—which turn 50 this year—led me to believe I was in control of my life and my body.

The Pill turned 50 this year, and Time magazine commemorated the anniversary last week with Nancy Gibbs's cover story, "Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill." Gibbs thoroughly and thoughtfully provides a scientific and sociological history of birth control, ...

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