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The Best Christian Halloween Party

Oct 29 2010
Along with hell houses and harvest fests, might evangelicals consider celebrating All Saints' Day?
The Best Christian Halloween Party

In case you hadn't noticed the inflatable purple spiders dotting the lawns of suburban neighborhoods or been tempted by those Venti-sized bags of mini Snickers, this Sunday is Halloween. What kind of story will your church tell itself about the holiday?

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Why Should the Devil Get Halloween?

Oct 29 2010
The holiday, one of my favorites, reminds me why I became a Christian in the first place.

Halfway through our hayride, around the second bend into the woods, two of our fellow riders—the clown and the guy with the Scream mask propped on top of his head—jumped out. Unlike the rest of us, who had taken the hayride for fall family fun, these ...

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Actually, It Takes Much More Than a Village

Oct 28 2010
Annie Murphy Paul's new research shows mothers alone cannot be responsible for babies' prenantal health.

I picked up Time with trepidation. I'm nearly six months pregnant, and I wasn't sure I wanted to know what Annie Murphy Paul had to tell me in her cover story, "How the first nine months shape the rest of your life." I already had a list of rules to follow: don't ...

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Why Sex Ruins TV Romances

Oct 26 2010
And it's not for the reasons you think.

If you're a fan of USA's Psych, as I am, chances are you went berserk when Shawn and Juliet finally kissed in the summer finale. Fans shrieked and squealed; message boards were overrun with ecstatic crowds; my best friend sent me multiple e-mails in all caps. ...

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Women Take Election Spotlight

Oct 25 2010
Politicians like Sharron Angle, Michele Bachmann, and Barbara Boxer show it's possible to be powerful 'and' feminine.

Is the number of women in politics growing? It's the type of question news talk-show hosts are asking now, thanks to competitive election races in states such as Delaware, Nevada, and California, where women are serious contenders in elections taking place next ...

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Mildred Jefferson: 'A Physician, a Citizen, and a Woman'

Oct 22 2010
Jefferson, an eloquent leader of the pro-life movement and the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, died October 15.

There are few who can discuss abortion from as many perspectives as those held by Mildred Jefferson—the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a lifelong pro-life activist, who passed away on October 15 at age 84.

She could talk about ...

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Outsourcing Baby-Making in India

Oct 21 2010
The disturbing realities of reproductive tourism as a global growth sector.

It's a typical story in our global economy: Citizens of wealthy nations hire Indians to provide goods and services that cost less than the same goods or services domestically produced. But in the case of "reproductive tourism," the Indian laborers are surrogate ...

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Her.meneutics' Favorite Picture Books

Oct 20 2010
We happen to think they aren't going away anytime soon.

Splashed across the front page of The New York Times last week was a sobering report on the demise of picture books, a long-standing staple of children's literature. According to the NYT, more parents are giving their children text-heavy books instead in preparation ...

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Freed by Bill Clinton, Saved by Jesus

Oct 19 2010
'The World Is Bigger Now' recounts Christian journalist Euna Lee's imprisonment in a North Korean jail.

Three Christians in the past year have drawn attention to North Korea's repressive regime by crossing the river that divides the Communist nation from China. But unlike activists Robert Park and Aijalon Gomes, who wanted to get arrested, Euna Lee was just trying ...

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Abortion Case: Womb vs. Egg

Oct 15 2010
Ethical issues abound in case of British Columbia couple who wanted surrogate mom to terminate pregnancy after baby was found to have Down Syndrome.

A British Columbia couple creates an embryo using in vitro fertilization (IVF). They contractually hire a surrogate mother to carry the child. Then they discover, through prenatal screening, that the baby has Down syndrome. The couple asks the surrogate mother ...

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Top 10 Posts of the Summer

Oct 14 2010
For those wanting to get back to the park and the poolside, here's a retrospective round-up, a list of the most-read posts from June to September. Enjoy!

(10) Confessions of a Church-Skipping Mom, by Ellen Painter Dollar // Comments: 33
Is it better to attend church burnt out and stressed, or occasionally stay home but miss corporate worship?

(9) Sexy Evangelism, by Amy Julia Becker // Comments: 31 Why our narrative ...

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Why There's No Narnia in Our Home

Oct 13 2010
Forget 'Slaughterhouse Five'—there's enough bloodshed in some of the best children's literature to raise my parenting fears.

Banned Books Week got off to a rousing start this year with the publication of a letter from Wesley Scroggins, Missouri State University professor of management, in The Springfield News-Leader. The letter, "Filthy books demeaning to Republic education," listed ...

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Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and a Young Man's Death

Oct 12 2010
Why I hold Facebook's founder complicit—at least in part—for the suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.

In 1998 while working as a reporter in Oregon, I wrote about the rising trend toward younger, more violent criminal offenders. "We've been warned that we are going to be dealing with a whole generation of kids without a conscience," said Maj. Larry Rowan, the ...

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Domestic Abuse: Coming to a Church Near You

Oct 11 2010
Christian filmmaker 'Olivia Klaus' goes inside California prisons to hear the stories of survivors of domestic violence who killed their husbands.

"How long am I to remain in this relationship?" This is the haunting question 65-year-old Glenda Crosley asks in the documentary Sin by Silence about the abusive husband she killed in 1986. She has been in prison for as long as she was married—24 years—and ...

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A Concerning Nobel Prize

Oct 8 2010
The success of IVF technology and our empathy for the families it helps do not trump ongoing ethical concerns.

Earlier this week, British biologist Robert G. Edwards won the Nobel Prize in medicine for developing in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. Edwards and his late research partner, Patrick Steptoe, pioneered the process by which the first so-called "test tube" ...

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