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PETA to Launch Porn Site

Aug 31 2011
The group's newest and wholly misguided campaign overshadows a kernel of truth about animal suffering.


Continuing its by-any-means-necessary approach to animal advocacy, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced the launch of its own porn site. Peta.xxx will include pornographic material mixed with graphic images of animal abuse. Spokeswoman Lindsay ...

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Christ and My Curly Hair

Aug 30 2011
Attempts to undo my wiry hairdo had grown to idolatrous proportions - and taken up three whole months of my life.

This spring, a friend asked me to accompany her to Africa to document the labors of a nonprofit working in microfinance. She told me we'd be traveling to a number of remote villages to complete our assignment.

Instead of a dewy-eyed, "I'll go wherever God sends ...

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Adderall Arrives at Christian Colleges

Aug 29 2011
Are well-meaning evangelical faculty and administration in part to blame?

Like any university campus, Christian colleges/universities have their share of students who abuse street drugs. But in my work with Christian college students over the past few years, I've noticed more and more over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse. One ...

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'One Thousand Gifts,' Reconsidered

Aug 26 2011
A second take on Ann Voskamp's bestseller about gratitude.

Like every other woman in Western Christendom it seems, I've been reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. This month our family moved from San Francisco to Austin, Texas. The book group for the church I visited last week? Reading it in October. The women's group ...

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How to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Christian

Aug 24 2011
Why "he's a really great, godly guy" is not enough.

What do you do if you're engaged but have serious misgivings about your decision, red flags popping up left and right? Do you a) get married, since you've set a date, sent out the invitations, spent a boatload of money, are too embarrassed to back out, and believe ...

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The Her.meneutics Gender Debates (Part 2)

Aug 23 2011
We talk to theologian Russell Moore about Bachmann, the divorce culture, and why a feminist reading of Scripture would often be easier than a complementarian one.

Yesterday on the blog, we heard from theologian William Webb, an egalitarian who says the Bible's "redemptive movement" shows that because of Christ, women are more, not less, free to exercise gifts in church ministry and beyond. Today we hear from popular pastor ...

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The Gender Debates Come to Her.meneutics

Aug 22 2011
In the first of a two-part series, we hear from egalitarian theologian William Webb on Michele Bachmann, slavery, and his 'redemptive-movement' reading of Scripture.

Submissive wife and president of the United States—an oxymoron, if you ask many journalists analyzing the faith of 2012 hopeful Michele Bachmann. In a recent GOP debate, responding to the question of whether she as president would submit to her husband, ...

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How Much Do Our Stories Matter?

Aug 19 2011
Christian theology makes clear both the limits and the necessity of stories for meaningful moral discourse.

In yesterday's post, I told three stories about people who used reproductive technologies to have babies: A mother became pregnant via IVF after her first three children were tragically killed. A couple turned to an Indian surrogate to bear the child they could ...

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Three Stories About Reproductive Technology

Aug 18 2011
A heartbroken mother, an infertile couple, and a novelist's characters reveal the emotional tales behind technological reproduction.

What do the stories of a grieving mother, a couple traveling to India, and a fictional character have in common? All three stories involve people using reproductive technology to have a baby.In aLadies Home Journal article,Jackie Hance describes the incomprehensible ...

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Taming the Twitter Tongue

Aug 16 2011
Why I'm still not tweeting.

Ever since I was little, God has been teaching me the same lesson over and over again. My growth has been slow and nearly imperceptible at times, but God has not flagged in his insistence that I learn to tame my tongue.

The process has been painful, to say the ...

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The Battle for Bert and Ernie

Aug 16 2011
As Change.org asks 'Sesame Street' to 'marry' the roommates, our culture risks losing another archetype of non-erotic male friendship.

When I was 4, our local PBS station gave away stuffed Ernie dolls as part of its pledge drive. As soon as I saw the announcement, I did exactly as WTTW hoped I would: I ran to the other room and begged my dad to send money. Six weeks later, I got my very own Ernie ...

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Sugar Daddies and Abba Father

Aug 15 2011
An echo of the sugar daddy/sugar baby phenomenon may be coming to a church near you.

It's no secret that more and more college students are graduating with crushing student loan debt. And with a job market that is less than favorable to the 20-something job seeker, some college students and graduates are looking for innovative ways to tackle the ...

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Why Dogs Should Be Sent to Court

Aug 12 2011
Examining the case of Rosie, a golden retriever who sat beside a 15-year-old raped by her father.

When a 15-year-old rape victim from Poughkeepsie, New York, took the stand to testify against her father last summer, she wasn't alone. In the witness box, at her feet, sat Rosie, a golden retriever, who snuggled up close to the girl as she reported how her father ...

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Watching 'The Help' as an African American Woman

Aug 11 2011
The new movie powerfully demonstrates that racial reconciliation happens not primarily through speeches and "diversity training" but through everyday friendships.

"Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it doesn't disturb anyone else."

That's the writing advice given to Skeeter, the only single white female and college graduate among her well-to-do white girlfriends who are all married with children. In the small ...

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Kids' Diets: Why We Need Immovable Love, Not 'Let's Move'

Aug 10 2011
Where Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign falls short.

The first time my daughter grabbed a box of cookies out of the pantry, flipped the package round and round, and asked me how many calories were in each one, I laughed it off.

"I don't know," I said. "Why do you ask?"

"Just wondering."

The second time she asked—while ...

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