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The Gospel of Grace for Women Who Self-Injure


Feb 28 2011
How the church can respond as cutting and other forms of self-harm are increasingly glamorized online.

Self-harm—clinically defined as the deliberate destruction of one's body tissue without suicidal intent, such as cutting, burning, and hair-pulling—is not new. What is new is the proliferation of images and messages through social media that may trigger ...

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The Social Network's Women Problem


Feb 25 2011
The likely Oscar Best Picture winner's disturbing view of women apparently come not from Mark Zuckerberg's world but from the views of writer Aaron Sorkin.

The Social Network is a Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and one of the most acclaimed films of 2010. The story of how Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook is a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar this Sunday night, and there are people who will be gutted if ...

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Live Action, Planned Parenthood, and a Year of Change


Feb 24 2011
Surveying two months of dramatic news on the abortion front in the U.S.

It's only February, and already I have whiplash from the news speeding past me from the U.S. abortion front.

The frenzy began on January 17, when a Philadelphia abortion doctor was indicted for killing a patient. Next came the revelation that he had also gruesomely ...

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A New Mission for the Burnt-Out Mom


Feb 23 2011
In 'The Missional Mom', Helen Lee says women should expand their ministry focus to beyond the home front.

In a recent "Stuff Christian Culture Likes" post at Beliefnet, humorist Stephanie Drury poked fun at signs—positioned so that they can be read only when people are leaving a church building or parking lot—that read, "You Are Now Entering the Mission ...

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The Argument for Girl-Boy Wrestling


Feb 22 2011
Joel Northrup cited his Christian faith for refusing to wrestle Cassy Herkelman in last week's Iowa state championship. I say his Christian faith should have taken him to the mat.

When my friend posted a link to the story of Joel Northrup—the 16-year-old Iowa wrestler who defaulted rather than wrestle a girl, Cassy Herkelman, in a state tournament last week—I was floored when my athletic, competitive friend said she had "mixed ...

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Christian Dating Do-Over


Feb 18 2011
If a new website and college event are any indication, a better "Define the Relationship" talk is afoot among young evangelicals.

I work with Christian college students who are in the throes of dating or of wanting to be dating. Nearly every week during the school year, I am asked questions (mostly by ladies) about the ins-and-outs of the dating process. Questions like, "What's the biblical ...

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Michael Vick's Long Road to Recovery


Feb 16 2011
A Christian animal-welfare activist reflects on the NFL quarterback and dogfighter's restoration.

Two weeks ago, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was named the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Vick is the 12th recipient of the award but the first to "come back" as an ex-con who served time in federal prison.

Even non-football fans ...

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Why Barbie Needs Ken After All


Feb 15 2011
The power couple's Valentine's Day reunion may just teach Barbie that the world doesn't revolve around her.

The saga of Barbie and Ken isn't exactly the Song of Solomon. For one thing, the Mattel match is made of plastic. For another, Mattel probably doesn't mean for the couple to teach us a lesson about God's prevailing love. Yet Barbie and Ken remain the power couple ...

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Why Your Church Needs a Dr. Oz


Feb 15 2011
Fitness programs like the one launched at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church rightfully teach us that exercise and healthy eating are not spiritually 'neutral.'

Where do you exercise? Your basement? Your backyard? Your gym? Your church?

Browsing the list of weekly programs offered at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, fitness classes and weight-loss support groups are now listed alongside baptism and leadership training ...

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Facebook Envy on Valentine's Day


Feb 14 2011
Social media have given single people one more way to be reminded of what they don't have.

It's Valentine's Day: the day of flowers, candy, and candlelit dinners, that is, for those fortunate enough to be part of a happy couple. For others, Valentine's Day can bring on a few twinges—of loneliness, pain, envy, resentment, or some ...

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The State of Sex


Feb 11 2011
For one writer, porn is simply a representation of sex: a brutal, male-dominated, and harmful act. Sign me up for lifelong virginity.

When it comes to attitudes about sex in America, I often find myself somewhere between cynical and hopeless. I read statistics about 95 percent of adults losing their virginity before marriage. I look at the magazine rack in the grocery store and the headlines ...

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Ohio Mom Gets Jailtime for Better Education


Feb 9 2011
The case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, who falsified her address to get her three children into a better school, raises questions for Christians concerned about educational equity.

What do Victor Hugo's Les Misé rables and an African American single mother in Ohio have in common? Both faced gut-wrenching realities that sometimes cause law-abiding individuals to blur the lines between what's legal and what seems morally permissible. ...

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'When Gender-Based Parenting Goes Too Far' : Author Response


Feb 9 2011
Glenn Stanton responds to our recent review of 'Secure Daughters, Confident Sons'.

Editor's Note: When we asked frequent Her.meneutics blogger Caryn Rivadeneira to review Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity (Multnomah), we knew it would get her—and readers—on ...

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The No-Makeup Spiritual Discipline


Feb 8 2011
Why going out in public without mascara and blush is an act of Christian discipleship (for me, anyway).

About a week before Christmas, I decided to join my husband's family for an entire day of shopping. I got ready for the day with my usual routine of showering, blow-drying my hair, and picking out an outfit, but there was one difference: I left the house without ...

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Are Single Women Too Picky?


Feb 4 2011
That's the central claim of Lori Gottlieb's 'Marry Him, now out in paperback and being marketed to Christian women.

Are single women single because they are too picky? Lori Gottlieb argues this is precisely the case, and she uses herself as the prime example. When asked to list the qualities she wants in a husband, the then-41-year-old journalist came up with 60 items—just ...

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