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The Top 10 Her.meneutics Posts of 2012


Dec 27 2012
The Top 10 Her.meneutics Posts of 2012

Perusing the list of most-read Her.meneutics posts of 2012, you may be tempted to conclude that this past year was not much different from the rest. In one way, you would be right: Sexuality and relationships keep readers talking, as they have everyotheryear. ...

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Stop Reading This and Get Back in the Kitchen Subscribe access only


Dec 21 2012
Why our Christmas domesticity matters more than we know.
Stop Reading This and Get Back in the Kitchen

It's Christmas time—and I'm thinking of sweet corn. When it arrives at the farmers' market in mid-July, my family knows to expect fresh corn chowder. Last summer, we rented an apartment in Montréal, Quebec, and when chowder season dawned, to my delight, ...

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Not How, But Why to Talk to Your Kids about Newtown


Dec 20 2012
Why we discuss evil and brokenness with our children.
Not How, But Why to Talk to Your Kids about Newtown

We told our 6-year-old son about the shooting at Sandy Hook the Monday morning after it happened. In a conversation that had me reapplying my mascara, my husband gave him the bare facts: A guy went into an elementary school in Connecticut—far from here—and ...

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My Bummer Christmas Pregnancy


Dec 19 2012
I thought being pregnant now would bring me closer to Mary and her Child.
My Bummer Christmas Pregnancy

Being pregnant during Christmas, I'm learning, has its benefits: a perpetual holiday glow, an excuse to eat two, or five, cookies, and a legitimate reason to buy new clothes (i.e., presents) for yourself. One thing pregnancy doesn't do, however, is make Advent ...

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Was the Sandy Hook Shooter Sinful or Just Sick?


Dec 18 2012
How Jesus' earthly ministry gives us the answer.
Was the Sandy Hook Shooter Sinful or Just Sick?

Like many parents across America, I spent the weekend shielding my children from news about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, even as I pored over reports that might offer some way to make sense of the horror. I saw comment after comment and post after ...

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Why Helping the Poor Is Not Enough


Dec 17 2012
China's diabetes epidemic reminds us that material and spiritual well being don't always overlap. Much of the time, they don't.
Why Helping the Poor Is Not Enough

There's a surprising new global leader in diabetes: China. And the problem is larger than previously thought. National prevalence more than tripled in a decade; as of 2010, 1 in 10 Chinese adults had diabetes, with 16 percent more pre-diabetic. This nearly ...

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Want to Be Happy? Read, and See, Anna Karenina


Dec 14 2012
Tolstoy's vision of happiness still resonates in a world starving for real contentment.
Want to Be Happy? Read, and See, Anna Karenina

Mexican children must be reading Tolstoy. In a recent study titled "The New Definition of Childhood," a global brand agency headquartered in Chicago found that the happiest kids in the world live in Mexico—despite its many social ills and widespread ...

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Why Your Social Media Use Hurts Your Kids


Dec 13 2012
Think twice before live-tweeting your Christmas Day family time.
Why Your Social Media Use Hurts Your Kids

"All I Want for Christmas is a New iPhone"

"We Wish You a Merry Retweet"

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pinterest"

Indeed, these twists on classic holiday songs reflect the new reality of Christmas, at least if last month's Thanksgiving is any predictor. Until ...

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Sexy 'n Spiritual Tees for Jesus


Dec 12 2012
The problem with OMG Wear—and other displays of Christian fandom.
Sexy 'n Spiritual Tees for Jesus

She headed to the mirror for a final check, tousled her hair, and draped just-so her tunic-length tank tee blazoned with an oversized open tube of lipstick, a pouty "mwah!" kiss print and girly script reading "Don't Be Tempted." Satisfied ...

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What to Do When Your Child Is Nothing Like You


Dec 11 2012
The gospel answer to the challenges posed by family differences.
What to Do When Your Child Is Nothing Like You

Megan and Michael have a deaf child. After his birth, they met opposition. At one point, a Deaf activist told them, "The best thing would be to give your child to a Deaf family and let them raise him."

Their story, retold by Nathan Heller in a recent ...

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The Royal Baby and the Royal Pain of Pregnancy


Dec 10 2012
Kate Middleton's pregnancy announcement reminds us what Mary endured before Jesus was born.
The Royal Baby and the Royal Pain of Pregnancy

Almost as soon as Prince William and Kate Middleton wed last spring, rumors began to fly: When would they start a family? Was Kate too thin to conceive? Might she have fertility problems or an eating disorder? A year and a half later, the world celebrates: Kate ...

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Shedding Light on the Sin of Military Rape


Dec 7 2012
'The Invisible War' is a rallying cry for reforming our military's culture.
Shedding Light on the Sin of Military Rape

Kori Cioca joined the Coast Guard to serve her country. But instead of protecting her homeland, she ended up needing to protect herself from her supervisor, who harassed, assaulted, and raped her—and went unpunished. Today Cioca struggles to earn benefits ...

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Soul Lessons from the Literary Classics


Dec 6 2012
Two of Her.meneutics' book nerds discuss 'Madame Bovary' and other books featured in Karen Swallow Prior's new memoir.
Soul Lessons from the Literary Classics

When Karen Swallow Prior and I identify as book nerds, we're delighted to claim the moniker. When we chat (usually online), she and I use the kind of literary shorthand common among former English majors. Say one of us is deriding a sloppy political argument. ...

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Why Mark Driscoll Is Wrong about Twilight


Dec 5 2012
The popular series' troubling take on love actually overlaps with Driscoll's teachings on men and women.
Why Mark Driscoll Is Wrong about Twilight

The release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final movie in the Twilight series, has brought with it what I suspect is the last flurry of Christian reaction to the popularity of the books and films. Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll, in a recent blog post titled "A ...

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How to Wait for a Slow-Moving Messiah


Nov 30 2012
Advent, says author Enuma Okoro, teaches us how to wait on a God whose timetable looks nothing like ours.
How to Wait for a Slow-Moving Messiah

Shhh. Enuma Okoro is inviting us to listen to God in silence this Advent.

At this season of the year, the air bustles with the hurried cadence of the annual December Festivus Frenzy, with its cacophony of shoppingholidaypartiescookieexchangesconcertsdecoratingwrapping. ...

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