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The Health Care Ruling and the God of Salvation


Jun 29 2012
How yesterday's ruling affects—and shouldn't affect—those who follow the crucified Christ.
The Health Care Ruling and the God of Salvation

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the controversial health care reform law passed in 2010, which held most of the law constitutional. Despite broad support for some of the individual provisions in the Proustian legislation, public opinion has ...

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What Christians Can Learn from the Legacy of Nora Ephron


Jun 28 2012
The film screenwriter, who died Tuesday, showed that women can be deadly funny about the fears that haunt us.
What Christians Can Learn from the Legacy of Nora Ephron

I first introduced my husband to one of my all-time favorite films one hot August night in Belize. An unlikely introduction, but we were staying in a hotel whose only air-conditioned area was the media room. I was on what felt like my 17th consecutive day of being ...

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Why the Bodily Resurrection Matters—Especially to Women


Jun 27 2012
In a time when Christian women are tempted to view their bodies with shame or with utility, the foundational doctrine is more important than ever.
Why the Bodily Resurrection Matters—Especially to Women

A few months ago I spoke to a women's ministry about the importance of theology for women in the church. The event went well, and the women peppered me with many challenging questions. However, I was a little unprepared for a question I received after the event ...

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Did Karen Klein Do the Right Thing? Bullying and the Limits of 'Turn the Other Cheek'


Jun 26 2012
How I wish the elderly bus monitor would have responded to her young abusers.
Did Karen Klein Do the Right Thing? Bullying and the Limits of 'Turn the Other Cheek'

Maybe it was the tragic trifecta of bangs, glasses, and braces that marked me a prime target on bus rides to Northmont Middle School in the fall of 1997. It could have been a certain demeanor, a silliness that peaked after eight class periods and liked making ...

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Why Jesus Isn't Your Boyfriend: A Critique of Dating God


Jun 25 2012
Christian women need a better framework for relating to God amid their singleness.
Why Jesus Isn't Your Boyfriend: A Critique of Dating God

It's no secret that marriage is on the decline in the United States. The most recent Census revealed that 32 million Americans are now in single households, and that married people are no longer the majority. Some are single by necessity or life circumstances, ...

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Theology on a Tightrope: Nik Wallenda's High-Wire Walk and Our Longing for God


Jun 22 2012
Why we can't get enough of death-defying feats.
Theology on a Tightrope: Nik Wallenda's High-Wire Walk and Our Longing for God

When you live near Niagara Falls, as I did for 20 years of my life, its magnitude and mystique begin to stream through your lifeblood. My parents honeymooned there; in later years, we schlepped all of our out-of-town guests there upon request; and one woman's ...

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Choosing Life, When Cancer Fears Are Everywhere


Jun 21 2012
How irrational fear can make us lose sight of God's sovereignty.
Choosing Life, When Cancer Fears Are Everywhere

The World Health Organization reported last week that Diesel engine fumes may cause cancer—the latest educated guess at what kills over 7.5 million people each year. While I've always paid attention to findings such as this one, these days I have even more ...

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Prodigal Children: If It Can Happen to John Piper, It Can Happen to You


Jun 20 2012
There's nothing we fallible parents can do to ensure our kids will keep the faith.
Prodigal Children: If It Can Happen to John Piper, It Can Happen to You

Not long ago, I read Christianity Today magazine's interview with John Piper because I was keenly interested in what the leading Reformed Baptist pastor had to say about race and reconciliation within the church. There's no doubt that most of us are a part of ...

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Why This Black Christian No Longer Toes the Democratic Party Line


Jun 19 2012
Regardless of race, Christians are to vote by conscience, not blind allegiance.
Why This Black Christian No Longer Toes the Democratic Party Line

Blacks have historically voted Republican. You read that right. In the mid- to late 1800s, the Republican Party supported the freedom of slaves and eventually the abolition of slavery. Not until the 1930s did the black vote shift slightly to the Democratic ticket. ...

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Disability Is Beautiful: How the Gospel Changes the Way We See


Jun 18 2012
A fashion photographer can see the beauty of a girl with albinism. Can the church?
Disability Is Beautiful: How the Gospel Changes the Way We See

Rick Guidotti had been trained to see and capture a very particular standard of physical beauty. But walking down New York City's Park Avenue one day, the fashion photographer spotted a girl with albinism. Though her fair skin and white hair fell outside the familiar ...

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Laughing at the Sexual Abuse of Boys?


Jun 15 2012
A new movie suggests that boys want to be sexually exploited by adult women. Really?
Laughing at the Sexual Abuse of Boys?

In recent days, I have twice seen a television trailer for That's My Boy, a new movie featuring the dubious pairing of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, both of Saturday Night Live fame. Embedded in the storyline is the premise that Sandler's character was seduced ...

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Why My Husband of Three Years and I Go to Marriage Counseling


Jun 14 2012
Therapy is not just for couples in trouble.
Why My Husband of Three Years and I Go to Marriage Counseling

Every spring marks the launch of the wedding season, which means that every spring our refrigerator door fills with Save-the-Dates, and my husband prepares to officiate some of them. I always look forward to each of these happy occasions, but I especially anticipate ...

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Why Women Today Are Eating Their Own Placentas


Jun 13 2012
Scripture and church tradition are silent on the practice. But they aren't silent about our need for community.
Why Women Today Are Eating Their Own Placentas

January Jones ate hers, so why shouldn't you?

In the crunchy-mama circles I happily move in, for years I've heard of women who eat their own placenta—the blood-rich organ that connects an unborn baby to its mother's blood supply—after giving birth, ...

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Ditch the Diploma: Why College Graduates Are Questioning Their Education


Jun 12 2012
And why you might question whether God is calling you to get a bachelor's degree.
Ditch the Diploma: Why College Graduates Are Questioning Their Education

Across the nation, graduates are tossing their caps into the air and investing their hopes of success in their sheepskins. Not since the Magna Carta has so much faith been put into a piece of paper; indeed, belief in the college diploma seems these days to outpace ...

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I Am Not Charles Worley: The Plea of a Christian Who Opposes Gay Marriage


Jun 11 2012
With the long election season looming ahead, I wish fellow Christians would extend a hermeneutic of grace to each other.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret I've never talked about with anyone. On November 2, 2008, I walked into a polling booth in Glendora, California, and voted for Proposition 8, which sought to add the clause "Only marriage between a man and a woman is ...

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