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The Problem with "Awkward Couples of Liberty University"


Sep 28 2012
And other postmodern instruments of public shame.
The Problem with "Awkward Couples of Liberty University"

In Puritan times, citizens who trespassed against the law were subject, among other punishments, to humiliation at the pillory, something Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts memorably in The Scarlet Letter. The pillory was

so fashioned as to confine the human head in its ...
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A New Chapter in the Homeschooling Movement


Sep 27 2012
Homeschooling families will thrive if they work together, not maroon themselves on separate islands.
A New Chapter in the Homeschooling Movement

No home school is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each kitchen table classroom is connected to neighborhood, big "C" Church and culture,
A part of the main.

With apologies to John Donne, this is a story that the homeschooling community hasn't always been good at ...

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Higgs Boson?


Sep 26 2012
How new scientific discoveries have shaped my theology.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Higgs Boson?

...

For others, it's God's intangibility: "I can't see, hear, taste, touch, or sense God's presence, therefore he must not exist." But that doesn't really get to me, either. I'm willing to accept that there is a dimension to ...

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Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths


Sep 24 2012
According to 'Atlantic' essayist Hanna Rosin, we should celebrate that young women are now acting as sexually selfish as their male counterparts.
Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths

Pornography. Casual sex. Crude jokes about sex. Hooking up with no strings attached.

Hanna Rosin's most recent Atlantic article, "Boys on the Side," describes highly intelligent, career-oriented women engaging in all of these behaviors with a mere shrug of the ...

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Adopting a Kid, Not a Cause


Sep 21 2012
What ever happened to adopting simply out of the desire to have children?
Adopting a Kid, Not a Cause

Last week, Together for Adoption held its fifth annual national conference in Atlanta. That thousands of people from a variety of churches heard God's purposes for human adoption warms the cockles of this adoptive mother's heart.

According to its ...

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What Christians Can Learn from the Chicago Teacher Strikes


Sep 20 2012
Lessons gleaned from the uproar now that Chicago students are back in class.
What Christians Can Learn from the Chicago Teacher Strikes

From the outside, it seemed like the 350,000 students in Chicago's public school system had been living the dream—seven whole days, during the school year, with no boring classes and homework.

But in the third-largest school system, where 86 percent of students ...

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Primetime Pregnancy: Why We Need Birthing Films


Sep 19 2012
Most women go into birth not knowing what to expect. Why birthing videos can help.
Primetime Pregnancy: Why We Need Birthing Films

Candice, a regular Her.meneutics reader, wrote to me recently in response to this post, asking what I thought about women sharing their photos and videos of giving birth. Another Christian website had called this practice "immodest"; Candice, who is pregnant and ...

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True Love Obeys: Why We Abstain from Premarital Sex


Sep 18 2012
Efforts like the True Love Waits campaign often hinge on promises that may never be fulfilled.
True Love Obeys: Why We Abstain from Premarital Sex

I didn't know how deep in trouble I was until the words spilled out during a debate at a party. Friends from church were discussing the old evangelical emphasis on "relationship, not religion"—disputing its merit—when I suddenly snarled, "Well, I wouldn't ...

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Gaining the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls


Sep 14 2012
Is it possible?
Gaining the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls

The people of Sweden are the "best" in the world at using the Internet. That's according to a five-year study conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation, which recently released its findings.

What does it mean to be "best" at using the Internet? It's an interesting ...

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Keeping It Real: The Truth about Authenticity


Sep 13 2012
Do we Christians even understand what the buzzword means?
Keeping It Real: The Truth about Authenticity

I was standing in the kitchen, talking to my husband, when he began to yawn. As most wives would, I teased him for his insensitivity. He replied, "I'm just being authentic."

In case you haven't noticed, the "authentic" label is ...

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No Exceptions: The Case for a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic


Sep 12 2012
Is unborn life not worth protecting in cases of rape and incest?
No Exceptions: The Case for a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic

The trouble with "exceptions" on abortion—whether one is pro-life "with exceptions" or pro-choice "with exceptions"—is that exceptions make doling out abortions seem as capricious as Seinfeld's Soup Nazi: "No abortion for you. Next!"

With the recent ...

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How Marriage Changed My View of Men


Sep 11 2012
When you live side by side a flesh-and-blood man, stereotypes fall short.
How Marriage Changed My View of Men

Earlier this year I reflected at Her.meneutics on lessons learned in anticipating my upcoming marriage. I continue to learn new lessons, for marriage is an ever-present schoolmaster. You see, I married relatively late (39), and through those single years, I had ...

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Want to Love Your Kids? Stop Overparenting Them


Sep 7 2012
My parents modeled what it looked like to serve God with their gifts while letting us kids explore our own.
Want to Love Your Kids? Stop Overparenting Them

Every first day of school, my mom would greet us at the door with a plate of homemade cookies.

And then, from the second day of school on through the last, we three kids would let ourselves in the house, fix ourselves snacks, and wait until Mom or Dad got home ...

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Are Pregnant Women Who Have Birth Plans 'Selfish?'


Sep 6 2012
Debunking the belief that pregnant women should sit back and be grateful for whatever happens on the big day.
Are Pregnant Women Who Have Birth Plans 'Selfish?'

It's okay to be disappointed with your birthing options. Chances are, if you're an American woman, you don't have many choices compared with, say, women in the UK or Germany. But you probably do have good reasons for wanting choices. And if you're dissatisfied, ...

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My Perfect Husband, and the Death Trap of Comparing Marriages


Sep 5 2012
The danger of making your own marriage the gold standard for all others.
My Perfect Husband, and the Death Trap of Comparing Marriages

Last month, my husband and I celebrated three years of marriage, and thus far I can honestly say that I fall in love with him more every day. Marriage has been a beautiful adventure for the two of us, and the longer we are together, the longer I understand God's ...

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