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The Normal, Drama-Free, Totally-Healthy Christian Homeschool Movement


Jan 2 2014
In a culture that loves shock value, typical evangelicalism rarely makes news.
The Normal, Drama-Free, Totally-Healthy Christian Homeschool Movement
jimmiehomeschoolmom / Flickr

When I was in high school, purity balls marked the passing of another year, conferences taught me not to hold hands until I married, and women discussed whether pursuing a career would betray their God-given calling to marriage.

I was in the thick of conservative ...

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Hot Wives, the Harlem Shake, and Our Favorite Posts from 2013


Dec 31 2013
Readers and writers pick the best of Her.meneutics.
Hot Wives, the Harlem Shake, and Our Favorite Posts from 2013

We know you've already read more end-of-the-year lists than you'd care to. They're everywhere.

And yet, we couldn't resist. This was, by far, Her.meneutics' best year ever, so we're ending 2013 with a lot to celebrate. These popular ...

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Subjectivity Overload


Dec 30 2013
The problem with sentimentality, porn, and emotion for emotion’s sake.
Subjectivity Overload
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Among all the top and best-of lists, I noticed two lists in particular, celebrating publication covers: the first offered the worst Christian book covers of the year, and the second documented 60 years of Playboy covers.

It would seem that lists couldn't ...

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A Real Cause for Christian Outrage


Dec 27 2013
Believers around the world are dying for their faith. Where’s the evangelical groundswell for them?
A Real Cause for Christian Outrage
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Swiftly on the heels of Christmas comes the feast of the Holy Innocents. On December 28, churches around the world commemorate the first Christian martyrs—those who lost their lives when King Herod ordered the execution of all males two and under in the ...

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Womanhood by the Book


Dec 26 2013
Lessons from Jesus Feminist, Talking Taboo, and the Book of Jezebel.
Womanhood by the Book

As a 30-something, married mom of four, I am no longer a girl. But the word "woman" is a weighty term I'm not sure I qualify for.

To me, woman designates someone of enormous and quiet strength, bearing the weight of her world with grace and ...

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Keeping the Christmas In Christmas


Dec 23 2013
It’s not holiday celebrations that need toning down; it’s the rest of the year.
Keeping the Christmas In Christmas
Thomas Sørenes / Flickr

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Shopping malls have always made me anxious: there are too many things to look at, too much to take in, and so very many things that nobody needs. During Christmas, it's only worse. Then, on Dec. 26, the trashcans overflow with colorful paper, with empty ...

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Angels We Ignore On High


Dec 20 2013
Reintroducing evangelicals to the heavenly hosts.
Angels We Ignore On High
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This time of year, we sing a lot about angels. Hark the herald angels sing. Come and behold him, born the King of Angels. Angels we have heard on high.

In Scripture, angels are all over the place—far beyond just the Christmas story where they seem to ...

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We're Not 'Too Fat' for Pictures


Dec 19 2013
On being remembered for how we loved, not how much we weighed.
We're Not 'Too Fat' for Pictures

Here's me at my body-image worst: I daydream about being rich so I can afford plastic surgery to take care of all of my problem areas. I'd be able to wear the clothes I want to wear and to stop gazing longingly at a pair of pants and a couple of skirts ...

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The 'Scandalous,' Nonsensical Portrayal of Christian Faith on TV


Dec 18 2013
Scripted television still doesn’t get evangelicals.
The 'Scandalous,' Nonsensical Portrayal of Christian Faith on TV
Huntington Theatre Co / Eric Antoniou / Flickr

This post contains spoilers for the Dec. 12 episode of Scandal.

A bloody body on the floor is hardly unusual during a mid-season finale, and on ABC's popular drama Scandal, it's practically de rigueur. What the killer said next is less common: "I ...

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Why Jesus Doesn't Belong in Christmas Décor


Dec 17 2013
Our attempts to portray our Savior, babe or not, fall sinfully short.
Why Jesus Doesn't Belong in Christmas Décor
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By the light of my Christmas tree, I sent an email to my children's Christian school teachers. "Please exempt my child from making or coloring pictures of Jesus, even as an infant in a manger," I wrote. This email was long overdue. For weeks, ...

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How Julia Child and Tim Keller Schooled Me In Femininity


Dec 16 2013
True womanhood runs deeper than our girly-girl stereotypes. (Thank God!)
How Julia Child and Tim Keller Schooled Me In Femininity
John Dominis / Time Life /Getty

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Like my mother taught me, I wanted nothing to do with those Bridezilla princess complexes from hell. During my engagement, I tensed whenever any female asked me about wedding logistics. I suspected each of them critiquing my every move. The threat of unmet ...

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Ladies, Who Needs a Drink?


Dec 13 2013
More women are pouring themselves a glass—including me and my Christian friends.
Ladies, Who Needs a Drink?
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Today's women aren't afraid of kicking back with a glass of wine, or a craft cocktail, or a cold beer for that matter. Across every female demographic—especially single women and young mothers—drinking is on the rise.

I never imagined ...

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Frozen: A Disney Movie Where Sisters Actually Care For Each Other


Dec 12 2013
Seeing sisterly love at the box office.
Frozen: A Disney Movie Where Sisters Actually Care For Each Other
Walt Disney Pictures

The new Disney cartoon Frozen broke a Thanksgiving weekend box-office record, but still got overshadowed by the hyped-up Hunger Games: Catching Fire. You'd think the two blockbusters, starring an icy Disney princess and a dystopian "Girl on Fire," ...

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A Prayer for the Anxiety-Ridden Christian


Dec 11 2013
Don’t tell us to “just pray.” Pray with us and for us.
A Prayer for the Anxiety-Ridden Christian
Andy Rennie / Flickr

People have described me as fearless, which is funny because I'm scared of everything. A good friend once told me I was the bravest person he knew, also amusing because I live in a perpetual state of anxiety.

I've struggled with anxiety for as long ...

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Fallen Angels? Christians and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


Dec 10 2013
A response to ‘I’d rather marry a Proverbs 31 woman than a Victoria’s Secret model’
Fallen Angels? Christians and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Photo by Thomas Concordia

I never gave much thought to the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show—which airs Tuesday on CBS—until the broadcast a few years ago, when my college students came to class buzzing about a new catchphrase their classmates coined: I'd rather ...

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