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It's OK to Talk Like a Christian


Mar 1 2013
Skip the trendy vocab, not the biblical terms.
It's OK to Talk Like a Christian
Don Hammond / DesignPics

In the video "Stuff Christians Say," two guys toss around a dictionary's worth of Christian lingo: non-denom, God thing, secular, relevant. It's funny because the actors sound like the people we all know who repeat the latest religious phrase ...

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We Saw Your Satire


Feb 28 2013
Why the Oscars' boob song made us laugh.
We Saw Your Satire
Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP

After the Oscars, the world seemed divided into two parties: those who thought host Seth MacFarlane's song, "We Saw Your Boobs," was hilarious and those who, well, weren't quite so amused.

Count me among the greatly amused.

That should ...

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Women Need to Say 'No' More


Feb 28 2013
My 'no' to fear is my 'yes' to God.
Women Need to Say 'No' More

The other day I sat down with Susan Schorn's forthcoming memoir, Smile at Strangers, the story of a woman who responds to a lifetime of paralyzing fear by taking up karate. This woman had never been personally attacked or molested, but chronic anxiety had put ...

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How Adulthood Is Like High School All Over Again


Feb 27 2013
Churches need to recognize the awkward teenager inside each of us.
How Adulthood Is Like High School All Over Again

If you've ever struggled to navigate office politics, faced a catty clique at church, or felt left out of a social circle and thought, "This feels like high school," you are not alone.

Since we develop our identities during those formative teenage ...

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God Made Boys to Play with Dolls


Feb 26 2013
The role of a caring dad reflects God's nature as Heavenly Father.
God Made Boys to Play with Dolls
D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr

I read Owen Strachan's recent rant against a Sesame Street episode in which "Baby Bear" is told it's OK for boys to play with dolls on the same day my six-year-old son took his Matey Anchors doll to school for show and tell. Maybe my reaction ...

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The Generation Gap Among Christian Women


Feb 26 2013
An open letter to women over 40.
The Generation Gap Among Christian Women

Dear women of my generation,

How did there come to be such a divide between older and younger women in the church? How is it that today's generation of Christian women are more likely to list a celebrity like Angelina Jolie as their hero rather than a ...

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Thou Shall Have More Kids


Feb 25 2013
In defense of bigger families and smaller budgets.
Thou Shall Have More Kids
Nisakorn Keanmepol / Flickr

It's not often that a company asks you to "go make babies," but Chicago's National Public Radio Station, WBEZ, is imploring listeners to "Do it. For Chicago." Their surprising marketing campaign, called the 2032 membership drive, ...

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In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Hollywood Finally Gets Mental Illness


Feb 22 2013
Whether or not it wins an Oscar, the film deserves praise for portraying real, human struggle.
In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Hollywood Finally Gets Mental Illness
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Among the films nominated for Academy Awards this year is the quirky picture Silver Linings Playbook. It's quirky because it defies traditional categories of film. Part romantic comedy, part intense drama, the movie also provides a bit of education on a ...

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God Didn't Make Our Bodies Only for Sex


Feb 21 2013
Chastity can lead to a fuller engagement with creation.
God Didn't Make Our Bodies Only for Sex

When I look back on my most exciting adventures as a single woman, I won't remember wishing I'd been having sex instead. I didn't. Yes, I am trying to obey God through chastity during this season, but closing myself off to sex has hardly closed me off to my ...

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The Problem with Christians Doing the 'Harlem Shake'


Feb 20 2013
Some advice for the church: Think before you click.
The Problem with Christians Doing the 'Harlem Shake'
YouTube

Who knows why such weird, borderline-incomprehensible setups go viral, but here we are, weeks into the age of the "Harlem Shake," watching Christian college students and church members don wacky costumes and dance like crazy. The videos:

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Chick-Fil-A's Lesson on Loving Your Enemies


Feb 20 2013
Step 1: Let your enemies become your friends.
Chick-Fil-A's Lesson on Loving Your Enemies
Hector R Alejandro / Flickr

In our polarized culture, potential enemies lurk around every ideological corner. Think of the back-and-forth in the comment section of blogs, our deeply entrenched political system that pits Democrats against Republicans, or the on-going mommy wars. Whenever ...

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Sports Illustrated Can't Turn Us into Swimsuit Models


Feb 19 2013
How the beauty culture blasphemes our bodies.
Sports Illustrated Can't Turn Us into Swimsuit Models
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas / Flickr

This year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue contains a new feature, a six-page style guide "to help women recreate the looks they see in the issue."

When I told my husband about it, a confused look came over his face. "You mean they are ...

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Churches: Take a Lesson from the Postal Service


Feb 18 2013
In today's change-or-die culture, we must adapt.
Churches: Take a Lesson from the Postal Service
Kevin Dooley / Flickr

Good news: The U.S. Postal Service lost only $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Yes, $1.3 billion. And yes, it is good news because it represented a major improvement over the fourth quarter of 2011, when they lost $3.3 billion.

It's easy to ...

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The Secret to Having It All? Work from Home


Feb 15 2013
Technology lets us blur the line between job and family.
The Secret to Having It All? Work from Home

While our mothers and grandmothers burned bras and flooded the workforce, we chose a different life. We refused to pick between holding a job and raising our kids at home. We're doing both.

My story is like many other stay-at-home moms'. I was very ...

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Stop Telling Christian Singles What They Can't Do


Feb 14 2013
Celebrating the rich possibilities of chastity
Stop Telling Christian Singles What They Can't Do

Have you ever noticed how our discussions of sexual obedience emphasize the negative? I don't mean that they're discouraging or shaming (though that can sometimes be true, too), but that that we focus on prohibitions rather than prescriptions. "Don't" ...

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