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Why Are Christians Such Bad Tippers?


Feb 5 2013
A theological defense of paying servers their 15 percent... or more.
Why Are Christians Such Bad Tippers?

If you are a Christian and want to serve Christendom well, you can start by not going out to eat—unless you're willing to love your neighbor the restaurant server as yourself.

Last week's story of pastor who instead of a tip left a snarky note ...

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Should Christians Pursue Prenatal Testing?


Feb 4 2013
New tests present pregnant women with more options.
Should Christians Pursue Prenatal Testing?

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends that doctors offer all pregnant women prenatal testing, which can detect chromosomal conditions like Down syndrome before their babies are born. As a result, they all face a decision, or ...

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From Going Big to Giving Up


Feb 1 2013
Preparing for Lent at, yes, your Super Bowl party.
From Going Big to Giving Up
Ankarino / Flickr

"Go big or go home." Like "you only live once," it's become an increasingly popular mantra these days. I'm not sure I agree with the underlying sentiment, but it certainly describes the Super Bowl/Mardi Gras/Valentine's Day juggernaut ...

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Everything I Know About Being a Single Woman I Owe to Liz Lemon


Jan 31 2013
Well, not really.
Everything I Know About Being a Single Woman I Owe to Liz Lemon
Ali Goldstein / NBC

A friend of mine has a theory that every 20-something girl in the city believes she is Liz Lemon. It's hard to argue with his thinking, since Tina Fey's character on 30 Rock demonstrates such an array of awkward vulnerabilities and embarrassing hang-ups ...

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A Higher Calling to Protect


Jan 31 2013
Christians' deeper considerations of women in combat.
A Higher Calling to Protect

Two-thirds of Americans support the recent decision to allow women in combat, according to a Pew Research survey, with nearly identical percentages of men (65 percent) and women (66 percent) in favor of the change. Most say the new policy won't harm military ...

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Stop With All the Dangerous Childbirth Stories Already


Jan 30 2013
Spoiler alert: Downton brings the drama.
Stop With All the Dangerous Childbirth Stories Already
Joss Barratt / PBS

Death in childbirth has long been a favorite fictional plotline, most recently bringing shocked viewers to tears in Sunday's episode of Downton Abbey, when Lady Sybil apparently suffered "toxemia of pregnancy" (what we now call eclampsia), after ...

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Preach On, Victoria's Secret Model


Jan 29 2013
She's pretty, privileged, and not afraid to admit it.
Preach On, Victoria's Secret Model

Cameron Russell's TEDx talk went viral a couple of weeks back, as viewers clamored to share a Victoria's Secret model's frank discussion on fakeness or "construction" of images with their daughters (and sons).

Certainly I want my kids ...

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In Defense of Church Hoppers


Jan 28 2013
Some Christians' spiritual baggage makes it harder to find a church home
In Defense of Church Hoppers

They irritate many pastors, who label them "consumers." Church leaders have characterized them as immature, shallow, goosebump-seekers with a serious case of arrested spiritual development. Are church hoppers people with commitment issues who sample ...

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Death Is in the Details


Jan 25 2013
Stop glossing over the grief, and the gore, of lives lost.
Death Is in the Details

We live in a culture that runs from true death. Sure, we see death all of the time in our movies, television, and video games, but rarely are we confronted with the actual death of another human being. Death has become more conceptual to us than physical. Even ...

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Female Heroes in a New Kind of Combat


Jan 24 2013
Military women already serve and sacrifice in today's wars.
Female Heroes in a New Kind of Combat
SSG. Russell Lee Klika / U.S. Army

When U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that the military would drop its ban on women in combat, the breaking news quickly spread across the web, with bloggers on one side declaring victory for women and the undoing of civilization on ...

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Watching What They Watch


Jan 24 2013
Even 'Veggietales' can be too much for young viewers.
Watching What They Watch

In the trailer for Judd Apatow's This is 40, we see the family sitting around a picnic table when the mother turns to her daughter and says, "We've decided to cut back on all the electronics we use." The daughter protests.

Dad: You need ...

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Being Skinny Is Not a Christian Virtue


Jan 23 2013
Finding the right motivations for caring for our bodies.
Being Skinny Is Not a Christian Virtue
Ed Yourdon / Flickr

"Can a husband tell his wife he wants her to lose weight?" our friend Andrew asked, describing how his friend had recently sent his marriage into a tailspin by suggesting his wife could shed some pounds.

"What was his motivation?" I prodded. ...

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When Our Labels Fail: The End of 'Pro-Choice'


Jan 22 2013
Our impulse to divide and categorize has its limits.
When Our Labels Fail: The End of 'Pro-Choice'
William Murphy / Flickr

I stand with Planned Parenthood.

Um, perhaps I should explain. I stand with Planned Parenthood's decision to ditch the term "pro-choice." According to a low-key announcement, their research showed reluctance among many to use either the "pro-choice" ...

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The False Intimacy of Dating in the Digital Age


Jan 21 2013
Why I stopped Google stalking my suitors.
The False Intimacy of Dating in the Digital Age

A recent New York Times piece lamenting the "end of courtship" mentioned something most of us in the 21st-century dating scene have known for a while: details couples once reserved for first-date conversations can now be unearthed far too easily with ...

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Let Boys be Boys: Play-Fighting May Actually Be Good for Kids


Jan 18 2013
Differentiating between reality and the pretend violence of playtime
Let Boys be Boys: Play-Fighting May Actually Be Good for Kids

Early this month, a six-year-old in Silver Spring, Maryland, was suspended from school after he pointed his finger like a gun and said, "pow." In a letter to his parents, school officials described the incident as one in which their son "threatened ...

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