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How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God


Apr 2 2013
Nursing became the spiritual discipline that taught me to slow down and rest.
How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God
Aurimus Mikalauskas / Flickr

I never thought I'd be breastfeeding in my clerical collar. Come to think of it, I never thought I'd be wearing a collar, but that's another story. Home from church between a funeral service and a lunch reception, there I was, in my son's nursery ...

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Controversy Is Not a Christian Virtue


Mar 29 2013
I don't think Jesus set out to make headlines.
Controversy Is Not a Christian Virtue
Bradley Gordon / Flickr

In the age of Twitter marketing, the road to fame and fortune seems paved by status updates and hashtags: #YourNameHere! #YourCleverQuoteThere! #YourSoundbitesEverywhere! These days, even church figures go on publicity parades, making headlines and grabbing ...

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Big Theology for Little Kids


Mar 28 2013
Thanks to catechism, my young ones can tell you a thing or two about justification, salvation, and repentance.
Big Theology for Little Kids
Johnathan Nightingale / Flickr

We go out of our way to answer kids' questions, no matter how silly. Last year, a British journalist got experts to respond to children's questions like "Can a bee sting a bee?" and "Why do I get hiccups?" and "If a cow didn't ...

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A Friendship Deeper Than 'Besties'


Mar 27 2013
Women are wired for more soulful relationships.
A Friendship Deeper Than 'Besties'
Becca Peterson / Flickr

All my life I've yearned for deep friendship. I had companions. I wasn't particularly lonely. But somehow my friendships never satisfied the longing I felt for something more.

I wanted not just what Anne of Green Gables calls a bosom friend, but a ...

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When New Moms Can't Stop Worrying


Mar 26 2013
Facing OCD, mental illness, and depression beyond the "baby blues."
When New Moms Can't Stop Worrying
George Ruiz / Flickr

The night I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, I broke down and cried. In the hospital, I had been giddy with happiness. At home, I felt panicked. I realized that for all my preparation, I had no idea how to care for a baby. This wonderful, vulnerable ...

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Single Ladies Need Better Work-Life Balance, Too


Mar 25 2013
Sheryl Sandberg's lessons for all of us, including the church.
Single Ladies Need Better Work-Life Balance, Too
Ray_from_LA / Flickr

Working women are looking to one of the world's top female execs, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as she dishes out advice on work in her much-written-about, much-talked-about book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

In a world where we expect ...

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Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal


Mar 22 2013
The search for a truer expression of Christian grief.
Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal
Maggiejumps / Flick

Celebrities usually make the cover of People magazine for doing something silly or scandalous, but actress Valerie Harper's front-page story last week was much more serious. She announced she'd been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Harper, best ...

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Our Lenten Thirst for Justice


Mar 22 2013
40 days drinking, walking, and raising big bucks for clean water.
Our Lenten Thirst for Justice
Steven Depolo / Flickr

The $12 billion wagered during March Madness each year could provide access to clean water for the entire world. The millions of hours snuck away from work to watch games or check scores may have employers bemoaning lost productivity, but that's nothing ...

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Is There a Christian Formula for Online Dating?


Mar 21 2013
Trusting God after listing, praying, and searching the web for my Mr. Right.
Is There a Christian Formula for Online Dating?
Michael Licht / Flickr

As Amy Webb tells it, finding her husband was as easy as making a list.

"You'll know your list is finished when the person you've described suddenly feels real and tangible," she writes in the appendix to her memoir-cum-online-dating-advice ...

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Steubenville: Whatever Happened to Human Dignity?


Mar 20 2013
A discussion of rape, responsibility, and redemption.
Steubenville: Whatever Happened to Human Dignity?
Keith Srakocic / AP

"My life is over. No one is going to want me now." These are tragic words spoken by a key figure in the Steubenville rape trial. But no, they weren't spoken by the young victim, but rather one of the rapists.

A case like this calls into question ...

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My Child's Backstory Is None of Your Business


Mar 20 2013
A call for discretion, respect, and neighborly love in adoption.
My Child's Backstory Is None of Your Business
Gabriela Pinto / Flickr

Everyone loves a good adoption story. They are happy-ending stories, filled with drama and struggle and redemption, not to mention chubby-cheeked children. Perhaps you have seen one of them in your newsfeed recently—amazing stories endlessly shared and ...

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When 'Leaning In' Isn't Enough


Mar 19 2013
Christian businesswomen find themselves leaning on God.
When 'Leaning In' Isn't Enough
Drew Altizer / Financial Times / Flickr

Marissa Mayer does it. Condeleezza Rice admits to it; so does Meg Whitman. And while I suspect Sheryl Sandberg indulges, in Lean In, her bestselling new non-fiction grenade on girl-power in high corporate places, the topic never comes up.

The topic is prayer—God's ...

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The Not-So-Perfect Pastors' Family


Mar 19 2013
Getting honest about your own struggles can help your kids' faith.
The Not-So-Perfect Pastors' Family
Cody Bess

It's tough being a pastor's kid. I should know. I married a pastor's kid, and we now have four pastor's kids of our own. Nearly everyone assumes pastor's kids are either rule-following goody two-shoes or rebels, ready to run counter to their ...

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Lena Dunham: Bare, Brave, But Still Objectified


Mar 18 2013
The difference between reclaiming our bodies and redeeming our selves.
Lena Dunham: Bare, Brave, But Still Objectified
David Shankbone / Flickr

This time last year I had not heard of Lena Dunham, 26-year-old actress, filmmaker, writer, and director behind HBO show Girls. Now, Dunham seems to be everywhere.

The second season of Girls ended Sunday, and since the show's debut, TV critics have debated ...

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It Takes a Church to Raise a Child


Mar 15 2013
How my community taught me the true cost of parenthood.
It Takes a Church to Raise a Child
Greenwich / Flickr

To any young professionals who have wondered if one day they'd have to choose between having a career or having kids: I've been there. When my husband and I considered what it would take for me to get a Ph.D., I agonized about whether I could be a good ...

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