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Dear God, Let Me Be 'Skinny' Pregnant


Jun 3 2013
How fat-shaming Kim Kardashian hurts us all.
Dear God, Let Me Be 'Skinny' Pregnant
Rusty Clark / Flickr

Stand in any grocery checkout lane, you'll see one face—or rather, body—plastered across nearly every magazine: Kim Kardashian. Whether you love her, hate her, or couldn't care less, the media commentary and "fat-shaming" over ...

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They Will Know Us By Our Angry Blogs


May 31 2013
It’s time for Christians to tone down the controversy and show some love.
They Will Know Us By Our Angry Blogs
Keirsten Balukas / Flickr

It's hard to believe that not so long ago, I didn't know my Mark Driscoll from my Donald Miller, had never heard of Rachel Held Evans, and didn't know what a Patheos was. Tucked snugly within the ivory tower, I had never set virtual foot inside ...

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Too Girly To Lead?


May 30 2013
God cares more about our gifts than our gender.
Too Girly To Lead?
US Embassy New Zealand / Flickr

"Her duties undoubtedly begin with the home, and if home duties be generally neglected, all attempts at performing wider ones will be more or less disastrous failure."

Were it not for the slightly outdated syntax, this statement could very well ...

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The Fading Art of Slow Communication


May 29 2013
What letter writing reveals about our relationships—and ourselves
The Fading Art of Slow Communication
Ray Larabie / Flickr

According to the U.N. telecon agency, the world now has approximately 6 billion cell phone subscriptions, which means there are nearly as many cell phones on the planet as people. Half a billion tweets get sent out into the universe each day, says Dick Costolo, ...

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News Flash: Not Everyone With Down Syndrome Is Suffering


May 28 2013
Setting the record straight on special needs and disability.
News Flash: Not Everyone With Down Syndrome Is Suffering
Brad Guice

I took two of my children to the mall a few weeks back. After stocking up on sneakers and sandals, we stood in line to ride the carousel. I paid $2 each for their tickets, then the lady at the cash register peered over the counter at my daughter Penny. "Is ...

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Flipping the 40-Minute Sermon


May 24 2013
Should church teaching evolve in the digital age?
Flipping the 40-Minute Sermon
Allstarsyouth / Flickr

A new trend in academia encourages educators to focus less on lecture and more on active learning within the classroom environment.

"The danger with lucid lectures…is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning ...

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The Seminary Gender Gap


May 23 2013
Why we should be concerned that women remain outnumbered in theological education.
The Seminary Gender Gap
Sydney Missionary Bible College / Flickr

In the last several years, news outlets have drawn attention to a major cultural shift on college campuses: For the first time in our nation's history, the majority of university students are female.

This gender revolution gained attention after the 2010 ...

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The Real Value of Sex


May 22 2013
Examining the lies that sex is worth nothing or sex is worth everything.
The Real Value of Sex
DaryAdelaide / Flickr

Turns out, college isn't as hard to pay for as I previously thought. At least, not if you're a woman and willing to get, shall we say, "creative." According to CNBC, there are plenty of rich dirty old men ("Sugar Daddies") willing ...

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Suburbia Needs Jesus, Too


May 21 2013
A woman's take on the New Radicals.
Suburbia Needs Jesus, Too
Nate Grigg / Flickr

In college, my philosophy professor used to talk with affection about how his wife "schooled" him when they were first married. After hearing a Christian speaker on campus, he came home inspired and shared with his wife the speaker's message: ...

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Angelina Jolie's Breasts and the Bravery of Letting Go


May 20 2013
Refusing to let beauty become a trap.
Angelina Jolie's Breasts and the Bravery of Letting Go
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

...

"I think she's brave," I said. "I think she's very brave."

Angelina Jolie's mom had died of ovarian cancer in her 50s, and genetic testing showed that Angelina was positive for the BRCA-1 gene mutation, which not only raised ...

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Auditing America's Political Integrity


May 20 2013
The IRS scandal, Benghazi incidents, and the disappointment of dishonorable leadership.
Auditing America's Political Integrity
Gadget_Guru / Flickr

The recent scandals swirling inside the beltway seem to have come one after another—Benghazi, the AP records seizure, the IRS audits. While investigations continue about the details of each, the incidents have been enough to raise bigger, broader questions ...

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Stay Sexy or Else? Well, Please Forgive These Mommy Hips


May 17 2013
When the joy of sex gets replaced by the fear of not being sexy enough.
Stay Sexy or Else? Well, Please Forgive These Mommy Hips

Some Christian marriage conferences and self-help books tell us it's up to the wife to stay looking great and try new things in the bedroom, to keep her husband satisfied and her marriage strong.

Mary DeMuth recently critiqued the popular "smoking ...

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Desperate for Their MRS. Degrees


May 16 2013
Pressure to put a ring on it can distract from other pursuits and callings.
Desperate for Their MRS. Degrees
instantvantage / Flickr

In the mid-90s, at 18 years old, it never occurred to me that a woman would go to college for the primary purpose of securing a spouse. Even attending a conservative Christian college, I never heard the term "MRS. degree" until many years later, when ...

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'The Office' Shows Even TV Romance Isn't Picture-Perfect


May 16 2013
How Jim and Pam's struggling marriage saved the show's final season.
'The Office' Shows Even TV Romance Isn't Picture-Perfect
Danny Feld / NBC

For me, it wasn't love at first sight. The first time I ever watched The Office, the scenes felt awkward and the staff of Dunder Mifflin seemed weird. But it didn't take long before I fell for those quirky characters, and I've been watching ever ...

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The Double Shock of Unexpected Pregnancy


May 15 2013
How faith meets this scary, stressful, but ultimately divine surprise.
The Double Shock of Unexpected Pregnancy
love_K_photos / Flickr

"Nightmare."

"We're pissed."

"Like cancer patients with only months to live."

What catastrophic life event, we might ask, could provoke language of such profound hostility and dread?

Pregnancy. Twins!

A Babble blogger, ...

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