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The Sale That Stole Thanksgiving


Nov 26 2013
America's turning into the Land of the Buy-One-Get-One-Free, Home of the Brave-the-Crowds.
The Sale That Stole Thanksgiving
Justin Russell / Flickr

The legend of the first Thanksgiving tells of survival against imponderably difficult odds and the celebration of Native Americans and English settlers alike around a common table. With rich and delicious food before them, they thank God for being alive to ...

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Rob Ford: The Good City's Bad Mayor


Nov 25 2013
Toronto's tolerance gets tested by Ford's embarrassing antics.
Rob Ford: The Good City's Bad Mayor
shot7photos / Flickr

If you watch any late-night television, you know the name Rob Ford. Mayor of Toronto, Ford recently revised months of denials and admitted what the press and police already knew (and had on tape): Yes, he'd regularly drunk too heavily. Yes, he'd smoked ...

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Things Broke People Do


Nov 25 2013
We're not the only ones responsible for our financial state.
Things Broke People Do
Senor Codo / Flickr

Three Her.meneutics writers reflect on the difficulty of poverty and some misguided beliefs about the poor.

The Problem with Lists

Caryn Rivadeneira

For the longest time I wondered why God allowed me—and my family—to go broke. After so many ...

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C.S. Lewis's Pen Pal, Kathy Keller


Nov 22 2013
Keller's childhood correspondence with the revered author led her to Christian faith.
C.S. Lewis's Pen Pal, Kathy Keller
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Many evangelicals will point to C.S. Lewis as formative in their Christian faith, but for Kathy Keller, the wife of prominent New York City pastor Tim Keller, it was pivotal.

When she was just 12, Tim Keller said, they began writing before Lewis's death, ...

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Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture


Nov 21 2013
We can’t isolate our kids from sin, but we can teach them to recognize it and learn from it.
Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture
schmeeve / iStock

In a recent article, Catholic dad and blogger Raylan Alleman lists reason after reason "to NOT send your daughter to college." As a way to counter the evils of feminism that have invaded our society, Alleman advocates forbidding our daughters from ...

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Engagements Are the New Weddings


Nov 20 2013
When did popping the question become such a big deal?
Engagements Are the New Weddings
Kmo139 / Flickr

It used to be that the most important decision a man had to make (after choosing the girl) was what type of ring to buy. Now he's got to plan a knockout proposal—at least something cool and clever enough to go viral on YouTube. Planning a proposal ...

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When Abortion Hits Home


Nov 19 2013
As more women open up, we’re faced with the heartbreaking realization that abortion affects us all.
When Abortion Hits Home
Julien Haler / Flickr

Feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti, known for (among other things) advocating free abortions on demand and without apology, recently wrote an apology for her own abortion. Yet, she couldn't even use the word. Instead, Valenti's essay poignantly ...

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What Your Facebook Updates Say About You, Your Faith, and Your Mental Health


Nov 18 2013
New study connects emotional wellbeing with churchy status updates.
What Your Facebook Updates Say About You, Your Faith, and Your Mental Health
PhotKing / Flickr

"What you say flows from what is in your heart." Jesus spoke these words (Luke 6:45) in reference to good and evil. These days, what we say gets documented on social media, and a recent study examined whether our updates on Facebook actually flow ...

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Asking Too Much of Marriage


Nov 15 2013
We can’t expect our spouses to solve all our problems.
Asking Too Much of Marriage
Dustin J McClure / Flickr

We're often quick to associate loneliness and unhappiness with singleness, particularly in Christian circles. We expect marriage to overcome those feelings. We overlook not only the joy in that can be found in singleness, but also the sense of longing that ...

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Christine Caine: Trust God to Open Doors for Women


Nov 14 2013
The Australian activist and speaker discusses women in church leadership.
Christine Caine: Trust God to Open Doors for Women
Marc Gilgen / Willow Creek / Flickr

Christine Caine—an evangelist out of Hillsong Church and international activist against trafficking—talks with resolute conviction, humor, and an Australian accent.

She's become one of the best-known Christian women speakers around the globe. ...

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The Church's Missing Half


Nov 14 2013
What happens when women go underrepresented in the Body of Christ.
The Church's Missing Half
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Though women comprise half the church, this percentage does not get reflected in church leadership or participation in church conferences. Not even close.

But don't misunderstand—just because women are not asked to participate at these events as ...

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You Play Ball Like a... Sexist


Nov 12 2013
Time out: Coaches and parents need to rethink how we talk about gender.
You Play Ball Like a... Sexist
Lois Mauro / Flickr

Last week NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins because of alleged bullying and racial threats from his teammate Richie Incognito.

The story caught my attention because it's about sports and justice—two things I'm passionate ...

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Let's Not Bully Kids Into Belief


Nov 11 2013
Sorry Glenn Beck, Christian children need room to grow.
Let's Not Bully Kids Into Belief
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

A few years ago, a friend texted me a photo she'd taken at a big box store. Sam's Club, I think. It was a picture of my book MOMumental stacked next to one of Glenn Beck's titles. Her caption: "Unlikely bedfellows."

Unlikely indeed. ...

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We Can Agree to Disagree on Women's Ordination


Nov 8 2013
Bridging the battle lines of the female clergy debate.
We Can Agree to Disagree on Women's Ordination
potamos.photography / Flickr

When I was deciding if I should seek ordination, a friend and fellow pastor said to me, "I'm not sure where I stand on women's ordination. But I think you should get ordained." I laughed, unsure of how he holds those conflicting ideas together, ...

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I've Grown Cynical of Cynicism


Nov 7 2013
Complaining about the church, the government, the world at large? Over it.
I've Grown Cynical of Cynicism
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In my 20s, you could have found me sitting cross-legged in a coffee shop, reading a real made-from-paper book with a dramatic title about economic inequality. Occasionally, I might've looked up at you to make clever, droll remarks about how the institutional ...

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