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The Theology of the Hunger Games


Nov 13 2013
Like Katniss and Peeta, we’re broken for good use.
The Theology of the Hunger Games
Murray Close / Lionsgate

As we approach the release of the second film in the Hunger Games series, you may hear people talk about how the dystopian world dreamed up by Suzanne Collins is too violent, how it's cruel and un-Christian, something good teenage girls should not be reading ...

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Fellow Christians: I'm Rich and I'm Sorry


Nov 1 2013
The church needs a more open conversation about wealth and stewardship—and not just for pastors.
Fellow Christians: I'm Rich and I'm Sorry
Cristiano Betta / Flickr

Elevation Church pastor Steve Furtick recently came under media scrutiny for building a 16,000 square-foot-home for his family in Charlotte, North Carolina. After making news, he apologized to his congregation—not for the luxury of the home—but ...

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Making Ourselves the Strangers


Oct 31 2013
For the sake of reconciliation, Christians might seek out the experience of being a minority.
Making Ourselves the Strangers
Lady May Pamintuan / Flickr

Recently, an open letter from the Asian American community to the evangelical church pointed out that all too often we are racially divided, indifferent, and prefer to make generalizations at a safe distance rather than confront difference and make amends face ...

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Ghost Stories for the Christian Soul


Oct 30 2013
Hear me out: Haunting tales provide their own kind of spiritual formation.
Ghost Stories for the Christian Soul
Kate Mereand-Sinha / Flickr

I was so relieved when I read that Mickey Maudlin (my one-time boss and former managing editor of Christianity Today) reviewed Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Maybe I wasn't so off-base for finding what is essentially a ghost story ...

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How This Breast Cancer Survivor Stopped Hating Pink


Oct 30 2013
Sick of the too-pink breast cancer campaigns, I remembered a different shade of pink from my hospital days.
How This Breast Cancer Survivor Stopped Hating Pink
Photo by Tadd Myers

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After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I hated pink. The kind gifts I received when going through surgery and chemo—fleece blankets, sweatshirts, soft caps to cover my bald head, mugs, and flowers—were all nauseatingly pink.

Looking back, ...

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The Great, Maligned American Road Trip


Oct 29 2013
Cross-country drives aren't for escaping responsibility; they're the ultimate test of commitment.
The Great, Maligned American Road Trip
Pim Geerts / Flickr

A few years ago, having just turned 27, I did the unthinkable. I quit my full-time job, moved out of my apartment, sold nearly everything I owned, and spent the next year of my life traveling to all 50 states.

We've long dismissed such epic journeys — ...

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Lamenting My Prejudice Against Beautiful Women


Oct 28 2013
When did I absorb the belief that being feminine means being shallow?
Lamenting My Prejudice Against Beautiful Women
Jade Viladrich / Flickr

In the fast-paced Christian journalism industry in Carol Stream, Illinois, the workaday world is a man's world. At Christianity Today, most of my fellow editors are men, and at the conferences I attend in a given year, I am in the gender minority.

But ...

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A Casting Call for Leading Ladies


Oct 25 2013
For Christian women in secular workplaces, it's lonely at the top.
A Casting Call for Leading Ladies
Dell / Flickr

They say it's lonely at the top, and I certainly never planned to find myself there. However, after just a few years as an English professor at a community college, some unexpected circumstances led me to serving as its vice president.

Eager to grow into ...

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The Secret Women's Porn Problem


Oct 23 2013
We may not talk much about women’s addiction to erotica, but it’s happening.
The Secret Women's Porn Problem
Bruno Passigatti / iStock

It's difficult to find concrete numbers on women's pornography viewership. We shouldn't be surprised; adult entertainment has always been designated as the "man problem." But the little research on the topic, plus anecdotal evidence, reveals ...

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In the Beginning was the … Emoticon?


Oct 23 2013
Tech trends challenge the Christian call to steward language.
In the Beginning was the … Emoticon?
Pietro Zanarini / Flickr

I belong to a generation of online natives, owning my first cell phone around age 10 and learning to communicate via text message years before I wrote emails or crafted essays.

These days, you'll still find me texting, toting around my iPhone and spewing ...

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Replacing Sunday Mornings


Oct 22 2013
Where we went when we stopped going to church... and why we came back.
Replacing Sunday Mornings
Basheer Tome / Flickr

Editor's note: When We Were On Fire, Addie Zierman's memoir and the inspiration for this post, was named among the top 5 religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly.

There has been lots of talk lately about the millennials leaving the church, ...

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Quit Being a Voice for the Voiceless


Oct 21 2013
Recognizing the power of letting people speak for themselves.
Quit Being a Voice for the Voiceless
Girl Rising ©2013

Girl Rising, a new documentary about girls around the world pushing for their place in school, had me alternately gaping and smiling during a recent screening at Wheaton College. The film moved me—darn near broke me—not because of the facts or figures ...

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Why I Don't Call Myself a Feminist


Oct 18 2013
Christianity offers a culture of life greater than feminism ever could.
Why I Don't Call Myself a Feminist
Bojan Kontrec / iStock

If you were to stop by my house lately, you'd be greeted by stacks of dishes, piles of unfolded laundry, and me sitting in front of my laptop, editing a book for Christian women that I've been working on for almost two years. It's my invitation ...

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The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Female Bible Scholar


Oct 17 2013
Wheaton's Lynn Cohick: ‘Don’t let people box you in’
The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Female Bible Scholar

This month Zondervan launches its brand-new The Story of God Bible Commentary, directed by Scot McKnight and Tremper Longman. One of the first volumes in the series is by Lynn Cohick, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.

Cohick has previously published ...

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Believers in the Midst of a Political Breakdown


Oct 16 2013
How do we proclaim the unity of Christ in a country divided?
Believers in the Midst of a Political Breakdown

America is hurting today. Our political system has always had its divisions, but our embrace of plurality and democracy seems to be breaking down. We're giving way to gridlock between right and left, Fox and MSNBC, red and blue. Weeks into a government ...

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