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Uncovering the Head Covering Debate


Oct 1 2013
What happened to Scripture’s call to cover our heads in worship?
Uncovering the Head Covering Debate
Violette79 / Flickr

I grew up in Arabic churches where women wore lace head coverings, a tradition still practiced in some Eastern Orthodox, pre-Vatican II Catholic, and Middle Eastern churches. When I questioned my mom about it, she told me she covered her head out of respect ...

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When Victimhood Gets a Spotlight


Sep 30 2013
Your story matters, but it doesn’t define you.
When Victimhood Gets a Spotlight

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I started to panic. Was I making the right choice? Maybe she was right? Maybe a story like mine was fine to share in the strip clubs, but not with the general public, and certainly not in the church.

A friend assured me, "Who cares what they think? ...

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Blame-Shifting Away Our Sin


Sep 26 2013
Our culture’s repeated cry that “it's not our fault” minimizes our understanding of the Cross.
Blame-Shifting Away Our Sin
Memphis CVB / Flickr

When former NFL player Brian Holloway first saw tweets from the teenagers partying in his New York vacation home, he thought it was a hoax. He soon realized it was not, called the police, and the trespassers scattered. But not before they left behind an estimated ...

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Go Ahead, Ladies, Fight for the Faith


Sep 26 2013
Is a fear of conflict keeping women out of apologetics?
Go Ahead, Ladies, Fight for the Faith
UnlockingTheBible / Flickr

I'm one of those people who hates confrontation and would do just about anything to avoid conflict. So it may come as a surprise that I'm also an apologist for the Christian faith, an enterprise that involves disagreements of all kinds.

1 Peter 3:14 ...

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The Christian F-Word


Sep 25 2013
Letting go of our outdated fear of feminism.
The Christian F-Word
J. K. Califf / Flickr

I was 12 the first time I heard the F-word in public. At home, my mom used it. My dad had talked about it once or twice, and my sister and I bandied it about with some frequency. But then, I heard a boy at church say it.

"Feminist."

He hurled ...

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This Is Your Brain on Google


Sep 24 2013
When digital dependence takes over what we once knew by heart.
This Is Your Brain on Google
BuzzFarmers / Flickr

A Google engineer predicted, "We'll be uploading our entire minds to computers by 2045, and our bodies will be replaced by machines within 90 years." In response, some Christians warned that offloading our minds to computers and bolstering our ...

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Beware of Baby Envy


Sep 23 2013
Since biblical times, women have struggled to rejoice at another’s pregnancy.
Beware of Baby Envy
Jody Morris / Flickr

Pregnant women are everywhere. At least, it often feels that way for women who desperately want children. And, this time, we might have the stats to prove it.

As The Wall Street Journal recently declared, "America's baby bust may be over." Reporting ...

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It's Inevitable: We're Human, We're Christian, and We're Lonely


Sep 20 2013
How an over-connected, over-independent culture keeps us from the intimacy we all crave.
It's Inevitable: We're Human, We're Christian, and We're Lonely
Geraint Rowland / Flickr

Earlier this summer in The New Republic, Judith Shulevitz opened up an ugly can of worms, writing that "loneliness lay at the heart of nearly all mental illness and the lonely person was just about the most terrifying spectacle in the world."

She ...

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The Pressure to Pretend We're Not Under Pressure


Sep 19 2013
Do-it-all women are supposed to make it look easy, but it’s not.
The Pressure to Pretend We're Not Under Pressure
Dustin J McClure / Flickr

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That is, can we not only strike the much-sought-after work-life balance, but do so with effortless flair?

We've all seen it—probably from the distance of the Internet or movies or a friend of a friend. For stay-at-home moms, she could be the ...

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We Don't Need Sexual Healing


Sep 18 2013
Despite the compassionate heart of the surrogacy movement, sex is not a human right.
We Don't Need Sexual Healing
Roco Julie / Flickr

Sexual surrogacy, therapy through sexual touch, doesn't get a lot of attention in the U.S. Few professional surrogates are still working today, and many Americans are uncomfortable by the ethical and legal implications of the practice. I had no idea sexual ...

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A Rich Christian in the Age of Food Stamps


Sep 17 2013
Why food insecurity is every evangelical’s concern.
A Rich Christian in the Age of Food Stamps
Charlotte90T / Flickr

The debate over food stamps continues in Congress this month, and the arguments are as red and blue as we would expect. Republicans, rallying for smaller government, argue for a reduction in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which would make ...

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The Fruitful Callings of the Childless By Choice


Sep 16 2013
Skipping over a procreative opportunity isn't a rejection of God's purpose for me.
The Fruitful Callings of the Childless By Choice
BrightEyedMedia / Flickr

Sometime in your late 20s, you start to notice a change with the invites sitting in your mailbox. The creamy white paper requesting your presence at a wedding transforms into a dainty baby-shower pink or blue. That same friend who just walked down that aisle ...

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Moving Pains: The Disorientating Grief of Transitions


Sep 13 2013
Tips for finding community when you still feel like a stranger.
Moving Pains: The Disorientating Grief of Transitions
Matthew W. Jackson / Flickr

I walk into church a stranger. We're a few minutes late. I stand at the back of the sanctuary and look across the backs of unfamiliar heads to find an empty pew. I make a break for it, strolling down the aisle quickly and somewhat self-consciously, hoping ...

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Strong Is the New Skinny


Sep 12 2013
A fitness movement that pushes women to understand the power of their own bodies? I’m in.
Strong Is the New Skinny
CrossFit Fever / Flickr

This summer, the Strong Is the New Skinnymovement has been blowing up social media, encouraging women to trade in their diets and skinny jeans for weight training and CrossFit workouts. The first affiliated gym was CrossFit North in Seattle, growing to 13 CrossFit ...

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The Psychology of Happiness


Sep 10 2013
Even happiness research struggles to get us to the good life.
The Psychology of Happiness
Dawn Ashley / Flickr

As a psychologist, I hear the same words over and over when I ask folks what has brought them to counseling—"I just want to be happy." But as we know, happiness is an ever-shifting target.

If I can just find the right person and get married, ...

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