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The Real Problem With Female Masturbation


Apr 23 2014
Call it what it is: Ladies who lust.
The Real Problem With Female Masturbation
helga / Flickr

It's refreshing to finally hear women talking about female masturbation. Given the social stigma around the topic, it can be difficult just to bring it up.

Unfortunately, too often the conversation doesn't overcome the unhelpful stereotypes about ...

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What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You


Apr 22 2014
Midwesterners’ ubiquitous church-talk helped me finally address my doubt.
What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You
pagedooley / Flickr

"So have you found a church family yet?" She leaned in over her coffee, meeting my eyes across the dining room table. I paused for a split second, my expression puzzled.

"No," I answered, shaking my head and laughing nervously. "No ...

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My Kid Is Not My Calling


Apr 21 2014
How we've mischaracterized the Christian "call."
My Kid Is Not My Calling
ryan_polei / Flickr

I might sound like a bad mother, but I have a confession to make: I love my son, I delight in my son, and I would literally lay my life down for my son. However, I do not feel called to be a mom.

I came to this realization years before I ever gave birth, ...

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We Wish You a Busy Easter


Apr 17 2014
Why the extra services and special meals of Holy Week are good for us.
We Wish You a Busy Easter
limaoscarjuliet / Flickr

As a child, I'm not sure I would have told you Easter was a holiday. Christmas prompted weeks of preparation on a church musical; commandeered displays at every store; and mustered a parade of boxes in the mail bearing presents from far-off relatives. In ...

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Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife


Apr 17 2014
Alzheimer’s puts caregivers in painful in-betweens.
Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife
andreaslindmark / Flickr

Last week, I observed two examples of loving service at the dinner table. At one end, my sister-in-law smooshed peas in a plastic bowl for Beatrix, the newest member of the family. At the other, my grandmother sliced steak into pieces for my grandfather, who ...

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The Epic Jesus Follower Fail


Apr 16 2014
The cringe-worthy subplot of Holy Week underscores the truth of the gospel.
The Epic Jesus Follower Fail
Joelk75 / Flickr

On the Internet and in our culture, there's a lot of bluster, often warranted, about the failures of the church. We wince as another pastor is involved in scandal; another popular Christian leader says something unhelpful, insensitive, or heretical; another ...

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How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis


Apr 15 2014
Fighting gender inequity in global farming.
How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis

It's spring, and as sporadic rains fall on thirsty California, I am thinking about a certain biblical promise. Found in Hosea, it follows an assurance that God will heal, revive, and raise Israel up again: "He will come to us like the rain, Like the ...

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Lent Isn't Just About You


Apr 14 2014
Why one Catholic writer went on a mission to do more than self-improve.
Lent Isn't Just About You
valeriebb / Flickr

In recent years, Lent has become more than an opportunity to give up chocolate, as Christians explore ways to use the 40-day period to engage social justice issues, such as hunger, clean water, and poverty.

Bridging spiritual disciplines with mercy ministry, ...

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The Divine Grace of the IRS


Apr 11 2014
Seriously. God’s help comes from the weirdest places.
The Divine Grace of the IRS
jdhancock / Flickr

When the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that scholarship-receiving Northwestern University football players were deemed university employees and thus should be able to unionize, I had the strangest reaction, strange at least for a libertarian-leaner ...

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This Is 40


Apr 10 2014
My upcoming birthday has me already thinking of dying.
This Is 40
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Gloria Steinem recently turned 80. In a New York Times essay on the eve of Steinem's birthday, Gail Collins celebrates how the "face of feminism" has aged. Though Steinem's name is synonymous with the historic movement, she remains modest ...

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The Feminists We Forgot


Apr 9 2014
Betty Friedan did not start the “woman movement;” Christians did.
The Feminists We Forgot
Johnny Cyprus / Wikimedia

Editor's note: Today's post concludes our (extended) Women's History Month series, connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the Christian women who came before us.

Some evangelicals teach that women were content with their lot in life ...

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Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin


Apr 8 2014
As the saying goes, we didn’t start the fire.
Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin
Constantin Hölscher / Public domain

Even in the midst of a sexual revolution, of a generation drawn to open relationships, hookup culture, and "polyamory," virginity still enthralls.

Yet another beautiful young woman is auctioning hers off. The cable show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding ...

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Let Them Eat Dirt


Apr 7 2014
Undoing the guilt, delusion, and obsession of today’s parents.
Let Them Eat Dirt
toffee_maky / Flickr

Last year, I took my 6-year-old to a nearby playground, one of the old-fashioned kind. No primary-colored plastic structures or bouncy rubber mats, it was all wood splinters and warped tire swings. Rickety ladders and fraying ropes lead to dark tunnels, inaccessible ...

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Putting Our Womanhood to Work


Apr 4 2014
Forget the stereotypes: Women get ahead by being themselves.
Putting Our Womanhood to Work
zeldman / Flickr

It seems we are endlessly discussing a woman's behavior in the workplace. Should a woman "act like a man" to ensure she exerts authority when she leads and works? Or should she use her softer, more feminine side to get what she wants? Or what ...

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The Crisis of Faith We Don't Expect When We're Expecting


Apr 3 2014
As a new mom, I lost my prayer life and eventually rediscovered the psalms.
The Crisis of Faith We Don't Expect When We're Expecting
donnieray / Flickr

Editor's note: Today's guest post comes from Micha Boyett, whose just-released book found followers her journey as "Mama Monk," as she explored Benedictine spirituality during early years of motherhood. She writes here about rediscovering ...

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