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Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury


Sep 17 2014
A viral video made their marriage famous, and now, their story continues.
Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury
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A couple years ago, a video about Ian and Larissa Murphy’s marriage went viral. In some ways, they exhibit a conventional story of young love. They met in college and wanted to get married. But Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. ...

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Diversity in the Dorm Room


Sep 16 2014
How college roommates teach us about race, culture, and ourselves.
Diversity in the Dorm Room
masstravel / Flickr

Every fall an extraordinarily stressful ritual takes place in colleges across the country. Eighteen-year-olds embark on a journey of leaving the watchful eyes of parents, to move into a building with hundreds of strangers. Some travel blocks while others cross ...

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The Heart of the Gendercide Problem


Sep 15 2014
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
Julien Harneis / Flickr

Violence against women and girls is a human rights problem that extends across the globe, and includes widespread rape as a tool of war, gender-selective abortions, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking, disfigurement, and economic exploitation. In ...

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Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t


Sep 12 2014
A childless millennial’s quest to become a “kid person.”
 Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t
donhomer / Flickr

To say I don’t have kids is an understatement. I barely interact with children, save for brief conversations with friends and fellow churchgoers with offspring in tow.

I can’t remember the last time I changed a diaper, pushed a stroller, or let ...

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Bringing Booty Back


Sep 11 2014
Finding the right reasons for self-acceptance amid a body-positive music boom.
Bringing Booty Back
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“All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor has announced she’s bringing booty back. When she comes on that radio, I can’t resist shaking what God gave me just a little bit. Her first hit song is catchy enough to have spent a month in ...

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Ray Rice’s Domestic Abuse Saga: Why Not Leave Him?


Sep 10 2014
Questioning the victim takes focus away from the real problem: the abuse.
Ray Rice’s Domestic Abuse Saga: Why Not Leave Him?
Keith Allison / Flickr

Football fans turned their attention to the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, after TMZ released a video of Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator. The league ultimately suspended him indefinitely, and the team ...

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Feed Your Enemies


Sep 8 2014
A scriptural call to overcome our divisive instincts.
Feed Your Enemies
gumuz / Flickr

There’s a curious sentence in Psalm 23 that unsettles me. David writes, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.” In the same passage where the king presents God as the Good Shepherd and celebrates his provision, he throws ...

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Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce


Sep 8 2014
The church’s role in restoring a healthy view of marriage and family.
Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce
cytryna / Flickr

I have a dear friend who was terrified of marriage before she became a bride.

She is one of those lifetime friends with whom I have a lot in common. Unfortunately, part of our shared experience is that we’re both children of divorce. Growing up in broken ...

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The Lie Poverty Tells Us


Sep 5 2014
It’s hard for the poor to see that we are not our poverty… but not for Jesus.
The Lie Poverty Tells Us
Elvert Barnes / Flickr

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, a wave of federal programs and initiatives designed to reduce the poverty rate. In many ways, poverty looks different now than it did in the ‘60s, with the emergence of the working poor and the ...

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Christians, Are You Ready For Some Football?


Sep 4 2014
Another season, another round of football debates.
Christians, Are You Ready For Some Football?
robertjinks / Flickr

In the South, we ring in the fall not with the first blush of red on our leaves, nor the first cool breeze, but the start of football season.

The first week in September is sacred here, bookended by the kickoffs of both college and professional football. ...

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Our Bodies, Our Selfies: On Body Image Online


Sep 3 2014
The approval-seeking scrutiny of social media’s selfie-mania.
Our Bodies, Our Selfies: On Body Image Online
Viona Daelemans / Flickr

The ubiquity of social media exerts a certain pressure to post photos of oneself — often, selfies — and submit them to the scrutiny of others. One study estimates that a third of all photographs taken by people ages 18-24 are selfies — photographs ...

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew


Sep 2 2014
The Christian ties to coffee culture.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew
eka_shoniya / Flickr

As the worship band exists the stage on Sunday morning, the pastor steps up holding the usual sermon supplies: a leather-bound Bible, an iPad with notes, and a latte from the church coffee shop.

This was an ordinary scene at the hip church we used to attend ...

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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
daveparker / Flickr

As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. ...

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Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet


Aug 28 2014
On loving dogs and being loved by God.
Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet
John Carl

Just days after the death of a loved one last year, I had to travel halfway across the country for a conference. Because I carry grief in my stomach, I couldn’t eat. Weakness from not eating combined with the usual exhaustion from travel had me feeling ...

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Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll


Aug 26 2014
As God rebuilds, I see Mars Hill shift its focus to love.
Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll
Mars Hill Church

For years, Mars Hill has been known as a church that cares deeply about right thinking and strong theology, but rarely do people associate it with love or grace. It harkens Revelation 2:4, where Jesus tells the church in Ephesus that although it endured well ...

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