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Have Babies, Just Not Yet


Aug 19 2014
Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.
Have Babies, Just Not Yet
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There are a number of reasons for the delay of childbearing on the part of women, who increasingly find themselves pursuing higher degrees, working full-time, and taking on leadership positions.

Babies don’t care if you just made partner, they arrive ...

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Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool


Aug 18 2014
The difference between playground chatter and harmful messages.
Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool
stevenljohnson / Flickr

Girls go to college to get more knowledge / Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider. My 10-year-old daughter belted out these words one evening this summer during a game of backyard volleyball. As the sing-songy rhythm floated in the twilight, I found myself smiling—at ...

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Home Sweet Home, Again


Aug 15 2014
Like a growing number of adults, I find support, love, and lodging in an obvious place: my parents’ home.
Home Sweet Home, Again
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If you’re an adult living with Mom and Dad, you may not be as unique as you think.

Boer Deng of Slate recently wrote about a new Pew Research Center report on how multigenerational households are becoming more common. "In 1980, some 12 percent ...

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Shark Week Jumps the Shark


Aug 14 2014
Discovery Channel's popular (and once educational) series gets trapped in gimmick.
Shark Week Jumps the Shark
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My friend took one look at promo staring Rob Lowe, “water-skiing” two harnessed sharks while tossing chum from a bona fide chum-bucket to the great whites leaping behind him and joked, “Shark Week has officially jumped the shark.”

But ...

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When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags


Aug 13 2014
African Americans are speaking out against modern-day racism. But who's listening?
When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags
(Jeff Roberson / AP)

By some measures, every 28 hours, a black man is killed in America.

This statistic rang true as I turned on my computer Saturday evening, scrolled through my Twitter feed, and saw #Ferguson, #MikeBrown, and other references to a police shooting where an unarmed ...

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A Christian Response to Trolling


Aug 12 2014
It’s not always easy to "love thy hateful commenter as thyself."
A Christian Response to Trolling
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It’s the Internet at its worst.

It’s the Facebook commenter who blames the president for everything from crime statistics to bad TV, the sort of thing I see daily in my work as social media editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s the comments ...

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A Regional Supermarket Shakeup and America’s Split Corporate Culture


Aug 11 2014
Market Basket was known for doing things differently. Now the community is rallying against company changes.
A Regional Supermarket Shakeup and America’s Split Corporate Culture
tisue / Flickr

What started several weeks ago as a small-scale protest by employees from New England’s Market Basket grocery stores is now being seen as “a fight that encapsulates everything that is wrong with corporate America” (BBC).

While Market Basket ...

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The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse


Aug 8 2014
Yes, I had my virginity, but I lost my connection to my humanity.
The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse
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“At least he didn’t take your virginity,” the leader of my Bible study group murmurs sympathetically, handing me a tissue to wipe away the tears brought on by my choked confession of a previous abusive relationship. I tense, mutter “that’s ...

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Evangelical in Mormon Territory


Aug 6 2014
How being in the religious minority inspired me to listen and learn.
Evangelical in Mormon Territory
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I'm a white, middle class, married with two kids, Christian, college-educated, home-owning woman, and I am a minority.

That may not make much sense to you at first glance. But here's the catch:

I'm a Christian, and I live in Utah.

It's ...

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Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing


Aug 5 2014
Never say, ‘never say’: How our lists and language rules may be over-the-top.
Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing
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Wrong Words and the Word-loving Missionary

Rachel Marie Stone

Someone said the wrong thing to me…and I survived.

You've no doubt come across one of those lists telling you the 10 or 12 or 20 "things you should never say" to women, pregnant ...

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A Mother's Hope for a Better World


Aug 4 2014
The significance of raising good kids in an age of bad news.
A Mother's Hope for a Better World
donnieray / Flickr

For all the autonomy and civil liberties allowed us in the West, few places seem as powerless and irrelevant as a quaint suburban home during times of global civil unrest. The events of July 17, 2014—the day MH-17 was shot out of the sky with 298 souls ...

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So Much More to Sex than 'Fifty Shades'


Aug 1 2014
Society overlooks true intimacy when we idolize the pleasure of steamy sex.
So Much More to Sex than 'Fifty Shades'
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E.L. James' erotic series has resonated with millions of readers, with over 100 million copies of her book sold worldwide and overwhelming attention given to the trailer for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Less than a week after the clip went up ...

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When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare


Jul 31 2014
Insults and intimidation threaten children’s perceptions of God.
When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare
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Conversations on bullying and its effects on the psychological health of our children have intensified in recent years. State legislatures have mandated procedures for investigating suspected acts of harassment or intimidation. Teachers now receive training ...

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Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better


Jul 30 2014
Why have the perks of faithful adulthood become our best-kept secret?
Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better
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While excellent at come-to-Jesus moments, Christian camps—and by extension, youth ministries—sometimes overlook their opportunity to emphasize the winsomeness of Christian maturity, to present the richness and fullness of life as an adult follower ...

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The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations


Jul 28 2014
Neither Granny’s castoffs nor HGTV trends belong in church buildings.
The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations
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1987 called. It wants its tissue box cover back. You know the one, made by hand in colonial blue and dusty rose calico.

Author David Murrow appears to have found the final resting place of this artifact in the churches he's visited. He excerpted a section ...

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