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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Poetry of the Penitent Heart


Apr 2 2014
The groundbreaking writer Anne Vaughan Lock worshipped with her pen.
Poetry of the Penitent Heart
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Editor's note: Today's post continues our Women's History Month series (yes, even though March is over), connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the evangelical women who came before us.

Sometimes books will tell us stories about ...

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Aged Out of Church


Apr 1 2014
Even in our congregations, midlife has become a joke.
Aged Out of Church
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Ask anyone who's hit midlife, and they'll tell you: this stage is no joke for us.

The emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational shifts that occur at midlife can lead to disconnection from old social networks and a profound sense of loneliness, ...

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When Parenting Gets Lost in the Details


Mar 31 2014
In a wave of books for modern moms, Gloria Furman’s gospel meditations offer a simple goal.
When Parenting Gets Lost in the Details
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Is parenting more than the sum of 18 years worth of peanut butter sandwiches and thrice-weekly soccer practice? Often, for parents deep in the trenches of grass-stains and sibling conflicts, the ultimate goal of parenting gets buried under the details.

Last ...

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Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'


Mar 28 2014
Five things Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement gets wrong about relationships.
Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'

The Interwebs don't need more snark about Gwyneth Paltrow, so I almost hesitate to weigh in on her "Conscious Uncoupling" announcement.

Almost.

I'm mindful that Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are, in fact, real people who are in distress ...

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