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What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry


Oct 23 2014
Even faced with deadly disease, we can choose to live like God’s in control.
What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

After 21 days in isolation, Louise Troh, her son, and two nephews emerged giving thanks to God. “We are so happy this is coming to an end,” Troh said. “We have lost so much, but we have our lives and we have our faith in God, which always ...

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Why Do We Still Need Women’s Conferences?


Oct 22 2014
Q cofounder explains the purpose behind gathering as women.
Why Do We Still Need Women’s Conferences?
Courtesy of Rebekah Lyons

Q began seven years ago as a way to gather Christian leaders and influencers to mobilize around the common good in our cities. My husband Gabe and I cofounded the organization, and over the years, we have had significant numbers of women participate as speakers ...

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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback


Oct 20 2014
Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.
School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback
U.S. Dept. of Education

It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.

During those first few quiet moments—just before I rouse my middle-schooler for early morning band, then my daughter for ...

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The Pastor’s Wife Effect


Oct 20 2014
Pastors' wives don’t need reverence. They need friendship.
The Pastor’s Wife Effect
theologhia /Flickr

In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift recounts a conversation with her brother about a man he’d seen walking around with a cat on his head. She was torn between wanting to respect the man’s privacy and wishing she had a photo. After ...

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How Love Leads Us to Worry


Oct 17 2014
When we love someone or something, we assume they’re ours to worry about.
How Love Leads Us to Worry
lorenkerns / Flickr

Author Amy Simpson, a regular Her.meneutics writer, has previously shared with us about various aspects of mental health, including the church’s response to mental illness, the language we use to talk about mental disorders, and the rise in depression ...

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What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?


Oct 15 2014
How “exceptional” African Americans still bolster our stereotypes.
What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?
Adam Taylor / ABC

In high school, I took a class called “The Black Experience in White America,” studying stacks of books on critical race theory, reels of historical documentaries, and pages of prose written by African Americans. The course asked: What does it mean ...

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Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?


Oct 14 2014
How our instinct to praise each others’ looks might fuel an image-obsessed culture.
Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?
queenieandthedew / Flickr

A few weeks ago I saw on Instagram a picture of my friend with a celebrity. It wasn’t a backstage concert photo, or a selfie from a chance run-in at Starbucks. Instead, she was working with this nationally recognized figure as a part of her job. I was ...

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The History We’d Prefer to Forget


Oct 13 2014
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
The History We’d Prefer to Forget
J.D. Thomas / Flickr

The recent round of protests in Colorado over a proposed change to the Advanced Placement American History curriculum has illustrated for me the challenge in our culture about what it means to remember well.

The College Board, the organization that administers ...

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The Deeper Draw of YA


Oct 10 2014
Grown-up readers find a necessary reminder of our brokenness and vulnerability.
The Deeper Draw of YA
martinaphotography / Flickr

For decades, adults have enjoyed books intended for teenagers and adolescents. But during this year’s leisurely summer reading season, the adult inclination toward young adult (YA) lit became a hotly debated topic.

Ruth Graham sparked a fury with her ...

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Missional Living Doesn’t Wait for Marriage


Oct 9 2014
As for me and my house, we'll serve in our single years.
Missional Living Doesn’t Wait for Marriage
wickenden / Flickr

Where I live in Texas, there are two dominant decorating motifs: every house either has a wall covered with ornamental crosses or a wall with large words spelling out some sort of creed for their home. Perhaps you’ve seen some of these, ranging from heartwarming ...

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Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera


Oct 8 2014
Documentarian Laura Waters Hinson creates films to reflect the ultimate narrative.
Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera
Laura Waters Hinson

Laura Waters Hinson is a documentary filmmaker, pastor's wife, mother, and worship leader. Her award-winning films span subjects from street vendors in Washington DC to female entrepreneurship in Rwanda.

At a summer screening of her latest film Dog Days (hosted ...

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Why Hong Kong Matters: More Than Politics at Stake


Oct 7 2014
Chinese control threatens the freedom, dignity, and happiness of millions.
Why Hong Kong Matters: More Than Politics at Stake
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When we lived in Shenzhen, an industrial megacity in mainland China, my husband and I would occasionally visit Hong Kong on the weekends. Entering the former British colony was always a shock to my system. Unlike Shenzhen, Hong Kong was full of signs in English ...

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Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love


Oct 6 2014
Dinner’s about the act of serving, not what’s being served.
Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love
Michael Bentley / Flickr

With the push for healthy food, the restrictions of rising food allergies, and their hectic schedules, many women find cooking a meal at the end of the day to be a burden that is simply too much to bear, so says Amanda Marcotte writing for Slate. No wonder ...

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How Abortion Stories Overtook Life Ethics


Oct 3 2014
Anecdotes aren’t enough to determine morality.
How Abortion Stories Overtook Life Ethics
Alan Kotok / Flickr

When we hear defenses of abortion, the examples often involve difficult circumstances. Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic candidate for governor, made national news last year for an 11-hour filibuster against a law that would have restricted ...

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Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis


Oct 2 2014
How Christian orgs in Africa are shifting from development to emergency relief to help fight the outbreak.
Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis
Living Water International

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread across West Africa, experts do not know how long it will be before they’ll be able to contain the deadly virus, nor how many more lives it will take. But they do know that clean water remains a crucial factor ...

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