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Advice to Women: Marry an Evangelist


Feb 28 2014
Has scriptural instruction become merely optional in our marriages?
Advice to Women: Marry an Evangelist
Chris Yarrzab / Flickr

Shortly after I began dating Rob, I was talking with one of his friends. "He's a great guy," she said. "But have you heard him pray?" Her question was rhetorical. We had both sat in the church prayer meeting and listened to that young ...

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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows


Feb 27 2014
May the church offer divorcees grace, not guilt-trips.
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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Many divorced Christians have felt they step into church wearing a scarlet D. Author Elisabeth Corcoran was one of these. After her marriage of almost 19 years unraveled, Corcoran grappled with pain, confusion, and shame. Those feelings were compounded when ...

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Creation Care Starts with Our Bodies


Feb 26 2014
Or, what I learned from my bikini-clad mother-in-law about the goodness of creation.
Creation Care Starts with Our Bodies
Nickay311 / Flickr

Editor's note: Christian environmentalist Leah Kostamo's recent book, Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community, shares her and her husband's work with a faith-based conservation group called A Rocha. Planted has won the acclaim of novelist ...

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Sizing Ourselves Up


Feb 25 2014
For women, arbitrary clothing sizes further distort our body image.
Sizing Ourselves Up
Sporkist / Flickr

The dress was too small, so I wouldn't buy it. It came in a larger size, but I wasn't about to wear that size—in my mind, it was "too big."

We've all been there, inordinately focused on the size number on the label. Women have ...

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Saying Hola to Our Multilingual Reality


Feb 24 2014
God calls us to celebrate our country’s beautiful diversity.
Saying Hola to Our Multilingual Reality
DIBP Images / Flickr

As a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, I work with people who appreciate and embrace linguistic diversity. This semester in particular, many of my students are already on their third or fourth language. I love how they constantly seek opportunities to practice ...

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Changing Depictions, Changing Perceptions


Feb 21 2014
Bridging the gap between female stereotypes and real women starts in our heads, not stock photography.
Changing Depictions, Changing Perceptions
Getty Images

Last week, Getty Images unveiled the Lean In Collection, a "library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them."

The collection, collaboratively curated by Getty and Sheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.Org, ...

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Candace Cameron Bure: On Her Christian Faith and Her Own 'Full House'


Feb 20 2014
After years of growing her family and her faith, the former child star is balancing it all.
Candace Cameron Bure: On Her Christian Faith and Her Own 'Full House'
Mike Healey

Candace Cameron Bure grew up playing big sister DJ Tanner to two TV little sisters on Full House. She also big-sistered countless girls like me, who spent their '90s childhoods glued to the television during ABC's TGIF Friday night lineup.

At 37, ...

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Redeeming the 'Do What You Love' Mantra


Feb 19 2014
The good news for Christians: When work is worship, we get to love it all.
Redeeming the 'Do What You Love' Mantra
Highways Agency / Flickr

"You won't see me here often," another mom informs me last fall, on the first day of school. "I work."

Inside, I silently rise to defend my ponytail and jeans. I work, too! But work is my husband's very loosely approximated term ...

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Why We Don't Just Need Community, We Need Church


Feb 18 2014
In our own sacred spaces and circles of friends, we can’t recreate the body of Christ.
Why We Don't Just Need Community, We Need Church
Reade Photography / Flickr

A Church Like No Place Else

Caryn Rivadeneira

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I've been so overwhelmed by the presence of God in these places that I've nearly fallen to my knees, kissed the holy ground in each of them. Mostly, I offer a mental genuflect or lift my arms away ...

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Not Another Celebrity Takedown, Please


Feb 17 2014
When stars make headlines, even Christians are quick to throw stones.
Not Another Celebrity Takedown, Please
Joe Bielawa / Flickr

In our hyper-connected culture, we have easy access to the rich and famous, access that could be mistaken for intimacy. We are in-tune to the details of their lives: their wardrobe choices, their song lyrics and sound bites, their loves and their loves lost, ...

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Is Valentine's Day a Lose-Lose Holiday?


Feb 14 2014
The single and dating come together to try to redeem the commercialized extravaganza.
Is Valentine's Day a Lose-Lose Holiday?
Sister72 / Flickr

Valentine's Day is lame. The holiday designed to celebrate love somehow makes most of us feel dissatisfied with our relationships or defensive about our relationship status — whether you're single, married, or dating.

One of us is single. One ...

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Don't Be Afraid to Ask


Feb 13 2014
Sometimes, women need to set aside false selflessness.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask
Dell Inc. / Flickr

If both blog posts hadn't caught my attention on the same day, I don't think I would have seen the connection. The first, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, noted that female graduate students were significantly less likely than their male counterparts ...

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The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards


Feb 12 2014
Calling for more economic diversity in church leadership.
The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards
MML / Flickr

Several years ago, Carl Ruby, then vice-president of student life at the university where we both used to work told me, "You know, Marlena, you'd make an excellent trustee of the university." I inquired, "What does it take to become a trustee ...

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If a Brand-New Christian Women's Conference Goes Viral, Then What?


Feb 11 2014
The story behind the success of the IF: Gathering.
If a Brand-New Christian Women's Conference Goes Viral, Then What?
Moxie Collective

Ask author and Bible teacher Jennie Allen how she came to create the most popular interdenominational Christian women's event in years, and she'll stumble to answer.

Ask how she gathered tens of thousands of Christian women—live in Austin, Texas, ...

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It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day


Feb 10 2014
Happy couples keep the romance alive year-round.
It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day
ginnerobot / Flickr

It's not unusual for couples to find themselves sitting in front of the TV with their kids on Valentine's Day, the supposed most romantic day of the year. In the case of my family, we spent one February 14 watching a re-run of Wipeout.

The lovey-dovey ...

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