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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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The Next Chapter for Christian Publishing


Jul 28 2014
Instead of saying goodbye to the ‘Golden Age,’ it’s time for us welcome a new era.
The Next Chapter for Christian Publishing
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Earlier this month, renowned Christian author Philip Yancey said Farewell to the Golden Age of Christian publishing, leaving authors and readers concerned over the future of the industry. One author shared, "This is why I'm re-evaluating whether I ...

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Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership


Jul 25 2014
Unmarried ministers offer a unique understanding of devotion to Christ alone.
Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership
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Each time I read a well-intentioned article on how to make the most of your single years, I scan down to the author's bio and often discover that, sure enough, he's married to his college sweetheart, pulling advice from a brief period of singleness ...

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Not Another Charity Case


Jul 24 2014
Violence against women calls for an immediate, institution-wide response from Christians.
Not Another Charity Case
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Vast amounts of ink have been spilled pointing out how our attempts at charity go about it wrong. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie came under fire for his model, which donated a pair of shoes to someone in a developing country for each pair sold, arguably ...

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Confessions of a Cosplay Mom


Jul 22 2014
How this Christian parent learned to embrace the wacky Comic-Con scene.
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom
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When I tell people that my teenage daughter loves to cosplay, they often have no idea what I'm talking about. Cosplay? What's that?

Costumed play, or cosplay, has emerged as a colorful subculture of dress up and role-play. Cosplay conventions are ...

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The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'


Jul 21 2014
The series’ groundbreaking diversity disappoints in the realm of religion.
The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The following post contains details from the first and second seasons of Orange Is the New Black. (Don't say we didn't warn you.)

I love my Don Drapers and Walter Whites, but we were long overdue for a Piper Chapman. She's the main character of ...

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How Poor Could They Be?


Jul 18 2014
On going broke and getting judged.
How Poor Could They Be?
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After I confessed some of the stupid decisions we've made during our financial dry spell, a woman told me her family, in similar straits, went to Disney World: "We'd paid for the trip before my husband got laid off. We couldn't get a refund. ...

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Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image


Jul 16 2014
Our obsession with appearance has theological ramifications for both women and men.
Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image
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Have you ever heard a sermon about body image?

Aside from the occasional side comment, I've never heard body image given substantial treatment from the pulpit or serious attention from leaders in the church, which is surprising since body image is not ...

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6 Crowdfunding Myths for Christians to Consider


Jul 16 2014
Online fundraising can be a great ministry resource… if done right.
6 Crowdfunding Myths for Christians to Consider
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The world has seen crowdfunding campaigns for everything from high-tech fitness gadgets to, more recently, a very expensive potato salad. In fact, in 2013, crowdfunding—a term for the process of gathering contributions, typically online, for a specific ...

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When Our Desires Disorient Us


Jul 15 2014
Recognizing what we want allows us to stand exposed before God.
When Our Desires Disorient Us
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Recently, a new field of psychology has spawned to address the task of examining desire. Wantology, of which Arlie Russell Hochschild makes mention in her New York Times article, "The Outsourced Life," is a field of expertise aimed at helping people ...

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Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder


Jul 14 2014
Rather than hide in pain, trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life.
Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder
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Molly Merry rests a hand on her pregnant belly, smiling at the uncertainty that lay in her womb. She wasn't always this calm, but she knows her daughter—diagnosed with an often-fatal genetic disorder—is in his plans.

"I felt like he kept ...

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Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook


Jul 11 2014
As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s also help the helpers.As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s not forget to help the helpers.
Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook
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When a 19-year-old college student from our church went missing, our entire community sprang into action. Search parties were assembled, prayer teams were gathered, and social media campaigns were launched. Hundreds showed their support, and together we mourned ...

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Good Sex Comes to Those Who Wait?


Jul 10 2014
Hook-up sex v. married sex: A warning about incentivizing abstinence with personal pleasure.
Good Sex Comes to Those Who Wait?
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I don't remember when I first heard the idea that the best sex in marriage comes from saving yourself until your wedding night, probably because it's been repeated again and again in church circles over the years. True love waiting rewards the strife ...

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