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Fair Trade in an Unfair World


Jun 29 2014
Conflicted over bananas, button-downs, and now, smart phones.
Fair Trade in an Unfair World
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A few years ago, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule requiring companies publicly to disclose their use of conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbors. The first deadline for filing ...

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The Gluten-Free Schism


Jun 27 2014
Responding with grace when food sensitivities—and fakers—disrupt our fellowship.
The Gluten-Free Schism
ilovememphis / Flickr

A recent cartoon in the New Yorker depicts two women sitting across from one another. "I've only been gluten-free for a week," one says, "but I'm already really annoying."

Going gluten-free has become both popular and profitable, ...

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The Internet Never Forgets


Jun 26 2014
European decision does more to preserve reputations than protect privacy.
The Internet Never Forgets
spencereholtaway / Flickr

When I was 23, a man threatened to sue me for violating his privacy when I published the news of his drunk driving arrest in the local paper where I worked. I explained to him he didn't have a case; his arrest was a matter of public record provided by the ...

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Mythbusting for Foster Parents


Jun 25 2014
Thousands of American kids need foster homes. Don’t let misconceptions keep you from helping.
Mythbusting for Foster Parents
rlopez117 / Flickr

As a community committed to caring for those in need, Christian families looking for ways to reach out and serve often think about foster parenting. Barna Group reports that 31 percent of Christians have seriously considered foster parenting (compared to 11 ...

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This Rockabilly Christian Life


Jun 24 2014
Retro style and the inescapable, human longing for times gone by.
This Rockabilly Christian Life
xshamethestrongx / Flickr

My rockabilly friends hoard 1950s-era fiberglass lampshades and Formica-topped tables. They drive clunky, chrome-trimmed, gas-guzzling cars that have no seatbelts and sometimes leave them stranded on long trips. The guys sport gabardine suits and greased-back ...

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No Longer Unashamed


Jun 23 2014
Certain shame can push us to repentance and our God of grace.
No Longer Unashamed
ssiljee / Flickr

In the age of of cyber-bullying, we see deplorable instances of public shaming to rival Hester Prynne's scarlet letter. Yet, simultaneously, we are in the midst of what psychotherapist Joseph Burgo calls an "anti-shame zeitgeist." Just as it's ...

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A Field Guide for Suffering Well


Jun 20 2014
Finding beauty and blessings in our spiritual deserts.
A Field Guide for Suffering Well
PetteriO / Flickr

Many of us don't know what to do when we find ourselves in the spiritual desert. Because our hyper-connected culture provides everything on demand, when we don't get what we want, when we want it, we feel disoriented and cranky.

And if our losses ...

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Tied Up in Our Own Preferences


Jun 19 2014
How fear, not prayer, led us to choose sterilization… and regret it.
Tied Up in Our Own Preferences
deovolenti / Flickr

While the contemporary ability to determine one's family size is heralded as a mark of Western progress, that freedom carries with it moral and spiritual responsibility. Some branches of Christendom (most notably, the Catholic Church) have well-documented ...

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Theology of the Imagination


Jun 18 2014
How our very-real God loves an active, creative mind.
Theology of the Imagination
bionicteaching / Flickr

The best two moments of my summer thus far sprung from two things normally not high on my yay! list: pulling thistles from the jumble of pine trees and junipers that form the woods in our backward and driving a gaggle of middle school boys across town to lacrosse ...

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To Publish a Predator


Jun 16 2014
What the regrettable Leadership Journal post reminds us about the nature of sexual abuse.
To Publish a Predator
Connor Tarter / Flickr

In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov rocked America's sleepy, conservative culture with the publication of Lolita, the story of a middle-aged scholar obsessed with a 12-year-old girl. Lolita is perhaps the most brilliant, well-crafted example of a literary device ...

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When Dads Don't Stay


Jun 13 2014
Confronting the reality of fatherlessness in America.
When Dads Don't Stay
rain0975 / Flickr

The first clear memory I have of my father exemplifies every moment after. The lake lapped softly against the posts of weathered, bone-dry dock upon which I stood. I curled my toes into the splintery wood, blinked back the intense, hot Texas sun and leapt blind, ...

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Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage


Jun 12 2014
And how I learned that oversharing brings us together.
Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage
andrewrennie / Flickr

There's a certain kind of oversharing on social media that we're all familiar with: the mundane pictures of somebody's lunch, the stream of selfies, the updates complaining of illnesses. Much of this can come off as uninteresting.

Another kind ...

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Thank God for Vaccines


Jun 11 2014
The diseases they fight are worse than you remember. The people who oppose them are a bigger risk than you realize.
Thank God for Vaccines
inferis / Flickr

Concerned, caring parents make the decision every day to forego life-saving immunity by refusing to vaccinate their children, truly believing they are doing the right thing. They do not perceive an imminent risk to their child from the older contagious diseases, ...

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Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale


Jun 10 2014
How the realm of make-believe can bring us toward God.
Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale
yaketyyakyak / Flickr

As I child I dreamed often of flying.

What made these dreams deliciously haunting – the sort that linger pleasantly in the mind well after you've awakened – was how mundane everything else had been, save the surprising ability to fly. Upon ...

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Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'


Jun 9 2014
So where does desire fit with God’s will?
Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'
Jaimie Trueblood / AMC

For all that the AMC series Mad Men gets wrong about desire, they know this to be true: to be human is to want.

Set in the '60s, the show thrives on "the drinking, the smoking, the lack of seat belts — [the dark appeal] of living without boundaries." ...

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