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Christian Comparison Isn't Pretty


Jun 2 2014
Resisting the pressure to dress-up our lives for church friends.
Christian Comparison Isn't Pretty
tmarsee530 / Flickr

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I live in an area where image matters, even at church. Women spend a great deal of time on their appearance, and it creates a high-pressure environment that affects those of us who otherwise might not care about Sunday morning style. As I drift to sleep ...

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An Open Letter to Male Virgins


May 30 2014
Despite what society says, our identity does not rely on our sexual status.
An Open Letter to Male Virgins
Dark_Angel_ATH / Flickr

A few years ago, a man who identified himself as a 20-something college virgin contacted me through OK Cupid and asked if I would help him lose his virginity. Unfortunately for him, his chosen "experienced, older woman" had written a memoir of reluctant ...

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More Guns, More Shootings?


May 28 2014
As a Christian, I worry about an increasingly armed America.
More Guns, More Shootings?
Emily Stanchfield / Flickr

Recently, Richard Martinez, father of a student who was killed in Elliot Rodgers's rampage in Santa Barbara, California, lashed out at politicians, "I don't care about your sympathy. I don't give a s--- that you feel sorry for me…. Get ...

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Female and Made in My Father's Image


May 28 2014
Just because I’m a “she” doesn’t mean the Creator I reflect has to be.
Female and Made in My Father's Image
martinaphotography / Flickr

I'm my dad's spitting image. My fair skin, strawberry blond hair, analytical mind, and impatience with all things not just-so come straight from him. Anyone who knows me and knows him knows that I am my father's daughter. The fact that I am made ...

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On TV, How Dark Is Too Dark?


May 27 2014
Game of Thrones puts evil at its forefront.
On TV, How Dark Is Too Dark?
idhren / Flickr

If it's true that we crave stories where good triumphs over evil, then why are so many people watching Game of Thrones? In this sweeping fantasy with high production values and rich source material, that doesn't happen, and I hate to break it to you ...

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Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols


May 22 2014
Our pledges belong to the Heavenly Father, not our earthly ones.
Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols
jujumediazone / Flickr

When we see a man and a woman holding each other tenderly, wearing fancy clothes, we think wedding, marriage, romance. It's simply instinctive. So when looking through a series of purity ball portraits—girls in white dresses, beside loving fathers—we're ...

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Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV


May 21 2014
A Q&A with the oldest sisters of America’s favorite quiverfull clan.
Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV
Howard Books

I stumbled onto the Duggars accidentally—curious about the little children I saw wandering around a construction site during one of their earliest TLC specials, when the family was building their 7,000-square-foot Arkansas home. I have been fascinated ...

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We Are Not Generic


May 20 2014
Racial stereotypes defy our core Christian beliefs.
We Are Not Generic
spivaartworkers / Flickr

It has been an unusually colorful spring – even in the news. In recent headlines, we read about the racist comments by an NBA team owner. The tragic sinking of a ferryboat in South Korea. The horrific abduction of nearly 300 girls from their boarding ...

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Who You Calling Brusque?


May 19 2014
Speak boldly and carry a red pen: A fellow female editor on Jill Abramson's firing
Who You Calling Brusque?
Kena Betancur / Reuters

One morning in spring 2007, Jill Abramson was crossing 44th Street in Manhattan when a delivery truck turned the corner and ran over her foot. After stitches, blood transfusions, and a titanium rod placed in her femur, Abramson left the hospital having secured ...

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Brotherly Love: Christians and Male-Female Friendships


May 16 2014
We relate to the opposite sex in the best source of community we know, the church.
Brotherly Love: Christians and Male-Female Friendships
kaplaninternational / Flickr

Male-female relationships constitute one of the oldest social riddles. From Much Ado About Nothing to Adam's Rib and When Harry Met Sally, countless stories have memorably explored this complex dynamic. But shifting mores have brought further confusion, ...

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Double-Bound: How Immigration Law Can Trap Trafficking Victims


May 14 2014
An attorney’s insight on the complicated legal setting for domestic trafficking.
Double-Bound: How Immigration Law Can Trap Trafficking Victims
old_sarge / Flickr

Stepping out of silent bondage and into freedom is a scary and painful journey for human trafficking victims. It's a journey Christians don't want victims to walk alone. So, we put red X's on our hands; we post on Facebook and Instagram; and we ...

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We'd Rather You Sin at Home


May 13 2014
Christian parents and the drinking-age debate.
We'd Rather You Sin at Home
tinytall / Flickr

A new law in Colorado that makes it legal for 18-year-olds to smoke marijuana although they still can't buy alcohol, has some cultural critics once again taking shots at the national drinking limit.

Last month, Time ran a piece by Camille Paglia, questioning ...

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Not All Older Christians Want to Be Your Mentor


May 12 2014
How I grew to see mentorship as an honor rather than a burden.
Not All Older Christians Want to Be Your Mentor
thevelvetbird / Flickr

"No, I can't mentor you."

That was the blunt answer I gave to a wide-eyed young woman four years ago. She came up to me at church with a plan that included meeting at Starbucks every Monday morning.

I added "sorry," but it didn't ...

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Mother's Day Goes Fair Trade


May 9 2014
Christian-founded line of handcrafted products makes its way to Wal-Mart.
Mother's Day Goes Fair Trade
Full Circle Exchange

In one sense, it's just another Mother's Day card from Wal-Mart. Two decorative birds on the front, a sappy poem on the inside, and a tag reading, "You are my hero, Mom."

But there's the signature on the back—scrawled in black, ...

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How Farm Life Taught Our Kids About Death


May 8 2014
And what their understanding taught us in return.
How Farm Life Taught Our Kids About Death
RichardBH / Flickr

"Dress me in the clothes / I wore in the day's round.
 / Lay me in a wooden box.
 / Put the box in the ground." -- Wendell Berry's "Testament"

As lifelong city folk, rural life was new to my husband and me when we moved from Washington ...

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