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Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years


Jul 3 2015
Despite the headlines, marital scandals don’t define the church.
Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years
Aldo Murillo

My husband and I bought a house today. It’s a green house on a little hill, built in 1927, and owned since 1966 by the local fire chief and his wife, now recently widowed. “Oh, the Flaherty house!” people around town said to us, “What a great family! ...

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Blogging Truth to Power


Jul 1 2015
Why we listen to watchdogs and whistleblowers (from two of us who have been there)
Blogging Truth to Power
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From Unquestioning Submission to Speaking Out
Michelle Van Loon

My husband and I once belonged to a congregation where leaders took their cues from the Shepherding Movement. Emphasizing allegiance and church unity, they expected members to submit to their authority in all ...

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Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture


Jun 29 2015
Living out God’s will requires us to look beyond single issues.
Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture
Charlie Nguyen / Flickr

In 1973, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings, together legalizing abortion in all 50 states, took everyone by surprise. Forty-two years later, the court’s legalization of gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges surprised almost no one.

Both ...

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Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally


Jun 26 2015
Why Black Americans—and this time, white Americans too—can relate to the Emanuel Nine.
Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally
David Goldman / AP

In the days following the murder of nine people at a church Bible study in Charleston, we’re seeing Americans engage in a real and meaningful conversation about race. We’re seeing them take seriously the call to take down the Confederate flag, a longstanding symbol ...

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Healing Mission Field PTSD


Jun 25 2015
How trauma counseling helps missionaries and the populations they serve.
Healing Mission Field PTSD

The work of Christian missionaries has never been easy. They’re often sent to regions characterized by ethnic violence, civil unrest, and personal insecurity.

The populations they serve, and in many cases the missionaries themselves, can suffer deep emotional, psychological, ...

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Kay Warren Remembers the ‘Radical Obedience’ of Elisabeth Elliot


Jun 15 2015
Elliot was a spiritual mentor for a generation of Jesus Freaks.
Kay Warren Remembers the ‘Radical Obedience’ of Elisabeth Elliot

Early this morning, Elisabeth Elliot came face to face with her heart’s truest love—Jesus Christ. On Earth, she married three times—her first two husbands preceded her in death – but from earliest childhood her deepest affections were for her Savior, ...

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Mindfulness Doesn’t Have to Be All About Us


Jun 3 2015
Becca Stevens slows down for the sake of service.
Mindfulness Doesn’t Have to Be All About Us
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In her recent blog post Has Mindfulness Supplanted Thoughtfulness?, Amy Julia Becker suggests that our preoccupation with mindfulness—as benevolent as the term might sound—may only be deepening the roots of our individual and collective narcissism: “In a ...

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Sexed-Up Culture Ruined Healthy Male-Female Work Relationships


May 29 2015
The importance of both genders partnering in ministry.
Sexed-Up Culture Ruined Healthy Male-Female Work Relationships
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During his career, evangelist Billy Graham vowed never to meet, eat, or travel alone with a woman other than his wife, a strategy to protect his marriage and to avoid the even the appearance of an inappropriate relationship. The “Billy Graham Rule” or the “Modesto ...

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Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s


May 27 2015
Christian psychologist: ‘God has a way to reach them’
Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s
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In the Gospels, Jesus recognizes people the religious elites fail to see. Consequently, we can make an effort to ask ourselves, Whom do I render invisible? And, who goes overlooked by our culture or our churches?

On staff at my church, as I work to coordinate pastoral care ...

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Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Christian Woman


May 26 2015
New opportunities affirm the unique giftedness we’ve always had.
Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Christian Woman
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We’re constantly tempted to focus on what women can’t do or how women have struggled. Sometimes, it’s for good reason—throughout history, there are countless instances of society and the church failing to affirm women.

But as I explored the topic ...

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