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Shared Savior, Split Traditions


Apr 23 2015
Why I try to be generous to Christians who see some important things differently.
Shared Savior, Split Traditions
michael_swan / Flickr

As a kid, I observed Abuelita reading her Bible. Each day she faithfully opened the Scriptures and struggled to pronounce the words aloud in Spanish. Even with only a third-grade education, daily Bible reading was a priority, and it soon became a priority for me, too. My ...

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A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church


Apr 21 2015
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by autism.
A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church
Paradise Nazarene / Flickr

For the first two years of my son’s life, I felt like a complete failure.

As Rowan’s parents, Erik and I battled. We battled delayed speech. We battled meltdowns and tantrums that made no sense, even for a two-year-old. We battled his panic attacks in Target, ...

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Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition


Apr 17 2015
Where do women belong in complementarian organizations?
Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition

It’s not just outsiders that look at Christian conferences—especially those with conservative stances on gender roles—and ask, “Where do women fit in here?”

Even for "insiders" like me, theological alignment doesn't dissolve the ...

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The Apologist Mom


Apr 9 2015
Why Melissa Cain Travis thinks it's crucial for her to be a mother and an apologetics scholar.
The Apologist Mom
Jeremy Cowart

When I first met Melissa Cain Travis, she was tucked away at a corner table in a Houston café, a rust-colored scarf around her neck. I recognized her from pictures, but she didn’t look like the academic I’d seen lecturing in videos. She was more like a ...

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Keep the Easter Spirit Alive


Apr 6 2015
How physical celebrations can lead to spiritual transformations.
Keep the Easter Spirit Alive
Ila Shah / Flickr

Several years ago, when I was still living in New York, I interviewed for a couple jobs in California. At the time, my greatest hope hinged on moving to the West Coast, but as I waited, I asked God to help me rejoice, whatever the answer.

One bitter cold day in January, ...

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Christ’s Labor on the Cross


Apr 3 2015
Seeing Easter as a birth story.
Christ’s Labor on the Cross
Nate Davis / Flickr

For most of history, and in many places still, giving birth is among the most dangerous events a woman will endure.

In the early 18th century, the Puritan minister Cotton Mather published Elizabeth in Her Holy Retirement, a long essay that urged women to spend their pregnancies ...

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Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’


Mar 22 2015
Christian mom and blogger saw God in her suffering.
Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’
Jen Lints Photography

“The worst possible thing you can do when you’re down in the dumps, tweaking, vaporous with victimized self-righteousness, or bored, is to take a walk with dying friends. They will ruin everything for you.”

So begins Anne Lamott’s latest offering, ...

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On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church


Mar 19 2015
Celebrating the gifts Christian women bring to the table.
On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church
Ms. Phoenix / Flickr

As a Christian Latina, I have watched the women around me figuratively and literally help build the church. Like in many cultures, women often take on the responsibilities for cooking and feeding their families…and the church. Throughout the generations, women have ...

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Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life


Mar 18 2015
Why we find comfort in blessed repetition.
Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life
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When I first learned to knit, at age 10 or so, knitting was for old ladies; my Girl Scout troop tittered when I mentioned knitting as one of my hobbies. Today, people cast approving looks my way when I pull out my knitting, exclaim that they’ve always wanted to learn, ...

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Build Families Not Baby Boxes


Mar 17 2015
Adoption is far more complicated than a drop-off.
Build Families Not Baby Boxes
David Kim / The Drop Box

Recently, the most important discussions I’ve had about adoption occurred in my Mazda. For my eldest son, being adopted and Vietnamese looms large in his quest to discover himself; and in the past week, our drives have included discussions about his birth mother and ...

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