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Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead


Feb 26 2015
In a nation still plagued with injustice, we remember history so we can move forward.
Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
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Black History Month, held each February, is a consecrated time on America’s calendar when we honor the sacrifices of our ancestors: the tireless efforts of women’s rights activists like Sojourner Truth, abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, thought leaders like ...

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No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism


Feb 23 2015
How Christians can respond to microaggressions.
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
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They are small, almost invisible. They are being spotted on college campuses from UCLA to the University of Michigan to Fordham to Columbia. They are as elusive and questionable, so tiny yet so destructive. They are called microaggressions: the slight remarks, subtle innuendos, ...

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A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’


Feb 20 2015
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
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The ride was a Toyota Corolla. A bit battered. A bit suspect. My husband Dan’s danger antenna flashed red. He furrowed his brow. “Why’s that car parked in front of our house?”

I wasn’t fazed. “What car?”

“That car,” ...

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China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration


Feb 19 2015
For separated families, Lunar New Year reunions mean more than ever.
China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration
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Think of it as the Chinese version of Christmas. Lunar New Year—celebrated today, February 19—is the one holiday when everyone in China returns home to be with family, exchange gifts, and eat as much as they can.

But this simple cultural tradition has turned ...

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The Prophetic Voice of Leslie Knope


Feb 17 2015
What 'Parks and Rec' teaches us about loving people and place.
The Prophetic Voice of Leslie Knope
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A couple of months ago, burdened by ISIS violence, Ferguson, Ebola outbreaks, and Nigeria kidnappings, I walked a few blocks over to attend a neighborhood association meeting.

It felt uncomfortably quaint, trivial compared to the horrendous news that week. An elderly lady ...

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Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles


Feb 9 2015
Holistic discipleship views women as more than the stage of life they’re in.
Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles
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Last year, I noticed that—like many writers in the Christian blogosphere—I spent a lot of time analyzing and criticizing the things I was against. I was reacting to things I was seeing more than proactively putting forward ideas I wanted to support. Finally, I ...

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You Don’t Have to Say ‘Yo’ Around Me


Feb 5 2015
How talking about racial bias helps us overcome our divisions.
You Don’t Have to Say ‘Yo’ Around Me
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Even with the recent surge of attention given to issues of race and ethnicity, any attempt to enter a conversation on these issues comes with a degree of timidity: Can I say this?Am I allowed to use that word? How will he respond if I ask about…?

These kinds of ...

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What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve


Jan 30 2015
Need Christians to help and lead at church? I know plenty.
What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve
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Many have attributed American churches’ dwindling numbers to an “entitlement mentality,” saying that today’s Christians look to congregations to for a certain kind of fulfillment and leave when those needs aren’t being met.

But perhaps the ...

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You're Not Too Busy for the Bible


Jan 14 2015
It doesn't take a special kind of person to read the Scriptures daily.
You're Not Too Busy for the Bible
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Along with everyone else, I made typical resolutions for the New Year. I've committed to eat better and exercise more. (With The New York Times publishing articles on the advantage of physical fitness as we age, those have begun to feel more necessary, especially now ...

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An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils


Jan 9 2015
Faithful users rediscover the ancient practice and the healing within God’s creation.
An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils
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My pastor’s wife recently posted an opinion on Facebook that led to dozens of comments on both sides of the issue. It wasn’t a theological position or even a stance in the so-called Mommy Wars. Instead, she confessed that she wasn’t going to jump on the ...

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