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Let Them Bake Cakes


Aug 22 2016
The Great British Baking Show teaches me about offering and receiving friendship in a fractured world.
Let Them Bake Cakes
Manchester Evening News

A few weeks ago, I sat down for coffee with a family from Syria. I was teaching an English class in our apartment complex and afterward the mother of this family invited me into her home. They arrived in the US very recently. If you’ve paid attention to the news, then ...

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Why I’m Not a World-Changer


Aug 19 2016
In my middle-age years, I’ve traded revolution for good old-fashioned faithfulness.
Why I’m Not a World-Changer
Michael Fleshman / Flickr

Recently, a friend of mine named Katie confessed her deep discouragement over her “failed” quest to turn the world upside down for God. She’d pursued a ministry degree from a Christian college and after graduation, secured what she believed was a world-changer ...

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Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?


Aug 15 2016
Learning from my elders is easy. Learning from those younger than me—not so much.
Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?
Ansel Edwards / Flickr

I was at a garden party last summer with my new baby. A group of twentysomethings smiled at her between bites of flatbread pizza and fruity, boozy popsicles. One of them admitted that the baby was cute, but asked: Doesn’t having a baby cramp your style? I told him I was ...

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What I Needed From the Church During My Depression


Aug 3 2016
3 ways our communities can support mental health.
What I Needed From the Church During My Depression
Milos Kreckovic / iStock

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention last week, the singer Demi Lovato took advantage of the powerful platform to advocate for mental health care in America. “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” she said. "Too many Americans ...

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The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness


Aug 1 2016
I found unexpected heroes—and a model for faithful living—in the elderly women at my church.
The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness
Martin / Flickr

I don’t want to be married anymore.

This refrain propelled Elizabeth Gilbert from her prone position on the bathroom floor into the wondering and wandering that became her 2006 bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. In its pages, she travels the world, gets a divorce, tries ...

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After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?


Jul 26 2016
I equip my daughters to protect themselves and their bodies in ways I didn’t learn to.
After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?
Todd Morris / Flickr

My first day watching porn was also my last. I was nine when an adult neighbor took me to a house where several of her friends were gathered. The men and women came knowing the agenda—to watch hours of pornographic videos. I was placed on a man’s lap, and the tapes ...

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Bible Study Meets Crafting: The Bible Journaling Craze


Jul 5 2016
What this artsy trend among Christian women shows us about offline spirituality.
Bible Study Meets Crafting: The Bible Journaling Craze
taz + belly / Flickr

Lately I’ve been more than a little intimidated by the pictures people are posting of their Scripture art-journaling on social media, probably because they make my own quiet-time doodling look like the work of a five-year-old. Though I’ve been marking up my Scripture ...

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Why Can’t We Christians Laugh Anymore?


Jun 30 2016
At a time when evangelicals feel culturally embattled, it seems we’ve lost our ability to laugh.
Why Can’t We Christians Laugh Anymore?
Denise Sebastian / Flickr

When 50 Shades of Grey took over the world last year, it spawned so much Christian outrage that I took to satire and wrote a piece called “A Modest Proposal: 50 Shades of Grey in Every Classroom.” In it, I commended the author for successfully ignoring ISIS and the ...

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McDonald’s May Be the Most Welcoming Spot in Your Neighborhood


Jun 29 2016
A fast-food skeptic finds lessons on community in an unexpected place.
McDonald’s May Be the Most Welcoming Spot in Your Neighborhood
deedsofthedanes / Flickr

I’ve blamed McDonald’s and fellow fast food joints for enabling Americans’ worst eating habits. They help us scarf down a meal in our cars, by ourselves, and in a hurry. Their cheap, greasy food steals away poor people’s paychecks, and their glowing signs ...

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Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women


Jun 25 2016
In the midst of our civil war on the Trinity, we need to put down our arms and remember that men and women are in this together.
Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women
Ales Utovko / Istock

Being outnumbered by men has always been part of my life. I was raised in a family of brothers. I’m the mother to three sons. I’m also the only female editor at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), so I’m all too familiar with what it’s ...

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