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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
Oklahoma Christian University / Flickr

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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Microfinance Is a Women’s Issue


Jan 8 2015
How our philanthropy can empower our sisters across the globe.
Microfinance Is a Women’s Issue
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While we continue to “lean in” and fight for gender parity at work, it’s important to recognize the position of privilege American women have in the marketplace, simply by virtue of living in this country.

Women in the U.S. are rising in the workforce, ...

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Managing Anxiety and Making Friends


Jan 6 2015
With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential.
Managing Anxiety and Making Friends
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I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate.

What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept ...

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Church: Set Up Your Singles


Jan 2 2015
Community matchmaking can do better than online dating.
Church: Set Up Your Singles
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A few friends recently listed for me their current dating apps: Tinder, which asks you to swipe photos to indicate who you’re interested in; Hinge, which makes connections from extended circles of friends; and Coffee Meets Bagel, which sends a match daily at noon. (Note ...

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Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and More


Dec 29 2014
Readers and writers pick the best of Her.meneutics.
Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and More

It’s hard to sum up a year’s worth of Her.meneutics posts, especially when 2014 brought us more new voices and guest writers than ever, covering topics across pop culture, church life, and news.

But this is our best attempt, listing both our most popular posts ...

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When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come Easy


Dec 23 2014
In Christ, we get to celebrate even in our sorrow.
When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come Easy
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I really loved my first forty-five Christmases. They certainly weren’t perfect, but they also weren’t painful. In fact, I would say that based on the purely imaginary Standard Holiday Happiness scale, although I had known highs and lows, my cumulative Christmas ...

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A Church that Hears Us


Dec 22 2014
When women cry for peace, we can at least be the ones to listen.
A Church that Hears Us
regnatarajan / Flickr

Around Christmas, when we welcome the Prince of Peace and sing for “peace on earth and mercy mild,” I can no longer imagine some abstract notion of what that means. Instead, our seasonal proclamation of peace reminds me of our real-life lack of it, of those in ...

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Latina, Pentecostal, and College-Bound


Dec 19 2014
How the church stands to benefit from rising educational attainment.
Latina, Pentecostal, and College-Bound
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Educational gains among Latino youth pose an opportunity or a threat to the growing number of Latino Pentecostal churches in the U.S.

Latinos are graduating from high school and enrolling in college at record-high rates. At the same time, Latino Pentecostalism is on the ...

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Bringing True Joy to the World


Dec 17 2014
How we can avoid over-sentimentalizing the holidays.
Bringing True Joy to the World
Pavlina Jane / Flickr

Christmas as a consumer event is designed for people like me. Saps, that is. People who inhale the smell of gingerbread and want to buy the whole tin because it reminds us of a happy memory, or a loving grandma, or the Best Christmas Ever.

This is sentimentalism, the emotional ...

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