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The Heart of the Gendercide Problem


Sep 15 2014
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
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Violence against women and girls is a human rights problem that extends across the globe, and includes widespread rape as a tool of war, gender-selective abortions, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking, disfigurement, and economic exploitation. In the United States ...

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Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce


Sep 8 2014
The church’s role in restoring a healthy view of marriage and family.
Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce
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I have a dear friend who was terrified of marriage before she became a bride.

She is one of those lifetime friends with whom I have a lot in common. Unfortunately, part of our shared experience is that we’re both children of divorce. Growing up in broken homes affected ...

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew


Sep 2 2014
The Christian ties to coffee culture.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew
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As the worship band exists the stage on Sunday morning, the pastor steps up holding the usual sermon supplies: a leather-bound Bible, an iPad with notes, and a latte from the church coffee shop.

This was an ordinary scene at the hip church we used to attend in Houston, ...

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Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll


Aug 26 2014
As God rebuilds, I see Mars Hill shift its focus to love.
Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll
Mars Hill Church

For years, Mars Hill has been known as a church that cares deeply about right thinking and strong theology, but rarely do people associate it with love or grace. It harkens Revelation 2:4, where Jesus tells the church in Ephesus that although it endured well and walked righteously, ...

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Code-Switching for the Kingdom


Aug 22 2014
Sometimes the gospel sounds like, “Nobody can do me like Jesus.”
Code-Switching for the Kingdom
City Temple SDA Church / Flickr

When you’re the president, people hang on to your every word. With Barack Obama, known for his way with words, we pay particular attention. Listening to him speak before African American audiences, it’s easy to notice a certain air of familiarity in his voice. ...

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Evangelical in Mormon Territory


Aug 6 2014
How being in the religious minority inspired me to listen and learn.
Evangelical in Mormon Territory
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I'm a white, middle class, married with two kids, Christian, college-educated, home-owning woman, and I am a minority.

That may not make much sense to you at first glance. But here's the catch:

I'm a Christian, and I live in Utah.

It's strange to identify ...

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Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing


Aug 5 2014
Never say, ‘never say’: How our lists and language rules may be over-the-top.
Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing
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Wrong Words and the Word-loving Missionary

Rachel Marie Stone

Someone said the wrong thing to me…and I survived.

You've no doubt come across one of those lists telling you the 10 or 12 or 20 "things you should never say" to women, pregnant women, people ...

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Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better


Jul 30 2014
Why have the perks of faithful adulthood become our best-kept secret?
Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better
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While excellent at come-to-Jesus moments, Christian camps—and by extension, youth ministries—sometimes overlook their opportunity to emphasize the winsomeness of Christian maturity, to present the richness and fullness of life as an adult follower of Christ.

Given ...

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The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations


Jul 28 2014
Neither Granny’s castoffs nor HGTV trends belong in church buildings.
The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations
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1987 called. It wants its tissue box cover back. You know the one, made by hand in colonial blue and dusty rose calico.

Author David Murrow appears to have found the final resting place of this artifact in the churches he's visited. He excerpted a section from his book, ...

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Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership


Jul 25 2014
Unmarried ministers offer a unique understanding of devotion to Christ alone.
Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership
City Temple SDA Church / Flickr

Each time I read a well-intentioned article on how to make the most of your single years, I scan down to the author's bio and often discover that, sure enough, he's married to his college sweetheart, pulling advice from a brief period of singleness years ago.

Even ...

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