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How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis


Apr 15 2014
Fighting gender inequity in global farming.
How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis

It's spring, and as sporadic rains fall on thirsty California, I am thinking about a certain biblical promise. Found in Hosea, it follows an assurance that God will heal, revive, and raise Israel up again: "He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering ...

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Lent Isn't Just About You


Apr 14 2014
Why one Catholic writer went on a mission to do more than self-improve.
Lent Isn't Just About You
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In recent years, Lent has become more than an opportunity to give up chocolate, as Christians explore ways to use the 40-day period to engage social justice issues, such as hunger, clean water, and poverty.

Bridging spiritual disciplines with mercy ministry, 31-year-old ...

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The Feminists We Forgot


Apr 9 2014
Betty Friedan did not start the “woman movement;” Christians did.
The Feminists We Forgot
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Editor's note: Today's post concludes our (extended) Women's History Month series, connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the Christian women who came before us.

Some evangelicals teach that women were content with their lot in life until Betty ...

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Putting Our Womanhood to Work


Apr 4 2014
Forget the stereotypes: Women get ahead by being themselves.
Putting Our Womanhood to Work
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It seems we are endlessly discussing a woman's behavior in the workplace. Should a woman "act like a man" to ensure she exerts authority when she leads and works? Or should she use her softer, more feminine side to get what she wants? Or what about a combination ...

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Poetry of the Penitent Heart


Apr 2 2014
The groundbreaking writer Anne Vaughan Lock worshipped with her pen.
Poetry of the Penitent Heart
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Editor's note: Today's post continues our Women's History Month series (yes, even though March is over), connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the evangelical women who came before us.

Sometimes books will tell us stories about their former readers—perhaps ...

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Aged Out of Church


Apr 1 2014
Even in our congregations, midlife has become a joke.
Aged Out of Church
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Ask anyone who's hit midlife, and they'll tell you: this stage is no joke for us.

The emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational shifts that occur at midlife can lead to disconnection from old social networks and a profound sense of loneliness, which brings ...

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Freed for Evangelism: The Story of Former Slave Amanda Berry Smith


Mar 26 2014
God uses us even when we lack confidence in our influence.
Freed for Evangelism: The Story of Former Slave Amanda Berry Smith
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My pastor once said that God often calls us in our area of weakness, asking us to do the things we most fear.

I didn't want to believe that. Just days before, I was invited to speak at a conference. While I was flattered, I fretted about my decision for months since ...

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What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent


Mar 24 2014
A reflection on fasting from my reflection.
What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent
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I haven't looked in a mirror since March 5, the day my pastor thumbed a black ashen cross on my forehead. I won't look at myself again until the trumpets sound under my country church steeple on Easter morning. I gave up my reflection for Lent because I'm tired. ...

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Three Ways Catholic Tradition Bolstered My Protestant Faith


Mar 21 2014
When a Swedish pastor’s conversion made recent news, I remembered my own draw to the church.
Three Ways Catholic Tradition Bolstered My Protestant Faith
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Ulf Ekman, the pastor of a prominent megachurch in Sweden, recently announced his conversion to Catholicism. Some Protestants responded to the news with the kind of intrigue and betrayal we might expect when a man defects from his country. Others of us were left standing ...

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The Gospel of Interracial Marriage


Mar 20 2014
How unity in Christ should overcome our segregated pews and segregated dating lives.
The Gospel of Interracial Marriage
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For years, research has shown us "segregated churches breed segregated lives."

Part of me wants to reply, Oh, you don't say? What an obvious conclusion. If we segregate ourselves in our most intimate scenarios like church, we likely do the same in our friendships ...

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