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The Latino Protestants In Our Backyards


Sep 2 2015
The church has the chance to learn from our immigrant neighbors.
The Latino Protestants In Our Backyards
Ángel Cantero / Iglesia en Valladolid / Flickr

Today’s post comes from one of the winners of the Her.meneutics Summer Writing Contest, responding to the question, “What do you wish the local church knew?” Winning entries will appear on the site each Wednesday through Labor Day. –Kate

I know a ...

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America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think


Aug 26 2015
A teacher's plea for the church to give the gift of literacy.
America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think
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Today’s post comes from one of the winners of the Her.meneutics Summer Writing Contest, responding to the question, “What do you wish the local church knew?” Winning entries will appear on the site each Wednesday through Labor Day. –Kate

I spent ...

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God Doesn’t Need You to Go Viral


Aug 21 2015
Christian vloggers walk a fine line between sharing Christ and selling themselves.
God Doesn’t Need You to Go Viral
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It’s easy to see why pregnancy announcement videos go viral: the over-the-top excitement, the celebration of love and new life, the fun, creative ways parents share their big news. It’s the ultimate feel-good experience in our social media feeds.

Christian families ...

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God Does Help Those Who Help Themselves


Aug 20 2015
A look at poverty solutions that engage the poor.
God Does Help Those Who Help Themselves

As our group lumbered through Rwanda's hand-cultivated hills in a small van this past July, we met enterprising women and men who had taken out small loans through community banks or church-sponsored savings groups. They told proud stories of having improved their lives ...

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Our Plates Runneth Over


Aug 19 2015
For the sake of the church, its mission, and our health, it’s time to talk about our diets.
Our Plates Runneth Over
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Today’s post comes from one of the winners of the Her.meneutics Summer Writing Contest, responding to the question, “What do you wish the local church knew?” Winning entries will appear on the site each Wednesday through Labor Day. –Kate

There’s ...

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Faith Meets the Entrepreneurial Spirit


Aug 10 2015
Crowdfunding pioneer Jessica Jackley discusses the redemptive, poverty-fighting work of microfinance.
Faith Meets the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Courtesy of Jessica Jackley

In 2005, a year before Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for the pioneering microfinance work of Grameen Bank, Jessica Jackley co-founded a peer-to-peer microlending platform called Kiva.

Instead of collecting donations, Kiva asked individuals to lend money, interest-free, ...

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What Vacation Bible School Looks Like in a Nursing Home


Aug 7 2015
We found some new VBS students: My grandmother and her friends.
What Vacation Bible School Looks Like in a Nursing Home
Karen Swallow Prior

This summer, a staff member at my grandmother’s nursing home noticed all the announcements around our community for Vacation Bible School programs. She began talking with the residents about their VBS experiences, many of them as teachers over the years. As they reminisced, ...

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My Weird Childhood Faith Isn’t So Weird Anymore


Aug 6 2015
Witnessing Christianity’s shift over the charismatic church.
My Weird Childhood Faith Isn’t So Weird Anymore
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I received the gift of tongues when I was just eight years old. An older woman in our small charismatic church introduced us Friday night Bible study kids to the idea of a “prayer language.” I don't remember how my teacher explained it, only how she gently ...

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Trusting the Church After Abuse


Jul 23 2015
How I found comfort in continuing the conversation.
Trusting the Church After Abuse
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Earlier this summer, the Mennonite Church USA held its annual conference. The unofficial theme was something no organization wants to print on promotional materials. Over and over, Anabaptist leaders at the gathering repented of the denomination’s complicity in their ...

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Sin Gone Viral


Jul 21 2015
How Internet outrage hits deep.
Sin Gone Viral
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If you read something online that is wrong—like offensively, hatefully wrong—should you respond?

I suppose a more relevant question isn’t the hypothetical “if,” but the inevitable “when.” All of us who read blogs and follow social ...

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