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The Church Is Your Mom


May 21 2015
Maybe not a perfect mother, but a mother worth celebrating nonetheless.
The Church Is Your Mom
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This year, Pentecost Sunday, which is this weekend, falls a couple weeks after Mother’s Day. But several years ago the two celebrations fell on the same day, and I thought that timing was perfect—Pentecost celebrates a birth and a mother­, the birth of the ...

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All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity Inequality


May 18 2015
Christians help bridge the gap by making the local church really local.
All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity Inequality
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At the beginning of Sunday school, one of the four- and five-year-olds piped up to ask: “Miss Hannah, can we pray that my mommy won’t be mean to me anymore?” For the past year, I’ve been squeezing my knees under a two-and-a-half-foot-tall table every ...

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When Doubt Is More than Just a Season


Apr 28 2015
Rather than waiting for it to pass, keep wrestling.
When Doubt Is More than Just a Season
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Every spring my social media feed bursts with photos of children sitting in fields of bluebonnets, an annual tradition in Texas. It’s purported to be a crime to pick a bluebonnet, our state flower. (It’s not.) It’s definitely a crime that I’ve lived ...

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Shared Savior, Split Traditions


Apr 23 2015
Why I try to be generous to Christians who see some important things differently.
Shared Savior, Split Traditions
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As a kid, I observed Abuelita reading her Bible. Each day she faithfully opened the Scriptures and struggled to pronounce the words aloud in Spanish. Even with only a third-grade education, daily Bible reading was a priority, and it soon became a priority for me, too. My ...

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A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church


Apr 21 2015
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by autism.
A Hidden Opportunity in Your Church
Paradise Nazarene / Flickr

For the first two years of my son’s life, I felt like a complete failure.

As Rowan’s parents, Erik and I battled. We battled delayed speech. We battled meltdowns and tantrums that made no sense, even for a two-year-old. We battled his panic attacks in Target, ...

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Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition


Apr 17 2015
Where do women belong in complementarian organizations?
Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition

It’s not just outsiders that look at Christian conferences—especially those with conservative stances on gender roles—and ask, “Where do women fit in here?”

Even for "insiders" like me, theological alignment doesn't dissolve the ...

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The Apologist Mom


Apr 9 2015
Why Melissa Cain Travis thinks it's crucial for her to be a mother and an apologetics scholar.
The Apologist Mom
Jeremy Cowart

When I first met Melissa Cain Travis, she was tucked away at a corner table in a Houston café, a rust-colored scarf around her neck. I recognized her from pictures, but she didn’t look like the academic I’d seen lecturing in videos. She was more like a ...

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Keep the Easter Spirit Alive


Apr 6 2015
How physical celebrations can lead to spiritual transformations.
Keep the Easter Spirit Alive
Ila Shah / Flickr

Several years ago, when I was still living in New York, I interviewed for a couple jobs in California. At the time, my greatest hope hinged on moving to the West Coast, but as I waited, I asked God to help me rejoice, whatever the answer.

One bitter cold day in January, ...

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Christ’s Labor on the Cross


Apr 3 2015
Seeing Easter as a birth story.
Christ’s Labor on the Cross
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For most of history, and in many places still, giving birth is among the most dangerous events a woman will endure.

In the early 18th century, the Puritan minister Cotton Mather published Elizabeth in Her Holy Retirement, a long essay that urged women to spend their pregnancies ...

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Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’


Mar 22 2015
Christian mom and blogger saw God in her suffering.
Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’
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“The worst possible thing you can do when you’re down in the dumps, tweaking, vaporous with victimized self-righteousness, or bored, is to take a walk with dying friends. They will ruin everything for you.”

So begins Anne Lamott’s latest offering, ...

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