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What Kind of Sinful Are You?


Oct 1 2014
A spiritual personality test, the Enneagram takes an honest look at our weaknesses.
What Kind of Sinful Are You?
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The first time I read it, I was convinced someone had been following me around. If I kept a journal, I would have been sure they were reading it. As it was, I was certain someone had opened a door inside my mind, walked into the darkest places, and written it all down in ...

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All Men Should Be Farmers


Sep 24 2014
A satirical take on Christian gender roles.
All Men Should Be Farmers
unitedsoybean / Flickr

Editor's note: From time to time, we hear complaints that Her.meneutics focuses too much on parenting. Or that the evangelical church as a whole overemphasizes or idolizes motherhood. In response, church history Professor Elesha Coffman offers the following "modest ...

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When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty


Sep 22 2014
The topics that make us uncomfortable can spur the church to action.
When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty
Marisol Grandon / Department for International Development

I first noticed our reticence to tackle taboo topics in the church over 15 years ago, years before I became the head of the Wesleyan Church in North America. After being exposed to human trafficking during a visit to Svay Pak, Cambodia, I found this multi-billion dollar industry ...

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Slammed in the Spirit


Sep 18 2014
Hope for a Christian blogosphere that focuses more on God than each other.
Slammed in the Spirit
howardkang / Flickr

Earlier this summer, my daughter came home from Vacation Bible School wearing a thick purple bracelet with bright orange lettering. “Watch for God,” it read. To me, it seemed like an incomplete sentence. Watch for God to what? But my mental sluggishness only revealed ...

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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
Julien Harneis / Flickr

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
cytryna / Flickr

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
eka_shoniya / Flickr

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
andrewasmith / Flickr

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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