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My Kid Is Not My Calling


Apr 21 2014
How we've mischaracterized the Christian "call."
My Kid Is Not My Calling
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I might sound like a bad mother, but I have a confession to make: I love my son, I delight in my son, and I would literally lay my life down for my son. However, I do not feel called to be a mom.

I came to this realization years before I ever gave birth, back when a friend ...

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We Wish You a Busy Easter


Apr 17 2014
Why the extra services and special meals of Holy Week are good for us.
We Wish You a Busy Easter
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As a child, I'm not sure I would have told you Easter was a holiday. Christmas prompted weeks of preparation on a church musical; commandeered displays at every store; and mustered a parade of boxes in the mail bearing presents from far-off relatives. In comparison, Easter ...

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The Epic Jesus Follower Fail


Apr 16 2014
The cringe-worthy subplot of Holy Week underscores the truth of the gospel.
The Epic Jesus Follower Fail
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On the Internet and in our culture, there's a lot of bluster, often warranted, about the failures of the church. We wince as another pastor is involved in scandal; another popular Christian leader says something unhelpful, insensitive, or heretical; another Christian ...

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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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