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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’
Jen Lints Photography

“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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On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church


Mar 19 2015
Celebrating the gifts Christian women bring to the table.
On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church
Ms. Phoenix / Flickr

As a Christian Latina, I have watched the women around me figuratively and literally help build the church. Like in many cultures, women often take on the responsibilities for cooking and feeding their families…and the church. Throughout the generations, women have ...

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Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life


Mar 18 2015
Why we find comfort in blessed repetition.
Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life
derya / Flickr

When I first learned to knit, at age 10 or so, knitting was for old ladies; my Girl Scout troop tittered when I mentioned knitting as one of my hobbies. Today, people cast approving looks my way when I pull out my knitting, exclaim that they’ve always wanted to learn, ...

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Build Families Not Baby Boxes


Mar 17 2015
Adoption is far more complicated than a drop-off.
Build Families Not Baby Boxes
David Kim / The Drop Box

Recently, the most important discussions I’ve had about adoption occurred in my Mazda. For my eldest son, being adopted and Vietnamese looms large in his quest to discover himself; and in the past week, our drives have included discussions about his birth mother and ...

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White Privileged Like Me


Mar 13 2015
Mary McLeod Bethune, Moody Bible Institute, and the legacy of majority culture.
White Privileged Like Me
Crowell Library Archives / Moody Bible Institute

She was one black face in a sea of white.

In 1895, Mary McLeod Bethune was the only African American to attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In her class photo, there is one face that does not match.

I wonder how difficult it was for her—then named Mary McLeod—to ...

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Too Frugal for Our Own Good?


Feb 27 2015
Saving money saved our family, but I refuse to let it become an idol.
Too Frugal for Our Own Good?
MissMessie / Flickr

A friend glances down at my trendy, chunky white floral necklace and gushes over how much she loves it. Without even thinking, I immediately spit out how much—or rather how little—I spent on it.

Saving money is my badge of honor. It’s a skill I carefully ...

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Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead


Feb 26 2015
In a nation still plagued with injustice, we remember history so we can move forward.
Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
fuseboxradio / Flickr

Black History Month, held each February, is a consecrated time on America’s calendar when we honor the sacrifices of our ancestors: the tireless efforts of women’s rights activists like Sojourner Truth, abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, thought leaders like ...

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No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism


Feb 23 2015
How Christians can respond to microaggressions.
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
I, Too, Am Harvard Tumblr

They are small, almost invisible. They are being spotted on college campuses from UCLA to the University of Michigan to Fordham to Columbia. They are as elusive and questionable, so tiny yet so destructive. They are called microaggressions: the slight remarks, subtle innuendos, ...

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A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’


Feb 20 2015
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
Keoni Cabral / Flickr

The ride was a Toyota Corolla. A bit battered. A bit suspect. My husband Dan’s danger antenna flashed red. He furrowed his brow. “Why’s that car parked in front of our house?”

I wasn’t fazed. “What car?”

“That car,” ...

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China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration


Feb 19 2015
For separated families, Lunar New Year reunions mean more than ever.
China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration
alcuin lai / Flickr

Think of it as the Chinese version of Christmas. Lunar New Year—celebrated today, February 19—is the one holiday when everyone in China returns home to be with family, exchange gifts, and eat as much as they can.

But this simple cultural tradition has turned ...

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