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Thousands of Jen Hatmaker Fans Bought Her Book for Strangers


Feb 12 2016
For the Love, indeed.
Thousands of Jen Hatmaker Fans Bought Her Book for Strangers
Jen Hatmaker

I know what you’re thinking: Not another story about how anonymous people on the Internet can be so nice to each other.

Haven’t we all heard enough about the empathy and kindness within those never-ending comment threads? Aren’t we tired of all the excited ...

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Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible


Feb 5 2016
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a kids Bible so popular that they’re releasing an adult version.
Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible
Courtesy of Sally Lloyd Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones is not just any children’s author. Like C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, her writing is beloved by children and adults alike, with her bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible selling over 2 million copies to date and ranking as the most popular children’s ...

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Confessions of a (Sinful) Overachiever


Feb 1 2016
Praise or mockery: The problem with our reactions to “super-moms.”
Confessions of a (Sinful) Overachiever
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Someone once told me that in another life and time I could have been a good monk. (The thought had crossed my mind too—albeit, I saw myself as a nun instead.) The truth is, I enjoy the disciplined Christian life. I embrace prayer, study, and fasting as ordinary means ...

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Racial Reconciliation Knows No Borders


Jan 28 2016
How I came to see the church’s prophetic work on race as a global issue.
Racial Reconciliation Knows No Borders
Brenda Salter McNeil

“Where have you been? Why haven’t you helped us?​” Mavis shouted at us.

Twenty years ago my husband and I found ourselves in the British city of Birmingham, the second most populous urban area in the United Kingdom, and home to a large number of Jamaican ...

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How Pro-Life Activism Became Personal Again


Jan 22 2016
After years of being ‘too busy’ to help, I found myself getting involved once more.
How Pro-Life Activism Became Personal Again
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In 2002, I found myself in an all-day training session to become a peer counselor at my local crisis pregnancy center. Looking back, I have no idea how I even knew about the opportunity. Perhaps I heard something about it from my church or by word of mouth, but I was there, ...

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Passion, Revisited: Remembering When I Was Radical for Christ


Jan 11 2016
How can we stay ‘sold out’ for our faith?
Passion, Revisited: Remembering When I Was Radical for Christ
Passion

What would my 20 year-old self think of me now?

Last week, I sat in an arena with 20,000 college students, asking this question. The Passion Conference—simultaneously hosted at three arenas in Atlanta and Houston (with a combined attendance of 40,000 students)—felt ...

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‘Racial Indifference Is Not Hate… but It Is Not Love, Either’


Jan 5 2016
Why it matters that our organizations proclaim Black Lives Matter
‘Racial Indifference Is Not Hate… but It Is Not Love, Either’
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In 1970, evangelist and author Tom Skinner delivered an iconic speech entitled “The U.S. Racial Crisis and World Evangelism” at InterVarsity’s Urbana student missions conference, held that year in its namesake Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

The Harlem-based ...

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A Year Without Resolutions


Jan 1 2016
The shift from “achieving” to simply “being.”
A Year Without Resolutions
Haven Sweet / Monastery of the Holy Spirit

This year I am not making New Year’s resolutions. I am not jotting down goals and dreams, in hopes of becoming a different version of myself. Instead, I am exploring something new this year—or rather, something very old.

It all began when I visited a local monastery ...

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The Pro-Life Call to Remember our ‘Old Acquaintance’


Dec 30 2015
Seeing the aged as a blessing rather than a burden.
The Pro-Life Call to Remember our ‘Old Acquaintance’
Courtesy of Karen Swallow Prior

As we bid farewell to the year now past and usher in the new with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” let us not forget those who’ve seen the passing of many years.

Such “old acquaintances” remain with us longer and in greater numbers. America’s ...

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How It Became So Easy to Ignore the Poor


Dec 29 2015
Growing income inequality and economic segregation have insulated our privilege.
How It Became So Easy to Ignore the Poor
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In college, I volunteered with a homeless outreach program. “Just talk to the people on the streets,” the campus minister told us. “Have a conversation with them. Treat them like regular human beings.” In other words, be like the Good Samaritan whose ...

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