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Latina, Pentecostal, and College-Bound


Dec 19 2014
How the church stands to benefit from rising educational attainment.
Latina, Pentecostal, and College-Bound
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Educational gains among Latino youth pose an opportunity or a threat to the growing number of Latino Pentecostal churches in the U.S.

Latinos are graduating from high school and enrolling in college at record-high rates. At the same time, Latino Pentecostalism is on the ...

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Bringing True Joy to the World


Dec 17 2014
How we can avoid over-sentimentalizing the holidays.
Bringing True Joy to the World
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Christmas as a consumer event is designed for people like me. Saps, that is. People who inhale the smell of gingerbread and want to buy the whole tin because it reminds us of a happy memory, or a loving grandma, or the Best Christmas Ever.

This is sentimentalism, the emotional ...

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Our Own Kind of Time


Dec 15 2014
Entering Advent and getting caught up in the church calendar.
Our Own Kind of Time
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I surprised myself this year when, without thinking, I referred to December—and the start of Advent—as the new year. The words just came tumbling out of my mouth—telling a friend I couldn’t meet for lunch until the “new year.”

When I ...

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Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture


Dec 3 2014
Media shapes how youth see their bodies. What can the church teach them instead?
Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture
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Getting an abstinence talk from a parent or youth pastor has become something of a rite of passage for evangelical teens. As evidenced by purity balls and promise rings, our subculture is deeply concerned with protecting youth from premarital sex. But I wonder if our focus ...

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Why We Don’t Need a Mrs. Jesus


Dec 2 2014
Christian faith offers a fuller notion of God and gender than sensationalized stories.
Why We Don’t Need a Mrs. Jesus
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Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson’s book The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Lost Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene released last month, the latest in an often-sensationalized genre that continues to make historical claims that go against an orthodox ...

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Study: Young, Nonreligious Women Give More than Christians


Dec 1 2014
The female dollar and the changing landscape for charitable donations.
Study: Young, Nonreligious Women Give More than Christians
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With #GivingTuesday coming up, charities are readying their year-end holiday appeals to a changing body of potential donors.

Older, married couples with strong religious ties used to be the target demographic for charities, ministries, and other nonprofits. But as this ...

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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More


Nov 26 2014
How our requests to God can actually fuel our gratefulness.
Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More
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The family sits down, lights the candles, admires the turkey, and begins the generations-old family liturgy: I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for friends. For a house and a job. For this delicious food. But what if, in addition to naming our blessings, we ...

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What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status


Nov 20 2014
Amid the confusion over immigration laws, here are five things you should know.
What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status
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After speaking to a Sunday school class about immigration, a woman asked if she could talk to me. She pulled me aside and whispered, “I think there’s a girl in my daughter’s class this year who is, umm, not legal. What should I do?”

She explained ...

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Christine Caine: Would God Give Me Ministry and Marriage?


Nov 19 2014
How God multiplies our loves and passions.
Christine Caine: Would God Give Me Ministry and Marriage?
Courtesy of Christine Caine

When you are passionate about someone or something, you do not take no for an answer. You are unstoppable in your determination to find a way. You get creative. Passion drove Nick to get up at five in the morning to get to the pool before me. Passion drove him to finish his ...

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Christian Cries for Justice Can Save Women of All Faiths


Nov 12 2014
Our call to rally against persecution extends beyond the church.
Christian Cries for Justice Can Save Women of All Faiths
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Christians have rallied around the stories of our sisters across the globe who’ve faced horrific punishments for their faith, from Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan to Asia Bibi in Pakistan. While the church is rightly concerned with the persecution and eradication of Christians ...

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