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Why Can’t We Christians Laugh Anymore?


Jun 30 2016
At a time when evangelicals feel culturally embattled, it seems we’ve lost our ability to laugh.
Why Can’t We Christians Laugh Anymore?
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When 50 Shades of Grey took over the world last year, it spawned so much Christian outrage that I took to satire and wrote a piece called “A Modest Proposal: 50 Shades of Grey in Every Classroom.” In it, I commended the author for successfully ignoring ISIS and the ...

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McDonald’s May Be the Most Welcoming Spot in Your Neighborhood


Jun 29 2016
A fast-food skeptic finds lessons on community in an unexpected place.
McDonald’s May Be the Most Welcoming Spot in Your Neighborhood
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I’ve blamed McDonald’s and fellow fast food joints for enabling Americans’ worst eating habits. They help us scarf down a meal in our cars, by ourselves, and in a hurry. Their cheap, greasy food steals away poor people’s paychecks, and their glowing signs ...

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Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women


Jun 25 2016
In the midst of our civil war on the Trinity, we need to put down our arms and remember that men and women are in this together.
Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women
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Being outnumbered by men has always been part of my life. I was raised in a family of brothers. I’m the mother to three sons. I’m also the only female editor at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), so I’m all too familiar with what it’s ...

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Why Google and BuzzFeed Need the Church


Jun 22 2016
When big corporations make big moral decisions, where is the church’s voice?
Why Google and BuzzFeed Need the Church
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In early June, BuzzFeed withdrew from a $1.3 million advertising agreement with the Republican National Committee after Donald Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee for this fall’s presidential election. According to CEO Jonah Peretti, “We don't ...

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How Grandparenting Redeemed Our Family


Jun 16 2016
This Father’s Day, I celebrate my parents’ choice to move close to my kids.
How Grandparenting Redeemed Our Family

“We’re playing huckle-buckle-beanstalk!” My six-year-old beamed at me, bouncing on the balls of her feet. My younger daughter skipped around the living room. In the kitchen, my mother pulled a small, plastic princess doll out of the sugar canister and dusted ...

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My Marriage to an Undocumented Immigrant


Jun 13 2016
I lived with the threat of my husband’s deportation. Here’s what I learned about immigration.
My Marriage to an Undocumented Immigrant
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We were on our third date when Billy told me—hinted, really—that he was an undocumented immigrant from Central America. I remember thinking, "Well, that's not ideal." Truth was, I had no idea what that admission really meant. I was a Kentucky girl who'd ...

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Blessed Are the Agnostics


May 19 2016
How I learned to see my unbelieving husband through God’s eyes.
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Blessed Are the Agnostics
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I sat in the high bleachers, my lower back aching. I was listening to the final keynote speaker at a conference, so far back in the nosebleed seats that I had to squint to make out the tall, tattooed pastor standing on the stage. I shifted in my seat, listless and ready to stretch, ...

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Public Displays of Christian Affection


May 16 2016
Why we shouldn’t be turned off by healthy touch.
Public Displays of Christian Affection
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She drew small circles on his back with her manicured nails. He sat up straighter and leaned forward. I averted my eyes and kept on singing about a God who satisfies all my deepest longings while feeling like a fraud of a worshipper: the single girl who longed for the kind of ...

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Christian Counseling in Limbo


May 13 2016
Allegations against Mercy Multiplied reveal the range of faith-based approaches to mental health.
Christian Counseling in Limbo
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Late last month, Slate published an article by Jennifer Miller investigating Mercy Multiplied, a Christian recovery ministry accused of hurting some of the young women it sought to help. Tracing the stories of more than a dozen former residents, Miller depicted a program that ...

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Seminary Is Not About Me


May 11 2016
What I learned from Bible students in Rwanda.
Seminary Is Not About Me
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As we walked across the lush, manicured campus, I was calculating what time it was back at home on the West Coast. It was my third day in Kigali, Rwanda. I had come halfway around the world with a group of photographers to interview Pastor Charles Buregeya Mugisha, founder of ...

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