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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback


Oct 20 2014
Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.
School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback
U.S. Dept. of Education

It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.

During those first few quiet moments—just before I rouse my middle-schooler for early morning band, then my daughter for her grade-school ...

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The Pastor’s Wife Effect


Oct 20 2014
Pastors' wives don’t need reverence. They need friendship.
The Pastor’s Wife Effect
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In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift recounts a conversation with her brother about a man he’d seen walking around with a cat on his head. She was torn between wanting to respect the man’s privacy and wishing she had a photo. After all, she said, ...

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Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?


Oct 14 2014
How our instinct to praise each others’ looks might fuel an image-obsessed culture.
Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?
queenieandthedew / Flickr

A few weeks ago I saw on Instagram a picture of my friend with a celebrity. It wasn’t a backstage concert photo, or a selfie from a chance run-in at Starbucks. Instead, she was working with this nationally recognized figure as a part of her job. I was excited for her ...

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Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera


Oct 8 2014
Documentarian Laura Waters Hinson creates films to reflect the ultimate narrative.
Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera
Laura Waters Hinson

Laura Waters Hinson is a documentary filmmaker, pastor's wife, mother, and worship leader. Her award-winning films span subjects from street vendors in Washington DC to female entrepreneurship in Rwanda.

At a summer screening of her latest film Dog Days (hosted in Fairfax, ...

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Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis


Oct 2 2014
How Christian orgs in Africa are shifting from development to emergency relief to help fight the outbreak.
Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis
Living Water International

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread across West Africa, experts do not know how long it will be before they’ll be able to contain the deadly virus, nor how many more lives it will take. But they do know that clean water remains a crucial factor in slowing the ...

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What Kind of Sinful Are You?


Oct 1 2014
A spiritual personality test, the Enneagram takes an honest look at our weaknesses.
What Kind of Sinful Are You?
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The first time I read it, I was convinced someone had been following me around. If I kept a journal, I would have been sure they were reading it. As it was, I was certain someone had opened a door inside my mind, walked into the darkest places, and written it all down in ...

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All Men Should Be Farmers


Sep 24 2014
A satirical take on Christian gender roles.
All Men Should Be Farmers
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Editor's note: From time to time, we hear complaints that Her.meneutics focuses too much on parenting. Or that the evangelical church as a whole overemphasizes or idolizes motherhood. In response, church history Professor Elesha Coffman offers the following "modest ...

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When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty


Sep 22 2014
The topics that make us uncomfortable can spur the church to action.
When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty
Marisol Grandon / Department for International Development

I first noticed our reticence to tackle taboo topics in the church over 15 years ago, years before I became the head of the Wesleyan Church in North America. After being exposed to human trafficking during a visit to Svay Pak, Cambodia, I found this multi-billion dollar industry ...

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Slammed in the Spirit


Sep 18 2014
Hope for a Christian blogosphere that focuses more on God than each other.
Slammed in the Spirit
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Earlier this summer, my daughter came home from Vacation Bible School wearing a thick purple bracelet with bright orange lettering. “Watch for God,” it read. To me, it seemed like an incomplete sentence. Watch for God to what? But my mental sluggishness only revealed ...

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The Heart of the Gendercide Problem


Sep 15 2014
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
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Violence against women and girls is a human rights problem that extends across the globe, and includes widespread rape as a tool of war, gender-selective abortions, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking, disfigurement, and economic exploitation. In the United States ...

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