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Trusting the Church After Abuse


Jul 23 2015
How I found comfort in continuing the conversation.
Trusting the Church After Abuse
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Earlier this summer, the Mennonite Church USA held its annual conference. The unofficial theme was something no organization wants to print on promotional materials. Over and over, Anabaptist leaders at the gathering repented of the denomination’s complicity in their ...

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Sin Gone Viral


Jul 21 2015
How Internet outrage hits deep.
Sin Gone Viral
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If you read something online that is wrong—like offensively, hatefully wrong—should you respond?

I suppose a more relevant question isn’t the hypothetical “if,” but the inevitable “when.” All of us who read blogs and follow social ...

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How We Became Too Busy for Friends


Jul 20 2015
Our surface-level relationships have social and spiritual consequences.
How We Became Too Busy for Friends
piranka

Almost a year to the day, Jennifer Huston, a 38-year-old wife and mother of two went missing in our small community in Oregon. News of her disappearance spread throughout the nation quickly as photos of her smiling face flashed across our screens. I found myself taking breaks ...

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They Shall Know Us by Our Parties


Jul 17 2015
How I came to rethink the role of celebration in the Christian life.
They Shall Know Us by Our Parties
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Father, forgive me.

It’s a month into summer vacation, and I have not hung the twinkle lights and lain out the fine linens in your name. I have not fired up the grill and hosted my friends and neighbors. I have not partied like you taught us to party.

Despite my ...

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Staying Faithful: How Our Sex Lives Matter to God


Jul 15 2015
A common-ground theology for single and married Christians.
Staying Faithful: How Our Sex Lives Matter to God
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I recently led a talk on sexuality for teen girls at my church. When I started getting into the beauty of sex as pointing to the union between Christ and his church, I could see eyes glazing over, as if to say, “Okay…but I’m not there yet. What does all ...

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The Rise of Women and the Manhood Crisis


Jul 13 2015
'Malestrom' author: When women flourish, men flourish too.
The Rise of Women and the Manhood Crisis
Yuri_Arcurs

Tom Brokaw, a former NBC news anchor and father of three daughters, predicted the 21st century will be remembered as the "Century of Women."

We’ve all witnessed the factors behind the momentum for our gender: second-wave feminism has gone global, women and ...

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Locked Up But Not Forgotten


Jul 8 2015
The first step in caring for the prisoner: Remember.
Locked Up But Not Forgotten
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When Kalief Browder was 16, he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail—two of them in solitary confinement—while awaiting a trial that would never be. Charges were dropped when ...

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Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years


Jul 3 2015
Despite the headlines, marital scandals don’t define the church.
Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years
Aldo Murillo

My husband and I bought a house today. It’s a green house on a little hill, built in 1927, and owned since 1966 by the local fire chief and his wife, now recently widowed. “Oh, the Flaherty house!” people around town said to us, “What a great family! ...

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Blogging Truth to Power


Jul 1 2015
Why we listen to watchdogs and whistleblowers (from two of us who have been there)
Blogging Truth to Power
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From Unquestioning Submission to Speaking Out
Michelle Van Loon

My husband and I once belonged to a congregation where leaders took their cues from the Shepherding Movement. Emphasizing allegiance and church unity, they expected members to submit to their authority in all ...

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Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture


Jun 29 2015
Living out God’s will requires us to look beyond single issues.
Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture
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In 1973, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings, together legalizing abortion in all 50 states, took everyone by surprise. Forty-two years later, the court’s legalization of gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges surprised almost no one.

Both ...

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