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When Our Desires Disorient Us


Jul 15 2014
Recognizing what we want allows us to stand exposed before God.
When Our Desires Disorient Us
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Recently, a new field of psychology has spawned to address the task of examining desire. Wantology, of which Arlie Russell Hochschild makes mention in her New York Times article, "The Outsourced Life," is a field of expertise aimed at helping people discern their ...

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Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook


Jul 11 2014
As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s also help the helpers.As the church rallies in times of tragedy, let’s not forget to help the helpers.
Secondhand Suffering: The Grief We Often Overlook
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When a 19-year-old college student from our church went missing, our entire community sprang into action. Search parties were assembled, prayer teams were gathered, and social media campaigns were launched. Hundreds showed their support, and together we mourned when she was ...

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The Perfectionism Complex


Jul 9 2014
Sometimes God wants you to get over it and focus on the One who's already good enough.
The Perfectionism Complex
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Good lord, I look wide. White is not slimming.

As my seamstress buzzes around me, pinning the sides of my dress and taking the hem up to match my five-foot frame, she explains in her thick Greek accent the process of bridal tailoring. "You come in three times. This time, ...

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Faith Unsettled


Jul 8 2014
Pushing beyond the easy-believism of evangelicalism.
Faith Unsettled
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Jen Pollock Michel

Like a lot of writers, I read about the writing life. (A little bit of company is welcome in the solitary stretches of time.) In her book on writing, Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood suggests, "Writing has to do with darkness, and a desire ...

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No Longer Unashamed


Jun 23 2014
Certain shame can push us to repentance and our God of grace.
No Longer Unashamed
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In the age of of cyber-bullying, we see deplorable instances of public shaming to rival Hester Prynne's scarlet letter. Yet, simultaneously, we are in the midst of what psychotherapist Joseph Burgo calls an "anti-shame zeitgeist." Just as it's become common ...

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A Field Guide for Suffering Well


Jun 20 2014
Finding beauty and blessings in our spiritual deserts.
A Field Guide for Suffering Well
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Many of us don't know what to do when we find ourselves in the spiritual desert. Because our hyper-connected culture provides everything on demand, when we don't get what we want, when we want it, we feel disoriented and cranky.

And if our losses pile up or our ...

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Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage


Jun 12 2014
And how I learned that oversharing brings us together.
Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage
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There's a certain kind of oversharing on social media that we're all familiar with: the mundane pictures of somebody's lunch, the stream of selfies, the updates complaining of illnesses. Much of this can come off as uninteresting.

Another kind of oversharing ...

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Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'


Jun 9 2014
So where does desire fit with God’s will?
Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'
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For all that the AMC series Mad Men gets wrong about desire, they know this to be true: to be human is to want.

Set in the '60s, the show thrives on "the drinking, the smoking, the lack of seat belts — [the dark appeal] of living without boundaries." ...

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Not All Older Christians Want to Be Your Mentor


May 12 2014
How I grew to see mentorship as an honor rather than a burden.
Not All Older Christians Want to Be Your Mentor
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"No, I can't mentor you."

That was the blunt answer I gave to a wide-eyed young woman four years ago. She came up to me at church with a plan that included meeting at Starbucks every Monday morning.

I added "sorry," but it didn't help. Her ...

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Mother's Day Goes Fair Trade


May 9 2014
Christian-founded line of handcrafted products makes its way to Wal-Mart.
Mother's Day Goes Fair Trade
Full Circle Exchange

In one sense, it's just another Mother's Day card from Wal-Mart. Two decorative birds on the front, a sappy poem on the inside, and a tag reading, "You are my hero, Mom."

But there's the signature on the back—scrawled in black, signed by the ...

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