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A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’


Feb 20 2015
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
Keoni Cabral / Flickr

The ride was a Toyota Corolla. A bit battered. A bit suspect. My husband Dan’s danger antenna flashed red. He furrowed his brow. “Why’s that car parked in front of our house?”

I wasn’t fazed. “What car?”

“That car,” ...

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God Didn’t Design Us for Busy


Feb 6 2015
Businesswoman Lara Casey talks about finding meaning beyond to-do lists and packed schedules.
God Didn’t Design Us for Busy
Ignacio Palomo Duarte / Flickr

Maybe you’re a type-A overachiever. Or maybe you inevitably end up with a to-do list that won’t end. These days, just about all of us accept our busyness with combination of pride and exhaustion.

For ambitious, go-getter ladies, it’s easy to let being ...

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How to Live a Better Life Story


Feb 3 2015
The power of revising our stories in light of the gospel.
How to Live a Better Life Story
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr

Christians have been talking about storytelling for a while, emphasizing the spiritual dimension of storytelling, relating our stories to God’s grand story, and using stories in evangelism. “The chief role of a Christian is to tell a better story,” according ...

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What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve


Jan 30 2015
Need Christians to help and lead at church? I know plenty.
What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center / Flickr

Many have attributed American churches’ dwindling numbers to an “entitlement mentality,” saying that today’s Christians look to congregations to for a certain kind of fulfillment and leave when those needs aren’t being met.

But perhaps the ...

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What Do I Get If I’m Good?


Jan 29 2015
Raising moral kids in a culture of rewards.
What Do I Get If I’m Good?
Ron Sombilon Gallery / Flickr

Several weeks ago, as I wrestled my two-year-old into clothes, the weight of my charge as a parent hit me—somewhere between the second time putting his shirt on and the third time putting his pants on. As he ripped off his socks and threw them at the dog, I told him, ...

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Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better


Jan 28 2015
How unexpected fame and quirky family has helped Jessica Robertson share her faith.
Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better
Courtesy of Heart to Home

Jessica Robertson belongs to a big, unusual family—evangelical Christians made famous by their popular duck-call company Duck Commander and the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Since its premiere three years ago, the show has set cable reality TV records, attracting ...

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Joy beyond the Forced Optimism of Cancer Culture


Jan 20 2015
Margaret Feinberg brings new meaning to the fight.
Joy beyond the Forced Optimism of Cancer Culture
Courtesy of Margaret Feinberg

Search the headlines for “joy,” and you’ll find the word is largely used as a briefer alternative to “happiness.”

A British newspaper reports “joy for millions of hard-pressed families” over newly lowered gas rates. Others announce ...

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You're Not Too Busy for the Bible


Jan 14 2015
It doesn't take a special kind of person to read the Scriptures daily.
You're Not Too Busy for the Bible
Oklahoma Christian University / Flickr

Along with everyone else, I made typical resolutions for the New Year. I've committed to eat better and exercise more. (With The New York Times publishing articles on the advantage of physical fitness as we age, those have begun to feel more necessary, especially now ...

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What Happens When We See Women Teach the Bible


Jan 7 2015
A figure like Beth Moore shows evangelical women what’s possible.
What Happens When We See Women Teach the Bible
Beth Moore / Passion

Sometimes I wonder how many women in the church have the gift of teaching, but will never use it, or even entertain the possibility of possessing it. When roughly 90 percent of evangelical pastors and 80 percent of evangelical seminarians are men, it can be hard for gifted ...

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Holiday Traditions, Under Construction


Dec 12 2014
Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.
Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
Gui Seiz / Flickr

When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the ...

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