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Diversity in the Dorm Room


Sep 16 2014
How college roommates teach us about race, culture, and ourselves.
Diversity in the Dorm Room
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Every fall an extraordinarily stressful ritual takes place in colleges across the country. Eighteen-year-olds embark on a journey of leaving the watchful eyes of parents, to move into a building with hundreds of strangers. Some travel blocks while others cross the country ...

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Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t


Sep 12 2014
A childless millennial’s quest to become a “kid person.”
 Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t
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To say I don’t have kids is an understatement. I barely interact with children, save for brief conversations with friends and fellow churchgoers with offspring in tow.

I can’t remember the last time I changed a diaper, pushed a stroller, or let a kid win at ...

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Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce


Sep 8 2014
The church’s role in restoring a healthy view of marriage and family.
Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce
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I have a dear friend who was terrified of marriage before she became a bride.

She is one of those lifetime friends with whom I have a lot in common. Unfortunately, part of our shared experience is that we’re both children of divorce. Growing up in broken homes affected ...

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The Lie Poverty Tells Us


Sep 5 2014
It’s hard for the poor to see that we are not our poverty… but not for Jesus.
The Lie Poverty Tells Us
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, a wave of federal programs and initiatives designed to reduce the poverty rate. In many ways, poverty looks different now than it did in the ‘60s, with the emergence of the working poor and the rise of single-parent ...

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Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership


Jul 25 2014
Unmarried ministers offer a unique understanding of devotion to Christ alone.
Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership
City Temple SDA Church / Flickr

Each time I read a well-intentioned article on how to make the most of your single years, I scan down to the author's bio and often discover that, sure enough, he's married to his college sweetheart, pulling advice from a brief period of singleness years ago.

Even ...

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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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