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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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Walking By Faith


Dec 8 2014
A spiritual discipline learned step by step.
Walking By Faith
Rupert Ganzer / Flickr

In the popular memoir-turned-film, Wild, Cheryl Strayed takes off to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. The unflinchingly transparent narration conveys how her determined but naïve aspirations to embark on the trek evolve into a physical and mental capacity to finish it. ...

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Common Ground for Christians and Common Core


Dec 5 2014
A teacher’s perspective on how higher standards serve poor students.
Common Ground for Christians and Common Core
Brad Flickinger / Flickr

As a former public school teacher, I have taught both the traditional state standards and Common Core aligned standards. I have dug deeply into both, researched their effectiveness, and watched them play out in my classroom.

Outside of school, I have observed the vitriol ...

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Stockpiling Treasures in My Junk Closet


Nov 28 2014
How I got rid of 1,000 things and finally found shalom.
Stockpiling Treasures in My Junk Closet
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Show me a Real Simple magazine article on “decluttering your home” and all I see is a stack of shiny pages to decoupage Christmas ornaments over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That’s how I roll: for years I’ve squirreled away craft supplies (aka stuff ...

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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More


Nov 26 2014
How our requests to God can actually fuel our gratefulness.
Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More
Laura Bittner / Flickr

The family sits down, lights the candles, admires the turkey, and begins the generations-old family liturgy: I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for friends. For a house and a job. For this delicious food. But what if, in addition to naming our blessings, we ...

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Waiting on Thankfulness


Nov 25 2014
How God works in us during times when we can’t muster gratitude.
Waiting on Thankfulness
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We’d been home for months when this curious stranger approached me with eyes full of questions. “Where are they from?” and “Are they siblings?” and “Are they all yours?” stumbled out of her mouth. I was trying to shield little ears ...

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The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag


Nov 18 2014
Talking perfectionism, marriage, and faith with entrepreneur and new author Lara Casey.
The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag
Faith Teasley Photography

In today’s booming wedding industry, Southern Weddings magazine editor Lara Casey tries to skip over popular trends to focus on the meaningful parts of marriage: the love stories, family ties, and old traditions.

A Christian who sees her work as ministry, Casey heads ...

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