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The Pastor’s Wife Effect


Oct 20 2014
Pastors' wives don’t need reverence. They need friendship.
The Pastor’s Wife Effect
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In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift recounts a conversation with her brother about a man he’d seen walking around with a cat on his head. She was torn between wanting to respect the man’s privacy and wishing she had a photo. After all, she said, ...

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What Kind of Sinful Are You?


Oct 1 2014
A spiritual personality test, the Enneagram takes an honest look at our weaknesses.
What Kind of Sinful Are You?
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The first time I read it, I was convinced someone had been following me around. If I kept a journal, I would have been sure they were reading it. As it was, I was certain someone had opened a door inside my mind, walked into the darkest places, and written it all down in ...

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Christine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women


Sep 29 2014
Propel calls on the church to equip and validate working women.
Christine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women

Christine Caine, the speaker, author, and activist out of Australia’s Hillsong Church, announced last week that she will begin a training program featuring inspirational videos, industry-specific articles, mentorship pipelines, and urban events to encourage Christian ...

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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
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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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