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Beautiful Beyond Our Control


Oct 27 2014
With so much pressure put on our looks, we forget what our bodies are for.
Beautiful Beyond Our Control
M Car / Flickr

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Something happened in middle school; I remember the moments exactly, imprinted on my mind and heart. You never forget a trusted adult calling you homely or pinching the flesh on your strong thigh, saying, "If you can pinch it, you're too fat." I killed cute ...

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When Rural Traditions Get Hipster Cred


Oct 24 2014
Food trends overlook the economic pressures of their origins.
When Rural Traditions Get Hipster Cred
Robert Judge / Flickr

When I was a teenager, my aunt gave me a sage piece of advice. It came in the middle of canning season, when we were eyeballs-high in corn, tomatoes, and green beans.

In our rural community, the months of August, September, and October were spent “putting up” ...

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What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry


Oct 23 2014
Even faced with deadly disease, we can choose to live like God’s in control.
What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

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Troh was the fiancé of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen who within 10 days of his arrival in the U.S. became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in this country. He died of the disease October 8, while dozens of people who had contact with him remained ...

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Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love


Oct 6 2014
Dinner’s about the act of serving, not what’s being served.
Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love
Michael Bentley / Flickr

With the push for healthy food, the restrictions of rising food allergies, and their hectic schedules, many women find cooking a meal at the end of the day to be a burden that is simply too much to bear, so says Amanda Marcotte writing for Slate. No wonder we have such a ...

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Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis


Oct 2 2014
How Christian orgs in Africa are shifting from development to emergency relief to help fight the outbreak.
Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis
Living Water International

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread across West Africa, experts do not know how long it will be before they’ll be able to contain the deadly virus, nor how many more lives it will take. But they do know that clean water remains a crucial factor in slowing the ...

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When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty


Sep 22 2014
The topics that make us uncomfortable can spur the church to action.
When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty
Marisol Grandon / Department for International Development

I first noticed our reticence to tackle taboo topics in the church over 15 years ago, years before I became the head of the Wesleyan Church in North America. After being exposed to human trafficking during a visit to Svay Pak, Cambodia, I found this multi-billion dollar industry ...

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Christians, Are You Ready For Some Football?


Sep 4 2014
Another season, another round of football debates.
Christians, Are You Ready For Some Football?
robertjinks / Flickr

In the South, we ring in the fall not with the first blush of red on our leaves, nor the first cool breeze, but the start of football season.

The first week in September is sacred here, bookended by the kickoffs of both college and professional football. There’s something ...

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Our Bodies, Our Selfies: On Body Image Online


Sep 3 2014
The approval-seeking scrutiny of social media’s selfie-mania.
Our Bodies, Our Selfies: On Body Image Online
Viona Daelemans / Flickr

The ubiquity of social media exerts a certain pressure to post photos of oneself — often, selfies — and submit them to the scrutiny of others. One study estimates that a third of all photographs taken by people ages 18-24 are selfies — photographs taken ...

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Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image


Jul 16 2014
Our obsession with appearance has theological ramifications for both women and men.
Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image
mikemelrose_ /Flickr

Have you ever heard a sermon about body image?

Aside from the occasional side comment, I've never heard body image given substantial treatment from the pulpit or serious attention from leaders in the church, which is surprising since body image is not a marginal issue ...

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In Honor of Periods, Pad Commercials, and Menstrual Cramps


Jul 1 2014
Why suppressing our cycles isn’t always the answer.
In Honor of Periods, Pad Commercials, and Menstrual Cramps
doortoriver / Flickr

Recent ads from Verizon and Always Sanitary Pads pack a powerful message to pre-teen girls on what it is like to be dismissed as "like a girl." In contrast, the latest video from menstruation marketer HelloFlo, which provides monthly "special delivery" ...

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