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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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The Gluten-Free Schism


Jun 27 2014
Responding with grace when food sensitivities—and fakers—disrupt our fellowship.
The Gluten-Free Schism
ilovememphis / Flickr

A recent cartoon in the New Yorker depicts two women sitting across from one another. "I've only been gluten-free for a week," one says, "but I'm already really annoying."

Going gluten-free has become both popular and profitable, with pasta and ...

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Thank God for Vaccines


Jun 11 2014
The diseases they fight are worse than you remember. The people who oppose them are a bigger risk than you realize.
Thank God for Vaccines
inferis / Flickr

Concerned, caring parents make the decision every day to forego life-saving immunity by refusing to vaccinate their children, truly believing they are doing the right thing. They do not perceive an imminent risk to their child from the older contagious diseases, focusing ...

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Have We Forgotten the Power of Touch?


Jun 5 2014
Embracing healing touch in a culture that shies away from physical contact.
Have We Forgotten the Power of Touch?
patrickgage / Flickr

Jean was in her 80s when she first came to see me for massage therapy. She suffered with severe pain in her hip where age and arthritis had conspired to cripple her, but had only succeeded in making her walker-dependant.

From the moment I touched Jean, I could feel the ...

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When We Close Our Wombs


Jun 4 2014
Christian women face difficult decisions over sterilization.
When We Close Our Wombs
David Salafia / Flickr

A month ago, I joined millions of women who have gone before me, making the difficult yet freeing decision to close my womb through surgery.

After getting married at age 35, I unsuccessfully tried to conceive a child for over five years. And then my general reproductive ...

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Family Planning Through a Global Lens


May 7 2014
The developing world requires us to look at contraception as a pro-life cause.
Family Planning Through a Global Lens
Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development

As Hobby Lobby and others fight for exemptions from the Obama administration's health care mandate, there has been much discussion about the array of contraceptives available to women in the United States, which we should use, which our employers should cover.

But here ...

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