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The Plus Size Dilemma


Feb 12 2015
Models to medical professionals debate weight and size labels.
The Plus Size Dilemma
Robyn Lawley

The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition hit newsstands with the usual fanfare, with headlines highlighting its first-ever “plus size” model. At six-foot-two and size 12, Robyn Lawley looks healthy, curvy… and a lot like the women typically featured ...

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Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health


Feb 11 2015
In a world of impurity and disease, vulnerability pushes us to community and to Christ.
Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health
meddygarnet / Flickr

Long before high fructose corn syrup, phthalates in shampoos, or chemical toxins in vaccines, we were already preoccupied with keeping our bodies pure and uncontaminated. Though technologies and forms have changed, the root motivation has always been the same: an individualism ...

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Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles


Feb 9 2015
Holistic discipleship views women as more than the stage of life they’re in.
Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles
The Arches / Flickr

Last year, I noticed that—like many writers in the Christian blogosphere—I spent a lot of time analyzing and criticizing the things I was against. I was reacting to things I was seeing more than proactively putting forward ideas I wanted to support. Finally, I ...

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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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Why Faithful Foodies Might Consider Less Meat


Jan 20 2015
Reducetarianism holds a familiar lesson: Everything in moderation.
Why Faithful Foodies Might Consider Less Meat
Eliza Adam / Flickr

In “Shut up and Eat,” a recent essay in The New Yorker, a former restaurant reviewer laments,

By the end of the twentieth century, it seemed that more or less the entire developed world was shopping and cooking and dining out in a way that was given over to ...
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An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils


Jan 9 2015
Faithful users rediscover the ancient practice and the healing within God’s creation.
An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils
Nina Nelson / Flickr

My pastor’s wife recently posted an opinion on Facebook that led to dozens of comments on both sides of the issue. It wasn’t a theological position or even a stance in the so-called Mommy Wars. Instead, she confessed that she wasn’t going to jump on the ...

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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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