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Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better


Jan 28 2015
How unexpected fame and quirky family has helped Jessica Robertson share her faith.
Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better
Courtesy of Heart to Home

Jessica Robertson belongs to a big, unusual family—evangelical Christians made famous by their popular duck-call company Duck Commander and the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Since its premiere three years ago, the show has set cable reality TV records, attracting ...

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Why Women Turn to Terrorism


Jan 23 2015
And how the church can offer a different way.
Why Women Turn to Terrorism
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Long before the terror attacks in Paris and the manhunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of one of the men accused of killing a police officer, women have participated as active combatants in terrorist-related violence.

Able to move closer to targets without detection, women ...

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This MLK Day Feels Different


Jan 19 2015
A reflection on recent tensions and a renewed sense of hope.
This MLK Day Feels Different
Graeme Stoker / Flickr

Driving home in the early evening darkness, we were talking about how much hadn’t changed with race relations in this country, following the exoneration of police officers accused of killing unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island.

Suddenly, I had the sensation ...

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The Instant Gratification of #JeSuisCharlie


Jan 16 2015
Waiting for deeper engagement amid our hashtag activism.
The Instant Gratification of #JeSuisCharlie
Maya-Anaïs Yataghène / Flickr

Like the rest of the watching world, I remain appalled by what happened on January 7 at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Yet, I haven’t embraced the phrase “Je suis Charlie.”

Truth is, I can’t say I know exactly what it means. Of course, I can ...

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Fighting Sexism Like a 'Fair Lady'


Jan 15 2015
What the 50-year-old film reminds us about the power of strong-willed women.
Fighting Sexism Like a 'Fair Lady'
Warner Brothers

TIME magazine recently ran a tribute to My Fair Lady commemorating the 50th anniversary of the classic—yet still relevant—film.

“Although it may be easy to dismiss the 1964 movie musical as an outdated rom-com from the shady period before feminism got ...

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Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion


Jan 12 2015
Looking back to when mourning attire was as heavy and dark as grief itself.
Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

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The Anna Wintour Costume Center, a new wing of the museum named for Vogue’s iconic editor-in-chief, opened in May and currently displays the black gowns worn by mourners between 1815 and 1915, including a gown worn by Queen Victoria. The room is small and dark, ...

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Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and More


Dec 29 2014
Readers and writers pick the best of Her.meneutics.
Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and More

It’s hard to sum up a year’s worth of Her.meneutics posts, especially when 2014 brought us more new voices and guest writers than ever, covering topics across pop culture, church life, and news.

But this is our best attempt, listing both our most popular posts ...

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What’s the Truth Behind Serial? Only God Knows


Dec 18 2014
Inconclusive storytelling stirs our longing for justice.
What’s the Truth Behind Serial? Only God Knows
Serial

Like more than 1.5 million others, I’ve spent the last several weeks listening to Serial, a podcast that debuted in October from the producers of the popular public radio program This American Life. The first season of Serial investigates the 1999 murder of a Baltimore ...

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Bringing True Joy to the World


Dec 17 2014
How we can avoid over-sentimentalizing the holidays.
Bringing True Joy to the World
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Christmas as a consumer event is designed for people like me. Saps, that is. People who inhale the smell of gingerbread and want to buy the whole tin because it reminds us of a happy memory, or a loving grandma, or the Best Christmas Ever.

This is sentimentalism, the emotional ...

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Playing God on Paper


Dec 11 2014
How composing 50,000 words of fiction deepened my appreciation for the Great Author.
Playing God on Paper
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Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn't try to write fiction. It's not a grand enough job for you. - Flannery O'Connor

As 2014 ends, it's time for the "Best Of" ...

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