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The Feminists We Forgot


Apr 9 2014
Betty Friedan did not start the “woman movement;” Christians did.
The Feminists We Forgot
Johnny Cyprus / Wikimedia

Editor's note: Today's post concludes our (extended) Women's History Month series, connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the Christian women who came before us.

Some evangelicals teach that women were content with their lot in life until Betty ...

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Putting Our Womanhood to Work


Apr 4 2014
Forget the stereotypes: Women get ahead by being themselves.
Putting Our Womanhood to Work
zeldman / Flickr

It seems we are endlessly discussing a woman's behavior in the workplace. Should a woman "act like a man" to ensure she exerts authority when she leads and works? Or should she use her softer, more feminine side to get what she wants? Or what about a combination ...

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Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'


Mar 28 2014
Five things Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement gets wrong about relationships.
Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'

The Interwebs don't need more snark about Gwyneth Paltrow, so I almost hesitate to weigh in on her "Conscious Uncoupling" announcement.

Almost.

I'm mindful that Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are, in fact, real people who are in distress and working ...

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God Used Me to Stop a School Shooter


Mar 27 2014
Antoinette Tuff, the steady voice who famously talked down an armed intruder, speaks out about her faith.
God Used Me to Stop a School Shooter
Mike Haberman

The morning I read over the transcript from my interview with Antoinette Tuff—the woman who famously talked down a would-be school shooter in Atlanta—I got an email from my kids' school. The schools had been placed on "soft" lockdown. A bank just ...

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The View from the Religious Middle


Mar 25 2014
How can we oppose injustice without acting like the sky is falling?
The View from the Religious Middle
Nathan Hoskins / DVIDSHUB

Outside the University Union Building at the University of North Texas, a small stone marked one of six "free speech areas" on campus. In the early 2000s, when I was a student there, these designated areas were used mostly by Christians to proclaim hellfire and ...

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Does God Wish Adam Lanza Had Never Been Born?


Mar 14 2014
After his father’s recent remarks, Christians are challenged to remember the value of every life.
Does God Wish Adam Lanza Had Never Been Born?
Western Connecticut State University /Handout via Reuters

We all watched the news in horror on December 14, 2012 as details emerged about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The man who unleashed his fury on innocent schoolchildren and the people who taught and protected them was soon identified as 20-year-old ...

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Enough About the B-Word


Mar 13 2014
Sorry Beyonce and Sheryl Sandberg, we’ve got bigger problems than “bossy.”
Enough About the B-Word
World Economic Forum

It's the latest campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, but this one doesn't have anything to do with which direction you're leaning. Instead, she—along with Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, and others—want us to ban bossy:

When a little ...
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Raised in a Christian Cult


Mar 11 2014
‘Girl at the End of the World’ adds to an important line of ex-fundamentalist survivor stories.
Raised in a Christian Cult

If you've ever been stuck in traffic caused by drivers slowing down to get a glimpse of the accident scene, you know we humans are a nosy bunch.

So it's no surprise that readers have devoured a steady stream of recent memoirs penned by people who grew up in abusive, ...

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Son of God: Not Just Another Pretty Face


Mar 7 2014
How Hollywood’s portrayals might actually teach us about God, if we look beyond appearances.
Son of God: Not Just Another Pretty Face
Grace Hill Media

Whenever the media depicts God, we Christians are quick to offer our assessment, often based on the physical features of the portrayal. Too white. Too dark. Too hippy. Too sexy.

The recent blockbuster Son of God, which brought in $26 million its opening weekend, joins a ...

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Our Brothers' Keepers: A Brokenhearted Black Woman Speaks Out


Mar 6 2014
Watching the disproportionate fear and struggle faced by black men in America.
Our Brothers' Keepers: A Brokenhearted Black Woman Speaks Out
Elvert Barnes / Flickr

President Barack Obama recently announced a major initiative aimed at helping and healing young black men. The biblically named "My Brother's Keeper" enlists private sector donations toward programs for black men to meet more success and less negativity in American ...

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