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Memoir in the Me-Generation


Sep 19 2014
How social media helps us tell our stories.
Memoir in the Me-Generation
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Among Christian writers and bloggers, we all likely know someone whose book proposal—whose personal story of struggle and second chances—has been rejected by publishers. We’ve seen their disappointment and frustration from the lack of interest.

As a friend, ...

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Slammed in the Spirit


Sep 18 2014
Hope for a Christian blogosphere that focuses more on God than each other.
Slammed in the Spirit
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Earlier this summer, my daughter came home from Vacation Bible School wearing a thick purple bracelet with bright orange lettering. “Watch for God,” it read. To me, it seemed like an incomplete sentence. Watch for God to what? But my mental sluggishness only revealed ...

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Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury


Sep 17 2014
A viral video made their marriage famous, and now, their story continues.
Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury
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A couple years ago, a video about Ian and Larissa Murphy’s marriage went viral. In some ways, they exhibit a conventional story of young love. They met in college and wanted to get married. But Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. Their plans ...

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The Heart of the Gendercide Problem


Sep 15 2014
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
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Violence against women and girls is a human rights problem that extends across the globe, and includes widespread rape as a tool of war, gender-selective abortions, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking, disfigurement, and economic exploitation. In the United States ...

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Bringing Booty Back


Sep 11 2014
Finding the right reasons for self-acceptance amid a body-positive music boom.
Bringing Booty Back
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“All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor has announced she’s bringing booty back. When she comes on that radio, I can’t resist shaking what God gave me just a little bit. Her first hit song is catchy enough to have spent a month in the Billboard ...

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Feed Your Enemies


Sep 8 2014
A scriptural call to overcome our divisive instincts.
Feed Your Enemies
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There’s a curious sentence in Psalm 23 that unsettles me. David writes, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.” In the same passage where the king presents God as the Good Shepherd and celebrates his provision, he throws in this radical ...

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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?
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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
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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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Code-Switching for the Kingdom


Aug 22 2014
Sometimes the gospel sounds like, “Nobody can do me like Jesus.”
Code-Switching for the Kingdom
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When you’re the president, people hang on to your every word. With Barack Obama, known for his way with words, we pay particular attention. Listening to him speak before African American audiences, it’s easy to notice a certain air of familiarity in his voice. ...

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Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral


Aug 21 2014
Dad-to-be: “The beauty of the video was that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral
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Soon after Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney posted their baby announcement video a couple weeks ago, theirs became the pregnancy heard round the world.

Inspired by Coca-Cola’s personalized #ShareACoke cans, the couple cracked open can after ...

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