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Life Without a Best Friend


Jun 8 2015
Trusting God’s providence over my relationships.
Life Without a Best Friend
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I don’t have a best friend. The kids I grew up with, including my closest friend from middle school, all live back in Mexico, and I moved to the US two decades ago. There are some grad school classmates who I’ve lost touch with, a few teacher-pals from a brief ...

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Sexed-Up Culture Ruined Healthy Male-Female Work Relationships


May 29 2015
The importance of both genders partnering in ministry.
Sexed-Up Culture Ruined Healthy Male-Female Work Relationships
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During his career, evangelist Billy Graham vowed never to meet, eat, or travel alone with a woman other than his wife, a strategy to protect his marriage and to avoid the even the appearance of an inappropriate relationship. The “Billy Graham Rule” or the “Modesto ...

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Is This What Love Looks Like?


May 12 2015
Parsing mixed messages about the heart of marriage.
Is This What Love Looks Like?
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In a series of illustrations entitled, "Love is…" Korean artist Puuung attempts to “find the meaning of love in our daily lives.” Her vibrant sketches of amorous couples are homespun, pure, and familial. Lovers dance barefoot in their high-rise ...

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One Last Thing: The Christian Porn Secret


Apr 16 2015
Novel skips pat answers and focuses on healing in community.
One Last Thing: The Christian Porn Secret
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Imagine that weeks before your wedding, you walked in on your fiancé, an upstanding Christian man, watching pornography.

That’s the premise of One Last Thing, a novel from Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue. St. James is best known as a Grammy-winning Christian ...

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When True Love Keeps Waiting


Apr 1 2015
What celibacy feels like for older singles.
When True Love Keeps Waiting
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At 15, I took a vow of celibacy, “True Love Waits.” I stood in front my church, alongside teens who’d betrayed that promise before it began—including a girlfriend who (I later learned) was secretly having sex and my high school crush, who’d proudly ...

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Shauna Niequist: Good Friends Feed Our Souls


Mar 10 2015
Building strong relationships takes time. And lots of snacks.
Shauna Niequist: Good Friends Feed Our Souls
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Those who have read Shauna Niequist’s previous books, or follow her snapshots from the kitchen on social media, won’t be surprised to find food and recipes throughout her new daily devotional, Savor. With every comforting bowl of soup or sweet slice of cake comes ...

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Good Christian Girls Get Angry


Mar 5 2015
No longer in denial: Letting God use our anger.
Good Christian Girls Get Angry

I heard my words first, then I heard the emotion behind them.

“Don’t you understand what she said?” I snarled at the woman at the cash register, gesturing to my cousin, who was having trouble communicating her request. “She wants that one.” ...

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No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism


Feb 23 2015
How Christians can respond to microaggressions.
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
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They are small, almost invisible. They are being spotted on college campuses from UCLA to the University of Michigan to Fordham to Columbia. They are as elusive and questionable, so tiny yet so destructive. They are called microaggressions: the slight remarks, subtle innuendos, ...

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A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’


Feb 20 2015
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
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The ride was a Toyota Corolla. A bit battered. A bit suspect. My husband Dan’s danger antenna flashed red. He furrowed his brow. “Why’s that car parked in front of our house?”

I wasn’t fazed. “What car?”

“That car,” ...

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Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?


Feb 18 2015
How companies appeal to family values and female empowerment.
Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?
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In the late 1940s, Earl Tupper had a problem. He’d invented a storage product that could revolutionize the American kitchen—if only housewives could be convinced to use it. Enter Brownie Wise, a divorced single mother, who instantly saw the potential of Tupper’s ...

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