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Bring Back Blind Dating


Feb 8 2016
Online matches put the pressure on us, while setups offer a sense of community support.
Bring Back Blind Dating
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Married at First Sight is one of those extreme reality shows with a premise so far-fetched you can hardly believe it’s “reality,” yet there’s something about it that compels you to watch. As the title suggests, it features three couples who are matched ...

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We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality


Feb 4 2016
Balancing love, desire, and the demands of midlife.
We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality
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This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church.

During the season 6 premiere of Downton Abbey, head housekeeper Mrs. ...

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Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex


Jan 27 2016
A counselor explores why we don’t and why we should.
Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex
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Welcome to the first post in a series we’re calling The Sex We Don’t Talk About, exploring elements of female sexuality that rarely come up among Christians. While the church has grown more comfortable with addressing sex in sermons, seminars, and marriage books, ...

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Messages from the Edge: Suicide Notes on Social Media


Jan 25 2016
How Facebook turns the left-behind into horrified witnesses.
Messages from the Edge: Suicide Notes on Social Media
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They say she drove to a small, isolated chapel in the woods, shared her suicide note on Facebook, and then carried out a decision that was both final and fatal.

Not too long after my friend posted the note, I watched in horror as the events unfolded. Each update came in ...

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Why Are Christian Guys Silent About Abstinence?


Dec 21 2015
When we don’t talk about male virginity, we imply that it’s not important.
Why Are Christian Guys Silent About Abstinence?
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In an age of sexual exploration and broad acceptance of sexual activity, virginity has held on to its stigma—and not just if you’re Tim Tebow. Ask any 20-something guy trying to save sex for marriage.

Even as our culture increasingly emphasizes individual choice ...

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Friendsmas


Dec 14 2015
The holidays can be hard. Don’t spend them alone.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Friendsmas
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Work has long been my defense against love. In high school, I skipped social activities, sports, family Christmas Eve celebrations, and even my junior prom in favor of running the school newspaper, writing for the town paper, waiting tables, car-hopping at Sonic, lifeguarding, ...

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Offense Welcome: Please Debate This Article


Dec 9 2015
When “I feel” began to overtake “I think” in my classroom, I took a closer look at disagreeing well.
Offense Welcome: Please Debate This Article
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Near the end of the semester, I sat in a circle of first-year honors students at the Christian university where I work. They’re a bright group. Born around 1996-1997, these students belong to a generation defined by the rise of the religious “nones” and—according ...

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Thanking Our Immigrant Parents


Nov 25 2015
How Master of None points to the joy, not the guilt, of “Honor your father and mother.”
Thanking Our Immigrant Parents
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Our relationships with our parents are so important that they make it into the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12 instructs us to “Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

I’ll admit, that ...

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True Love Consents: Why Teach Christian Youth about Boundaries


Nov 23 2015
“No means no” matters at every stage.
True Love Consents: Why Teach Christian Youth about Boundaries
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This year, my teenage son overstepped boundaries while texting a girl his age. He didn’t send anything inappropriate, per se: when I read the texts myself, they seemed a rather banal sequence of “hey there” and “how r u?” messages, interspersed ...

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True Friends Will Change You


Nov 9 2015
Transformative friendships happen everywhere… not just in small groups.
True Friends Will Change You
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After a welcome banquet for new students, the two of us sat beside a fountain and chatted about our shared backgrounds.

Among the mostly white student body, we’d noticed that we were both multi-racial. From there, we discovered that we were both theater girls, having ...

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