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How Love Leads Us to Worry


Oct 17 2014
When we love someone or something, we assume they’re ours to worry about.
How Love Leads Us to Worry
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Author Amy Simpson, a regular Her.meneutics writer, has previously shared with us about various aspects of mental health, including the church’s response to mental illness, the language we use to talk about mental disorders, and the rise in depression and OCD among ...

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Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?


Oct 14 2014
How our instinct to praise each others’ looks might fuel an image-obsessed culture.
Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?
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A few weeks ago I saw on Instagram a picture of my friend with a celebrity. It wasn’t a backstage concert photo, or a selfie from a chance run-in at Starbucks. Instead, she was working with this nationally recognized figure as a part of her job. I was excited for her ...

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Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love


Oct 6 2014
Dinner’s about the act of serving, not what’s being served.
Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love
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With the push for healthy food, the restrictions of rising food allergies, and their hectic schedules, many women find cooking a meal at the end of the day to be a burden that is simply too much to bear, so says Amanda Marcotte writing for Slate. No wonder we have such a ...

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My Non-Christian Best Friend


Sep 23 2014
How a pair of interfaith friends acknowledge their differences and still love one another.
My Non-Christian Best Friend
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Editor’s note: Last year, CT called it the craziest statistic you’ll read about North American missions: One in five non-Christians in the U.S. and Canada do not know a single Christian—with first and second-generation immigrant families (many of them Hindus, ...

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Diversity in the Dorm Room


Sep 16 2014
How college roommates teach us about race, culture, and ourselves.
Diversity in the Dorm Room
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Every fall an extraordinarily stressful ritual takes place in colleges across the country. Eighteen-year-olds embark on a journey of leaving the watchful eyes of parents, to move into a building with hundreds of strangers. Some travel blocks while others cross the country ...

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Ray Rice’s Domestic Abuse Saga: Why Not Leave Him?


Sep 10 2014
Questioning the victim takes focus away from the real problem: the abuse.
Ray Rice’s Domestic Abuse Saga: Why Not Leave Him?
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Football fans turned their attention to the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, after TMZ released a video of Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator. The league ultimately suspended him indefinitely, and the team terminated ...

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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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Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce


Sep 8 2014
The church’s role in restoring a healthy view of marriage and family.
Single, Christian, and a Child of Divorce
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I have a dear friend who was terrified of marriage before she became a bride.

She is one of those lifetime friends with whom I have a lot in common. Unfortunately, part of our shared experience is that we’re both children of divorce. Growing up in broken homes affected ...

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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
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As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. Language-immersion ...

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Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet


Aug 28 2014
On loving dogs and being loved by God.
Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet
John Carl

Just days after the death of a loved one last year, I had to travel halfway across the country for a conference. Because I carry grief in my stomach, I couldn’t eat. Weakness from not eating combined with the usual exhaustion from travel had me feeling sick. At a lunch ...

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