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Don’t Call Me Out at Your Wedding for Being Single


Jun 24 2016
The church can model a more inclusive community, one that doesn’t divide over marital status.
Don’t Call Me Out at Your Wedding for Being Single
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Here’s a new wedding tradition I recently heard about: Instead of tossing their bouquets, Christian brides give each single woman at their reception a flower from the bunch and pray individually for them to find a husband.

Compared to the ritual of competing to catch the ...

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Timehop Helps Me See God’s Providence


Jun 20 2016
How a social media app reminds me of God’s faithfulness in my life.
Timehop Helps Me See God’s Providence
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It’s six a.m. and my smartphone is dotted with notifications. Like eager tour guides lined up in an airport arrivals hall, social media would like to usher me down memory lane. Facebook reminds me of “memories,” Google photos invites me to “rediscover ...

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How Grandparenting Redeemed Our Family


Jun 16 2016
This Father’s Day, I celebrate my parents’ choice to move close to my kids.
How Grandparenting Redeemed Our Family

“We’re playing huckle-buckle-beanstalk!” My six-year-old beamed at me, bouncing on the balls of her feet. My younger daughter skipped around the living room. In the kitchen, my mother pulled a small, plastic princess doll out of the sugar canister and dusted ...

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My Marriage to an Undocumented Immigrant


Jun 13 2016
I lived with the threat of my husband’s deportation. Here’s what I learned about immigration.
My Marriage to an Undocumented Immigrant
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We were on our third date when Billy told me—hinted, really—that he was an undocumented immigrant from Central America. I remember thinking, "Well, that's not ideal." Truth was, I had no idea what that admission really meant. I was a Kentucky girl who'd ...

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How to Keep Your Friends When Life Happens


Jun 10 2016
Busy moms, long-distance besties, workaholics: There’s hope for you.
How to Keep Your Friends When Life Happens
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Who are my friends?

With countless social media connections and the demands of family and kids—as well as career, church, and other commitments vying for time—we often find it hard to identify and maintain solid friendships. In addition, younger adults move around ...

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I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms


Jun 7 2016
Our zealous policing of gender norms can have unintended and hurtful consequences.
I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms
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The first time I was kicked out of a women’s restroom, I was ten years old.

At halftime of a high school basketball game, I walked into the restroom with several girlfriends and faced a trio of teenagers who blocked my entrance to a stall and told me to leave. A girl in ...

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Why Adult Coloring Works for Christians


May 23 2016
I mocked the coloring book trend, until I discovered it for myself.
Why Adult Coloring Works for Christians
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Last year, sales of coloring books in the US shot up from 1 million to 12 million units. The sales spike quickly prompted a slew of articles asking whether our culture is collectively stressed out and/or reverting to childhood hobbies. I, too, mocked the trend right up until ...

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Blessed Are the Agnostics


May 19 2016
How I learned to see my unbelieving husband through God’s eyes.
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Blessed Are the Agnostics
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I sat in the high bleachers, my lower back aching. I was listening to the final keynote speaker at a conference, so far back in the nosebleed seats that I had to squint to make out the tall, tattooed pastor standing on the stage. I shifted in my seat, listless and ready to stretch, ...

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Blue-Collar Contentment


May 17 2016
A parent's lesson from where providence meets the American dream.
Blue-Collar Contentment
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The last thing any parent wants to tell her child is “I’m sorry, we can’t afford it.” Whether it’s a special treat at the grocery store, a trip to an amusement park, or tuition at a prestigious university, the natural impulse of a parent’s ...

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Public Displays of Christian Affection


May 16 2016
Why we shouldn’t be turned off by healthy touch.
Public Displays of Christian Affection
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She drew small circles on his back with her manicured nails. He sat up straighter and leaned forward. I averted my eyes and kept on singing about a God who satisfies all my deepest longings while feeling like a fraud of a worshipper: the single girl who longed for the kind of ...

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