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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.
Blessed Are the Agnostics
Christopher Michel/Wikimedia

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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Seminary Is Not About Me


May 11 2016
What I learned from Bible students in Rwanda.
Seminary Is Not About Me
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As we walked across the lush, manicured campus, I was calculating what time it was back at home on the West Coast. It was my third day in Kigali, Rwanda. I had come halfway around the world with a group of photographers to interview Pastor Charles Buregeya Mugisha, founder of ...

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My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned


Apr 27 2016
7 things you should know, from a mom who’s been there
My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned
Tracy Rees / Used with Permission

Cancer is an incapacitating, nasty thing. It strikes without reason and affects every race, ethnicity, and gender. As adults, we often make our peace with the knowledge that cancer and other suffering is part of our world. But what if it’s a child? What if it’s a ...

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Raising Ramona in 21st-Century Portland


Apr 20 2016
What Beverly Cleary taught me about childhood worries.
Raising Ramona in 21st-Century Portland
Louis Darling / HarperCollins

I have a five-year-old named Ramona. Her hair is cut short, to her chin, and it flies about her face because she hates to have it brushed. My Ramona is strong-willed, loves to argue and negotiate, loves being a big sister. She taught herself to read, wants to move to Hawaii ...

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You May Be More Like ‘Other Women’ Than You Think


Mar 18 2016
I discovered the flip side of being special: being alone.
You May Be More Like ‘Other Women’ Than You Think
mercury47 / Flickr

“I get along better with boys.”

I can remember declaring some version of these words when I was a little girl who spurned little girl things. No New Kids on the Block for me. No pink scrunchies or kitten-adorned Trapper Keepers. I was into sports, climbing trees, ...

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The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having


Mar 15 2016
Why sexism deserves more attention than the complementarian-egalitarian debates.
The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having
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It seems there are two rival gangs in the evangelical world: complementarians, who believe that men assume primary leadership in the church and in the home, versus egalitarians, who believe women can share leadership in these realms. Denominations, parachurch organizations, ...

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Q+A: The Secret Lives of Teens Online


Mar 10 2016
The conversation about the pornification of social media is long overdue.
Q+A: The Secret Lives of Teens Online
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I wish I wasn’t seeing this.

Facebook suggested I might like to become “friends” with a teenage acquaintance, who barely resembled the little girl I met years before. No longer carrying a stuffed animal and book in each arm, as I remembered her, she posed in ...

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