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How We Became Too Busy for Friends


Jul 20 2015
Our surface-level relationships have social and spiritual consequences.
How We Became Too Busy for Friends
piranka

Almost a year to the day, Jennifer Huston, a 38-year-old wife and mother of two went missing in our small community in Oregon. News of her disappearance spread throughout the nation quickly as photos of her smiling face flashed across our screens. I found myself taking breaks ...

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They Shall Know Us by Our Parties


Jul 17 2015
How I came to rethink the role of celebration in the Christian life.
They Shall Know Us by Our Parties
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Father, forgive me.

It’s a month into summer vacation, and I have not hung the twinkle lights and lain out the fine linens in your name. I have not fired up the grill and hosted my friends and neighbors. I have not partied like you taught us to party.

Despite my ...

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Staying Faithful: How Our Sex Lives Matter to God


Jul 15 2015
A common-ground theology for single and married Christians.
Staying Faithful: How Our Sex Lives Matter to God
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I recently led a talk on sexuality for teen girls at my church. When I started getting into the beauty of sex as pointing to the union between Christ and his church, I could see eyes glazing over, as if to say, “Okay…but I’m not there yet. What does all ...

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Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years


Jul 3 2015
Despite the headlines, marital scandals don’t define the church.
Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years
Aldo Murillo

My husband and I bought a house today. It’s a green house on a little hill, built in 1927, and owned since 1966 by the local fire chief and his wife, now recently widowed. “Oh, the Flaherty house!” people around town said to us, “What a great family! ...

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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
Courtesy of Shauna Niequist

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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