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On TV, How Dark Is Too Dark?

Game of Thrones puts evil at its forefront.

The 'Scandalous,' Nonsensical Portrayal of Christian Faith on TV

Scripted television still doesn’t get evangelicals.

Help Wanted: Coming-of-Age in a Recession Can Shake Our Faith

Millennials’ unstable careers and changing identities make it harder to see God’s direction.
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome

Both the right and the left have more to learn.

Peeking into the Womb

A Christian response to advancing ultrasound technology.

Why We Need Paternity Leave

Having Dad take time off sets up a more balanced family life.
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What Your Facebook Updates Say About You, Your Faith, and Your Mental Health

New study connects emotional wellbeing with churchy status updates.

'Crazy Talk': How We Characterize Mental Illness

Our careless language reinforces stigma.

Christians Can't Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness

Our shallow responses send the message that our faith has no answer for this kind of suffering.
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An Open Letter to Male Virgins

Despite what society says, our identity does not rely on our sexual status.

Brotherly Love: Christians and Male-Female Friendships

We relate to the opposite sex in the best source of community we know, the church.

We Wish You a Busy Easter

Why the extra services and special meals of Holy Week are good for us.
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Shark Week Jumps the Shark

Discovery Channel's popular (and once educational) series gets trapped in gimmick.

How Poor Could They Be?

On going broke and getting judged.

Theology of the Imagination

How our very-real God loves an active, creative mind.
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Have Babies, Just Not Yet

Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.

Good Sex Comes to Those Who Wait?

Hook-up sex v. married sex: A warning about incentivizing abstinence with personal pleasure.

Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage

And how I learned that oversharing brings us together.
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It's Inevitable: We're Human, We're Christian, and We're Lonely

How an over-connected, over-independent culture keeps us from the intimacy we all crave.

The Women Who Sang Out for Civil Rights

The heroines of the movement followed a call to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Read, Write, Worship

Finding God between the lines of literature.
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Home Sweet Home, Again

Like a growing number of adults, I find support, love, and lodging in an obvious place: my parents’ home.

Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols

Our pledges belong to the Heavenly Father, not our earthly ones.

Why Do We Love to Hate Taylor Swift?

Sweet or sexualized, young female celebrities get subjected to constant criticism.
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A Mother's Hope for a Better World

The significance of raising good kids in an age of bad news.

Mercy in the Name of God, Not Government

How our country’s religious freedoms might prompt us to care for immigrants.

To Publish a Predator

What the regrettable Leadership Journal post reminds us about the nature of sexual abuse.
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When Childhood Has Become a Race

Goodbye busy summer, hello busy school year: What have we lost in the rush?

When Our Desires Disorient Us

Recognizing what we want allows us to stand exposed before God.

Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'

So where does desire fit with God’s will?
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Fair Trade in an Unfair World

Conflicted over bananas, button-downs, and now, smart phones.

Why George Clooney's Engagement Is Worth Celebrating

I typically hate celebrity news. So why am I so happy for him?

Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'

Five things Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement gets wrong about relationships.
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Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet

On loving dogs and being loved by God.

Female and Made in My Father's Image

Just because I’m a “she” doesn’t mean the Creator I reflect has to be.

Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin

As the saying goes, we didn’t start the fire.
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If a Brand-New Christian Women's Conference Goes Viral, Then What?

The story behind the success of the IF: Gathering.

Hot Wives, the Harlem Shake, and Our Favorite Posts from 2013

Readers and writers pick the best of Her.meneutics.

Christine Caine: Trust God to Open Doors for Women

The Australian activist and speaker discusses women in church leadership.
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Who You Calling Brusque?

Speak boldly and carry a red pen: A fellow female editor on Jill Abramson's firing

Lamenting My Prejudice Against Beautiful Women

When did I absorb the belief that being feminine means being shallow?

My Calling as a Female Breadwinner

Sometimes Christian women can’t help breaking traditional gender roles.
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The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'

The series’ groundbreaking diversity disappoints in the realm of religion.

Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV

A Q&A with the oldest sisters of America’s favorite quiverfull clan.

Jesus Loves Miley Cyrus

Everyone’s shocked and offended over her VMA performance. As Christians, we can offer another response.
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The Christian Call to Say 'You're Welcome'

How we respond to thanks matters.

Enough About the B-Word

Sorry Beyonce and Sheryl Sandberg, we’ve got bigger problems than “bossy.”

The Christian F-Word

Letting go of our outdated fear of feminism.
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Heal Me—Body, Mind, and Soul

Our need for a more robust Christian theology of medicine.

Let Advent Break Your Heart

Pausing in the pregnant darkness of “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Making Ourselves the Strangers

For the sake of reconciliation, Christians might seek out the experience of being a minority.
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More Guns, More Shootings?

As a Christian, I worry about an increasingly armed America.

The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards

Calling for more economic diversity in church leadership.

Why MLK Still Matters

Evangelicals share how the civil rights leader continues to inspire them as Christians.
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Go Ahead, Say the Wrong Thing

Never say, ‘never say’: How our lists and language rules may be over-the-top.

Let Them Eat Dirt

Undoing the guilt, delusion, and obsession of today’s parents.

When Parenting Gets Lost in the Details

In a wave of books for modern moms, Gloria Furman’s gospel meditations offer a simple goal.
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The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations

Neither Granny’s castoffs nor HGTV trends belong in church buildings.

Faith Unsettled

Pushing beyond the easy-believism of evangelicalism.

Tied Up in Our Own Preferences

How fear, not prayer, led us to choose sterilization… and regret it.
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The Gluten-Free Schism

Responding with grace when food sensitivities—and fakers—disrupt our fellowship.

Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale

How the realm of make-believe can bring us toward God.

Sizing Ourselves Up

For women, arbitrary clothing sizes further distort our body image.
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Not Another Charity Case

Violence against women calls for an immediate, institution-wide response from Christians.

Is Valentine's Day a Lose-Lose Holiday?

The single and dating come together to try to redeem the commercialized extravaganza.

The Normal, Drama-Free, Totally-Healthy Christian Homeschool Movement

In a culture that loves shock value, typical evangelicalism rarely makes news.
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Lent Isn't Just About You

Why one Catholic writer went on a mission to do more than self-improve.

C.S. Lewis's Pen Pal, Kathy Keller

Keller's childhood correspondence with the revered author led her to Christian faith.
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Why Pastors Should Preach About Body Image

Our obsession with appearance has theological ramifications for both women and men.

Christian Comparison Isn't Pretty

Resisting the pressure to dress-up our lives for church friends.

My Kid Is Not My Calling

How we've mischaracterized the Christian "call."
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