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Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira is a writer and speaker who serves on the worship staff at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. She's the author of five books, including Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed About God's Abundance (InterVarisity Press, 2014) and Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms (Revell, 2013). Caryn lives outside of Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one pit bull. Visit her at CarynRivadeneira.com. Find her on Facebook and on Twitter.
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In Defense of Clutter

What to do about privilege, poverty, and piles of stuff.

To Kill a Predator

What is it about this lion’s death that has us so outraged?

Locked Up But Not Forgotten

The first step in caring for the prisoner: Remember.

School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback

Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.

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.

Searching for the Sound of Silence

A writer’s struggle with "quiet time."

The Divine Grace of the IRS

Seriously. God’s help comes from the weirdest places.

God Used Me to Stop a School Shooter

Antoinette Tuff, the steady voice who famously talked down an armed intruder, speaks out about her faith.

How I Stopped Being a Happiness Skeptic

Even our fleeting moments of bliss are worth celebrating.

Christianity Makes No Sense

And yet, I believe. Loving our creative God, embracing our paradoxical faith.

Ghost Stories for the Christian Soul

Hear me out: Haunting tales provide their own kind of spiritual formation.

Quit Being a Voice for the Voiceless

Recognizing the power of letting people speak for themselves.

Boobs on the Boob Tube

Television done right can promote a fuller view of our bodies.

The Church Welcome: This Time, With Feeling

It's our job to create the friendly, open atmosphere of heaven… or at least Disney.

The Blurred Lines of Cultural Consumption

Transformation, redemption, and a certain raunchy Robin Thicke video.

Confessions of That Mom, the One on Her Phone

A work-from-home parent during summer vacation.

The Real Value of Sex

Examining the lies that sex is worth nothing or sex is worth everything.

Working Together… From Home

A message to Marissa Mayer: It's not where we work, but how we work that matters.
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