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Laura Ortberg Turner

Laura Turner

Laura Turner is a writer, speaker, and church culture enthusiast living in the Bay Area. She has a BA in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the most beautiful school on earth. Before beginning her MFA at Seattle Pacific University, she worked at HarperOne publishing and Fuller Seminary as well as doing freelance writing and editing. Laura blogs at www.loturner.com about issues of faith, theology, gender roles, and Oscar fashion. She is passionate about including women in all spheres of the church, good books, and peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's. Laura and her husband, Zack, live in Palo Alto, California, with their dog R2D2.

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The Unexpected Book of the Bible that Comforts Me the Most

In the midst of my anxiety, I remember God’s power through reading Revelation.

Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion

Looking back to when mourning attire was as heavy and dark as grief itself.

What Kind of Sinful Are You?

A spiritual personality test, the Enneagram takes an honest look at our weaknesses.

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Letting go of our outdated fear of feminism.

Why I'll Accept Your Imperfect Apology

Alan Chambers, Paula Deen, and a Christian response to contrition.

Don't Tell Emily Post: Guests Are Paying For Weddings Now

Have we taken the whole register-for-whatever-you-want thing too far?

Too Girly To Lead?

God cares more about our gifts than our gender.

Beef Stroganoff Isn't Rocket Science

The New York Times' controversial Yvonne Brill obit and the sacred call to remember.

Let Pastors' Wives Do Their Own Thing

And please ignore the ones on reality TV.

What Les Miserables Reveals about Modern Women

The plight that befalls Fantine still affects millions of women today.

Women Bloggers and 'Real' Church Ministry

According to ChurchRelevance.com, the topics we cover at Her.meneutics are not serious ministry. Excuse me?

Want to Love Your Kids? Stop Overparenting Them

My parents modeled what it looked like to serve God with their gifts while letting us kids explore our own.

What Christians Can Learn from the Legacy of Nora Ephron

The film screenwriter, who died Tuesday, showed that women can be deadly funny about the fears that haunt us.

How God Can Use Your Anxiety for Good

Good news for the many women facing an anxiety disorder.

Coveting Cover to Cover: Why I Gave Up Vogue for Lent

Fashion magazines were eating up my heart.

Clothing in Church: Why It Matters

Like everything else in creation, what we wear can either glorify—or dishonor—God and others.

'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus': To Adore or Abhor?

What we can take away from the viral video that elicited such visceral reactions.
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