October (Web-only) 2012

Has LifeWay Really Banned the Word 'Vagina'?
Has LifeWay Really Banned the Word 'Vagina'?
Fact-checking the widely cited reason the Christian retail chain is not carrying Rachel Held Evans's book.
'When Evangelicals Were Pro-Choice'—Another Fake History
'When Evangelicals Were Pro-Choice'—Another Fake History
The arguments of some recent pundits are not pro-logic or pro-history.
Death Is For Real
Death Is For Real
Amid a flurry of bestsellers promising firsthand proof of Heaven's existence, Ed Dobson takes a brutally honest look at the pain of terminal illness and the difficulties of dying well.
Are 22% of Pastors Really Undecided Voters?
Are 22% of Pastors Really Undecided Voters?
Why nearly 1 of 4 say they don't know how they'll vote when only 4% of Americans overall say so.
Bill Mallonee Wrestles with God Knows What
Bill Mallonee Wrestles with God Knows What
On new album, troubadour ponders his eternal fate, a hard life, and 'groping in the dark.'
What Jesus Might Say About Sandy
What Jesus Might Say About Sandy
The problem with many storm theologies is that they assume Jesus never happened.
The Rise, Expansion, and Fall of the Evangelical Left
The Rise, Expansion, and Fall of the Evangelical Left
It may not be as dead as it seems, argues David Swartz. Maybe it even won.
The Hour I First Beliebed
Confessions of a 45-year-old Justin Bieber fan.
Ann Coulter and the Witness of John Franklin Stephens
What Christians can learn from the man with Down Syndrome who responded to Coulter's use of the 'r' word.
The Second Rage of Jerry Sandusky's Victim #1
If he is like me, Aaron Fisher was doubly victimized when his story was dismissed by school authorities.
Your Guide to Christian Voting Guides
Your Guide to Christian Voting Guides
Which flyer should you take with you into the voting booth?
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
Bloated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel feels like a record stuck on the same note over and over.
Why the IRS Has Stopped Auditing Churches—Even One that Calls President Obama a Muslim
Why the IRS Has Stopped Auditing Churches—Even One that Calls President Obama a Muslim
Decision on who can authorize investigations of churches that influence voters is frozen for foreseeable future.
The Holocaust Happening Right Under Our Noses
In some countries, hearing "It's a girl" is no cause for celebration—it's a death sentence. A new film captures global gendercide.
What We Can Learn About Preaching from 'Parks and Recreation'
What We Can Learn About Preaching from 'Parks and Recreation'
For the moment, the sitcom seems to have forgotten to be funny. Or to be thoughtful. Or that I might even be watching.
Remembering Virginia Patterson, a Leader Before Her Time
The late missionary, professor, and CEO went where few Christian women had gone before.
Are Pregnancies Even from Rape a Gift from God?
Are Pregnancies Even from Rape a Gift from God?
A lot of people in America find this too incredible to believe this could be true.
Interracial and One in Christ
Interracial and One in Christ
Because of the gospel, our differences bring us together
Beyond Suicide: Don Chaffer
Beyond Suicide: Don Chaffer
Waterdeep's front man explores life's storms—including his father's suicide—in new off-Broadway musical.
Lights of Distant Cities
Taylor Swift's Red
Red
Life Is People
Testify
Why the Dinesh D'Souza Scandal Hit Home
There's more at stake in our leaders' failings than we think.
The Chief End of Men
The Chief End of Men
Hanna Rosin's 'The End of Men' celebrates women's enormous strides in education and business. Why I can't don my party hat yet.
How Canada Convinced Me Not to Vote
Why I won't be casting my ballot in two weeks.
Has Billy Graham Suddenly Turned Political?
Has Billy Graham Suddenly Turned Political?
Graham's biographer, spokesman, and a historian discuss the evangelist's recent ads and statements.
Why Pro-Life Leaders Aren't Worried About Romney
Why Pro-Life Leaders Aren't Worried About Romney
His muted opposition to abortion is necessary pragmatism, they say.
Why It's Hard to Imagine that Heaven Is Real
Why It's Hard to Imagine that Heaven Is Real
Learning to grasp what 'no eye has seen, no ear heard, and no mind has conceived.'
A Historian Decries Evangelical Power Politics—on Both Left and Right
A Historian Decries Evangelicals' Power Politics—on Both Left and Right
But Kenneth Collins's libertarian contempt for government is not the way forward.
Sooo Grateful for My Awesome Hubbie and Life!
How to avoid the Christian 'humble brag.'
CT Exclusive: Dinesh D'Souza Denies Infidelity
CT Exclusive: Dinesh D'Souza Denies Infidelity
World magazine article is 'clear effort to destroy my career,' he says. World says it isn't.
Lee Grady Opens the Door for Women
The 'Charisma' editor says today's women should stop waiting for Prince Charming and get out into the mission field.
After Romney Meeting, Billy Graham Site Scrubs Mormon 'Cult' Reference
After Romney Meeting, Billy Graham Site Scrubs Mormon 'Cult' Reference
BGEA says it wants to stay out of politicized theological debate.
Living Like Lance: Everybody Dopes
Living Like Lance: Everybody Dopes
The sins of the infamous bicyclist are more common than we imagine.
How Blind Pianist Arizona Dranes Struck A Raw, Gospel Chord
Arizona Dranes: The Greatest, Wildest, Blind Gospel Singer You've Never Heard Of
She only recorded a handful of songs before slipping into oblivion. Now it's time to bring her back.
Vital
Glad All Over
Watchman
God Is Love: Faith Songs
What is Romney's Abortion Agenda?
What is Romney's Legislative Agenda on Abortion?
Abortion remains a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign.
Lance Armstrong Has Lost Nearly Everything
Lance Armstrong Has Lost Nearly Everything
And if he loses it all, it could be the best thing that ever happens to him.
The Real Differences Between Mormons and Orthodox Christians
The Real Differences Between Mormons and Orthodox Christians
And whether they really matter in the presidency.
Argo
Argo
A compelling thriller about the rescue of six Americans during 1979's Iran hostage crisis.
Sinister
Sinister
Scott Derrickson's latest horror flick is a dark and very scary cautionary tale.
Middle of Nowhere
A bright young woman finds herself disoriented after her husband is incarcerated.
The Surprising Truth about Mental Illness
Royce White is one of the NBA's hottest rookies. He also has crippling anxiety disorder. What we can learn from him about mental health.
Liberty University's Flip-Flop Moment
Liberty University's Flip-Flop Moment
Today, the students at Jerry Falwell's school are more likely to 'change the world' by buying a pair of TOMS Shoes than showing up at the state capitol. Could their soft activism signal a larger shift among evangelicals?
Can Breadwinner Wives Be Happy?
Can Breadwinner Wives Be Happy?
That's the central question of Sandra Tsing Loh's latest 'Atlantic' essay. As a stay-at-home wife, I have a few suggestions.
Meaning to the Madness
Meaning to the Madness
Halloween's a-comin', so it's cosmic horror vs. sacred terror on the big screen.
The Other Side of the Culture War
The Other Side of the Culture War
Marching under the banner of "rationality," cultural progressives fear the public influence of religion—and often dislike religious people themselves
We Gaither Together
We Gaither Together
Bill & Gloria Gaither celebrate their music, Scripture's vitality, and 50 years of marriage.
Hymns for the Christian Life
Blue Mountain
Sing the Delta
Moms on Trial: How Judgment Became Today's Parenting Advice
Moms on Trial: How Judgment Became Today's Parenting Advice
And how Christians can opt out of joining the public jury.
Bullied News Anchors and Our Fear of Fat
What Jennifer Livingston's response to one ignorant reviewer gets right and wrong about obesity.
Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie
Tim Burton returns to form—and his roots—with a story about a boy who brings his pet dog back to life.
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
An engrossing, beautiful, naturalistic treatment of Emily Brontë's classic novel.
Trade of Innocents
A drama that reveals the tough realities of sex trafficking—a bit too safely and blandly.
'Half the Sky' Brings Gender-Based Horrors to Documentary Film
What the new film shows us that the acclaimed book can't.
Adoption: Not a Justice Cause But a Spiritual Reality
Together for Adoption responds to Megan Hill's recent Her.meneutics post.
The Fake 'Holy War' Over Donald Trump's 'Get Even' Advice
The Fake 'Holy War' Over Donald Trump's 'Get Even' Advice
News outlets debated its compatibility with Christianity. Liberty staff and students say such discussion is what Christian higher ed is for.
Mira Sorvino: Saving Sex Slaves
Mira Sorvino: Saving Sex Slaves
The Oscar winner fights against human trafficking, and has a new movie to raise awareness.
Women Bloggers and 'Real' Church Ministry
According to ChurchRelevance.com, the topics we cover at Her.meneutics are not serious ministry. Excuse me?
Falling Away from its Founding
Falling Away from its Founding
Os Guinness correctly sees America sinking into "soft despotism," but his proposals for restoring its civic health don't go deep enough.
The Jesus Record
Transcendental Youth
StompTown Revival

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Thai Church Holds Record-Breaking Baptism Despite COVID-19
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