February (Web-only) 2015

The Critics’ Roundup: The Oscars and ‘Parks and Recreation’
The Critics’ Roundup: The Oscars and ‘Parks and Recreation’
This week, people were bored by the Oscars and bid farewell to a beloved sitcom.
Focus
Focus
Lies that lead to happy endings? It's the kind of con that only happens at the movies.
Too Frugal for Our Own Good?
Too Frugal for Our Own Good?
Saving money saved our family, but I refuse to let it become an idol.
We Are More Than '21'
We Are More Than '21'
The '21' showed us that despite our differences, we are one family in Christ.
Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
In a nation still plagued with injustice, we remember history so we can move forward.
Welcome to the Golden Age of Global Charity
Welcome to the Golden Age of Global Charity
Thanks to innovations in accountability, poverty-fighting efforts are flourishing like never before.
The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church
The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church
A more public discussion of abortion stories can lead the way to healing.
It's Time for Busy Ladies to Give It a Rest
It's Time for Busy Ladies to Give It a Rest
How to find the downtime you never realized you had.
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
How Christians can respond to microaggressions.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
McFarland, USA
McFarland, USA
Inspirational sports film mostly hits the mark. But they’ve got the wrong villain.
The Critics' Roundup: 'The Slap' and 'Kingsman'
The Critics' Roundup: 'The Slap' and 'Kingsman'
The critics aren't in agreement about two twice-over remakes, one on TV and one at the movies.
China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration
China on the Move: The Great Gospel Migration
For separated families, Lunar New Year reunions mean more than ever.
Pagan Trash Or Provocative Treasure?
Pagan Trash Or Provocative Treasure?
The History Channel’s 'Vikings' series has stirred debate among Christians.
A Lent That's Not For Your Spiritual Improvement
A Lent That's Not For Your Spiritual Improvement
Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness weren't about getting closer to God, either.
Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?
Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?
How companies appeal to family values and female empowerment.
Porn: Women Use it Too
Porn: Women Use it Too
Getting to the root of women’s sexual addictions
When Internet Filters Are Not Enough
When Internet Filters Are Not Enough
Because ten is too young to lose your innocence
How Do I Talk to My Daughter About Sex and Masturbation?
How Do I Talk to My Daughter About Sex and Masturbation?
Having the hard conversations now can guard your daughter from years of shame.
Piety in the #Ashtag Era
Piety in the #Ashtag Era
Jesus never said, "When you give, make sure to use a hashtag to let other people know."
He Is Risen, so I Am Shriven
He Is Risen, so I Am Shriven
Recovering the meaning of Shrove Tuesday—and filling up on pancakes.
The Prophetic Voice of Leslie Knope
The Prophetic Voice of Leslie Knope
What 'Parks and Rec' teaches us about loving people and place.
Military Wife Confessions: What Happens When You Can’t Plan for Anything
Military Wife Confessions: What Happens When You Can’t Plan for Anything
The practical struggle and spiritual lessons of living an unpredictable life.
Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling
Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling
Steadfast Christian marriage doesn’t require us to give up romance.
From Her.meneutics, with Love
From Her.meneutics, with Love
Valentine’s Day dedications to some of our favorites.
In Praise of Slow Opinions
In Praise of Slow Opinions
Come on, guys.
Dancing With Cancer
Dancing With Cancer
Suffering and joy are not mutually exclusive. God can be present in both. An excerpt from Peter's book.
The Plus Size Dilemma
The Plus Size Dilemma
Models to medical professionals debate weight and size labels.
Why Politics Still Matters
Why Politics Still Matters
The temptation to withdraw is ever with us.
Not So Common Prayer—to a Not So Common God
Not So Common Prayer—to a Not So Common God
Our theology and practice of prayer are determined by our view of who God is.
The Gay Catholic Writer Who Changed My Life
The Gay Catholic Writer Who Changed My Life
Eve Tushnet taught me that living without sex doesn’t mean living without love.
Billy Graham, Evangelical Patriarch
Billy Graham, Evangelical Patriarch
Ten ways the evangelist remade the movement and reshaped American Protestantism.
Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health
Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health
In a world of impurity and disease, vulnerability pushes us to community and to Christ.
‘Fresh’ Faces: When Families Like Mine Go Primetime
‘Fresh’ Faces: When Families Like Mine Go Primetime
How TV diversity reflects the imago Dei.
Islam: Inherently Violent or Peaceful?
Islam: Inherently Violent or Peaceful?
Scholar Warren Larson has a surprising answer to this difficult question.
Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles
Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles
Holistic discipleship views women as more than the stage of life they’re in.
Jupiter Ascending
Jupiter Ascending
An overstuffed response to the more fantastical instances of the Marvel franchise.
Is Billy Graham an Evangelical?
Is Billy Graham an Evangelical?
Grant Wacker’s comprehensive portrait displays the tension between 'America’s pastor' and 'evangelicalism’s architect.'
Seventh Son
Seventh Son
Isn’t it a little early to be rebooting 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'?
God Didn’t Design Us for Busy
God Didn’t Design Us for Busy
Businesswoman Lara Casey talks about finding meaning beyond to-do lists and packed schedules.
You Don’t Have to Say ‘Yo’ Around Me
You Don’t Have to Say ‘Yo’ Around Me
How talking about racial bias helps us overcome our divisions.
When You Don't Know What God Is Up To
When You Don't Know What God Is Up To
Sometimes all you need to know that a gift is good is to know Who gave it to you.
To the Christian Men and Women Debating Yoga Pants
To the Christian Men and Women Debating Yoga Pants
Make room for the Holy Spirit.
The Long Tail: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ and ‘Rocks in My Pockets’
The Long Tail: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ and ‘Rocks in My Pockets’
Two documentaries that take an imaginative look at difficult issues: Vietnam and depression.
Why It Matters That the Exodus Really Happened
Why It Matters That the Exodus Really Happened
No less than Western law, the civil rights movement, and Christianity itself rest on the historicity of the biblical event.
How to Live a Better Life Story
How to Live a Better Life Story
The power of revising our stories in light of the gospel.
Following Jesus through Cancer: A Final Conversation with Steve Hayner
Following Jesus through Cancer: A Final Conversation with Steve Hayner
The former IVCF and Columbia Seminary president spoke with longtime friend Mark Labberton last fall.

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Your Preaching Is Not God’s Work. You Are God’s Work.
Your Preaching Is Not God’s Work. You Are God’s Work.
How inner transformation shapes outward proclamation.