July (Web-only) 2016

Your Church's Story Doesn't Need a Happy Ending
The Calling | 40 min
Your Church's Story Doesn't Need a Happy Ending
How making documentaries helped Brent Gudgel embrace irresolution.
The Real Theological Issue Between Christians and Muslims
The Real Theological Issue Between Christians and Muslims
It's not about a different God, it's about a different Jesus.
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ordinary Time
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ordinary Time
Film will always have an escapist quality to it, but it can also emphasize the beauty and transcendence of the everyday.
Helping Parents Become Learning Heroes
Helping Parents Become Learning Heroes
Interview with David Park
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Is There a Better Way to Fight 'Political Correctness'?
Is There a Better Way to Fight 'Political Correctness'?
When language is a tool for coercion, nobody wins.
The Real Cost (and Power) of Seeking Justice
The Real Cost (and Power) of Seeking Justice
The murder of Willie Kimani can rally the global Body of Christ for an end to impunity.
Q+A: Why Letting the Dishes Go Can Save Your Soul
Q+A: Why Letting the Dishes Go Can Save Your Soul
In her latest book, Shauna Niequist trades “competition, comparison, and exhaustion for meaning, connection, and unconditional love."
Equity
Equity
A quiet and compelling film about the ethical murkwood of high finance.
The Deep Roots of Our Hillary Hostility
The Deep Roots of Our Hillary Hostility
A Clinton biographer and #NeverTrump third-party voter on why evangelicals are #NotWithHer.
What Depression Taught Me about My Legacy
The Calling | 43 min
What Depression Taught Me about My Legacy
Steve Addison on why unfilled dreams don't have to hinder your ministry.
How 'Stranger Things' Re-Enchants the World
How 'Stranger Things' Re-Enchants the World
The Netflix show, along with 'Midnight Special,' Frank Peretti's novels, and even Pokemon Go are trying to fill a void.
After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?
After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?
I equip my daughters to protect themselves and their bodies in ways I didn’t learn to.
What the Magic Kingdom Reminds Us About the Eternal Kingdom
What the Magic Kingdom Reminds Us About the Eternal Kingdom
The happiest place isn't on earth...yet.
Jerry B. Jenkins: The Tim LaHaye I Knew
Jerry B. Jenkins: The Tim LaHaye I Knew
I saw the softer side of a man famous for strong opinions.
Too Many Transitions Can Traumatize Our Kids
Too Many Transitions Can Traumatize Our Kids
I know from experience what happens when children face moving, divorce, or other stressful life change—and how we can help them.
The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On
The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On
After interviewing 120 women, I saw glimmers of a truce in the Mommy Wars.
Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Inky Sleeves
Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Inky Sleeves
Jesus was a counter-cultural rebel, yo!
My Encounter with Ken Ham's Giant Ark
My Encounter with Ken Ham's Giant Ark
A four-hour visit to the massive replica of Noah's boat left me with a flood of questions.
Obsessed with Pokémon Go? Don't Be Ashamed
Obsessed with Pokémon Go? Don't Be Ashamed
Game Church editor-in-chief Drew Dixon on the goodness of play and why the timing of the hit game’s release is no coincidence.
Why Neither Candidate Has Hispanic Christians Convinced This Election
Why Neither Candidate Has Hispanic Christians Convinced This Election
Leading evangelical explains how both Trump and Clinton fall short.
The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness
The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness
God sees me and my pain even when others cannot.
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond
Time to boldly go where 'Star Trek' has definitely gone before.
Don't Think Twice
Don't Think Twice
What happens when your friends get famous, and you don't?
Katelyn Beaty: Despite the Cost, I'm Proud to Be an 'Intimidating' Woman
The Calling | 51 min
Katelyn Beaty: Despite the Cost, I'm Proud to Be an 'Intimidating' Woman
I hope the church can be proud of me, too.
Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?
Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?
How technology-driven "hyperreality" hijacks our attention and makes us numb to real-life dangers.
The Youth Sports Myth: You Owe It to Your Child
The Youth Sports Myth: You Owe It to Your Child
Hundreds of dollars, hours of intense practice. Is it worth the cost?
Whom Should We Blame for the Violence?
Whom Should We Blame for the Violence?
Maybe someone we hadn't even considered.
God Will Give You the Words, So Don't Steal These
God Will Give You the Words, So Don't Steal These
Plagiarism offends the original author and the Author of all.
10 Books Worth Reading This Summer
10 Books Worth Reading This Summer
Our July book list: Her.meneutics writers recommend their favorites.
How to Survive the Sermon When Your Pastor Goes Off-Script
How to Survive the Sermon When Your Pastor Goes Off-Script
Brace yourself. Improv is coming.
The Sacred Ritual of Church Suppers and Snacks
The Sacred Ritual of Church Suppers and Snacks
By honoring the gift of food, we honor the body of Christ.
The Awkward Feast of My 'Ideal' Church
The Awkward Feast of My 'Ideal' Church
Community life—and community eating—is laborious and glorious.
The Church Usher's Vital Priestly Role
The Church Usher's Vital Priestly Role
How the keepers of God's house show us his welcome.
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
I ain't afraid of no ghosts.
Christians Don't Want to Stop Serving Their LGBT Neighbors
Christians Don't Want to Stop Serving Their LGBT Neighbors
A balanced take on the gay rights-religious freedom debate requires an understanding of complicity.
The Other Christian Nation
The Other Christian Nation
A cozy relationship between church and state has lasting implications.
Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma
Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma
As a doula and a mother, I know from experience that labor requires intense suffering.
It's Never Too Soon to Talk about Race in Your Church
The Calling | 47 min
It's Never Too Soon to Talk about Race in Your Church
Reformed African American Network founder Jemar Tisby on the burden of racial justice.
Remembering Bill Cunningham, a Fashion Hero for the Rest of Us
Remembering Bill Cunningham, a Fashion Hero for the Rest of Us
The iconic photographer helped me see the human side of style.
The Church at Its Racial Turning Point
The Church at Its Racial Turning Point
Five ways forward after the recent tragic events.
How to Date When You’re Almost Middle-Aged
How to Date When You’re Almost Middle-Aged
As I close in on 40, I’m learning how to live without marriage (even as I desire it).
The Burden and Promise of Racial Reconciliation
The Burden and Promise of Racial Reconciliation
After Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, can we transcend optimism or despair?
What Do You Preach After a Week Like This?
What Do You Preach After a Week Like This?
Reactions from 10 pastors close to the recent shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights.
The (Outrageous, Excessive) Body of Christ
The (Outrageous, Excessive) Body of Christ
It's everywhere—even in a chance encounter with a crumb of communion bread.
Quit Calling Them 'Chick Flicks'
Quit Calling Them 'Chick Flicks'
With the female-fronted 'Ghostbusters,' it's time to celebrate women in movies.
Depression or Spiritual Warfare: What if It’s Both?
Depression or Spiritual Warfare: What if It’s Both?
Psychologist Eric Johnson on how Christians should make sense of mental illness and demonic possession.
How Missing the Rapture Turned Me into a Pastor
The Calling | 47 min
How Missing the Rapture Turned Me into a Pastor
Capitol Hill church planter Dan Claire on why getting 'left behind' was just the call he needed.
The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets
A pleasant enough re-tread of every animated movie featuring talking animals that you've ever seen.
We Believe in Miracles—Just Not on Film
We Believe in Miracles—Just Not on Film
Movies old and new have wrestled with how to depict the supernatural.
Bible Study Meets Crafting: The Bible Journaling Craze
Bible Study Meets Crafting: The Bible Journaling Craze
What this artsy trend among Christian women shows us about offline spirituality.
Does This New Bill Threaten California Christian Colleges' Religious Freedom?
Does This New Bill Threaten California Christian Colleges' Religious Freedom?
An expert in religious liberty law explains the Golden State's controversial SB 1146.
Quick to Listen's Precious Moments Holiday Extravaganza!
Quick to Listen's Precious Moments Holiday Extravaganza!
Morgan and Katelyn are joined by The Calling's Richard Clark to talk about what's making them happy over the long weekend.
Come Out of Your Gender-Role Foxholes
Come Out of Your Gender-Role Foxholes
How men and women can have better conversations about leadership, love, and life together.
Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Siskel and Ebert
Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Siskel and Ebert
"Great sermon, pastor!"
We Need the Light of Learning
We Need the Light of Learning
If we are to shine for Christ in this world, we want to think deeply and reason well.
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Beware of Payday Loan Wolves
Beware of Payday Loan Wolves
How these unjust lending practices rob the poor.
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Summer Fun = Family Learning
Summer Fun = Family Learning
How one of our favorite times of the year can also be educational.
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Top Story October 28, 2020

Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers
Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers
Together, we discover Deuteronomy's Good News.