Learning to Love Modern Day Lepers
As Christian doctors and development workers take on tuberculosis, trust is key to the cure.
But because of the social stigma and isolation associated with it, medical professionals are increasingly convinced that part of the solution will come from one simple source: trust born
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How Female Missionaries and Evangelists Paved the Way for #MeToo
As we look to the future of women, the past offers a map.
During a time period when women were praised for their delicate manners, petite frames, and soft-spoken dispositions, these women's fearless dedication to social justice and equity
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God's Feminist Ideals
We're created to be image bearers and justice seekers.
Christians. The Woman's Christian Temperance Union led this movement, seeking to apply biblical principles of social justice to larger society. Based
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Move Over, Sex and Drugs. Ease Is the New Vice.
Do modern amenities make it tough for us to embody God’s love?
for now. Sociologists and social commentators debate whether the trend is temporary and whether it marks a healthy or unhealthy societal shift. But it's
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The Female Martyrs’ #MeToo Message
What happened when early Christian women took a stand.
Rather than valuing that which is passing away—wealth, leisure, social prestige—these ascetics point The fight for justice, while laudable, can also at times truncate the human imago
Tampons Are a Justice Issue
While reporting in sub-Saharan Africa, I discovered the 'period problem' and why solutions are tough to come by.
may not have a universal answer and that solutions useful in our particular social context may and then walk alongside them to better understand how we can pursue justice with and for
How to Do Kids’ Discipleship in the Woods
Creation care does more than conservation. It cultivates faith formation, says A Rocha.
and are simply not benefitting from meaningful engagement with nature.” We're all familiar with how these habits can have a negative impact on kids' emotional, social, and intellectual
He Makes Everything Beautiful in Its Time—Including Tech
New inventions can harm or heal. Here’s what makes the difference, says author Douglas Estes.
Optimists such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman predict a future in which all diseases will be cured and social challenges addressed.
Babies Need Their Moms. But Moms Need Paid Leave.
“Conservatives love my family-first message, but you have to pay for that message,” says researcher.
Erica Komisar is a social worker and psychoanalyst who believes young children are faring worse than they were even 30 years ago. In her practice, “I
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I Grew Up with Black Household Help
How I’m learning to name both the injustice and goodness of my childhood in the South.
up in a different place or at a different time or with a different set of social expectations. and immigrants or as the founders of modern society with its celebration of liberty and justice for all
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Why Corruption Is an Urgent Justice Issue
While living abroad, I discovered the corrosive effects of corruption and the suffering it causes.
by corruption are most often low in income and social status; they are also the ones most in need of protection from government leaders, public safety officials, the justice system, and
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Why ‘Passing on the Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home.
faith and life. But in our social context, passing language does not pose an invitation to young people and in fact, works against this hope. Clearly, an
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Why You Can’t Name the Virtues
Our culture has abandoned a wealth of teaching on character formation. Let’s revive these lost arts.
qualities that make people excel “human virtues.” Among the virtues he identified are justice, magnanimity, courage In the context of social media, we see many ways in which the lack of
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Why Female Theologians Take Flak in the Public Square
The potential rewards of celebrity culture are many, but so are the risks.
As a historian of American evangelicalism, I knew that her call for a reestablishment of church authority in the digital age would elicit an intense social media reaction. And it did.
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The First Female Evangelists
Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well couldn’t help but share their good news.
Others of us throw a party, a feast, or hold a ticker-tape parade. Still others post good news all over social media so many can share in our joy. We may even dance a jig.
A New Guild Aims to Equip Women and Amplify Orthodoxy
An interview with Pelican Project members Karen Swallow Prior, Kristie Anyabwile, and Tish Harrison Warren.
why it matters, and we want to obliterate any false dichotomy between Christian orthodoxy and justice. Word of God—our source of comfort and hope in a troubling social and political
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Dispatches from Charlottesville: What Happens When Neo-Nazis Are Outside Your Church Doors
The protesters came with torches. We sang, “This Little Light of Mine.”
We came because we were scared, or at least confused. We didn't know where else to go. We came because we shared a call to social justice and we knew we needed each other.
Why Even Pessimists Can Embrace Hope
A social psychologist explains why fear and hope often work as a team.
As opposed to other social justice issues, like race or gender or class, saving the environment—that has an expiration date on it. It's a very discouraging field to be in.
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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself—And Bring Your Kids Along
Raising children to love like Jesus did.
I was taught about hospitality, paying attention to inequality, and knowing that there was a place for me to work toward justice. “We monitor how they use their words on social media and
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My Foster Daughter Was Separated from Her Family at the Border
Caring for someone else’s kid brought heartbreak. But it also drew me closer to God’s kingdom purposes.
A few hours later, the social worker called and explained that Julia was under federal custody The murky path toward justice (right relationship) requires us to live in the midst of tensions