Preventing Childhood Abduction

The recent rescue of three young girls who were kidnapped, raped and imprisoned for nearly a decade by Ariel Castro has shocked the nation and left parents fearful for their own children’s safety. You, like many other parents who are following this horrific story, may feel helpless, fearing that there is nothing that you can […]

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Gender Roles

While in our modern context, we might not immediately recognize Jesus’ attitude towards women as particularly radical or liberating—that is indeed what it was to women trapped in a highly patriarchal system with few legal rights and subjugated to male authority. By giving women places of honor in his life, ministry and legacy, Jesus began […]

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Socially Minded Christianity

For the growing number of evangelical Christians who are disillusioned by the culture-war rhetoric of the Christian Right, the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good (NEP) is reframing the evangelical response to social justice issues. A faith-based nonprofit, the NEP serves as a rallying point for what they dub “the New Evangelicals,” Christians who […]

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Saint Patrick: The slave who set his captors free

This month, we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. But do you know who Saint Patrick is and why we devote an entire day to his honor and remembrance? Taken captive Patrick was only 16 years old when he was captured from his family’s estate in Scotland and taken to Ireland. It was the fourth century and […]

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Say What!? Bloggers that Question the Status Quo

Blogs are a great way to engage in vibrant dialog about hot-button issues with Christians who have different points of view than your own. Below we have highlighted several popular blogs written by evangelically minded Christians who are exploring the intersection of faith and contemporary culture and even questioning some evangelical assumptions. While you probably […]

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When Love and Culture Collide

Romantic accents, fanciful customs and exotic trips make cross-cultural relationships particularly exciting, but when novelty fades into reality, ambiguous cultural nuances and unspoken taboos become like relationship landmines. Distinctly different backgrounds and native languages often lead to misunderstandings and misaligned expectations. Despite these very significant challenges, cross-cultural relationships can be uniquely fulfilling and satisfying. When […]

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The Zombie Bible

The Zombie Bible is an intriguing fictional series that retells ancient religious stories. Masterful storyteller Stant Litore convincingly weaves together history, culture, religion—and zombies—into mesmerizing horror stories that are nearly impossible to put down. Readers beware! These stories may make you begin to wonder if the undead actually do lurk in the pages of the […]

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An Impossible Choice

Only a few years ago, the 50 percent HIV/AIDS infection rate on Mfangano Island, one of Kenya’s poorest communities, was among the highest in the world. A culture of prostitution and sexual promiscuity facilitated the rapid spread of HIV which ultimately decimated an entire generation. Like so many of his generation, a man by the […]

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Old & New: A Project of Biblical Proportions

Contemporary Christian art has a way of “prettying up” disturbing Bible stories so that you can hang them inoffensively, even attractively, above your mantle or in your nursery. Jim LePage and Troy DeShano have quite a different vision for biblical art. They are the co-creators of “Old & New,” a collaborative art project that aims […]

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Guide to Imperfect Parenting

Parenting, for me, is complicated by two races, two cultures, one step kid, two adopted foster kids, two birth kids…and a partridge in a pear tree. Modern blended and mixed families like mine know that all too often conventional parenting wisdom just doesn’t apply to our complicated real-world situations. Honestly, I’ve found that that most “Parenting […]

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