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That Time I Chose a Church My Friends Wouldn’t Approve Of

[Today’s guest post is from Jeanette Hanscome, who writes of the powerful blessings God delivers when women and men engage in the pastoral work God has prepared for them.] I sat in church getting so much out of the sermon … Continue reading

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Naming Injustice and Oppression in Pursuit of God’s Justice and Mercy

[In today’s guest post, Lindsay Bruehl shares her open letter of gratitude to her church, a place where she stepped out of bondage to the injustice of judgmental legalism, finding freedom to grow in God alongside God’s people.] The other … Continue reading

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Men Advance the Kingdom of God While Women Retreat?

I’m not sure when or where I first saw this but it was about fifteen years ago: Real Men Don’t Retreat. Real Men Advance! Looking closer, I saw it had to do with a men’s outing. That church was organizing … Continue reading

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Men are Not Lords over Women – overcoming the unbiblical savior complex

A recent commenter on this blog relied on this passage for the lordship of husbands over wives: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as … Continue reading

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A Short Dialog on Drinking Coffee and Fixing Other People’s Sins

[A somewhat fictional conversation in a supermarket parking lot.] “Hello.” “Hi … do we know each other?” “I’ve seen you around church and heard that the way you live is sinful and I thought you’d like me to tell you … Continue reading

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Coming Alongside Pregnant Teenagers Isn’t Rocket Science

“A small Christian school in western Maryland is not backing down from its decision to ban a pregnant senior from walking at graduation next week” (Washington Post, Christian school: Teen banned from graduation ‘not because she is pregnant but because she … Continue reading

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The Sunday We Got Beat by Daylight Savings Time

We’d woken up feeling great. The morning sun shined through the window onto the breakfast table and as we ate we agreed that this was a Sunday that couldn’t be beat: we were up early, we were rested, and we … Continue reading

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Getting Kicked Out Of Church Is Not An Option

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s … Continue reading

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God Doesn’t Demand 100% Agreement From You

An Oregon church’s worship ministry guidelines took a lot of heat recently for including a position that being overweight could be a disqualification from playing and singing in the band. When the outcry against the superficiality of that rule grew loud enough the … Continue reading

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Aunt Tiz and the Lessons about Jesus

[I am pleased to host Jennifer Tidwell (whom you may know on Twitter as Dust Bunny Hostage). Today Jennifer tells the story of her Aunt Tiz, who gave Jennifer a fresh look at what it looks like to grow in … Continue reading

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