Month: February 2015

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Swimming Upstream: Pop Culture Liturgies

We all have stories, and the stories we share today are passed on through pop culture, such as TV, movies, ads, and social media. These stories shape us; they don’t just reflect our culture but project and create it. This series…

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Life Together

Transitions may excite you or fill you with dread. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on, important pieces like changing jobs, making new friends, figuring out daily rhythms need to be sorted. Author and poet Sarah Wells recently went through all…

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Tuned Out and Turned Off

Does church matter anymore? Maybe you don’t like the idea of the church, or someone else’s idea of the church. But author Danny Franks will bet you a decades-old mission trip T-shirt that you’d love the church as she was intended to be….

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Church Hunting

Transitions may excite you or fill you with dread. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on, important pieces like changing jobs, making new friends, figuring out daily rhythms need to be sorted. Author and poet Sarah Wells recently went through all…

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A Radical Response to 50 Shades of Grey

The glamour presented in novels like these is a lie. There is nothing glamorous about abuse in real life. Do you have daughters? Do you have sisters? Do you have friends whom you care deeply about because they’re human beings with…

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Is Anyone Else Exhausted?

I have a big plan for this afternoon, a plan vitally important to my mental health. This afternoon…I am going to take a nap. A good, long nap.   And so help me, if the doorbell rings, if the phone…

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Life Is Strange

The Special Effects of Choice

Remember “special effects”? I mean the actual phrase. When was the last time you referred to a movie’s computer-generated imagery as “special effects”?   People don’t use that term anymore, because they’re not really all that special. Most films involve…

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Changing Directions

Transitions may excite you or fill you with dread. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on, important pieces like changing jobs, making new friends, figuring out daily rhythms need to be sorted. Author and poet Sarah Wells recently went through all…

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Throwing Rocks and Building Houses

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.” —Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms   Becoming a cynic was not on my five-year plan after I graduated…

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