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Thoughts on "Girl at the End of the World"

In Girl at the End of the World, my friend Elizabeth Esther’s gutsy memoir, we hear the story of her escape from the fundamentalist cult of her childhood, and her ongoing process of healing from spiritual abuse. Despite the many heartbreaking scenes, some of which haunt me, I finished the book with a great sense of…
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Affirming the Humanity in the Midst of the World Vision Backlash

Update: On Wednesday, after I wrote this, World Vision reversed their decision. I am angry and confused – as I’m sure many of you are – but I still firmly believe in affirming the humanity.  When I read on Monday that the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision would no longer discriminate against employees in monogamous,…
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Affirming the Humanity in the Midst of the World Vision Backlash

Update: On Wednesday, after I wrote this, World Vision reversed their decision. I am angry and confused – as I’m sure many of you are – but I still firmly believe in affirming the humanity.  When I read on Monday that the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision would no longer discriminate against employees in monogamous,…
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On Clumsy Motherhood & Angels in Coffee Shops

You clamor in to the coffee shop, carrying your six-week-old baby in her infant car seat. It’s heavy, and you lose your balance as you struggle to open the door with your one free hand. Two men in suits look up from their table and watch. You’ll later learn not to carry your baby around…
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The Forbidden Fruit of Prayer: From Grape Juice to Red Wine Part IV

For this week’s “From Grape Juice to Red Wine” I bring you a piece by my new friend Amy Mitchell. Amy and I got to know each other at Faith & Culture Writers Conference earlier this month, and as soon as she opened her mouth, I knew I had an ally. I love how calm…
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The Forbidden Fruit of Prayer: From Grape Juice to Red Wine Part IV

For this week’s “From Grape Juice to Red Wine” I bring you a piece by my new friend Amy Mitchell. Amy and I got to know each other at Faith & Culture Writers Conference earlier this month, and as soon as she opened her mouth, I knew I had an ally. I love how calm…
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Keep Being Brave

If Sarah Bessey grips your hand and tells you to keep being brave, you better listen. I spent last weekend at Faith & Culture Writers Conference, filling my creative tank and a brand new notebook with writerly ideas and inspiration. Some of my favorite writers and bloggers turned up to speak for the occasion, their…
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"I No Longer Believe out of Fear": From Grape Juice To Red Wine Part III

  Today, I’m happy to bring you a post by Kelly Cone of Our Cone Zone. Her family converted to The Orthodox Church after bouncing around in various evangelical circles for years. I find her thoughts fascinating and her story powerful. Enjoy! 1. Before Orthodox, what was your religious background? Both my husband Jesse and…
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"I No Longer Believe out of Fear": From Grape Juice To Red Wine Part III

  Today, I’m happy to bring you a post by Kelly Cone of Our Cone Zone. Her family converted to The Orthodox Church after bouncing around in various evangelical circles for years. I find her thoughts fascinating and her story powerful. Enjoy! 1. Before Orthodox, what was your religious background? Both my husband Jesse and…
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When I Hated People in God's Name

The neon orange sign said “HOMOSEXUALS GO TO HELL: REVELATION 21:8.” A young man held it, alone, on the corner of a busy intersection near my community college. “HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION TO GOD” read another sign taped to his parked truck. I was 18. I thought I was taking a stand for God. He…
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