Free Newsletters

What Is Her.meneutics?

The Christianity Today women’s blog provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.

Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

books we’re reading

All posts from “crime”

Voice of the Victims: Sex Abuse Survivors and the Church

April 30, 2012 8:22 AM

The news rumbled like an earthquake through evangelical circles. Tom White, the 64-year-old director of religious-persecution group Voice of The Martyrs (V.O.M.), had committed suicide after allegations that he’d molested a 10-year-old girl. For those of us who have no...

Exotic Animals and Kingdom Ethics

October 21, 2011 3:06 PM

In the tight-laced society of 18th and 19th-century England, bull baiting, bear baiting, and cock fighting were popular forms of entertainment. Thanks to the efforts of William Wilberforce and other evangelical Christians (who were hard at work abolishing slavery at...

When Child Discipline Becomes Abuse

October 17, 2011 2:09 PM

A Washington couple was recently charged with the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Hana, whom they disciplined by withholding food and shutting out of the house; she died of hypothermia and showed evidence of malnutrition. Last year, 7-year-old Lydia Schatz...

Inside the Heart of an Animal Hoarder

September 7, 2011 8:20 AM

Cruelty, like love, takes many forms. Perhaps the most sinister form of cruelty comes in the guise of love. One need not look far within the human family to find this kind of brokenness. But such brokenness extends to the...

Rethinking the Death Penalty

April 12, 2011 12:04 PM

In March, the state of Illinois became the sixteenth state to abolish the death penalty. In his remarks after signing the bill, Governor Pat Quinn didn’t debate the morality of executing murderers. He didn’t discuss whether or not the death...

Ohio Mom Gets Jailtime for Better Education

February 9, 2011 11:52 AM

What do Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and an African American single mother in Ohio have in common? Both faced gut-wrenching realities that sometimes cause law-abiding individuals to blur the lines between what’s legal and what seems morally permissible. The shades...

Christians Launch Anti-Slavery Efforts for Super Bowl XLV

January 25, 2011 11:59 AM

Cowboys stadium. Troy Polamalu. Black Eyed Peas. Ben Roethlisberger. Sex trafficking of minors. Christina Aguilera. Doritos’ controversy-tinged “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. Those irritating Go Daddy commercials. Which of these things is not like the others? Believe it or not,...

Social Media Addict Seeks Connection, Escape

November 17, 2010 10:50 AM

I’ve always been a little suspicious of Facebook’s Farmville app, but I never thought it would become an accessory to murder. The online game, which allows players to plow, plant, and grow virtual crops, seems to turn otherwise sane people...

Domestic Abuse: Coming to a Church Near You

October 11, 2010 11:40 AM

“How long am I to remain in this relationship?” This is the haunting question 65-year-old Glenda Crosley asks in the documentary Sin by Silence, about the abusive husband she killed in 1986. She has been in prison for as long...

Police Arrest Woman Praying at Western Wall

January 7, 2010 11:24 AM

Last November, Israeli authorities arrested medical student and Women of the Wall (WOW) member Nofrat Frenkel for wearing a prayer shawl and holding a Torah at the Western Wall (Kotel), Judaism's most holy site. The first time a female worshiper...

N.C. Court Upholds Sex Offenders' Right to Worship

January 6, 2010 12:04 PM

For evangelicals who uphold both the boundlessness of redemption and the care and protection of “little ones” (Matt. 19:14), having sex offenders in church makes it hard to apply both beliefs at the same time. In mid-December a Superior Court...

Teaching an Old Dogfighter New Tricks

August 19, 2009 8:53 AM

I was home in Philadelphia last Thursday when the news broke that my beloved Eagles had signed Michael Vick to a two-year contract. This came just four months after his release from prison on charges related to dogfighting. Local...

Corrupt Clergy and Forgiveness

July 28, 2009 8:51 AM

In New Jersey this week, the news is corruption. Forty-four people, including three mayors, a state assemblyman, and five rabbis, have been arrested on various charges, including bribery and organ brokering. Shocking, even for New Jersey, many say. Ho hum,...


see more