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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.

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Choosing Life, When Cancer Fears Are Everywhere

June 21, 2012 8:47 AM

The World Health Organization reported last week that Diesel engine fumes may cause cancer—the latest educated guess at what kills over 7.5 million people each year. While I’ve always paid attention to findings such as this one, these days I...

The Genealogy Gospel: Why We All Want to Know Our Family Tree

May 3, 2012 9:11 AM

Regardless of their fame or fortune, no matter how many books or albums they’ve sold or level of influence they’ve achieved, never once had it occurred to me to be jealous of Reba McEntire or Rick Warren. Yet there I...

Mourning the Death of Family-Friendly TV

April 5, 2012 8:34 AM

It was an opportunity I had dreamed of my entire teenage life. I would stand on a football field, albeit with hundreds of other teenagers, and sing on national television alongside Reba McEntire. Any aspiring singer would jump at the...

‘I’m Dad, the Babysitter,’ and Other Cultural Myths

February 27, 2012 10:59 AM

For almost six months, Coach Selby and I have lived with mild tension about our sons’ music lessons. The oldest boy began violin two years ago, and while he won’t be playing Carnegie any time soon, he’s good. The twins...

Scared to Death of Death: Facing More Than Gramma’s Mortality

February 7, 2012 8:58 AM

And Gramma makes three. Almost. Over a year ago, my mother and father moved across the country to live with my husband and me. My grandmother, my mother’s mother, was supposed to come with them. But Gramma fell and broke...

A Word to Michelle Duggar's Critics: What it Means to Publicly Grieve a Miscarriage

December 15, 2011 1:00 PM

I’ll just say it: I’m inclined to criticize the Duggars. Yes, a part of me wants to respect their right to have “as many children as God gives” them. But I also have real concerns about their choices. I’m concerned...

Yes, We Can Learn Something from the Kardashian Fiasco

November 7, 2011 9:21 AM

My family and friends and I have a long-running joke about the close relationship my husband and parents share. I tell people that my parents secretly like my husband more than me. For instance, my mom calls me every time...

The Saving Grace of a Shared Meal

September 29, 2011 10:44 AM

A number of recent studies have confirmed what we’ve intuitively understood all along: Eating with others keeps us healthier, happier, and better connected to each other. Even so, shared meals — especially ones at home — have been on the...

Coming Home after Hurricane Irene

September 21, 2011 8:56 AM

For New York City, Hurricane Irene was largely a non-event, an unnecessary nuisance with unprecedented action. For me and my extended family, Hurricane Irene was a life-changing storm. Sure, there were power outages and phone lines down and flooding and...

Searching for Abba on Father's Day

June 17, 2011 9:44 AM

The year Diana Ross’s hit song "Love Child" hit the top of the pop charts, I was born to a single mother who was unable to care for me. At three weeks, I was adopted into a family who raised...

The Untold Story of Donor-Conceived Children

January 28, 2011 11:05 AM

The featured article on the new website AnonymousUs.org is about a bad breakup. A middle-aged woman discovers that her boyfriend is accused of incest. What does she do? She has herself artificially inseminated by an anonymous sperm donor, but then...

Why I Don’t Want to Be a Chinese Mother

January 17, 2011 10:27 AM

Amy Chua’s essay for The Wall Street Journal, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” sprinted across media outlets and the blogosphere, prompting responses at Motherlode, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Slate, among many others. The essay spawned an interview on the...

Blessed Are Those with Alzheimer's

January 14, 2011 10:39 AM

Americans are living longer and longer. For many individuals, this comes as good news, and yet for the larger culture, it brings social change, significant increases in health-care costs, and a higher prevalence of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. According to...

Honeymoon with Mom and Dad

January 5, 2011 3:25 PM

Seven weeks and twice as many apple pies later, life has remained surprising normal — albeit a little sweeter — since my mother and father arrived from across the country to make their final home with my husband and...

What Is the Stay-at-Home Daughters Movement?

December 20, 2010 10:50 AM

The blogosphere has been agog recently over one feminist journal’s feature-length article, “House Proud: The Troubling Rise of Stay-at-Home Daughters.” If you are like me and hadn’t heard of the stay-at-home daughters (SAHD) movement, here’s a primer. SAHD is connected...

Lynne Hybels: My Lazy Christmas Wish

December 16, 2010 10:20 AM

It’s 4 on a Thursday morning. I'm wide awake because my 4-year-old grandson, Henry — enjoying a “sleepover” with Nana while Mom and Dad are out of town — woke up at 3 with a sore throat. After a trip...

James Lee and 'Filthy Human Children'

September 3, 2010 9:57 AM

This week ended very badly for James Lee. Maybe the 43-year-old militant environmentalist expected September 1 to be his last day — a suicide mission seemed consistent with the activist’s manifesto that humans, particularly babies, are pollution and are polluting...

Simplicity: It's Complicated

August 27, 2010 10:13 AM

The New York Times recently profiled an Oregon couple who winnowed their possessions down to 100 things, giving away most of what they owned and cozying up in a 400-square-foot apartment. The article discussed new (read: more cautious) spending patterns,...

How Many Kids Should We Have?

July 19, 2010 11:25 AM

"One and Done," Lauren Sandler's Time cover story this week, offers a series of reasons why many parents in the West are choosing to have only one child. First, the economic strain: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that...

Why Dads Matter

June 25, 2010 10:50 AM

Last Sunday morning, my daughter Penny helped me make breakfast for her dad. He likes it simple: coffee, OJ, a bowl of cereal with raisins. We assembled it all on a tray, complete with the newspaper and a card: “Happy...

What a Father Remembers

June 17, 2010 12:10 PM

The other night my husband, Rafi, and I clicked through old photos on his laptop. He stopped on a picture of our son, who is now 8 years old but was 4 in the photograph. Rafi smiled at our son’s...

The Hard Realities of International Adoption

April 27, 2010 8:49 AM

A Tennessee woman's decision send her troubled 7-year-old son, Artyom Savelyev, alone on a plane back to Russia this month with a note saying he had psychopathic issues has turned the international adoption world upside down and seems to have...

Turning Child's Play into a Passion Play

April 9, 2010 11:07 AM

I’ll confess I’m not sorry to see Lent come to an end this year. Usually, I enjoy the Lenten season—although perhaps “enjoy” isn’t quite the right word. I love that the liturgical calendar has a space for penitence and discipline,...

Review: Anne Lamott's 'Imperfect Birds'

April 6, 2010 10:40 AM

Anne Lamott's seventh novel features alcoholism, drug addiction, and family dysfunction. This will not surprise Lamott's fans. Her characters — including herself in her five nonfiction books — are always "imperfect birds," and some are clearly on the endangered list....

Caught between the Easter Bunny and the Empty Grave

April 1, 2010 10:52 AM

For two weeks now, our kids have been singing, “Hosanna!” Penny, our 4-year-old, sings the whole song: “Hosanna to the King of Kings!” William, 20 months old, just repeats this new, favorite word. We went for a walk yesterday afternoon,...

'Why Don't You Just Adopt?'

March 9, 2010 10:30 AM

The detention of U.S. Baptist missionaries who tried to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January 12 earthquake shone a bright light on complex moral questions related to the country’s adoption practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that,...

Saving the Life of a Shaken Baby

February 5, 2010 8:47 AM

Justice is what love looks like in public, so says Princeton professor and pop philosopher Cornel West. When we think of justice though, we generally think of that which is found in courts or through political activism, or, failing these...

When to Leave if You Can't Cleave

February 3, 2010 9:41 AM

When is the right time to leave home? Italian government minister Renato Brunetta thinks it’s age 18, and recently suggested a new law to require it. Brunetta’s proposal is a reaction to an Italian judge's decision that Giancarlo Casagrande resume...

Saved by Spanking

January 20, 2010 9:44 AM

I was spanked. Not often, because I was a good kid. But still, I have one clear memory of getting a solid swat across my butt: I was probably 5 and had thrown a doozy of a tantrum in the...

China's Own Marriage Crisis

January 19, 2010 9:29 AM

Family planning has become a controversial phrase in China, due to the government’s One Child Policy, a vast social experiment launched in 1979 to cap population growth and speed up economic development. State media reported recently that more than 24...

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I Don't Want a Match

December 31, 2009 3:55 PM

It wasn’t until I read Cathy Lynn Grossman's USA Today blog post Tuesday that I knew there was a word for them: Yentas, the people (usually women) in your life who pry about your love life (or the absence thereof)...

Should Christians See 'Precious'?

December 4, 2009 4:00 PM

After reading Camerin Courtney’s 3½-star review of Precious for Christianity Today Movies, I knew I wanted to see the film. Well, kind of. Alongside other reviewers, Courtney made it clear that the film — about an obese, illiterate African American...

In the Loop: Matters of Life and Death

October 14, 2009 10:33 AM

The New York Times tackles pro-life issues The New York Times featured a report on pro-life street protesters explores the role of faith, particularly evangelical Christianity, as a motivation to action, and describes not just the controversy surrounding the practice...

The Persecuted Rifqa Bary?

August 13, 2009 9:15 AM

Fathima Rifqa Bary's story is quickly circulating on blogs and Christian media as proof of Islam's violent roots and the cost of following Christ. While the latter is true no matter who's doing the following, the former is disputable in...

Young Pups in Love

August 3, 2009 8:40 AM

Forty-one years ago last March, when my husband, David, and I went to get our marriage license, he had to bring a letter of permission from his parents. In California in 1968, a woman could marry without permission at age...

Breadwinning Moms and Stay-at-Home Dads

July 8, 2009 8:57 AM

While most moms were celebrating Mother's Day this spring with a family of three or four, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, resident Tiffany Kriner celebrated a graduation ceremony with thousands of college students. Kriner, 31, an English professor at Wheaton College, has...

Am I My Sister's Keeper?

June 26, 2009 9:06 AM

My Sister's Keeper, director Nick Cassavetes' (The Notebook) new weeper film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, releases today. Fans of the original 2004 Jodi Picoult novel may be expecting a cinematic exploration of the ethical ramifications of PIDG (pre-implantation...

A (Crooked) House Divided: the Gosselins Announce Their Divorce

June 22, 2009 9:07 PM

And now it's official. As many have speculated in the week since commercials first aired promoting tonight's "big announcement" that would affect the entire family, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation, and, later in the episode, their divorce. This...

The Duggars: the Anti-Gosselins

June 12, 2009 9:53 AM

Even in the wake of the media circus that surrounds the Gosselin family, another reality TV show about an unusually large family premiered last night. WeTV showed Raising Sextuplets, which follows Bryan and Jenny Masche as they navigate raising six...

Up Takes Disney Higher

June 3, 2009 11:00 AM

It's not shocking that Disney would create yet another film that features a child without a mommy and daddy, but Pixar's 10th feature film, Up, still manages to play on strong themes of marriage and fatherhood. Released last Friday, it...

Jon and Kate Plus a Lot of Bitterness

May 28, 2009 9:53 AM

I admit that for a while I was hooked on certain reality TV shows, but I've pulled the plug on several as of late, keeping my viewing list a lot shorter. (However, I've kept Deadliest Catch on the list...

The Upside of Never-Empty Nests

May 12, 2009 8:45 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting the hard news that our unemployment rate is just under 9 percent. If you think that's bad, take note of Spain, a country experiencing a 17 percent unemployment rate that's rising. But...

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