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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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Why Friends Disappear When You Reach Midlife

August 21, 2012 9:03 AM

I thought we were friends. At midlife I learned that I might have overstated some of these relationships a tad. It seemed that my BFFs had really been church and parenting co-workers. Inspirational speaker Barbara Bartocci parsed the difference,...

We've Been Duped By Freud on Cross-Gender Friendship: A Response

April 24, 2012 10:46 AM

Last week Her.meneutics writer Sharon Hodde Miller critiqued aspects of evangelical author Dan Brennan’s take on friendship between men and women, noting that his approach failed to grapple with the reality of sin. Below is Brennan’s response. —The Editors A...

Cross-Gender Friendships: What’s Appropriate for Married People?

April 18, 2012 8:39 AM

Before I got married I was single for 28 years, and I learned a lot during that time. One lesson? That it can be horribly lonely as a single person in the church, especially given the popular teachings about marital...

We're Just Friends. No, Really

October 24, 2011 11:19 AM

I was sitting at my friend Andrew’s dining table in the mid afternoon. I had stopped by to pick up a book I needed for a writing project and decided to stay and work with him a while. It was...

The Female Friendship Crisis

August 2, 2011 11:15 AM

Women drive me nuts. Some years ago, following an act of civil disobedience, I spent several days in a makeshift jail with hundreds of women protesters. Before long, a couple of them approached me where I lay on a hard...

Being Loved through Breast Cancer

July 27, 2011 9:55 AM

I met Kristin during my first shift in an urban E.R. in Portland 3 years ago. I was working in Fast Track as a physician assistant, and she was the assigned nurse for the day. She was strong and outspoken...

The Friendless, Voiceless Disney Princess

August 6, 2010 8:45 AM

Take a moment to think of the last movie you saw. Did it have: (1)   Two women with names (2)   who had a conversation (3)   about something other than a man? If so, it passes the three-point Bechdel Test, named...

Mixed-Gender Housing, and Mixed-Gender Friendship

March 25, 2010 11:06 AM

Should men and women room together at college? Last week the Los Angeles Times reported that close to 50 campuses across the U.S. permit those of the opposite sex to room together in what's being called "gender-neutral housing." According to...

A Black Maid's Expose

March 10, 2010 8:06 AM

It took me several weeks to finally retrieve The Help from the library's waiting list, but I was determined to find out what the fuss was about. Kathryn Stockett's first novel has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list...

Disney Croaks with Newest Princess Film

January 12, 2010 10:06 AM

When CT editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey e-mailed Her.meneutics bloggers to ask if anyone would be interested in reviewing The Princess and the Frog, Disney's newest princess film and the first to feature an African American lead, I wrote back right...

The Friendship Boost

June 18, 2009 4:23 PM

"What Makes Us Happy?" It's an eternal mystery, and the title of a fascinating article by Joshua Wolf Shenk in the June Atlantic. Shenk was given access to archives of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which has been...


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