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

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Primetime Pregnancy: Why We Need Birthing Films

September 19, 2012 10:04 AM

Candice, a regular Her.meneutics reader, wrote to me recently in response to this post, asking what I thought about women sharing their photos and videos of giving birth. Another Christian website had called this practice “immodest”; Candice, who is...

Lusting After Asparagus?: Our Culture's Food Porn Problem

August 13, 2012 10:57 AM

The Old Testament book Song of Songs is pretty racy. And not infrequently, its sexual imagery is expressed through food metaphors: As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men....

The Religion of The Bachelorette and Reality TV: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

July 23, 2012 8:40 AM

Bachelorette Emily Maynard chose her man in last night’s finale of the popular reality television show. Millions of viewers wanting a beautiful love story watched the season in which 25 eligible men wined, dined, and romanced Maynard who, interestingly,...

Laughing at the Sexual Abuse of Boys?

June 15, 2012 8:43 AM

In recent days, I have twice seen a television trailer for That’s My Boy, a new movie featuring the dubious pairing of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, both of Saturday Night Live fame. Embedded in the storyline is the premise...

Cashing In on Breast Cancer: A Review of 'Pink Ribbons, Inc.'

June 1, 2012 8:24 AM

Last month, walking down a busy city street, I saw a woman wearing a black shirt with shiny pink cursive on it. I assumed it was a breast cancer awareness shirt, and indeed it was. But after making that assumption,...

Born This Way? The Moral Universe of 'Glee'

May 23, 2012 8:26 AM

Growing up, our weekly family movie nights always starred the same nimble-footed, velvety-voiced stars — Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney — and the musical genre danced its way straight into my heart. So it’s no...

Time’s Breast-Feeding Cover Adds Fuel to the Mommy Wars

May 15, 2012 8:46 AM

When I saw the cover of the May 21 issue of Time, my instant reaction was “Eeew. That's just not right.” An odd reaction, for someone who has gone on the record in support of so-called “extended” nursing. To parse...

Porn, Raquel Welch, and the Power of Our Sexual Imagination

April 17, 2012 8:49 AM

In a recent interview with Men’s Health, aging actress Raquel Welch criticized Internet porn for ruining men: “Do they know how to negotiate something that isn’t pre-fab and injected directly into their brain?” she asked. “Nobody remembers what it’s like...

Why We Can All Opt Out of the 'War on Women'

April 13, 2012 10:30 AM

“She’s never worked a day in her life.” “At least I don’t just drop my kids off at daycare.” “She’s one of those annoying Attachment Parenting moms.” “She’s one of those annoying Babywise moms.” “No kids? And that’s on purpose?”...

Ryan Gosling, Romance Novels, and the Dangers of Fantasizing

April 5, 2012 2:54 PM

It’s 5 o’clock and you’re stuck in traffic with hungry kids in the backseat, and no dinner waiting for you once you get home. Hey girl. It’s cool that you made a three-course meal for the mom in your co-op...

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...

Mike Daisey, Apple, and Our Culture’s Crisis in Truth-Telling

March 28, 2012 8:24 AM

Last week the popular NPR show This American Life did something completely unprecedented in the history of the program. It retracted an entire episode. This decision has garnered media attention for two reasons. First, This American Life (TAL) is a...

Hungry for the Hunger Games: Why We Need Dystopian Tales

March 22, 2012 8:31 AM

This weekend, Americans will finally find out whether the newest young-adult-book-turned-movie lives up to the fanfare. Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy attained vast popularity before the movie, and the addition of young, sexy Hollywood has only increased the mania. Without...

Confessions of a Male Feminist

March 19, 2012 8:54 AM

I have failed most all the women in my life. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those essays. By most of the world’s accounting, I’ve treated women well. I’ve been a loyal friend and fiercely devoted husband to one woman...

The Best Naked Pregnant Woman on a Magazine Cover

March 15, 2012 8:45 AM

I know it’s been done before. Sure, I get that it’s designed to shock and awe. And indeed, I realize it may cause some to stumble and plenty others to stand in judgment. But I must say: although I usually...

The 99 Problems with Jay-Z’s Use of “B----”

January 31, 2012 8:43 AM

When Jay-Z and wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, into the world on January 7, Jay-Z joined the ranks of hip-hop dads that include T.I. and Fat Joe. Just two days after Blue Ivy’s arrival, the...

'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus’: To Adore or Abhor?

January 16, 2012 9:19 AM

I’m guessing at least 15 of your friends have posted Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus,” and maybe yet another 15 of your friends posted response pieces. Don’t worry: the phrase ‘false dichotomy’ will not appear anywhere...

'Miss Representation': How the Media Harms Both Women and Men

January 13, 2012 10:05 AM

It’s generally accepted (though not always acknowledged) that women are poorly portrayed in media. Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is particularly aware of this; when she first started pursuing an acting career at 28, an agent told her to lie about...

An Open Letter to DC Comics

October 13, 2011 8:59 AM

Dear DC Comics, Since you are my favorite comic book publisher, I am so excited that your risky decision to reboot 52 of your comic book titles seems to be paying off. I haven’t been in a comic-book store in...

Real, Authentic Authenticity

September 22, 2011 11:10 AM

The top-read Her.meneutics post of all time was Karen Swallow Prior’s “Doing Authentic Ministry with My Smokin’ Hot Bride,” published this July. To avoid misleading any church planters who might read the piece in earnest, the subtitle helpfully clarified that...

Are Evangelical Women Primarily Interested in Parenthood?

September 9, 2011 10:48 AM

Rachel Held Evans is soon to complete her “year of Biblical womanhood,” which has included stunts like sleeping outside in a tent during her period and following her “Biblical Woman’s Ten Commandments,” which include “thou shalt submit to thy husband’s...

Photoshop, Patriarchy, and Protection of the Vulnerable

August 3, 2011 9:24 AM

“That’s not real, right?” As a friend and I walked through downtown Manhattan, a bus wrapped in an ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model — who was at once alarmingly taut and seductively squishy in all the right places —...

Beyonce Is Wrong: Girls Don't Run the World

June 28, 2011 8:57 AM

According to the first single from Beyonce’s highly anticipated album 4, girls indeed run the world. Thanks to her musical contribution to First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" campaign, her recent Billboard Millennium Award, and surprise farewell performance to honor...

Sex Sells - So Does Virginity

April 27, 2011 8:56 AM

In February I reviewed Peggy Orenstein's new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. The book takes a hard look at the culture that imposes itself on our nation’s daughters, and challenges...

Navigating the Sea of Electronic Media

April 8, 2011 9:14 AM

The New York Times last week told the story of eighth grader Margarite, who “sexted” (sent a naked photo of herself via cell phone) her boyfriend. When he and Margarite broke up, the boyfriend forwarded the message to another girl—a...

The Charlie Sheen Has Worn Off

March 11, 2011 11:15 AM

For the past few months, Charlie Sheen has given our distraction-hungry culture a particularly delectable snack. “Hey look over here!” he grins. His grandiose, self-delusional bragging, his unapologetic hedonism, and his remarkable ability — whether it’s a result of mental...

The Social Network's Women Problem

February 25, 2011 10:25 AM

The Social Network is a Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and one of the most acclaimed films of 2010. The story of how Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook is a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar this Sunday night, and...

Christian Dating Do-Over

February 18, 2011 10:14 AM

I work with Christian college students who are in the throes of dating or of wanting to be dating. Nearly every week during the school year, I am asked questions (mostly by ladies) about the ins-and-outs of the dating process....

Facebook Envy on Valentine's Day

February 14, 2011 11:35 AM

It’s Valentine’s Day: the day of flowers, candy, and candlelit dinners, that is, for those fortunate enough to be part of a happy couple. For others, Valentine’s Day can bring on a few twinges — of loneliness, pain, envy, resentment,...

What Are Wedding Vows For, Anyway?

January 31, 2011 4:45 PM

The “Vows” section of The New York Times typically features romantic, heartfelt, and sweet wedding stories. At first glance, the story of Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla appears to fit the bill: beautiful bride, handsome groom, lots of...

Carla Barnhill, America's Next Advice Columnist?

January 31, 2011 11:25 AM

Two months ago, Carla Barnhill was just a multitasking mom from Minnesota who did freelance writing and editing on the side. After working at several Christianity Today sister publications in suburban Chicago — editing Campus Life for several years before...

'Skins' Prompts Call for Child Porn Investigation

January 21, 2011 5:25 PM

Do you know what your teenagers are watching? If it’s 10 on a Monday night, you might want to check that it’s not what the Parents Television Council (PTC) has called “the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted...

Why I Don't Keep a Mommy Blog

January 21, 2011 9:19 AM

Both my husband’s grandma and mine were short women named Charlotte who played piano and sang. They lived and died on opposite coasts, mine in New York, his in California. His was plump, old-fashioned, devout, taught toddler Sunday school, and...

Miss America and the Bikini Question

January 20, 2011 10:30 AM

To one-piece or two-piece? That was the question for many Miss America hopefuls in 1997, when, for the first time in 50 years, the pageant allowed two-piece swimsuits. Pageant organizers say the swimsuit part of the competition, dubbed the...

Another Assault on Little Girls

January 3, 2011 11:38 AM

The most recent issue of Vogue Paris (or should I say l'issue de janvier/février?) struck a nerve when it hit newsstands, upsetting the very readers who count on the magazine to be provocative. They’re guaranteed it. Vogue Paris’s editor in...

Virtual Flirting Comes to Christian Colleges

December 8, 2010 9:14 AM

A few weeks ago, a student at Cedarville University tipped me off to the latest craze to hit college campuses: LikeaLittle.com. She only half-jokingly ended her e-mail to me with the warning to “creep with care.” LikeaLittle is a new...

'Hallelujah' Comes to the Food Court

December 3, 2010 11:00 AM

Bored mall shoppers eat in a food court that could be anywhere in North America. Innocuous holiday music plays in the background. Suddenly, a woman poking at her fast-food tray, cell phone held to her ear, stands up and begins...

Wired Magazine's Women Problem

November 30, 2010 11:06 AM

Perhaps you’ve seen some of the controversy around the December cover of Wired magazine. The cover is a close-up image of a pair of Caucasian breasts, referencing the cover story about a new bio-technology that allows women to grow more...

The Unfunny Side of Modern Feminism

October 1, 2010 9:34 AM

Is feminism funny or humorless? That was the question asked and evaluated at a Slate event I attended in New York City two weeks ago called Double X Presents: The Smoking Bra: Women and Comedy. I thought the question was...

An Argument against 'Settling Down'

September 14, 2010 9:59 AM

“What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Robin Marantz Henig asked recently in The New York Times Magazine. Young American adults are taking longer than previous generations to grow up. They are faced with more possibilities, and their idealism runs rampant. Therefore,...

ChristWire and Good Satire

September 9, 2010 10:51 AM

I first learned of the website ChristWire from a Facebook friend who linked to a much-read post that lists questions for wives to answer if they think their husbands might be gay. My friend asked whether anyone knew if the...

Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

August 20, 2010 9:15 AM

Thanks to all our regular readers and stumble-upon visitors for continuing to make Her.meneutics a lively, exciting blog to be a part of! The editors here especially want to acknowledge some new bloggers who have covered topics that matter and...

Celebrate National B-----Feeding Month

August 10, 2010 9:00 AM

World Breastfeeding Week has just ended, we are in the middle of National Breastfeeding Month, and I feel like I've been boob-deep in lactivist reading. Oops — did my use of the word boob bother you? If so, then you...

Seeking a Spouse? Lighten Up

August 2, 2010 4:22 PM

If a recent New York Times piece is to be believed, the latest trend in dating is a spin on the calling card, delivered to attractive strangers, with instructions on where to find the bearer online. Religious communities have often...

The Glamorous Life of the Pregnant Teenager

July 30, 2010 10:27 AM

When fast-fashion chain Forever 21 announced this month that they were rolling out a maternity line in five states — three of which have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country — they were accused of what has become...

Multitasking: Bad for the Soul

July 16, 2010 10:00 AM

My husband and I had been married for eight years when I gave birth to our first child. Two years later, his brother was born. Eighteen months later, their sister. And less than two years after that, we started the...

Q+A: Selling Girls on Craigslist

June 22, 2010 9:39 AM

On Saturday night I attended a dinner party in Laguna. A guest seated next to me pulled out a snazzy looking camera, and raved about how he got it for a steal on Craigslist. In the car, I asked my...

Glee: Stereotype Me!

June 21, 2010 3:26 PM

 When Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that the popular TV show would add a female Christian character in its second season, a “Carrie Underwood” type, I worried that she might be just another outrageous caricature representing the worst people think...

Ooh La La over Lady Gaga

June 17, 2010 4:57 PM

Okay, true confessions time: I showed my 14 year-old son Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video. No, it wasn’t a mistake and yes, I’d do it again. You might be asking, “Who is Lady Gaga?” Or maybe you’re shaking your head and...

Little Girls and Single Ladies

June 3, 2010 9:19 AM

It’s been a few weeks since the viral video debut of a dance routine featuring girls as young as 8 gyrating to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The furor has mostly died down, but I find myself still thinking about it —...

A Bikinied Muslim Miss USA

May 26, 2010 9:07 AM

When I tell people that I study religion and beauty pageants in America, they usually ask, “What do beauty pageants have to do with religion?” “Everything,” I reply. So I was excited to see that another pageant participants' religious beliefs...

Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

May 3, 2010 9:55 AM

(10) iHave an iPad, But at What Cost? by Amy Julia Becker // Comments: 5 Perhaps technological advances are challenging spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, contemplation, and waiting to hear from the Lord. (9) Cosmetic Surgery to the Glory...

Technology's Dark Underbelly

March 31, 2010 9:16 AM

When news broke that a Pennsylvania school district was using laptop computers to spy on students in their own homes, I did what seemed the only logical thing to do: I panicked. In a world where airports can view detailed...

Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

March 24, 2010 11:55 AM

Thanks to both faithful readers and stumble-upon visitors of the CT women's blog for making March a very successful month so far! We reviewed three new books that opened up important discussion about gender-based education, the toxic cosmetics industry, and...

Addicted to Books

March 19, 2010 8:38 AM

I took three books with me when I went backpacking last weekend. When you’re a backpacking novice like me, every ounce in your backpack matters; after the first mile, you are ready to toss everything except maybe a water bottle...

Are Chick Flicks 'Emotional Porn'?

March 5, 2010 9:34 AM

Nick Waters is your average Christian man who, in pursuit of becoming a better husband and person, did what some may consider extraordinary: he watched 30 chick flicks in 30 days. His blog project, which has picked up national media...

Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

February 19, 2010 10:31 AM

(10) "China's Own Marriage Crisis," by Alicia Cohn // Comments: 6 Gender imbalance due to sex-specific abortions signals imminent crisis in the Chinese family. (9) "Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth," by Donna Freitas, guest blogger // Comments: 8 Last...

Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth

February 16, 2010 9:21 AM

When I picked up the Style section of The New York Times last Sunday, I was excited to see the front-page feature, “The New Math on Campus,” a look at how the gender imbalance on college campuses (60 percent...

Female Olympians, Missing in Action

February 12, 2010 1:53 PM

The dreams, the sacrifices, the glory, the pageantry, Bob Costas — I don’t care if the Winter Olympics are the “less fun cousin” of the Summer Games, for the next two weeks I intend to plant myself in front of...

Reading to Enrich a Child's Soul

February 2, 2010 9:12 AM

While American children and young adults might be reading more than in years past (says a 2009 study from the National Endowment for the Arts), they also are on the whole spending more time lost in a media blitz....

A Walk to Beautiful: A Must-See Film

January 29, 2010 10:44 AM

When a woman endures prolonged labor while giving birth, her bladder or rectal tissue rips or tears, forming a fistula, a hole between her birth passage and internal organs. A simple surgery costing $300 can fix the problem, but...

Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days

January 21, 2010 4:57 PM

(10) "Disney Croaks with Newest Princess Film," by Elrena Evans // Comments: 13 The voodoo and black magic in The Princess and the Frog made for a disturbing movie-viewing experience. (9) "Consider the Vampire," by Laura Leonard // Comments: 10...

Dr. Grace Augustine: Avatar's Christian Character?

January 18, 2010 9:31 AM

James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and winner last night of the Golden Globe for Best Director, does not score points for subtlety. The guns are big and loud. The love story is predictable. And the names? There’s unobtanium,...

Facebook and the Amazing Technicolor Bra Update

January 12, 2010 1:33 PM

If you logged on to Facebook last weekend, you might have noticed a barrage of updates naming colors: Blue. Black. Leopard print. None. (Cue sound effects: “Eww, gross!”) The barrage of colors was part of an effort to “spread the...

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...

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...

Dave Ramsey, Megan McArdle, and Jesus

December 4, 2009 9:08 AM

In my most recent Her.meneutics post — on the biblical dimensions of frugal living — I took issue with Atlantic “econoblogger” Megan McArdle’s New York Times review of Lauren Weber’s In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood...

'The Blind Side' Reaches Across Class and Race

November 30, 2009 9:33 AM

I look for redemption in stories, knowing full well that most stories fall short of portraying it perfectly. The Blind Side, a film based on a true story about a wealthy Tennessee couple who takes in a black teen from...

Going Rogue: An American (Pro-)Life Woman

November 23, 2009 4:55 PM

Since entering the national scene last fall as John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin has attracted hefty media attention from friends and foes alike. Now her full-time job seems to be making media appearances promoting her newly released Going Rogue:...

Top 10 Posts of the Last 30 Days

November 12, 2009 10:06 AM

Another month, another top-10 roundup. Thanks to all our regular readers and stumble-upon visitors for your thoughtful commentary on the topics we've recently covered — especially Wheaton College's search for its next president, what makes women happy, and online scams...

Carrie Prejean's Book Urges Women to Stand Up for Beliefs

November 10, 2009 10:38 AM

In her book, Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks, former Miss California Carrie Prejean describes herself as “a sacrificial Christian thrown to the vicious and cruel media lions to be torn apart.”...

Are We Obsessed with 'Cute'?

November 9, 2009 11:51 AM

Irresistible cuteness, in pictures and videos online, is overwhelming America, says Jim Windolf in December’s Vanity Fair. Office workers gather around YouTube videos of toddler antics, the Mini-Cooper has been out-cuted by the Smart Car, and the website Cute Overload...

A Quest to Question Mainstream Media

November 6, 2009 2:47 PM

Many people who know me as an author and women's ministry speaker are often curious about why I started a film company. They seem to assume there is a split focus there. Perhaps there is, but because I see media...

Mixed Reports on Abortion

October 15, 2009 11:45 AM

A new report by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice reproductive think tank, suggests that while abortion is safe and legal in most developed countries, it is risky and restricted in the developing world. The Associated Press and USA Today...

Redeeming Roman Polanski

October 2, 2009 8:46 AM

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested on a 32-year-old charge of statutory rape, which he pled guilty to in 1977 before fleeing the country. Now, while Polanski fights extradition, Hollywood rallies for his freedom, and news sources turn it...

'Homeless Chic' and the Homeless

September 30, 2009 11:57 AM

One million children in the U.S. currently face homelessness, and one of the fastest growing segments among the homeless is families with children. Despite these alarming statistics, it’s the fashion industry’s fixation with "homeless chic" that has sparked the most...

The Confusing Case of Caster Semenya

September 11, 2009 2:38 PM

What might have been weeks of celebration have become ones of public scrutiny for Caster Semenya, the South African runner who won the women’s 800 meter final at the World Athletics Championship August 19. Due to Semanya’s 8-second gain over...

Dancing Down the Aisle

July 28, 2009 3:58 PM

If you haven't seen "Jill and Kevin's Wedding Entrance," the video that's shown up all over the Internet since late last week, I recommend you watch it now. It's five minutes of pure joy as the St. Paul, Minnesota, couple...

Sarah Palin: Andrew Sullivan's Punching Bag

July 6, 2009 5:33 PM

No writer that I've read in the past 11 months has been more - dare I say - hysterically critical of Sarah Palin than The Atlantic's uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan. Eight months after the election, he is still harping on the...

Trashing Sarah Palin's Faith, Family, and Femininity

July 6, 2009 12:37 AM

It's hard not to draw comparisons between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Both high-profile women are deeply beloved and passionately detested on both sides of the aisle. In fact, Christianity Today magazine came to both of their defenses during their...

Neda: More Than Her Death

June 24, 2009 9:00 AM

An e-mail sent to me from a friend in Iran was posted on the Facebook wall of German chancellor Angela Merkel after I tweeted a link to the e-mail, which I had, with permission, posted on my blog. Got that?...

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...

When a Pro-Life Blogger Goes Too Far

June 18, 2009 9:25 AM

Last Sunday night, a popular pro-life blogger known as "April's Mom" or "B" posted the tragic news: Her newborn daughter, whom she had carried to term though diagnosed with a terminal case of Trisomy 13 and HPE, had died...

Redeeming Twitter

June 17, 2009 8:57 AM

The U.S. State Department asks Twitter to delay maintenance plans for the weekend so Iranians voting in Friday's election can communicate instantly, and defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi uses Twitter to organize protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The FBI tracks Twitter...

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...

What Are You Reading This Summer?

June 10, 2009 9:25 AM

Summer's a time when you don't want to do any extra work, so we did the work for you and compiled a reading list - several, actually. Some lists are lighter than others, but here's what Her.meneutics contributors plan to...

Kris Allen Triumphs on American Idol -- in More Ways Than One

May 22, 2009 10:19 AM

If you are one of the 28.8 million people who watched American Idol's season finale Wednesday night, you already know that Kris Allen, the 23-year old worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, beat out Hollywood rocker and musical theater vet...

Forgotten Little Pitchers

May 18, 2009 7:30 AM

A few weeks ago, a friend's ten-year-old daughter came home from school, turned to her mother with a frown, and speaking low, so as to stay out of earshot of a younger sibling, asked, "Mom, what does the word...

Q+A: Kaffie McCullough on Craigslist

May 14, 2009 9:33 AM

The same feature that has made Craigslist so popular - namely, unlimited free advertising - has brought the decade-old website under heavy criticism for providing unmonitored forums for prostitution in its 570 city hubs. After several state representatives met with...

Blog Comments and Christian Courtesy

April 21, 2009 4:53 PM

When my children learned to talk, they began evaluating my cooking. Their commentary involved words like "I hate fish," "Don't make me eat that," and the all-purpose "Yuck." After a year or two of this, we decided it was time...

Deciphering a Religion Journalist's Deconversion

April 6, 2009 8:52 AM

Former Los Angeles Times journalist William Lobdell lost his faith reporting on both the shiny, happy face of American religion and its cancerous underbelly. I became interested in Lobdell's work when I lived in Southern California and was trying to...

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