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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 You Might Tip Your American Hat to Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

June 5, 2012 8:15 AM

It’s not exactly in keeping with my progressive, social justice wannabe status, but here it is: I love the British monarchy. Every time OK! Magazine has the Royal Family on the cover, I devour each glossy page. If a documentary...

Making the Most out of Mommy Blogging: The Woman Behind Money Saving Mom

January 26, 2012 10:13 AM

Crystal Paine is not your average mommy blogger. She doesn’t tell you about her day or post picture-perfect images of her lifestyle for you to envy. The homeschooling mom of three based in Kansas wants to help you make ends...

The Woman Who Shelters New York City's Trafficking Victims

January 23, 2012 11:23 AM

When award-winning nonprofit leader Faith Huckel moved to New York City in 2003, she expected her time there to shape her career, but she thought that impact would come more from the social work graduate program she was entering than...

Why Identifying as a Republican—or Democrat—Can Be Idolatrous

December 8, 2011 8:46 AM

It took Lisa Sharon Harper nearly 10 years to reconcile her faith with her political views. Then she met her first self-described evangelical Democrat in 1991. At the Los Angeles Nazarene congregation where she attended after college, about half the...

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...

Obama Visit Challenges 'African Woman' Stereotype

July 13, 2011 12:05 PM

Two weeks ago, on an official trip to Africa, Michelle Obama gave a speech encouraging 76 young sub-Saharan African women participating in the Young African Women Leaders Forum in South Africa. They gathered at the Regina Mundi Church in...

Bachmann, Palin, and the Trouble with 'Evangelical Feminism'

July 8, 2011 10:30 AM

When I heard rumblings about Michele Bachmann’s run for the presidency, I got nervous — though not the reasons you might think. I’m not nervous about the political leanings of the Minnesota congresswoman and conservative Lutheran mother of five. In...

What You Don't Know about Obama's Mama

July 5, 2011 9:10 AM

In a culture of “helicopter parenting,” in which mothers are tempted to manage every moment of their children’s lives to ensure future success, it's peculiar that no one seemed interested in Barack Obama’s mother when his political career began to...

Confessions of a Beth Moore Convert

March 29, 2011 4:50 PM

Americans are becoming more biblically illiterate than ever. The Barna Group reports that fewer than half of us can name the four Gospels. Sixty percent of us couldn’t name five of the Ten Commandments, and fewer still could name two...

'Mother Teresa of Our Age' Talks to Her.meneutics

March 16, 2011 9:48 AM

Vesicovaginal fistulas (VVFs) and the people who champion their eradication are fascinating. For Dr. L. Lewis Wall’s Christianity Today piece “Jesus and the Unclean Woman,” I spent a lot of time learning about VVFs for the accompanying news article, and...

Catherine Clark Kroeger, Remembered

March 9, 2011 9:44 AM

It’s hard to do justice to a lifetime of Christian service in just over an hour. But for a group of 75 professors, students, and family who gathered this weekend at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Kaiser Chapel for the memorial service...

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...

'Passport through Darkness' Gives Victims Voice

January 11, 2011 9:00 AM

Stifling heat vapors appear on the horizon. Laughing hyenas cackle too close for comfort in the bush. Take a step closer toward a dusty canvas tent. Meet Kimberly L. Smith and travel into her desert world as she pulls back...

Our Favorite Books by Women

December 29, 2010 4:04 PM

Instead of pulling together a predictable "best of 2010" books list, we at Her.meneutics thought our readers would enjoy a list of our favorite books written by women that we read throughout the year. Enjoy our recommendations, and add your...

The Best Ever Christmas Gift

December 22, 2010 10:55 AM

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to re-read “In the Bleak Midwinter," a poem by Christina Rossetti (the sister of famous pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti). The poem is so lovely that it has been set to...

The American Red Cross's Knight in Shining Pearls

November 11, 2010 10:15 AM

The chairman of the American Red Cross — the humanitarian organization founded by Clara Barton in 1881 — is, actually, not a chairman. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was appointed the first woman to the position by President George W. Bush in June...

The Great Chinese Orphan Rescuer

November 10, 2010 9:20 AM

Siew Mei Ang Cheung knows what it's like to be marginalized. Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Malaysia, she was subject to an educational quota system that she says limited ethnic minorities’ opportunities. The precocious youngster was undaunted by...

Sarah Palin's Rogue Comments

November 8, 2010 11:52 AM

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's spotlight during the midterm elections will likely continue as her TLC show premieres this week and a new book is published in two weeks. Sarah Palin's Alaska, an eight-part series, premieres November 14 at 9/8c....

Friday Night Lights' Shining Female Lead

November 3, 2010 11:40 AM

Whenever I encourage someone to watch Friday Night Lights — which happens often, as I’m quite evangelistic about my TV shows — the response is always the same: “But that’s a football show.” For most shows, I would leave it...

Women Take Election Spotlight

October 25, 2010 11:50 AM

Is the number of women in politics growing? It’s the type of question news talk-show hosts are asking now, thanks to competitive election races in states such as Delaware, Nevada, and California, where women are serious contenders in elections taking...

Mildred Jefferson: 'A Physician, a Citizen, and a Woman'

October 22, 2010 9:43 AM

There are few who can discuss abortion from as many perspectives as those held by Mildred Jefferson — the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a lifelong pro-life activist, who passed away on October 15 at...

Freed by Bill Clinton, Saved by Jesus

October 19, 2010 9:40 AM

Three Christians in the past year have drawn attention to North Korea’s repressive regime by crossing the river that divides the Communist nation from China. But unlike activists Robert Park and Aijalon Gomes, who wanted to get arrested, Euna Lee...

Midlife Matters: An Interview with Dale Hanson Bourke

August 25, 2010 9:10 AM

I met Dale Hanson Bourke at a meeting of women involved in promoting women’s health and economic empowerment in Zambia. I admired her intelligence, curiosity, and breadth of experience as a journalist and women’s health advocate. Later, I traveled to...

Christian Female Musicians, Missing in Action

May 20, 2010 11:58 AM

Do you know Becky? If you are a Christian woman in your 30s or 40s and married with kids, you are Becky. Becky, I was fascinated to learn, is what Christian radio stations have named their ideal listener, and most...

The Brave Women of the Catholic Church

April 13, 2010 8:53 AM

I love a good story. That’s why I’ve been captivated in recent days by stories concerning the Catholic Church abuse scandal. Not the newspaper spreads with timelines showing who knew what, when they knew it, and what they did or...

Would I Have Hid Jews During the Holocaust?

January 13, 2010 4:01 PM

This Monday marked the passing of Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group that hid Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust. Gies, the Christian Dutch woman who died at age 100 after a fall, is credited...

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...

Reforming a Girls' Reformatory

October 30, 2009 9:04 AM

In August, Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility in northern Kansas closed its doors. Heather Hollingsworth’s coverage for the Associated Press highlights the triumphs and downfalls of one of the country’s longest-running girls’ reformatories. Beloit was started in 1888 by the Women’s...

In the Loop: Down syndrome abortions on the rise

October 29, 2009 10:20 AM

In Britain, Down syndrome abortions are on the rise According to a recent study, around nine in ten British women who are told they are going to have a baby with Down syndrome decide to terminate the pregnancy, resulting in...

Signs of Faith in Sarah Palin's Book?

October 8, 2009 12:19 PM

Sarah Palin may not be writing a second autobiography for Christian audiences as previously reported, but perhaps her evangelical co-author will persuade her to include more details about her faith. Shortly after she was nominated as John McCain's vice presidential...

Keri Wyatt Kent: The Priority of Neighbor-Love

September 21, 2009 8:50 AM

Keri Wyatt Kent, a Chicago-based author known for her writing on spiritual formation, wants her most recent book, Simple Compassion, to connect readers’ inner world to the larger world and its need for justice seekers. In each of the book’s...

Anne Graham Lotz, the Church, and Me

September 17, 2009 9:25 AM

Renowned evangelist Anne Graham Lotz recently told Amy Sullivan at Time magazine, “Religion can be one of the greatest impediments to finding God.” Newsweek took that as Billy Graham’s daughter “slamming” churches. Actually, I think Lotz is expressing the difference...

In Their Own Words: Laura Ling and Euna Lee

September 4, 2009 9:21 AM

Much has been written about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists captured this March, imprisoned for five months in North Korea, and released on August 6. But on Wednesday, for the first time, their story was told...

Jenny Sanford Offers Forgiveness After Husband's Affair

August 17, 2009 4:27 PM

You have to dig a bit, but Vogue's feature story on South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford is sprinkled with hints at the importance of her faith. The wife of Mark Sanford left the governor's mansion earlier this month...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

August 14, 2009 9:10 AM

I saw Eunice Kennedy Shriver once, in December of 1963. I was standing at the back of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., waiting for a Mass in honor of her brother, John F. Kennedy, to begin. Most of 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...

First Dalit Woman Elected to India Parliament

June 15, 2009 9:56 AM

Earlier this month India elected the first Dalit woman ever as Speaker for its House of Parliament. Meira Kumar, 64, was elected unanimously as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in the lower house of Parliament, where she will...

Women's Groups Lash Out at Letterman in Palin's Defense

June 12, 2009 11:35 AM

Several women's groups have joined Sarah Palin's fight with David Letterman over his joke that Palin's daughter got "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during their recent trip to New York. "It's worse than poor taste; it reflects ugliness in him....

Schuller's Eldest Daughter to Lead Crystal Cathedral

June 11, 2009 8:53 AM

The Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times reported late yesterday that Sheila Schuller Coleman, eldest daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will become "co-leader" with her father of the Garden Grove, California, church. Coleman will replace...

Journalists Slammed for Covering N. Korean Women's Hell

June 10, 2009 10:26 AM

On Monday, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean prison. This morning, Blaine Harden in The Washington Post shares the probable reason: they were researching an article on the...

Author Interview: Elissa Elliott

June 8, 2009 11:29 AM

Writers and artists have for centuries been using their imaginations to make the Creation and Fall accounts in Genesis come alive for readers. John Milton's Paradise Lost is the most epic and well-known example; others include Perelandra, the second installment...

Artist Profile: Anna Kocher

April 30, 2009 8:37 AM

Anna Kocher is an artist in the greater Philadelphia area whose work has been displayed at her alma mater, Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Church of the Good...

Elizabeth Lev Defends Mom's Decision to Turn Down Notre Dame

April 29, 2009 3:14 PM

Politics Daily contributor Elizabeth Lev fired a smart defense this morning of Mary Ann Glendon's refusal to accept Notre Dame's Laetare Medal and to speak alongside President Obama at the school's May 17 commencement ceremony. Glendon sent a letter...

Lynne Hybels: Beware! Dangerous Women

April 24, 2009 10:46 AM

I'm not a numbers person, but I keep on my desk a list of percentages that shakes me every time I read it. Did you know that ? Seventy percent of the world's extremely poor are women? ? Almost 80...

Re: Evangelical Women in Public Life

April 20, 2009 2:08 PM

Alisa Harris, editor at Patrol magazine, responded to the question we posed last Thursday, "Where are all the evangelical women in public life?" by pointing to prevalent beliefs about women and spirituality. Here's her helpful analysis: That's what's interesting --...

Why Do We Love Susan Boyle?

April 17, 2009 1:03 PM

If you haven't seen the viral video of Susan Boyle yet, take a few minutes to watch it. It's worth it. When Boyle appears on the American-Idolish Britain's Got Talent, she admits that she's never been kissed, tells the audience...

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