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The real reason we sleep together

Though I don’t love to travel without my family, I confess: when I’m away on a speaking gig or at a conference, nothing quite thrills me like opening a hotel door and realizing I’ll get to enjoy a whole bed. To myself. And yet, after only one night indulging in…  [more]

Lean in? Recline? How about ‘join the body’

I’m interested by how often I’ve seen a recent Washington Post op-ed by Rosa Brooks, questioning the “lean-in” manifesto of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, circulate in my social media. It seems that many people – not just working mothers - feel overwhelmed by competing expectations in different parts of their…  [more]

Why contraception matters, even for Protestants

Between various legal challenges and Mike Huckabee’s ill-advised statements, contraception is making headlines again. For many Christians, contraception is an issue only if it is abortifacient. But Protestants would do well to think through contraception from a broader moral and theological standpoint. The issue is connected to our view of…  [more]

Yearning for community - or not

What kinds of communities do Americans want? Since every American church founded in the last 20 years (including mine) has strategically chosen “community” for a middle name, you’d think the concept of community would be highly valued in the United States. But think again. In a helpful post, Kaid Benfield…  [more]

Is ‘dementia village’ a model for the church?

When Nancy slipped too far into Alzheimer’s, something had to be done about her role in the annual rummage sale. A decade before, Nancy had been one of those people who did everything at church: ran the sale; organized a ladies’ circle; led the cherub choir; taught Sunday school. Slowly,…  [more]

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