Natural Family Planning Isn’t the Only Ethical Option for Christians: Why I Chose an IUD

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As I cradled my third newborn in his first hours of life, I was seized by a single, overwhelming thought: Never again. I could not possibly have another baby. My “never again” was more than a wearily satisfied observation that our family now felt complete. My “never again” was a desperate plea, tinged with panic, [Read More...]

Why “What Would Jesus Do?” Isn’t Exactly the Right Question

In college, my favorite professor assigned Charles Sheldon’s 1896 classic In His Steps when we were covering the Social Gospel in an American religious history class. In His Steps is a novel about a minister in an East Coast town who, after being shamed by his own failure to respond compassionately to a jobless wanderer, [Read More...]

Finding Common Ground on Abortion: An Interview with Charles Camosy


Guest post by Karen Swallow Prior Note from EPD: This is the transcript of an interview conducted by my friend and colleague Karen Swallow Prior, professor of literature at Liberty University and author most recently of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, with Charles Camosy, author of a groundbreaking new book [Read More...]

Remembering One of My “Cloud of Witnesses”

My “cloud of witnesses”—people whose stories have influenced my life, shown me what is important and led me in the way I need to go—is full of regular, imperfect people whose influence was also somewhat haphazard and unintentional. [Read more...]

I Have Three Things to Say About “The Dress”

A viral social media phenomenon that helps us understand just how fundamental and deep our differences in perception can be—and that those perceptions have nothing to do with whether we are good, thoughtful, and wise or bad, shallow, and silly—is more than a meaningless distraction. [Read more...]

Believing with Our Bodies

I go back to the paradox that our bodies both betray us and reflect our deepest, God-given self. I think of the broken, brutalized body of Christ on the cross, as he suffered through pain that was both horrific—a reflection of all that is wrong with this world—and redeemed—a means for God’s grace to be revealed in a new, world-changing way. [Read more...]

Why Even the Smallest Good Work is Worth Doing

Jesus showed us how even small acts of care are multiplied in God’s economy, so that ultimately all are filled and satisfied—not because the economists and politicians and voters focus on big problems at the expense of little ones, but because every act of mercy, justice, and love is born in the heart of our infinite God and is therefore infinitely powerful, capable of bringing about change far beyond our limited vision of what’s possible and prudent. [Read more...]

Why I Believe Native American Mascots Should Go

My husband and I are fans of Washington, D.C.’s football team, which means we (especially my husband—I’m a fan because he’s a fan) have spent two decades of football seasons being disappointed.  We are grateful, however, for the increasing pressure being put on the NFL and the team’s owners to get rid of the team [Read More...]