Are Friendships a Threat to Your Marriage? Um. No.

A few weeks ago, a reader sent me a marriage advice website titled Beating 50 Percent. It is run by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, an evangelical Christian couple in their mid-20s who have been married for under three years. I would point out that the myth that 50% of marriages end in divorce is just that---a myth---except that that does not appear to be what Jeremy and Audrey are referring to, as per their mission statement: Our mission in life, and on this blog is to do and be all things that … [Read more...]


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No, Mentioning Being Catcalled Is Not a “Humblebrag”

During a conversation about oversharing on Facebook, a friend sent me a link to an article titled 7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook. I didn't agree with everything in the article---I thought the author was a bit hard on people at times---but I found it an interesting read. It made me think about the purpose of Facebook posts---how do we decide what we post, and why? But then a section brought me up short. 1b) The Undercover BragDescription: Like the blatant brags above except behind a fr … [Read more...]


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Wives and Daughters: On Ivanka Trump

As quoted in a recent news article, Ivanka Trump said this of her father: “He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” Trump said. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”There was, she stressed, “no difference between me and my brothers. And I think as a business leader you saw that, and as a president you will absolutely see that.” But in 1994 Donald Trump said this of his divorce from Ivanka's mother, Iva … [Read more...]


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Mike Pence’s Dinner Rule Is Only the Beginning

Last week the media went bananas over news that Vice President Mike Pence refuses to dine alone with any woman who is not his wife. But this information wasn't new (it had been reported before), and it wasn't the least bit surprising. I grew up in a conservative evangelical home and church community, and contact between men and women was often approached with a great deal of concern.Many evangelicals hold a particularly low view of men's ability to control their sexual drives. Women are instr … [Read more...]


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“I’m not saying they deserve to be raped, but…”

Conservative evangelical provocateur Doug Wilson recently posted an article titled On the Moral Necessity of Judging Books by the Cover on his blog. It was ... interesting, to say the least. In his post, Wilson argues that we should judge people by their appearances, in contrast to what anti-racism or feminist groups might argue. A black male wearing a hoodie and low-slung jeans should be assumed to be dangerous, and that women who dress a certain way are selling something.Check out this … [Read more...]


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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

This image was recently posted on a Neil DeGrasse Tyson fan Facebook page. It shows a little girl wearing dark sunglasses and an adorable "I'm on it" expression, pointing to her shirt, which sports pictures of planets and the words "Forget Princess I Want to be an Astrophysicist" emblazoned across the top.I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter's school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, … [Read more...]


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Christianity Today Goes Full Pick-Up Artist

You know you've been there---you're sitting on the train or in an airplane (or perhaps in a waiting room or at a park) and you find yourself briefly in conversation with a stranger nearby. So you make smalltalk. Jerry Root, an evangelical professor, wants his readers to turn this smalltalk into evangelization.Root's call to everyday evangelism is in itself is perhaps not surprising---after all, evangelicals have long placed significant emphasis on evangelism---but his detailed discussion of t … [Read more...]


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