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The U.S. Is not a Christian Nation — and It Never Was

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I was visiting a friend in the nursing home last week when I found myself trapped, holding my sleeping friend’s hand, forced to sit in the same room with a Christian television show. Those of you who read me regularly […]

Christians: It’s Time to Read Grown-up Books

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I read very few designated “Christian” books. As a lover of thoughtful, well-written literature, I read for entertainment as well as for enlightenment, and find fiction to be a sublime means of conveying truth. It’s no accident that Jesus used […]

Who’s Your Guru?

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Before the world of Facebook, we’d find ourselves at a bridal shower, say, and The Person in Charge of Embarrassing Games generally began with something innocuous, like, “List your five favorite books about sex,” or, if this were a church […]

Downton Abbey, Mind Control, and Your Christian Life

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Because we do not subscribe to any television, cable, or satellite service, our family waits awhile to see the very, very few contemporary shows that are worth watching, and one of the events we have waited a year to experience […]

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Free Yourself from Bible Study Myths
"Why won't you attend Bible study?" a man asked me once. "Do you hate studying the Bible?" [caption id="attachment_1166" align="alignleft" width="426"] Anytime you seek to free yourself from rules that the majority of people follow, you'll be told that you're different, dissident, and difficul

posted 8:09:34pm Sep. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Looking for Your Ministry? 5 Ways to Find It
Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus -- obsess -- about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions: "Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I'm pretty sure I don't have the ability to manifest miraculous powers. What, God, do you w

posted 8:15:30pm Sep. 26, 2014 | read full post »

The Purposeless, Driven Life
Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and the more honest we are, the more fun we are to be with, even if what we're saying or working through is painful. The other day, someone told me: [caption id="attachment_1155" align="alignleft" width="416"] For all that many Christian

posted 8:01:27pm Sep. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Christian Misfits: "You Have a Beautiful Face"
I'm sure that most of you, at some time, have found yourself in public in a somewhat disheveled state. "Nobody I know will see me," you tell yourself. And, of course, that's when too many people you know do, indeed see you, their first comment generally being, "Oh my gosh! Have you been sick?

posted 7:30:34pm Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Is God Calling You?
In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn't hearing. After all, the church had all sorts of ministry opportunities. Although many of t

posted 8:48:47pm Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »


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