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Faith & Spirituality

Things People Say: Small Group Edition

1. “Let’s do life together!” “Do” life? What does that mean? Psst, I think “live” is the verb you’re looking for there. But we’ll forgive you this time. After all, do life may rank pretty high on the Christian-Cheesy Scale, but at least it doesn’t have the squicky sexual undertones of love on (as in, “God, would You just help us love on all these youth group kids tonight”). Doing life in the context of church small  ...

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Lifestyle

Advice for Social Moths

If you’re not a “social butterfly”, then chances are you’re like me: a social moth. Social moths are not recluses or hermits, and they’re not “antisocial.” They’re just people who, for whatever reason, aren’t typically at their best in the company of a crowd. They may try too hard to get others to like them, or maybe they don’t try at all. Or, as in my case, social gatherings make them feel like they’re in a play where  ...

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Lifestyle

Complementarian Marriage Wish List: An Egalitarian’s Perspective, Part 2

Part 2, continued from last week. We’re moving on to the wife’s wish list now. How to show love to the wife: 1. Values my opinion. Note that in “How to Show Respect to a Husband”, the wife is asked to value her husband’s decisions; here, the husband is merely asked to value his wife’s opinions. The difference may seem subtle, but it’s very telling as to where the balance of power lies: with the husband. The wife is expected to  ...

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Lifestyle

Complementarian Marriage Wish List: An Egalitarian’s Perspective, Part 1

You’ll recall that awhile ago I did a series of posts on the book Love and Respect. In it I shared a list compiled by members from one of my former small groups about suggested ways wives could respect their husbands and ways husbands could love their wives. (And you already know what I think about the love women/respect men dichotomy!) As I wrote, I had a hard time resisting the temptation to critique items on those lists. I decided to save that for its own post. My intention with  ...

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