We Were Living a Lie

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of verbal, emotional, physical abuse; failed plan to take someone's life] An interview with a survivor who is glad to be alive. In the aftermath of domestic abuse, and a failed plan by her former husband to hire someone to take her life, Deborah* has seen God work miracles. Through a strange turn of […]

Closing the Confidence Gap

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In June The Atlantic published an articled called The Confidence Gap, which cited evidence that women are less self-assured than men. They found that confidence affected success just as much as competence and that women, in general, suffer an acute lack of confidence compared with men. Even female leaders, women at the top of their […]

The Sunday She Stood

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I was 30 years old the first time I heard a woman preach. And no, it wasn’t a women’s conference. Or a Bible study. She wasn’t a visiting missionary, or giving that cute little mini message that happens before the actual sermon. I mean honest-to-goodness-Sunday-morning-real-deal-preaching. I happened to be at a church I drop in on […]

Living With Disapproval

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I hate disapproval. I know we’re not supposed to use the word “hate” but the truth is that “dislike” just isn’t a strong enough word. Maybe “I can’t stand disapproval” is a better alternative. Regardless of finding the exact right word for it, I know this—I do all kinds of tricks to make people like […]

When the Holy Spirit is Our Midwife

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I had just finished throwing up for the first time (not the last) into a handful of paper towels when the midwife walked in. “I’m sorry. I threw up,” I said to her, although that would have been pretty obvious from the vomit covering my t-shirt and bed sheets (paper towels not being particularly appropriate […]