SYNCHROBLOG: We Are The Other

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By Austin Channing | Twitter: @austinchanning Too Black I grew up immersed in white culture through private education. I attended predominately white schools from preschool through college. Though I successfully navigated the ins and outs of school, there, I was often too black. My ponytail didn’t move like the other girls. My father was a […]

Lipstick and Seminary

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For a couple years in seminary, I didn’t wear lipstick. I twisted my long hair up tightly, wore dark turtlenecks and covered my eyes with glasses. I didn’t speak much in class unless I knew it counted toward my grade. In that case, I carefully planned what I’d say before opening my mouth. I didn’t want to […]

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 […]