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The back of two women as they lean on each other and gaze at a city view

My sister, Becky, was seven years older than me, and trying to prove myself as smart and beautiful as she was would capture my attention well into my twenties. Becky was a wonderful older sister.

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A couple looks smiling at each other as they are walking outside, there are mountains in the background.

“Healthy” is not exactly the adjective I would match with the word “sexuality,” especially when it comes to the ways the church and Christians have portrayed and lived out what we believe about sex these past few centuries.

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Man holding his baby on his chest with a baby carrier.

Editor's Note: This is a Top 15 CBE Writing Contest winner. Enjoy! My family moved to a new place last year, so we are relatively new to our current church. 

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Priscilla Papers Volume 24 Number 1 Winter 2020

The lack of women’s ordination in the Mar Thoma Church cannot be viewed as an isolated issue but must be seen within the greater religious and cultural context of India.

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African American couple talking at a coffee shop.

We in the church who continue to enforce the Billy Graham rule have fostered an atmosphere of distrust, not giving godly men and women the credit they deserve for doing the right thing.

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Woman on a motorcycle going down the highway

“When you grow up, you can be anything you want to be; anything God desires you to be, no matter who you are,” the director of ministries said. 

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Close up of a father kissing his son on the cheek as he is holding him.

The Christian masculinity movement isn’t helping men or women. It’s damaging young men, and their relationships with others, and it’s distracting us from what should be our true focus—discipleship and imitating Christ.

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The back of an older couple sitting on a bench that overlooks mountains.

As we approached our 45th wedding anniversary, my husband was no longer the kind, sweet man I met in college many years before.

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A mother, father, and their two children standing at a church alter.

Life would have been easier, at least outwardly, if we had followed complementarian theology. We might have stayed at our church.

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Two girls running on grass on a sunny day.

I hadn’t found my voice to advocate for myself yet, but even more important than that, I hadn’t quite heard the one voice that did matter, the one voice that would call me to be a pastor. 

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