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Mother and Wife: What the NFL’s problems mean to me

Mother and Wife: What the NFL’s problems mean to me | Amanda Vernon on her relationship with the NFL

Growing up in the Midwest, October meant cool weather, vibrant leaves, apple cider, and football season in full swing.  A few years ago, I learned that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This autumn, awareness of domestic violence has been more than a gentle reminder of those who fight hidden battles at home.  It has challenged my outlook on one of my favorite elements of…

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The Epic Love Story of Us

The Epic Love Story of Us | Melissa Hawks with the story of her greatest love

And then she kissed him.

That’s always how the story went in my head for years. Over the past year, something in the narrative in my wild little head shifted into and then he kissed herbut you understand that the story still flows in the same vein. It is a broad strokes tale. Adventure, dragons, battles to be fought, and chaos to overcome. And whether she kisses him or he kisses her. IT HAPPENS.…

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Bono Finally Reveals Why He’s Always Wearing Sunglasses

Bono has finally revealed why he’s always wearing sunglasses.

U2 frontman Bono is hardly ever seen without his trademark sunglasses. Live shows, TV appearances, red carpets, the Irish crooner always has a pair of sunglasses on; sometimes they’re tinted blue, other times they’re just plain blacked out. But now Bono has given a specific reason why he’s never without them.

He has glaucoma, and the glasses help reduce the pain.

And now we all feel like a bunch…

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An Honest Man: I Smell Sex and Candy

An Honest Man: I Smell Sex and Candy | Cory Copeland on control issues in our relationships

I started an argument over a ringtone one time. Actually, it wasn’t just an argument. It was a fight. A big one. One that lasted for like two days. I really wish I was joking, but I am not.

The ringtone is question was “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground. And now that I think about it, I’m not even sure it was her ringtone. It may have just been what played for her alarm. Regardless, this song…

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The Beauty in Failure

The Beauty in Failure | Stephen Carter on what we gain from our constant failure

No one is immune to failure. I don’t know the official stats, but they’re right up there with death and taxes. At some point in our lives, we’re all going to fail, and some of us are going to do so with a catastrophic result.

The marriage might end. The savings might be gone. You might lose your job. You may even land in jail.

If this sounds shockingly negative, I apologize. I’m a recovering…

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The Lonely Leader: Myths of Christian Leadership

The Lonely Leader: Myths of Christian Leadership | new article from Megan Webb

“And Jesus said to him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has no where to lay his head.” – Matthew 8:20

This particular verse out of Matthew where Jesus was addressing a hasty and perhaps insincere fan, has always resonated with me as a lonely statement.

It isn’t lonely in a spiritual or eternal context. It isn’t even lonely in the context of community…

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Watch: Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon Communicate through Breakdance

Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon had a conversation last night…by breakdancing!

There’s not enough communication in this world today. Sure, we have a millions ways to talk at each other, but no one actually just talks anymore.

Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt found a way to fix that…kinda.

Through the magic of breakdancing, Fallon and Papa Pitt held a conversation on The Tonight Show last night, and it’s as awesome as it sounds.

Check out the video below and marvel at the wonder…

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My Story Can’t Save You

My Story Can’t Save You | Cassi Clerget on telling our story and listening to others

“You disgust me.”

Nothing prepares you for those words. Nothing. Hearing them uttered or reading them in your inbox will bring everything to a halt, because those words feel like a slap in the face on a cold and rainy day. It breaks a little something inside of you.

I would call myself a strong person. Not necessarily physically, because I’m not sure I’ve had upper body strength since middle…

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Get Off the Beach: Taking risks with our Calling

Get Off the Beach: Taking risks with our Calling | Drew Crowson on listening to the truth of Inadequacy

Sitting in front of a computer, listening to a conference call about fundraising my ministry, I feel him come in the room. We all have people in our lives that we can’t stand being around, but who think we love hanging out with them. We leave the door open for them, because we can’t stand the thought of being a closed door, when closing the door to these people is the only way to keep them out.…

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Neil Patrick Harris to Host Oscars

And your host for the 2015 Oscars is…Barney Stinson!

It’s a gig fit for a person with many talents/suits.

The Academy has made it known that everyone’s favorite rascal, Neil Patrick Harris, will host the Oscars this coming February. Harris has already hosted Broadway’s Tonys a buncha times and TV’s the Emmy’s twice (not to mention winning Emmys for hostingsaid Tonys), so this isn’t a total surprise, especially considering the year he’s had…

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