Culture, Lifestyle

How to beat Christmas materialism

OK, as of this week, it’s Christmas! If you’re anything like me (and judging by my Facebook feed, a lot of people are) Christmas is your favorite season of the year. Gatherings of family and friends, a respite from school, cozy evenings by the fire, Christmas music, beautiful lights, Santa — I could go on for hours. But it seems…

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Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

As I’m writing this, it’s nine days to Halloween, and that particular holiday has been a subject of lively discussion between my fiancé and me. I grew up in a family that didn’t explicitly disapprove of Halloween, but definitely didn’t like a lot of the undertones. Vincent’s family LOVES Halloween, and always goes all out. So we’ve had a lot…

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College, Culture, Politics, Work

6 must-read tips for handling debates at work or school

  Particularly in light of the harrowing recent events in Charlottesville, the political conversations around my workplace have been heating up. My workstation is in a room with two guys I respect greatly, but we all have pretty different political ideas. One is a very traditional conservative, the other is a leftist libertarian, and I’m about as apolitical as you…

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Body image, Culture, Faith

The problem with the modesty conversation

A coworker recently showed me an article (well, one of those click-bait articles, anyway) on Facebook about a girl who was kicked out of prom because her dress and dance moves were considered too suggestive by the school staff. The provided picture, a bathroom mirror selfie, wasn’t very clear, but the dress appeared to be a strapless bodycon type of…

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Culture, Politics

When politics outrank Christ

I’m sure you’ve been in (or at least overheard) that conversation at work or school where people get heated over a hot button political issue and are prepared to die on the hill of their beliefs. We see this kind of exchange all the time on Facebook or the comments section of any number of websites. A few months ago,…

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