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Has the Christian Doctrine of Hell Become an Awkward Liability?

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Three years ago, my sister, who had long struggled with mental illness, hit her limit and jumped off a freeway bridge. She lived. She was rushed to the county trauma center, and by the time I arrived from Seattle she … Continue reading

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Biblical “Spare the Rod” Parenting Tied to PTSD, Chilling Revenge, and Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Case

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When is it acceptable for a muscular man who weighs 100 kilos and stands 1.85 meters tall to grab a stick and repeatedly hit a skinny, scared person half his size? According to many conservative Christians, such behavior is acceptable … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

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Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, based on the evidence available they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following … Continue reading

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Back to the Future — Modernizing Sexual Health Care, Regulations, and Reimbursement for Teens

Part 6 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   More than 80 percent of teen pregnancies are accidents. A girl with other hopes and dreams—or maybe a girl who is floundering, who hasn’t even begun … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are–Family Planning Conversations on Teen Turf

Part 5 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   No one birth control method fits everyone, but today young women have better options than ever before. Across the United States, from New York to South … Continue reading

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Say Anything — A Powerful New Approach to Family Planning Conversations

First published at Sightline Daily as Part 4 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   A young woman sits in an examining room, waiting for her medical provider. The provider arrives and picks up the chart. “I … Continue reading

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Bring It On! — Why It’s Tme For Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives.

Part 3 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   When Plan B emergency contraceptives became available without a prescription, I sent my teenage daughter, Marley, and her friend Amanda out to do a little research. … Continue reading

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