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The Lousy Excuse for Why Churches Don’t Grow

Growing up we’ve always heard that the Truth makes us free, but we’ve also heard people don’t actually want to hear Truth. Truth in this sense is speaking of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to counter a position that is so widespread, but seems largely grounded in assumption. Here is the lousy …

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WHY MODESTY IS ATTRACTIVE

When I was a lot younger, I wore clothes that looked more like underwear. On days when I felt like being conservative, I wore hanging blouses, if not low neckline tops, paired with low-waist jeans that were ripped all over. Now I was able to document many of those days and every time I see …

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Legalism or Standards?

This article was originally published July 13, 2016. After reading through it a couple of times since it got reposted to our Facebook page, I have since updated it to reflect my growth in Christ. Over the last year, I have had many, many personal situations happen that have resulted in my spiritual and mental …

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“Modest is Hottest” is not in the Bible

Since at least the 1950s, conservative evangelicalism’s overarching sexual ethic has put a substantive emphasis on “modesty” — that is, how [Christian] women dress, specifically in terms of highlighting their sensuality. I admit that I hesitate to make a blanket statement like this, because I don’t mean to belittle the entire conversation around sexual ethics and how …

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Pink hasn’t always been masculine, blue hasn’t always been feminine.

Any expectant mother or father these days is doubtless aware that items designed for baby girls are commonly pink, and those meant for baby boys are blue. But it wasn’t always this way. As recently as the early 1900s, pink was seen by many as a color that went better with boys, and blue as …

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Is Feminine Modesty About Sex and Lust?

During the summer, the topic of modesty comes out from hibernation. But with the renewed conversations come many assumptions about modesty, assumptions that are always worth rethinking. Here’s the main assumption: Feminine modesty is about sexual provocation. If a woman’s skirt is too short or blouse is too low, it will cause her Christian brother to …

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Behavior and Modesty Standard of United Pentecostals

Women in United Pentecostal churches look different from females in most other Christian denominations: They don’t wear slacks. This is just one of the Pentecostal dress rules. Church leaders cite the Bible for this unusual modesty guideline, such as 1 Timothy 2:9: I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with …

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Misunderstood Modesty

“Modesty” must be one of the most abused words in the Christianese dialect. The idea of modesty has been almost exclusively attached to women’s dress, narrowing in definition to mean “showing less skin and trying to prevent sexual arousal in those looking on.” It has veritably become a subculture in Christendom, spawning a cacophony of …

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What the Bible Says About Modesty

Fashion is a big part of any Christian teen’s life. Yet, just as in every other part of our lives, discernment is important. Many fashion magazines promote low cut blouses and dresses alongside revealing skirts and shorts. While many Christian teens want to be fashionable, they also want to be modest. So, what advice does …

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Why I don’t cut my hair, wear skirts and avoid makeup.

If you follow me on instagram (and if you don’t, maybe go give it a look?), you may have noticed something’s a little different about me. Namely: – I don’t cut my hair – I wear knee-length skirts (or longer) – I avoid makeup Let me start by saying: it is not my religion that …

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