Tag: Culture

A Call for Women to Live Emboldened Lives

A Call for Women to Live Emboldened Lives

Editor’s note: it is a joy when employees at InterVarsity Press find a strong personal connection with a book that we’ve published. And that happened with our team member Christina Gilliland and the new book Emboldened by Tara Beth Leach! We are including Christina’s reflection in “Behind the Books” because we want to celebrate that …

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What Can Movies Teach Us About Prayer?

What Can Movies Teach Us About Prayer?

“Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.” This is how Josh Larsen, co-host of the popular WBEZ-Chicago podcast Filmspotting, explains our relationship to the silver screen. In his new book Movies Are Prayers, he …

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A Wannabe Librarian Attends the ALA Conference

A Wannabe Librarian Attends the ALA Conference

I was thirteen when I first worked as a volunteer in a library. I loved everything about it. The variety of materials, the organization, the quiet, the possibilities! The head librarian was smart, witty, strong, decisive, and I admired her greatly. I decided then that I wanted to be a librarian and worked at my …

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Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Welcome to the reboot of the “Behind the Books” blog of InterVarsity Press! The blog has a long and storied history but has lain dormant in recent years—until now. We are excited that a new team of voices here at IVP are eager to welcome you behind the scenes of how we do what we …

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July 4th: A Call for Prayer

July 4th: A Call for Prayer

Thank you to Logan Mehl-Laituri for this reflection on Independence Day. July 4th is not just a day to barbeque and catch up with friends. It is a day to remember our independence and how we became a distinct people as Americans. It was this day 236 years ago that a number of courageous souls …

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What Does it Mean to Evangelize Ethically?

What Does it Mean to Evangelize Ethically?

Is there a right and wrong way to evangelize? How could the way Christians proselytize affect the Gospel message? Elmer Thiessen discusses these questions and many others in his new book, The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion. Dr. Thiessen recently took time out of his busy summer schedule to answer …

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Sacred Conversation About Sex

Sacred Conversation About Sex

Let’s face it: sex is complicated. Christians sometimes dodge the complexity and discomfort of talking about sex either by making definitive moral pronouncements that seem to settle it once and for all, or by simply refusing to talk about it. But many Christian leaders, including pastors, teachers, lay leaders and others, want to do more than just get the “sex talk” over with. They want to really love people, helping them center every part of their lives in Jesus’ love, including even their sex lives.