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Weekly Wrap 9.6.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. When It's Too Big (A Reflection on Syria)
Sometimes, all there is left to do is pray. Rachel Held Evans offers her prayer and an incredibly open lament in this piece on her blog.

2. Seeing a Woman: A Conversation Between a Father and Son
From Nate Pyle. Parents of boys: go ahead and put this one up on your fridge. "[A woman''s body] will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things it is because you chose to do stupid things. So don’t contribute to the fear that exists between men and women."

3. Isn't It Time the Church Gave Singles a Break? 
"Not everyone attending a Sunday service is married. We’re not all parents. We’re not all employed at nine-to-five jobs. And yet, while a majority of the Scripture applies to every single one of us, we spend a lot of time focused on responsibilities that don’t." Jayson Bradley has the four reasons churches shouldn't spend so much time preaching on marriage (and other "roles").

4. Syria Explained: How it Became a Religious War
Confused by the religious factions involved in Syria's civil war? CNN Belief Blog's Daniel Burke breaks it down for you.

5. Immigration Reform: A Moral Imperative
With Congress back in session next week, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan pens a clear-cut case for immigration reform and his desire to "keep families intact."

6. Misery Loves Comedy
Read an excerpt from Nadia Bolz-Weber''s new book Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, which releases Sept. 10.

7. Assad's Bizarre Instagram Account: Propaganda With a Comments Section
The Atlantic offers us a peek into the strange Instagram world of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — one that paints a rosy picture of his war-torn country. The comments section, on the other hand, tells a different story.

8. A Love Letter to My Body
“Who was I to rail at you? To beat you down day after day after day? To abuse you in front of others? I never really saw you, did I?” This piece dates back to July, but it's a beautiful reminder to love the skin you're in, from SheLoves Magazine.

9. Miley Cyrus' Contribution to Feminism
"Women historically have been held to different standards of sexual expression than men, and when in doubt, blame the woman." Fair?

10. When Bad Christians Happen to Good People
Have you ever wondered what people on the other side of proselytizing think? Here's your glimpse — and how not to go about fulfilling the Great Commission — from John Shore at the Unfundamentalist Christians blog.

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