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Their Coffee Is World-Renowned. Now More Guatemalans Are Actually Drinking It

The El Injerto coffee shop, with its silver stools, brick-and-chalkboard walls and The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming" playing softly in the background, resembles many cafes in Brooklyn or Los Angeles. But it is in Guatemala City, where paying $5 for a cup of coffee has not always been so common.<p>Coffee …

Coffee

No Equipment Needed: 9 Bodyweight Training Articles and Workout Programs

So you can run far and lift heavy, but can you do basic bodyweight movements like pull ups, handstands, and pistols? Here are 9 articles and workout …

Why exercising on an empty stomach is the secret to weight loss

You may think you need food to fuel your workouts, but you are wrong.<p>Recently, the advice that suggests loading up on carbohydrates before exercise has been called into question. Yes, consuming carbs before exercise can increase performance in certain fields like sprinting and sports that use power …

Nutrition

How To Completely Misuse The Bible In 5 Easy Steps

April 22, 2014 by Benjamin L. Corey<p>The Bible is a notoriously difficult book (collection of books, actually) to understand. We’ve been wrestling with …

Language

10 Best Coffee Grinders for Every Budget (Updated for 2018)

<i>Last Updated October, 2017: We’ve added other expert opinions on the 10 best coffee grinders as well as additional info on brewing better coffee.</i> …

How to make the perfect espresso martini

Whether it’s sipped after dinner or before the New Year’s Eve celebrations, it’s just the thing – but what are the little secrets to creating perfection in a glass?<p>One of the few ersatz martinis to be worthy of the name, the espresso variety is perfection in a glass; simple, stimulating and utterly …

Coffee

The 10 Most Mesmerizing Latte Art Videos Of 2016

Liquid masterpieces poured by the pros.

Brewing with AeroPress: Pro-Tips from Kelly Sanchez | Blue Bottle

With its amber cylinders and clinical sheen, it’s not surprising that some see AeroPress as a mysterious brewing method. “It’s so different from …

The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing

One morning in the summer of 2011 Bart Campolo left his house in Cincinnati for a long bicycle ride. Goateed and bald, but still trim and fit at 48, Campolo was the envy of his generation of evangelical pastors. That morning, Campolo was, as usual, a little self-conscious about his attire. “I feel …

Faith

How to Be Healthy: 9 Easy Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

We all want to know how to be healthy, but it seems like such a lofty goal. Setting out to make healthy lifestyle changes can feel simultaneously …

Fitness

This is what happens to your body when you stop exercising

There comes a point in almost every fitness lover's life when they consider throwing in the towel after a workout—both figuratively and literally. Blame it on your looming work deadlines, or the stubborn needle on the scale, or even just plain old boredom.<p>That’s normal. But here’s why you shouldn’t …

Chicago Marathon

A Visual Guide to Coffee Drinks, So You Always Know What to Order

If you approach the counter of a serious coffee shop with sweaty palms, a shaky voice, and an inner monologue running rampant (Will the barista think …

The Lazy Guide To Weight Loss

About 5 years ago, I realized I had gradually gained 15 lbs., thanks to stress, overeating, and total unawareness of the calories I’d been consuming. …

Fitness

If a former pope says non-Catholics can go to heaven, why be Catholic?

The former Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that those who mistakenly believe in other religions may not be damned after all. Which is hardly good for church attendance<p>Catholics can no longer believe that all Muslims, Hindus, atheists and so on are going to hell. We have this on the authority of the …

10 Reasons Jesus Would Never Win The American Evangelical Vote

It’s political season, have you noticed? (Seriously, kill me now.) As part of that political season, pundits like to crack numbers, explore potential …

Christianity

7 relatable fitness bloggers who will build you up

It's intimidating to step into the world of fitness blogs. There don't seem to be many bloggers who represent the majority of us: beginners, perhaps …

5 top training tips for a toned, healthy body

Although it is losing popularity, the myth that steady-state cardio in the so-called ‘fat burning range’ will give you a lean and toned physique still has a large following. There are plenty of fitness enthusiasts spending hours a week jogging or cycling at low intensity.<p>The truth is, steady-state …

Fitness

Do You Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps Per Day?

It's a marketing ploy.<p>If you've recently invested in a fitness tracker of some description, you're probably familiar with nagging messages reminding …

Another Debate, More Bad Christianity

We'll soon be treated to another Republican debate. I don't mean to pick on this one party, but they do seem to like to talk about religion more than the other one. Recently, Ted Cruz opined that atheists ought to be excluded from the presidency. Aside from the howlingly poor understanding of the …

Housing

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

A Case Against Hell

If Hell is real, why didn't God give a plain warning about Hell right from the very beginning in the Bible? God said the penalty for eating of the …

Theology

How Washington State Convinced Big Companies to Dramatically Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes

The state's Commute Trip Reduction program is a model for the nation.<p>Brian Lagerberg, the director of public transportation at the Washington State DOT, recalls a conversation he had with a large employer in the mid-1990s. The state had recently adopted a law directing big companies to encourage …

Our Forums Have Moved

We’re starting new running conversations on Facebook groups. Join us there!<p>We recently closed down the Runner’s World forums and The Loop. In their place, we created 11 new groups on Facebook:<p>Beginners Running<br>• Intermediate Runners<br>• Advanced Runners<br>• Women’s Running<br>• Masters Running<br>• Ultrarunning<br>• Running …

Glute Strengthening Workout

Put injuries behind you by working this key—but often neglected—muscle group.<p>For the past decade, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists like me have told runners to “work your core”—the muscles of your torso that support your every move. And so many runners have added crunches and planks that …

The Kind Of Missionary The World Most Desperately Needs

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a lover of all things related to missions. Peering into the window of missionary life was perhaps one of the first …

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Progressive Evangelicals

<i>Doug Pagitt is the author of</i> Flipped: The Provocative Truth that Changes Everything We Know About God<i>, recently released by Convergent. He is the</i> …

Christchurch

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

Ecology