Some gems from around the net: just for you, dear Reader. Enjoy.
Loved this from Callie Glorioso-Mays: Honesty in a Culture of Church Taboos.
“In my case, I felt that not wanting my baby was deeply indicative of my irredeemable wickedness.”
I wanted to stand up and cheer for this, from Jenny Rae Armstrong: The Gospel is Never at Stake: A Few Words on Orthodoxy, Christian Unity, and Not Being a Jerk.
” I am not in favor of peering down slippery slopes, seeing how close we can get to the edge without falling off. I am not in favor of cultural accommodations that seek to justify sinful behavior, whether these are sins most Christians would recognize as such or sins that tend to be lauded, like greed, dominance, pride, and arrogance.
But it seems the people issuing those statements assume they own prime real estate in very center of orthodoxy, and that the further people drift from their personal beliefs, the further they drift from Truth, and the gospel itself. “
Jackie Hooks’ The Waves Beneath My Feet was the most powerful thing I have read in a long time. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not to be missed.
“When I was 6 years old, my sister and I were abducted by a stranger. He was not a monster. He was not disgusting. He was a young, good looking guy in Jordache jeans who simply walked up to us in the parking lot of our apartment complex and said that he was catching bunnies in the woods. “
Remember last month I was doing a song and dance for you all about The Locust Effect? Well, David Brooks did a review on it in The New York Times: The Republic of Fear. This book is still important, and the message needs to be heard! Pass it on, please 🙂
I had no interest in reading or seeing the accompanying movie Divergent until I read this piece by Beth Lalonde: The “Divergent” Rape Scene: Here’s Why It Matters. Her article on how the author of the book (and now scriptwriters of the film) are rewriting the script on sexual assault, and giving power back to girls is making me rethink YA fiction. If I had teenagers, I would want to be reading this and talking it through with them.
Sarah Miller’s piece in the New Yorker on a New Parenting Study Released had me in spasms of laughter. Parents, don’t miss this one.
I loved this version of Pharrell Williams’ happy, because it is filmed in Cape Town! The opening beach scenes next to the cute brightly colored little beach houses are RIGHT in front of the bible college I attended! This made me happy, indeed!
I had a piece up at Start Marriage Right this week: The Best Advice I Didn’t Get.
“A killer set of communication skills cannot cure or adequately compensate for the fact that we have weaknesses, and our weaknesses will remain weaknesses throughout our lives. We cannot talk our way, solve our way, cure our way out of having weaknesses which will invariably disappoint and hurt our spouses.”
This was also one of the biggest weeks of traffic ever on my blog, (no) thanks to the Great Sadness of the World Vision announcement(s). If you missed the brouhaha, consider yourself lucky. After the first announcement I wrote this: The parable of the (gay) Samaritan. After the second announcement, I started wondering what CS Lewis’ Screwtape would have made of all of this, and wrote My Dear Wormwood: About World Vision…
This week has left me exhausted – so I’m going dark for the weekend. But please leave a comment with your favorite thing YOU read this week (or your favorite thing you wrote), and I’d love to read it next week! Also, just a reminder – contact me if you have a question for the Ask Me Anything series, or if you’d like to contribute a guest post to the Words That Changed my World!
Happy clicking 🙂