Pick of the Clicks 9/6/2014

Hello, hello and happy weekend, everyone. Here are some clicks worth clicking this week.

(Just a note, by the way, since a few people have asked – I don’t fully endorse or agree with everything I link to here. I link to them because I think they are worth thinking about and discussing 🙂 So without further ado….)

My favorite quote from this week:

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And my favorite flow chart (and WHO KNEW I would ever link to something from Playboy?!!??!)

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I hope that clears up any confusion about cat calls.

Then, Paul, Paula and the God Who Occasionally Messes Up from Paul Atteberry had some challenging thoughts about the way we talk about whether God made a “mistake” in assigning gender identity (or whether he makes mistakes at all):

A God who occasionally messes up is a lot easier to serve. Especially if I get to be the one who decides where he has messed up.

We’ve always liked Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs, and here he weighs in on job-creation and the worth of work: Work We Value, Intelligence We Ignore: Is The Work That Made America Great Valued Any Longer? 

Loved this from Ann Voskamp: Why Wait Until Marriage – What No One Tells You & I Wish Someone Had Told Me.

Your naked body deserves the honor of being shared only with someone who is covenanted to never stop loving your naked soul.

John Pavlovitz’s essay on The Faith of Least Resistance (Why You, Me, And Most American Christians Are Really Joel Osteen) had a whole lot of ‘ouch’: sobering and important things to think about in the wake of all the Victoria & Joel Osteen Brouhaha.

If we’re really honest with ourselves, we’ll have to admit the frightening truth; you and me and the Osteens are all cut from the same flimsy, transparent religious cloth.

We all want the faith of least resistance.
We’re all seeking a Christianity that’s comfortable.
We all expect that obedience to Jesus will yield good fortune.
We all get pissed-off when God’s slow with the blessings and the bonuses.

Kara Tippetts’ 5 Thoughts on Dying Well is achingly beautiful: written by a woman who knows her days are numbered and is living and dying as well as she can. Grab a kleenex and drink deep from this one.

I wrote my first review for the Engelwood Review of Books recently: a review of Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us To Want (read it here)… but this week I want to direct you to Engelwood’s Really Bad Christian Book Covers. Seriously!!! I hear it’s hard to get published or to get a job in artistic design, so HOW DID THOSE CRAZY BOOKS GET RELEASED WITH SUCH AWFUL COVERS? Yikes.

And finally, if you’re going to watch the movie God’s Not Dead, or talk about it, make sure to read Neil Carter’s What I Learned About Atheists from God’s Not Dead. It’s important.

And oh, it made me SO HAPPY to read Sarah Bessey’s story 173 beats a minute: On one surprising little baby and the possibility of tiny miracles. So much of this resonated with me, but here’s one sentence to give you a taste:

Perhaps the only women who rejoice over morning sickness are those of us who have experienced the pain of miscarriage and early/mid pregnancy loss.

 

My favorite show of all time (So You Think You Can Dance) finished up this week, and I can’t let the week go by without one tribute. Here’s one of my favorites from this season, from Ricky and Jessica. (and by the way, once upon a time I wrote about 10 Life Lessons you can learn from SYTYCD – you should check it out 🙂 )

Top of my blog this week? When SmartPhones put pressure on your marriage. Thanks again to Ashleigh Slater and Arlene Pellicane for helping out on that advice question 🙂

Happy Clicking, everyone!

3 thoughts on “Pick of the Clicks 9/6/2014

  1. I’ve always liked perusing those Bad Christian Book Covers from time to time. They give me hope that my own creativity might find a place in this world.’

    SYTYCD was good this year, with some of the strongest dancers in the top twenty – as a group – that we’ve seen in a long time. I was holding out for the male dancer who didn’t win, but oh well.

  2. The book covers look like self-pub books. Very few people realize just how much goes into a book cover…the kearning, the subtext, the front tagline, the color balance… Self-published books with crappy covers are my PET PEEVE these days. When you see enough good books, the bad ones stand out like a sore thumb!

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