Pick of the Clicks 5/21/2016

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Hello, friends. The weeks are WHIPPING by like the final sprint to the end of the school year that they are… but in the midst of the madness you probably still want something good to read every now and then, right? Here are some of the best:

HELL YEAH to this from Glennon Doyle Melton: Pe-TISH-ion

When I was little — I looked at the one size fits none standard of beauty and thought: “Damn. There’s something wrong with me.” And Tish will look at the same crap and say: ” Damn. There’s something wrong with THAT.” And she’ll likely get a little pissed. And that’s what I want. I want girls who are angry instead of sick.

I love this reflection from Micah Boyett on what she’s learned, experienced, and gained from sharing her married-with-kids home with a single friend: You, me, and Leigh.

All of us—my husband and Leigh and I—shared the same reasoning: this experiment was good. In fact, we all agreed that it had genuinely surprised us all with its goodness. Its unexpected gifts were making all of our lives richer, and taught us a few valuable lessons.

THIS, from Alia-Joy Hagenbach, is a most magnificent read about marriage. (Really, you should read it)— The Hospitality of Marriage: Loving Life It’s New:

We were never an ideal match, we have been strangers as often as we’ve been friends. We’ve had to relearn what it is to make space for each other. I never thought the training grounds for hospitality would be in the welcoming of who we are.

This was fascinating: Thoughts on Gender and Radical Candor, from Kim Scott:

Gender politics and fear of tears push men away from being as radically candid with women as they are with other men. This is bad for men, women and the truth. Gender bias pushes women away from being radically candid in a way that is also bad for men, women and the truth.

And from David Brooks (who’s reading James K.A. Smith, another favorite of mine), Putting Grit in Its Place:

(H)ard work and resilience can only happen when there is a strong desire. Grit is thus downstream from longing. People need a powerful why if they are going to be able to endure any how.

Them’s fightin’ words from Nate J Lee in Hillsong Church: Do Not Colonize San Francisco, but I think he has a point (and his discussion of the context of the Scriptures on which this church plant is being done is particularly salient…)

Ben Houston has pulled the age-old theological sleight of hand that has enabled all colonial destruction that has occurred in the name of Jesus: He has positioned himselfin the place of Biblical Israel within the Biblical narrative, effectively positioning Hillsong Church as God’s chosen people to bring their exquisite salvation to the rest of the world, by any means necessary. It also means, to be clear, that the strategic cities of the world, of which San Francisco is one, are the Promised Land, filled with milk, honey, and slow drip coffee, destined to fall into the hands of God’s chosen people.

…and in a similar vein see also this excellent piece from the increasingly awesome Babylon Bee: Man With Jeremiah 29:11 Tattoo Recounts His Time In Babylonian Captivity. Seriously, folks, we need to handle our bibles better. (Be an exegete.)

Here’s your video clip for the week: just four minutes long, on how wolves change rivers. My Mother in Law sent this, thinking my son would find it interesting. I thought I would find it “educational”, but it was FASCINATING. I had NO IDEA…

From me (since the last pick of the clicks):

Better Than a Rolling Jail

What Marriage Isn’t

We’re Done Having Kids… Touch Wood

As always, thanks for reading! And if you have any questions you want to send in for the Ask Me Anything column, please do!