Pick of the Clicks 8/30/2014

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Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone! Here are some of my top picks from the world wide interwebz this week.

First: my favorite internet ditty from this week 🙂

Kappa_56eb17_5273867On a much more serious note, I wanted to cheer for this from Carlos Campo: What the New Majority-Minority Public Schools Mean for Christians.

“Instead of leaving our local public schools, now is the time for Christians to invest more in student success. We have an opportunity to love our neighbors, and their children, in a very practical way.”

Tish Warren Hanson wrote a sobering and yet hopeful piece on what happened to cause the graduate chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship close down at Vanderbilt university in The Wrong Kind of Christian. A friend tells me the same battle is being waged in the administration of the state schools in California – so this is a particularly important read.

Excellence (as usual) from Karen Swallow Prior over at First Things with Marriage and Mating Rites – such a fascinating read on how expectations and experience shape our relational success.

Lore Ferguson invited some wise and generous friends to contribute to a free ebook on Singles in Leadership. Every one of these little essays is important. Download it here.

I appreciated Nate Pyle’s thoughts on how people have responded to the continued furore about Mark Driscoll in The Tweetable Tale of Two Mars Hill Pastors.

I love the SheLoves magazine community anyway – but this week I loved, loved, loved Fiona-Lynn Koefoed-Jespersen’s essay When the Holy Spirit is Our Midwife. I cried real tears over its beauty.

This week I wrote about the parable of the lost blue shoe. My friend Corrie, it turns out, had a similar experience recently and put it into the most gorgeous graphic parable here: The parable of the lost bear. (Check it out and marvel!)

Loved this from Sarah Damm: Don’t Ask More than God Does – such sage and comforting words to us harried moms who feel we need to do it all. (Thanks to Abby for the recommendation)

It turns out that I am not one of then early 500 MILLION people who discovered Ylvis last year when their song “What Does The Fox Say” went viral. Instead, I discovered them this week with their “intelevator” prank – which just gets funnier and funnier by the minute. These guys have such incredible vocal and language talents:

I have many, many thoughts on how the conversation about Ferguson, MO is playing out, and particularly the discussion about what constitutes racism and white privilege. I hinted at a few of those thoughts in my article at Christianity Today’s Hermeneutics this week (click here for the link), and perhaps I will write more on it in the week ahead.

On that topic, though, I really appreciated the following:

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s Essay on Why She Doesn’t Want Her Child to be Color Blind,

and this piece from Jeremy Dowsett : What Riding my Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege.

And Jon Stewart’s slam-dunk on the topic here from The Daily Show (language warning. Also, ice-cold bucket of truth warning):

That’s all for this week, friends. What caught your eye this week?


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4 thoughts on “Pick of the Clicks 8/30/2014”

  1. Bronwyn, as always thank you for your eclectic offerings here; great blessing. I am somewhat, I think, less generous than Nate Pyle in his tweet comparisons regarding Mark Driscoll. I long for the day when Piper closes his Twitter account; I am not convinced he is as gifted in bursts of thoughts (140 characters) as he may be with the context of his longer writings. I am waiting for Piper, and others who offer public support for Driscoll, to perhaps offer 140 characters on behalf of those who have been thrown under the evangelical bus, so to speak. A voice for those with no voice.

    Cheers to you and yours–your generosity always challenges me in the best of ways!

    1. Rick, you are so right: some people really do need more than 140 characters to be able to speak with more balance and grace. I would agree that piper is one of these. I prefer wordier piper too, and (as with all of my pick of the clicks) – my listings are not unqualified endorsements, but often offered as something I thought was a worthy read/discussion point. Nate pyle’s comments about how we weigh orthodoxy vs orthopraxy were, I thought, something salient and helpful to think through. Thanks for reading and commenting. Always appreciate your thoughts!

  2. Thanks, Bronwyn. In my near 60-years of life, 40 of which have been spent in Christian life, and a fair portion of that in church leadership, I have come to this understanding. American church culture has evolved what I would call an ’empire’ class–men with very strong leadership giftings, including that of writing and speaking. Our church culture’s embrace of these giftings and gifted men have resulted in the promulgation of what some would call certain brands, (Driscoll himself referred to the Mars Hill brand being him in one of his more unguarded statements).

    My observations of this ’empire’ class lead me to conclude that the protection of each other’s ministry brands by the members of the ’empire’ class takes precedence over the loving exposure and correction, and calls to repentance, regarding the excesses and abuses of some members of that ’empire’ class. It takes precedence over the call of the gospel to defend those who lack power and status. I wholeheartedly agree with N. Pyle’s observation that we have elevated orthodoxy over orthopraxy–it is a societal ill, not just a church ill–just look at our political class and its conversational tone. But the church is supposed to look like Jesus, not a managed PR system of for-profit corporations. The call to grace must not be used as a club to get believers to accept the awful behavior or tolerance of behavior of the ’empire’ class.

    Thanks for listening; you can tell I am in a grand state of disillusionment presently. I am thankful for your voice and that of many of those who comment here. They sound like Jesus to me.

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