We are officially on summer vacation, so the Pick of the Clicks may be spotty for the next two months… but for this week, there are some GEMS to bookmark and explore. Enjoy!
Margaret Philbrick’s essay Loving My Sister-Brother, on the journey of love and faith she has been on since her sibling announced he was becoming a woman, is my top pick this week. THIS is what gracious listening and loving looks like. (Margaret is also the author of the novel A Minor, which I reviewed here).
What happened in McKinney, Texas this week should not have happened. Reading Austin Channing’s This Is What Its Like (to be a black girl in America) was sobering and important. As always, I appreciate Kristen Howerton’s voice in matters like this: read America… The place where a white woman yelling racist insults ends in the brutalization of black children.
Judy and Steve Douglass, the leaders of Cru Global (formerly Campus Crusade) celebrated forty years of marriage this week – Congratulations! I met Judy through the Redbud Writers Guild (read her guest post for this blog here!) and really loved her Reflections on 40 Years married to Steve Douglass. They are an example to me!
I am busy reading Susan Cain’s “Quiet”, a book about the incredible strength of introverts in an extroverted world. Her website devoted to the Quiet Revolution featured an article by David Zweig: How to Succeed Without Self-Promoting. Such good stuff.
Branson Parler’s observations on How science and reason created an age of unbelief – in science and reason is a short and excellent piece. He asks:
How do we account for the way that the corrosive unbelief of our age is not just limited to matters of religion, but of science as well?
This was fascinating from Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR: Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain.
Helen Young Hayes’s post recounting her experience of being Held by God when the airplane she was in crash landed gave me goosebumps.
Lesley Sebek Miller’s thoughts on how to help the homeless when you have kids in the backseat was so good: it gave me something practical to think about to address some of the poverty we see around us in a wise way.
Lore Ferguson’s reflections on Counting Marriage As Loss are poignant and wise: for all those who grapple with singleness (or love those grappling with it), there is some profound good here.
Fist bump to Jon Acuff for his short and excellent post: Learning how to tell someone “no”. He writes:
If you tell someone “no” and they react in anger, they just confirmed you made the right decision.
I wanted to award Rachel Marie Stone with gold stars and a giant slice of cake for this fantastic piece: Forget Paleo: here’s the religious case for eating that slice of wedding cake. She writes:
You can eat your cake. Just not when it’s masquerading as a muffin, a coffee drink, a granola bar. Your kids can eat their cake. Just not when it’s shape-shifting into cereal, juice boxes and snacks disguised as fruit.
I wish we could at least agree on these things: cake should be cake, and eaten as such, which is to say, occasionally. Cucumbers should be cucumbers — eaten in salad, not as cake. And Paleo brownies should be used as a natural version of Ex-Lax.
On the blog:
From the ‘Ask Me Anything’ series, two readers asked for advice about how to find a new church.
I had a guest piece (which tells a very special story about how we came to decide to have children) over at Songbird & A Nerd. Find the link here: The Post-It Note That Called the Stork.
And did you see the fantastic piece from Liz von Ehrenkrook? You’re Bleeding, Not Dying.