Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly Smorgasbord

It's been FOREVER since I've done my "weekly" post of links. Here are some I've rounded up over the past few weeks. Some might feel kind of obsolete, but I didn't want to not share any.

    On Faith:
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:03 PM PST
    " There's a right way and a wrong way to express your convictions about Halloween. If you choose not to celebrate Halloween, don't. It's your prerogative to do it or not do it."

    This was a great list of reflections. I've honestly never thought of number four, but how true it is!

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:06 PM PST
    "She's standing on a stage and she's holding out her bare roll of skin, a bearing of soul, holding out her cellulite and begging us to look in her eyes and why am I looking away?...And there are 10,000 women sitting under this domed roof holding out their hearts like empty cups....They're here right next to me — all these women rejected for the size of their pants, the size of their house, the size of their family, the size of their work."

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:58 PM PST
    "It seems impossible to walk in this world without robbing someone of their dignity...'There comes a point," he says, an ocean away, in the wisdom of space, 'When you accept that you can't do it all. When you accept that prayer still matters. When prayer is where you have to start.'"

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:37 PM PST
    "But offensiveness itself is not a great indicator of being on the right path. Being offensive is not a fruit of the Spirit. ...Jesus humbled himself to the point of death, but his Way leads to Life. He exalted the humble and loved us all, even those who disagreed, betrayed, and had him killed...The Truth can be offensive. Like the cross. Like love. Like Jesus."

    Possibly my favorite of the list. {Language warning.}

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:34 PM PST
    "This woman is unjustly treated as a slave by those who are in fact her equals. But she treats her inferiors with a grace that not only adorns but lifts them above their natures...Clearly this movie is interested in clothes, but not in a superficial way at all, because clothes first and foremost are figured as gifts that make visible a life of grace and virtue and its effect on others."

    Really neat take on it.

    Posted: 05 Nov 2012 08:30 PM PST
    "Here's my suggestion; both people need to be open-minded. Both people need to consider the possibility that the other person is right and they are wrong. They need to examine the evidence with an objective set of eyes (as best as they can – nobody is perfectly unbiased) and both seek to discover the true nature of reality, whatever that looks like."

    Very interesting article on an alternate way of doing evangelism.

    On Marriage and Family:
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:03 PM PST
    LOVED this list.
    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:57 PM PST
    "I don't want my marriage to be ordinary. I know that peanut butter and jam on toast is good and nutritious and solid. But sometimes you need Eggos. Every once in a while, just to remember that life is worth celebrating with the one you love...Because sooner or later we'll be sitting on a plane, alone, doing crosswords and trying hard not to cry."

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:44 PM PST
    This veterans day post had me in tears. Big time. May we not forget the heroes behind our heroes.

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:36 PM PST
    " I think we skip right over serving because it's sounds so, well, servant-like. But I'm telling y'all, that's where it's at."

    On Social and Political Issues:
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:06 PM PST
    "I hope you vote wisely and thoughtfully tomorrow, but please, don't buy into the idolatrous lie that your future hangs in the balance. If you are a Christian, I would encourage you, regardless of the results of tomorrow's election, to be gracious, kind, and humble. Show the world that your hope is not in this life or in the things of this world, but in the One who offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for sinners."

     A little late, but still worth the read.

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:59 PM PST
    "It was then that I realized that American have this innate need to be right. And in order to be right, the person with the opposite or different perspective must be wrong, must become a villain, a foe."

    Interesting thoughts.

    On the Sanctity of Life:
    Why I lost faith in the pro-choice movement |
    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:34 PM PST
    "I saw an almost pathological level of avoidance, in myself as well as in the larger pro-choice community, on this most critical issue of when a fetus becomes a person, and when abortion becomes infanticide."

    This article was fascinating.
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:05 PM PST
    "You will not find me holding the protest signs. You will not find me shouting in the streets...But you shall find me weeping when someone says war is the only option, drop bombs from the drones and find me unable to speak when it's only a fetus, my right to choose."

    This was a powerful post. An awful lot to think about. Most of it stuff I'd shared before, but articulated so beautifully I couldn't not share.

    On Living Life Rightly: 
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:04 PM PST
    "At best, our attempts are feeble to convey the inner workings of intimate relationships of spouses and families, let alone the delicate balance of loving ourselves.

    Don't wait until you finally understand what a person's burden is, just give them the benefit of the doubt that they have a struggle, everyone does."


    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:10 PM PST
    "The point is, you really can't categorize anybody, and any attempt to categorize another person is socially lazy. Categorizing people, in the worst instances, devalues them, and in the best instances is creates a false understanding."

     Interesting idea.
    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:39 PM PST
    "Today as we face our dishes, our proposals, our classrooms full of the future; as we sit to create, to write, and to live on purpose, may the promise of growth outweigh our fear of stumbling...May we remember how swiftly perfect love drives out fear...May our thousand brilliant excuses spin around into one brilliant act of belief."

    On Finding the Beauty:

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:02 PM PST
    "After a spell the sound of the train stirs up that verse about 'not in vain' so he lowers his hands and opens his eyes and steadies himself to step back inside guessing with age its not all that bad to be thoroughly happy, occasionally sad."

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:01 PM PST
    "We want heroes with grand lives to sweep us up into their stories and propel us out to save the world through their endeavors while we stay home and fold the boring laundry...Most heroes I know are brave because they keep going in the face of their overwhelming fears, their worries, the voices in their heads that tell them they aren't good enough, diligent enough, calm enough, prepared enough, or any other enough that can spit up out of the "perfect-o-meter."...But my guess is heaven uses a very different yard stick than we do. So keep on you. Yes you. The one up to your elbows in what feels like ordinary."

    A good word for me. For y'all.

    On Managing:
    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:04 PM PST
    "Those plans worked on paper–but I couldn't follow through in real life. Because time management isn't just about time: it's also about energy."

    Great list. I never really thought of number two, but it's so true!

    On Various Other Topics of Great Interest (or Silliness):
    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:17 PM PST

    Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:12 PM PST
    Just a fun little post!


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