Saturday, September 7, 2013

Weekly Smorgasbord

Here are this week's links. Sorry for overdoing it with Miley. I just read a lot about it and a lot resonated!


On Family:
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 01:45 PM PDT
"One of my favorite truths from Scripture is that condemnation is a trick of the enemy, not the language of the heavens. Shame is not the rhetoric of redemption, so if we are a slave to it, we have moved outside the protective covering of mercy. And it is harsh out there, debilitating actually. If your inner monologue is constantly critical, endlessly degrading, it may be time to move a few feet back under the umbrella of grace. For there the yoke is easy and the burden is light. Then we can breathe and assess our own parenting with the same kindness we extend to others."

YES.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 10:00 PM PDT
"Fathers have to speak ahead as well as backward; sons must learn to look back, not just forward. Families forge a legacy when both parents and children act against type. Speech forms an intersection of past and future, a shared "present time." More prosaically, generational gaps can be bridged when parents talk and listen to children, and children listen and talk to their parents. Speech is medicine for healing the wounds of time."

On Faith:
Posted: 02 Sep 2013 07:26 PM PDT
So hilarious!

On Miley and More: 
Posted: 27 Aug 2013 03:58 PM PDT
This was an interesting commentary. Not sure I agree with much of it, but so fascinating to read.
Posted: 27 Aug 2013 02:31 PM PDT
"But there is more than the harsh side to ratchet, argues Dr. Cooper. While she recognizes that the expression, when used to describe a person, is often pejorative, she has also sees women embracing "ratchet … as an attempt to de-pathologize it" and to celebrate both its edginess and its roots in the southern working class." 

I have no idea why stuff like this interests me, but it does. Also, not really about Miley at all, but I got there by way of her. 
Posted: 31 Aug 2013 02:28 PM PDT
"But in my heart, I don't feel outrage. I'm very sad for her. When that performance was over, and she left the stage, the internet blew up with hatred and disgust [and I am not saying the internet shouldn't feel that way]. Miley still washed her face last night and climbed into bed at some point and in that most honest moment right before she fell asleep, I wonder if she was sad. Or embarrassed. Or if she is so deep in the rabbit hole of this whole thing that she felt nothing."
Posted: 31 Aug 2013 02:25 PM PDT
"Consider it the racialized pop culture version of a bride insisting that all of her bridesmaids be hideously clothed as to enhance the bride's supremacy on her wedding day."

Posted: 01 Sep 2013 07:13 PM PDT
"Be brave enough to tell a different story. Be courageous enough to rise above the lies that our culture tells you about how to treat women. In doing so, you'll help create a better world for your sons. And for your sons' sons. And that's something to which we should all aspire."

Guys, this is important. When they are a bit older, I don't want to be only talking to Annie about "Miley"; I want to be talking to Graves about "Robin". And I want Peyton to be talking to them both about all of it, too. 
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 01:16 PM PDT
Big ol' language warning, but I think this is majority on point.

On Syria:
Posted: 01 Sep 2013 07:03 PM PDT
"As followers of Jesus, we are meant to live the ways of our Saviour into every corner of our existence. In this instance, I support and engage with efforts advocating for immediate care of refugees, worldwide diplomatic pressure and dialogue, particularly with Syria's neighbours and allies, and a strong commitment to the practice of non-violence. We should be the voices and hands of peace making in our world. Walter Wink calls this "the third way" – the action alternative from military intervention and isolationism."

Something to think about.

On Reading and Writing:
Posted: 01 Sep 2013 01:35 PM PDT
Although I disagree with pretty much all of these, it's a sort of funny little list.

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 09:53 PM PDT
"Believe in the holy contour of life...Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind...No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge...Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it"

On Red-Light District Revelations:
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 10:31 PM PDT
Wow.

Enjoy!

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