Back to normal this week with lots of stuff to choose from to read! Enjoy!
Videos and Pictures
I'd Laugh...But This All Happened to Me - Before you speak
Pictures of Poverty - Friends or should we say amigos
of Paper, Pints, and Tweed - Nadia Bolz-Weber - Why She's Lutheran
Good Articles to Read
Jeff Goins, Writer - A Call to Live the Life You are Afraid of (Wrecked excerpt) - We always assume someone else will come to the rescue, but it’s never us. Surely somebody will have the decency to be the hero. Right? It doesn’t work like that. Not when everyone assumes someone else will do the right thing.
Ben Arment - Building your Un-Platform - 1. Be released from the weird social obligation to follow people you would never otherwise follow.
Wycliffe Bible Translators USA - Old Testament for Amish on the way - Hank says there is a movement among the Old Order Amish away from “works righteousness,” and the Pennsylvania Dutch New Testament may have influenced this. “It is being used mostly by individuals or in family devotions,” he adds.
NoSuperheros.com - Scandal! - People loves a good scandal.
Anyone of the above headlines would cause a flurry of clicks to read the account of a hero falling. (For the record, they are all false.)Katie Hawkins: Missionary to Albania - 2012 Olympic games in Durres, Albania - Last Friday, we hosted the first ever Olympics in Durres, Albania for our teen group. It was really exciting. Four countries participated: Italy, England, Canada & Brasil! (They drew flags out of a hat to decide what team they were on)
Think Christian - Why eating at Chick-fil-a isn't the same as taking communion - When a culture-wars worldview overtakes a Christian worldview, one result is that we become unable to recognize that things like food, commerce and the arts operate in a way that should be irreducible to a political stance. They provide goods and services that contribute to human social life, regardless of one’s political leanings. Politicization and partisanship, however, produce a world where a Chick-fil-A sandwich transubstantiates into the ideal essence of family values and watching The Muppets Take Manhattan is a sign and seal of one’s unflinching support for the Democratic Party’s platform. The world created by the culture wars is a sacramental world. The competing gods it makes present are idols that lock us irrevocably in a war, leading us to reduce our neighbors to nothing more than either co-belligerents or enemies to be defeated.
Thoughts on Life, God, and Ministry - Chick-fil-a...To eat or not to eat...That is the question - Similarly, I’ve shared before that I don’t believe boycotts are a good way to win people over. It goes against logic to believe that reconciliation between opposing views can or will occur if the two sides are firing arrows at one another.
The Church of No People - Thinking about Porn in Church - That’s church porn. Fantasizing about how the church should look: an ideal, perfectly shaped, airbrushed-by-your-mind church.
NoSuperheroes.com - Unique - If we walked in this truth, how would the following issues change?
1. Sanctity of Life.
2. Women’s rights.
3. Immigration issues
Amy book - Let's go back - I'm leaving Aug 31st to spend the fall in the Philippines. I'm going back to a place that I love, to a people that I love, doing something that I love. I am so very excited!!
One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, "Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine."
Compassion - The God of all Comfort - A few months after my 23-year-old son was killed by an unidentified predator, I was given a gift that will carry me through the rest of my life with peace, forgiveness and excitement.
Shawn Smucker - I Saw Our New Son and the Voice in my Head said, "Run Away!" Adoption Stories with Kim van Brunt - Now my heart is pounding again, unbridled fear has come roaring back and threatens to pull me completely under this time. This is supposed to be your child,Shame sneers. Where is the miracle? Where is the love?
A Deeper Story - A History of Outrage - I think that if there wasn’t a conflict we would have to start one.
I worry that if people twenty years from now remember the Christian blogosphere as driven by controversy, outrage, and infighting, tragically they might be more right than wrong.Mustard Seed - Thirsty Thursday: The Harvest - I guess it because we think that since everybody knows us as sinful creatures that they won’t believe us. Don’t you think that everyone in that little town knew her? Everybody knew who she was and that she slept around. They believed her! They believe her because she spoke the truth about Christ. Don’t get me wrong. There are those will turn their backs on you because they are not ready to hear the Truth, but they will believe. Deep down, we all know our makers voice.
The Church of No People - What could Christians Accomplish Next Wednesday? - Has it occurred to anyone yet, or am I the first one to realize it?
I have never, ever seen Christians that motivated, that mobilized…ever. Over anything. Who would have thought on Wednesday we’d see the biggest movement of Christians in this country in a generation? Christians of every stripe turned out. It bridged denominations and age groups. No one knew what kind of Christians they were standing in line with or eating next to. They were just united. For just a few hours. Just take out everything else and marvel at that for a moment. It doesn’t happen very often.Glimpses of Glory - Slow to Speak - These are solid words for today. Not simply for the drama I find outside my door, but what what rages inside my storm struck heart. I must get quiet if I want to hear Him speak. His words have power, but so do mine. I need to listen before I speak and slow down my trigger happy mouth. Getting angry should be the last thing on my to-do list instead of the tool that I reach for so often.