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Notable News: Week of November 24-30, 2012

I’m a little late, and I don’t have a lot of time.  I did manage to finish my NaNo novel yesterday, but I’m about to drive out to Girl Scout camp to spend the night with my daughter.  She stayed there without me last night, and now I’m going for some quality mom and daughter bonding.  Maybe also some s’mores.  Anyway, here’s a couple of things:

1. 40 Moms. 40 Messages.

Just read it and see if you can make it through just the first one without tissues.  I know some people who need to hear these messages (you know who you are).  I hope that you find comfort in the words of these beautiful women.

2. And on the opposite end of the spectrum…

A woman who makes her living as an anti-feminist.  How original.  I’m glad I have Suzanne Venker to tell me that I was taught by “feminists” to hate men.  It’s refreshing to know that someone else understands my childhood better than I do.

3. Standing up for victims

I love this piece by Daisy Rainn Martin, though it does make me want to hug my kids a little tighter tonight.  This quote says it all for me:

I’m occasionally admonished, “Well, Daisy, that doesn’t seem very gracious. Don’t you believe that Christ can forgive even the most heinous sins?”

In fact, I do. Let Christ do His work in the darkest hearts of those so enmeshed in deceit and manipulation and horror around which the rest of us can’t even wrap our heads. The Church should certainly make sure they have all the cigarettes and socks they’ll ever need or want for the duration of their time in prison.

4. Group blogging on A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I am so fortunate to be able to participate with these other wonderful writers as we work through the book.  Here is the first post in the series.

5. The Liturgical Year

John Shore has given us a nice summary of the different times in the liturgical calendar.  As of this Sunday, we will begin the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle.  I have found over time that I feel most connected spiritually when I’m honoring the traditions of the Church.  I understand that many do not; however, I think that is largely because many churches fail to teach people the history and meaning of the practices.  My husband and I hope to help our children grow in their understanding of these rich traditions.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Provoketive: Review of Kosher Jesus

Visit Provoketive to read my latest, a review of Kosher Jesus by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing, February 1, 2012), Kindle edition.

When I first read that Kosher Jesus would be available in February, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The prospect of reading more about Jesus from a purely Jewish perspective was intriguing.  I am pleased to say that Kosher Jesus lived up to my expectations. [continue reading]

New Provoketive Post: Economics

New post up on Provoketive about the idea that sharing our resources leads to complacency:

I think sometimes people forward things without reading them carefully.  There is far too much wrong with this to address it all.  So I’m going to zero in on “best sentence” number four, “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” [continue reading]

Provoketive: Driscoll Fail

My post, out today, is on the ways Mark Driscoll gets it right.

I wanted to avoid giving Mark Driscoll any further press.  I wanted to avoid reading, writing, or thinking any more about this man and what he has to say.  Most of all, I wanted to avoid using the words, “Mark Driscoll” and “right” in the same sentence.

Darn. [read more]

That’s all well and good, except that Driscoll’s church, Mars Hill, had an epic fail which you can read about here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).  You should also read the follow-up guest post.  Several other people have weighed in on the issue, including Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dianna Anderson, Sarah Moon, and Bob Cargill.  These people are more articulate than I.  So instead of writing about this myself, I urge you to read about it for yourselves.

(I will go on record saying that while I agree that discipline and correction are good, this was an abuse of power and not appropriate.)

Provoketive: On Women and Modesty

Here’s my recent article on Provoketive:

The way we (Christians in particular) talk about relationships with our young people may be sending them mixed messages with unintended consequences.  It isn’t wrong to encourage morality and purity in our relationships.  On the contrary, that’s desirable.  I don’t doubt that this is the goal.  But it may be getting lost in translation. [continued]

I’ve been posting here on similar issues, so this fits right in with my other musings on the topic.

Many thanks to my friend Matthew for posting the picture that sparked this article.

Provoketive: Synchroblog on hope

Here’s my latest post on Provoketive, part of a synchroblog:

We use the word hope so often that it can go by unnoticed.  We use it to talk about our sports teams: “I hope New England is headed for the Super Bowl” (Go, Pats!).  We use it to speak of the mundane: “I hope Mom’s making meat loaf for dinner.”  Sometimes, we even use it flippantly: “Well, I hope you’re happy now!” [read more]

“Strong”: on Provoketive

In this article, I take on Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad:

In every single sentence of Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad, he weaponizes his faith.  Not only that, Perry knows exactly what he’s doing.  He knows that there is a subset of the American population that thrives on the belief that LGBT people have an agenda and are out to destroy traditional values; that children are punished for praying; that President Obama is not only not a “real” Christian but actively wants to destroy religion (by which he means true Christianity, of course—who really cares about the Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and so forth). [continued]

Article on Provoketive: Bullying

This went up a couple of days ago and was circulated by Emergent Village (yeah!).  Here’s an excerpt, click the link to read the full text.

At the end of November, one of our local schools suffered a tragic loss.  A student died by suicide.  Although the people investigating have not officially stated whether bullying was involved, that was the conclusion reached by many of the student’s peers.  How sad that aggression in schools has progressed to the point that when a student ends her life, that is the first thing to come to mind. [more]