This is worth your time.

I feel a little like Radiator Springs. This blog used to be my open-door front porch where I’d sit and talk and people would visit me. But things have changed. A big highway was built that bypasses this little mapdot.

People traverse the highway of social media — facebook, twitter, pinterest, and a dozen other platforms — far more often than they visit individual websites (like this one). Myself included.

I don’t want any of you to miss out on pieces I feel are fully worth your time.

With that in mind, I submit the following links, nearly all of which I’ve posted on one or another of my social media profiles. None of which have I blogged about here. There’s just so much to say, so much going through my heart and mind and prayers.

The world has always been volatile, but seems moreso lately. Rather than speak into the chaos, I choose to listen. I choose to read. I hope to learn. And I pray incessantly.

“It’s relatively easy to act like a Christian. It’s much harder to react like one.”
— Mark Batterson

ON #FERGUSON and #BlackLivesMatter:

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond? (VIA CHRISTIANITY TODAY) “There are no winners here. Now, this moment will pass. This case will fade. Yet, real issues still remain. Rioting is wrong and stupid—but so is using rioters as an excuse to ignore the hurts of so many. For many, this is about an incident. Yet, for many African Americans, it’s about a system. It’s worth listening to why people are responding differently to the situation in Ferguson.” Read more…

Thoughts on Ferguson: (VIA GOSPEL COALITION) “…it worries me that so many Christians view themselves primarily as members of this or that ethnic community more than they see themselves as members of the body of Christ.” Read more…

To My White Male Facebook Friends: (VIA SALON) “You can’t help if you don’t understand. So first, seek to understand. To really understand. Not to dismiss, not to patronize. Not to argue. Not to tell someone else why you think what they’re living must not be really what they’re living. But to really, truly, deeply, one living creature to another, understand.” Read more…

Justice for Black Lives Must Begin With Us: (VIA RELEVANT MAGAZINE) “You of all people should put your arm around a hurting person. You don’t need to know why they hurt.” … “I think Dr. King nailed it back in the ’60s in saying, ‘I don’t condone this type of violence, but I understand it.’ He called it ‘the language of the unheard.'” Read more…

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ON #ADOPTION:

I Hate Adoption. “I hate people who abuse and abandon children. I hate women who desire drugs and men over their own children.  I hate men who cannot own up to the fact that they have children to be raised. I hate laws that make children orphans.  I hate poverty that rips families apart.  And I hate adoption.  Because adoption means there is pain and suffering behind the adopted, it means years and years of recovery. It means losing a part of who you are and who your parents are because of it. … I think God hates adoption too. Because adoption means brokenness.” Read more…

Move over Duggars! “Ask Jeane Briggs about her kids, and the conversation can last a long time, spanning many names and continents, and containing enough joy and heartache to fill several lifetimes. That’s what happens when you’re a mom of 34 kids — five biological and 29 adopted.” Read more…

A Beautiful Mess: “Imagine the exhaustion of Christmas, Thanksgiving, a wedding, a funeral, and childbirth in one day, and that would almost be Gotcha Day.” Read more…

ON #ADVENT & FOLLOWING CHRIST

Videos, Devotionals and other (FREE) Advent Resources: “It just doesn’t work to start in the middle of a story. You can’t walk into a movie theater halfway through the featured film and make sense of what you’re watching. There will be conversations and decisions and reactions that make no sense to you because you missed the beginning of the movie. In the same way, you can’t start the Christmas story with the baby in the manger in Bethlehem.” Read more…

The Need (Advent): “There are two big lies we all believe. (1) I’m one of the good guys. (2) Behavior reform will fix this mess.” Read more…

What Being Small Might Do: “We’ve been talking too much and should perhaps consider a monastic period of silence for a hundred years, that silence broken only for internal communications and hospitality, should anyone ask us a question. This century of silence would be an act of penance and an attempt to restore our damaged reputation. … We have tried to be large and powerful, and I believe we have largely and powerfully failed. I’d like to see what being small would do for us.” Read more…

5 Things That Give (Christians) A Bad Name: “Cool church isn’t nearly as powerful as authentic church. … Many of us are scared to say ‘I’m not sure.’ So we’re tempted to offer an ill-considered viewpoint on something we don’t fully understand. Even worse, some of us can gain social media traction through those ill-considered opinions.” Read more…

YOUR TURN: 

What have you read recently that has challenged you? Affirmed you? Encouraged you? Share it in the comments!

 

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