This morning I read a great post by Tommy Walker (promoted by blogging guru Jon Morrow). He highlighted seemingly innocuous ways writers sabotage themselves … you know, by being inconsistent, eschewing schedules, or ignoring their blogs … like what I did all last week.
I’m not intentionally ignoring you. I promise. Sometimes, however, real life just gets too full and something has to give … like when work assignments increase the same time your husband exits the country for business, your kids confess major backlog on homework, and an historical snowstorm pummels your area.
Yup. It was one of those weeks.
I am happy to report that that week is over and life should soon return to normal. Or some semblance thereof. In the meantime … how about four little mini blogs? Here are my (limited and condensed) responses to some interesting and thought-provoking things around the web.
You should read this stuff.
Is it possible to be gay and remain true to traditional faith in words and deed? According to this writer, yes. He begins this way: “I am a gay, devout Mormon, happily married to a woman, with three children.”
While I believe the Mormon church is a very confused cult, I admire their high prioritization of family and missions. In fact, I wish I saw those convictions so ardently upheld in more churches. This article, however, isn’t about being Mormon. It’s about being faithful to what you believe regardless of what you feel.
I found it interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the writer’s arguments toward maturity. I believe these arguments apply to all of us, regardless of our specific doctrines, sexual orientations or countless other personal struggles and circumstances. He emphasizes that actions involve choice and should not simply spawn from natural desires. Addressing claims that he is denying himself by living a heterosexual life, he says “… no matter what you decide for your future, you have to sacrifice something.” This is true for all of us. Living out faith requires active decision-making, sacrificing self in honor of Something greater.
I absolutely love Addie Zierman’s blog, How to Talk Evangelical. Her posts are raw, heartfelt and honest. This post is no exception.
Too often we build walls of propriety and stipulate qualifications on how to come to Jesus, how to approach God. Yes, we want to be reverent and, yes, we want to appeal to Him with humility and awe … but sometimes all those rules diminish our sincerity. They inhibit true communion with God. Just like David in the Psalms, we can come to Him with all we have and all that we are, be it pretty or not. He can take handle our messiness, our weariness … in fact, He invites it.
Last month in a post about community I linked to an article about the creation of an atheist church in London. Not many people clicked over; in fact, my husband didn’t even notice the link. Here is a follow-up post to that, and I recommend you read it.
Initially, this atheist movement fascinated me because of it’s correlation to community and the universal need to feel connected to one another. That is something we, as the Body of Christ, should excel at. Theoretically, thanks to the Holy Spirit, we should have connections not found anywhere else! The rest of the world wants (or at least seems to want) that … only without the intrusive “God” part.
This follow-up post, however, points out another relevant matter: the increasingly outspoken nature of unbelievers. I have no problem with people speaking their minds (as long as they do it with respect and dignity). I even encourage it (as evidenced in this post). My college roommate was a youth ministry major and is now an outspoken atheist. We’re still friends.
My concern is not about THEM speaking out, but about US being silent.
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” — 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
Last month I posted a video about adoption and the redemptive power it can hold. This is another post about adoption from a more spiritual perspective. The first one (the video) talked a lot about kids who need loving homes. This one talks about God’s instructions regarding orphans. Does it really apply to us today? And how serious should we take it? It’s powerful.
Your Turn: Have you read any challenging or thought-provoking posts lately? Share the links below!