Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On Those Times When It Actually Sticks

I'm having some fun writing over at A Deeper Family today. Head over and check it out. Check out the Deeper Story and Deeper Church channels while you're at it. There's a whole heap of incredible storytellers over there.

Here's a snippet of my contribution"
"Regardless of how the day starts though, one thing is clear: the whole "stay in bed until your light turns green" thing just isn't really sticking. This, however, is not a unique phenomenon. Parenting is full of these intellectual impasses, and while the conversations can be maddening when you're in the middle of them (for the eleventy-billionth time), they're actually pretty funny. For us, they usually follow the same pattern: 
I say something. 
He looks at me like that's the craziest thing he's ever heard in his life, which might actually be true, since his life only consists of three years so far. 
But then, one day, I'll hear him talking to one of his little friends (and adults as well), and he'll just drop some knowledge on them like it's no big deal. I had a friend in town not too long ago who got the full treatment on what geologists were, how vulcanologists were a subset of geologists that study volcanoes and lava and magma, and what paleontologists do as well. 
Boss."
Click through to the Deeper Family page to read the rest.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On Modesty and Male Privilege

My virtual friend Emily wrote a great piece for the "Church Leaders" website yesterday about the problems with modesty rules in Christian culture, and rightly pointed out how these rules unfairly shame women into particular behavior patterns, often resulting in lasting emotional and psychological damage. It was an honest, personal story of one woman's struggle with reconciling her freedom in Christ with the rigid behavioral codes often handed down to women from the pulpit or from Christian culture in general.

It was a great article.

And then there were the comments.

Sweet. Jumping. Jehoshaphat. The comments.

(The comments are the reason that I put "Church Leaders" in scare quotes in the opening sentence. Admit it, you went back and looked.)

I defintely suggest that you give the article a read, but I actually recommend you don't read the comments. It got a little cray-cray in there for a minute or two, and it will probably just destroy your faith in humanity no matter which side of the argument that you're on (though I'll admit, there actually were some really bright spots of honest dialogue that I genuinely enjoyed).  **But especially don't read if you're easily triggered by things like spiritual abuse or rape apologists.**
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