Saturday, May 4, 2013

Super Mario As A Hipster and the Best Things You'll Read All Week

Super Mario, hipster, smoking, Super Mario brothers, cool
See the others here.
by Ben Howard

Reads of the Week

Why Progressive Christians Should Care About Abortion by Rachel Held Evans
"So just as I grew irritated with the pro-life movement for its inconsistency and simplistic solutions, I grew irritated with the pro-choice movement for its callousness and disinterest in discussing the very real ethical concerns surrounding the termination of a pregnancy."

Why NBA Center Jason Collins is Coming Out Now by Jason Collins with Franz Lidz
"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

Why Jason Collins' Faith is Ignored...And Tebow's Isn't by T.F. Charlton
"There are many reasons for this marginalization of black Christian athletes. Segregation and racism in American churches and media, and widespread ignorance of black religiosity, are partly to blame, but it’s also due to the fact that white evangelicalism is more politicized—or, perhaps more accurately, is differently politicized—than Black Church traditions tend to be."

ShePonders: Apologies by Kelley Johnson Nikondeha
"Our tendency is to look away or stare into the ground, as if the floor needs the apology. But then comes the gentle reminder—look up, into your sister’s eyes, let her see you. Eye to eye contact requires connection in that tender moment. We look at the one we hurt; maybe we feel a sting in our soul as we stutter our apology. We look at the one who just insulted us and listen to their heart, even while we’re still hot with hurt.  Sharing this moment matters, small as it might seem."

White Lady Feminism, Christian Blogging, and the Worst of Both Possible Worlds by Dianna Anderson
"But, when either of these two goes wrong, they go really, really wrong. And, remarkably, I’ve noticed that they tend to go wrong in almost exactly the same ways. It’s a disturbing confluence of the problematic nature of ideology embraced above hearing opposition and it is, in many ways, a perpetuation of marginalization and oppression."

Honorable Mention

Discussing Faith Over Seafood by Sarah Moon

Just Like Me? by RJS

Theodicy and Foreign Policy: The U.S. is Not Omnipotent by Fred Clark

Line of the Week

"Can't wait to see who wins 'Best Hubby Ever' on today's episode of Facebook." - Joshua Robinson (@joshuamrobinson)

On Pop Theology Week in Review

On Being Enlightened
Charity Erickson asks us what it means to be Enlightened.

The Meaning of the End
What does it mean when things end?

On Economics and Truth
On what is true and what is true-ish.

Song of the Week

"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock (listen to the rest of the Great Gatsby soundtrack on NPR: First Listen)


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