Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Happy Alabama Fan and the Best Things You'll Read All Week

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by Ben Howard

Reads of the Week

1) Love That Swerves by Shannan Martin

"All hell broke loose when we adopted a 19-year old convicted felon and welcomed him into our home. The problem wasn’t him, or at least he wasn’t the biggest problem. The problem wasn’t us, or at least we weren’t the biggest problem."

2) We Should Listen to Louis C.K. by Cindy Brandt

"I’m not sure if Louis C.K. is religious or not, but he has incisively touched upon a profound truth – if we do not allow ourselves to go to the deep, dark place, we deny ourselves the fullness of life and survive with superficial satisfaction. If church is to be a place where we invite people to meet with God, we must provide a space to plunge past  the urges to placate those initial nagging thoughts of sad, and immerse ourselves in full-blown lament."

3) Losers, Amish, and the Reign of Christ by Nadia Bolz-Weber

"I think this imago dei, this image of God, creates in us a longing for what is real and beautiful and redemptive. And even as we are drawn to self-preservation and the game of winners and losers, there is something in us that always knows it’s all a lie."

4) When It's the Worst Thanksgiving Ever by Bethany Suckrow

"Instead of counting our blessings, Thanksgiving feels like a cruel cliche rubbed into our pain like salt on a wound. Instead of rearranging furniture for the Christmas tree, we find ourselves making room for a hospice bed. Instead of bringing everyone together for the big feasts of our childhood, we’re planning for a funeral."

5) Mark Driscoll's Plagiarism Witch Hunt by Christian Piatt

"Yes, I know it is Thanksgiving. So maybe I am feeling a little bit more generous than usual. But even I am not beyond offering some grace and compassion toward Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll,  especially when I think he is being treated unfairly."

Honorable Mention

5 Reasons I'm Glad I Was Raised Evangelical by Rachel Held Evans

When All We Give is to Our Imagined Poor by Krista Dalton

Crossing Borders in the Church: On Embracing Undocumented Immigrants by Matthew Soerens

On Pop Theology Week in Review

An Announcement About the Future of On Pop Theology by Ben Howard

"Things have been a bit quiet here over the last few weeks. You may have noticed."

Song of the Week

"The Oncoming Storm" by Legs Nose Robinson (because who doesn't love a Doctor Who tribute band featuring On Pop Theology's own Jesse Moon)


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