Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Magnificent Mustache and the Best Things You'll Read All Week

by Ben Howard

Reads of the Week

1) If Men Got the Titus 2 Treatment... by Rachel Held Evans

"It has come to my attention that we are facing a crisis of biblical masculinity in the Church today. An increasing number of men are neglecting the roles God clearly outlined for them in Scripture (Genesis 3:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, 1 Timothy 2:8) in favor of blatant cultural capitulation.  I’d like to focus on three biblical principles that many modern men, out of total disregard for Scripture, continue to ignore: sweating, kissing, and hand-raising."

2) No Offense: Hating Black History Month by Maria Dixon

"For many in the American Church, yes even the Progressive Church, race and blackness are topics and people that are to be objectified. What I mean by this is that the Church is more than happy to make African Americans the objects of their outreach; their philanthropy; or even their programmatic initiatives but rarely if ever their fully actualized discursive partners capable of self-governing thoughts. Well-intentioned saviors, swoop in often without asking, offer diagnosis and remedy, and then leave frustrated when questions are asked or critique offered."

3) Everyone Stop What You're Doing and Listen to Panti Bliss by Fred Clark

"Panti takes the stage after what appears to have been a somber play about impoverished coal miners in 1913 — because this is in Ireland, where if you’re ever going to step onto a stage the odds are that it will be soon after a somber play about impoverished coal miners in 1913. She then offers a charming, funny, heartfelt and sometimes heart-breaking speech about oppression and how it becomes internalized and about what it means to be a person like her living in a place like that."

4) Sochi Cadillac Ad Encourages Worship at the Altar of Work and Stuff by Jonathan Merritt

"In my faith tradition—evangelical Christianity—I’m struck by an absence of preaching, teaching, and talking about these kinds of Biblical ideas. Perhaps it is because materialism has become a respectable sin or maybe it is because we need the wealthy to bankroll our massive ministry budgets and mammoth church building projects."

5) Sermon On That Special Class of Salty, Light-Bearing People to Whom Jesus Preaches by Nadia Bolz-Weber

"These people, the wretched ones left behind in the last verses of chapter 4, they follow Jesus, in a way that the least, the last, the lost and the lonely have followed him ever since, and to them he gives a blessing.  The poor, those who mourn and are meek. Jesus gives them a blessing. You are blessed. He says, And then right after that, he says that they are salt and light."

Honorable Mention

How to Be Loved Today by Shannan Martin

Keep The Earth Below My Feet by Kelli Woodford

A Closet Comes Undone by Ben Moberg

Tweets of the Week

"On behalf of my wife and I, we'd like to apologize to everyone for the Nicholas Sparks movie we just watched. We are truly sorry." - @ScottAEmery

"How much can't could a white girl can't even if a white girl literally could not even." - @aguywithnolife

"When the phrase "a penny for your thoughts" was first coined you could buy a horse for a penny. Today our thoughts are worth almost nothing." - @MooseAllain

On Pop Theology Week in Review

A Theology of Legos by Jim Kast-Keat

"Growing up, there was one Christmas present I could always guess with a single shake: Legos."

Failure, The Only Option by Rebekah Mays

"As a writer, I often wish there was some magic pill I could take that would instantly transform me into Flannery O’Connor."

A Different Olympics by Ben Howard

"I’ve been watching a different Olympics than you."

On Love by Lane Severson

"As a Christian, I find it very difficult to say anything about love that is both true to experience and true to my religious convictions."

The Value In All Sorts Of Loves by Emily Maynard

"If you’ve walked into any store that sells things recently, you may have noticed that love is in the air."

Song of the Week

"Stop" by Matchbox Twenty


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