Weekend Reading


If you have time to read only one thing, read:

After Steubenville: 25 Things Our Sons Need to Know About Manhood
“The culture of boys will be boys — means girls will be garbage and you were made for more than this, Son. Your Dad and I believe boys will be godly and boys will be honoring and boys will be humble.”

If you have more time, read:
Public Shaming is a Better Example of “If it feels good – do it” than Teen Pregnancy
Shame diminishes our capacity for empathy.
Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.
You can’t depend on empathetic connection to make a campaign effective, then crush the needed empathy with shame.”

The Way We Talk About God – Rob Bell & God’s Likeability
“Why do we treat our brothers in Christ so poorly? Why do we criticize them and run them out of town just because they hold different “truth-values” than we do? What’s the deal with that? Personally, I think its because we are people full of fear and we are afraid that if someone speaks out in defense of different ‘truth-values’ than we do the whole church will fall in on itself and collapse. Do we not understand that the church has survived 2000 years and gone through some pretty terrible stuff.”

Pink Smoke and Protestant Popes
“No, Protestants don’t have a pope; we have a myriad of popes — pastors and leaders who speak with a quasi-divine authority and whose teachings are regarded as virtually infallible by their devoted followers. Clergy sex abuse scandals and cover-ups are not unique to the Catholic Church; they also occur with devastating effects in Protestant churches. We may not have pink smoke in our services, but Protestant women are troubled too…”

They tried to ‘fix’ me with fists and cricket bats
(and really, anything else in Rachel’s Into the Light: A Series on Abuse and the Church is worth reading this weekend)

“Christianity’s role in all of this seemed paradoxical.  On the one hand my faith in Jesus was intensely comforting to me.  I would kneel in church and look at the carved wooden Stations of the Cross.  Those whips and nails: they were inflicted on Jesus because of his Goodness.  Jesus was my inspiration.  If He could be resurrected after torture and death, I could survive bullying…On the other hand, Christian teaching—as I heard it in the classroom—seemed to reinforce what the bullies were saying.”

I Am Not Your Wife, Sister or Daughter.  I Am a Person.
(**warning: offensive language**)
It defines women by their relationships to other people, rather than as people themselves. It says that women are only important when they are married to, have given birth to, or have been fathered by other people. It says that women are only important because of who they belong to.
Women are not possessions.
Women are people.
I seriously cannot believe that I have to say this in 2013.”

Song in my heart, my head and on my ipod:
“Farther Along” by Josh Garrels
(he’s on NoiseTrade right now too!)

and
“Little Ditty” by Caspar Babypants
(because I have a child with an opinion now apparently.  at least she has decent taste.)

Totally noshing on:
White Bean Chili
(chicken served on the side – yay family dietary diversity! and i know i tweaked in other ways, but can’t remember what they are…oops.)

Black Bean Enchiladas
(I substitute black beans for chicken)

Grilled Cheddar Cheese with Avocado, Spinach and Roasted Garlic Hummus
no link for this one, it’s pretty straight forward. buttered bread, grilled with extra sharp cheddar, organic spinach and avocado and hummus.  Just do it.

 Nutella Lava Cookie Cups
(but I used Choco-dream, which is essentially slave-free Nutella and I mixed peanut butter into the nutella filling, because peanut butter and nutella should never exist separately)

My Most-read Post:
The Word Before The Word: Beginning a Dialogue on Women, The Church and Gender Prejudice

Grace and peace this weekend,
Megan

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