The Reads…

Clanging Cymbals: Danica Newton on Twitter Preachers and Bad Fruit
“‘Are my words producing love? Are they producing joy and peace in my hearers? Are my actions guided by patience and kindness? Can I see goodness coming from what I say and do? Am I doing this and speaking this with gentleness? Do I have self-control?’ In short, I ask myself, ‘Is there fruit?'”

Accuser’s Sentence in Dubai Rape Case Stirs Anger in the West
“A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after reporting that she had been raped said Friday that she had decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks to outsiders…”

(a pertinent reminder to be in constant prayer for our sisters living and working in countries where the value of women is devoid.)

Changing the Politics of Street Harassment Means More Men Must Step Up
“Masculinity became the equivalent of the schoolyard popsicle sticks, designed to be split in half and savored with a friend. When I see a man whistle like a wolf of wall street at a woman on the sidewalk, I don’t just see the schoolyard and the bully throwing around his power. I see a man who thinks this is the way the world works. This is what it means to be a man.

For many men, that has rarely been challenged. Who is going to tell you differently, Spike TV and Maxim? They don’t have an interest in reforming masculinity — but supporting a masculinity model that encourages rampant consumption. They need the myth to sell magazines and to uphold the idea that a woman’s crowning glory is being objectified on the cover of a magazine.”

A Fascinating Map of the Worst Countries for Modern Slavery
“China, Russia, and Uzbekistan have been named among the worst offenders when it comes to human trafficking, according to a StateDepartment report released Wednesday, joining Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, and Zimbabwe on the bottom “tier” of the U.S. human trafficking rank.”

In Which I Think I Feel the Holy Spirit but…
“‘You are filled, sweet girl. Some people speak in tongues. But those tears falling down your face are Holy Spirit tears. I see the Spirit all over you. You are hearing the Spirit speak. Just because you don’t speak the way some do doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t change anything. You are filled. You are loved. You are complete.’”

The Myth of Extending the Table
“When I arrived, it was immediately clear that I was late. Everyone else was already seated at the table and finishing up the salad course. Still, I was welcomed and introduced as guest of the host. I looked around the table and noticed that there wasn’t an empty place setting. All the seats were occupied. Slightly embarrassed, the host quickly had people rearrange their chairs and make some room as he retrieved a folding chair from his garage.”

Power and Gender: Among Us it Shall Be Different 
“The problem, as I see it, is less about what men and woman can or can’t do than with a group of men in the church exerting power over another group–women. In short, men are “lording over” women in the church, exercising top-down power via a hierarchy…gender aside, that sort of lording over is prohibited by Jesus. ‘But among you it shall be different.'” 

The books…
(because I have time to do that again now that VBC is over…)

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes – E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien
Romans

The things I loved this week…
The awesome, refreshing, life-giving family time Ben and I carved out this week.  From Cadence’s first trip to the zoo last Sunday to a very necessary escape from the heat wave at a local pool, this time was so sweet, so good, so needed.

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The foods…

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Caramel-Filled Cookies
(Best when served a la mode with salted caramel gelato and in the company of good friends)

Vegan Sloppy Joe with Caramelized Onions and Fennel
& Fresh Kohlrabi Slaw
For the sloppy joe:

Olive oil
2-2.5 cups of black beans
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
1/2 cup of fire roasted diced tomatoes (I use Muir Glen)
1/2 Tsp chili powder
1/2 Tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Bottle of Annie’s bbq sauce (or less if you’re a hater like that)

Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, caramelize onions, reduce heat and add fennel and spices. Add beans and tomatoes. Add bbq sauce (I like mine extra sloppy so I used the whole bottle, you can use less for less slop  )
Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

For the slaw (mine was not vegan, but it’d be an easy fix with some vegan-aise):
1 kohlrabi, finely chopped
2 TBSP mayo of choice (I used Woodstock)
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp agave
1/2 tsp salt
splash of apple cider vinegar

Mix mayo, mustard, agave, salt and vinegar together.  Pour dressing over the kohlrabi and mix well. Serve chilled.

Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, Portabellas and Feta 
2 cups of orzo
1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes, chopped
4 medium portabella mushroom caps, chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup white cooking wine
2 cups of swiss chard, torn into pieces, stems removed
Salt
Feta Cheese

Prepare orzo and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Sauté tomatoes and portabellas for about 5 minutes.
Add balsamic, wine and garlic.  Let simmer for another 10 minutes (ish).
Add chard and let cook until just withered.
Salt to taste.
Top with as much feta as you please.
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