Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Not that I use or endorse Pantene Pro-V products, but this is incredible:

“Soon I will be 30, the age of accountability – though that age seems to age with me – and I’m supposed to have it together, in labeled bins, where it can be easily located. Actually, I do have it together. In a whitewashed tomb.”

Candy Store
“pow pow pow
‘is that the explosion of these pop rocks in my mouth?
or is that the sounds of gunshots on the block just south?’
he wonders.
one day his favorite candy store will become his favorite liquor store,
and the toys his momma gave him will become real ones not to play with.
but play on he will…
it’s the only game he’s learned.”

Wanna Save Marriage? Stop Patronizing Women
“It is not ‘Christian’ to seemingly insult yourself just to make your wife ‘feel better.’ If you respect your wife as a peer then neither you should ever feel ‘indebted.’ You are not being humble or being ‘sacrificial’ to imply your wife is incapable of working with you as a team or partner. The Church needs to stop encouraging men to patronize women, but train couples to see each other’s strengths and weakness to be ‘equally yoked’ and build a future as a team, not as a ‘hero with a sidekick.'”

The Manly Side of Christmas
“Joseph ‘shuts down his carpenter shop, gets behind Mary’s calling, and adapts himself to his wife and God’s calling on her life.’
Even according to today’s egalitarian standards, this is radical.”

Joy in Enough
“‘Have you ever thought that it’s not about the things you do, Sarah? That you can do all of those things and be all of those things and still it wouldn’t be enough. Because really, the accomplishment of stuff or things won’t give you that feeling of being enough. You just wear yourself out on a treadmill of expectations.'”

The Duck Thing: Is There Another Way?
“We are not judges, because how could we possibly be?? How dare we? What right do we have to cut someone to the quick when we are nothing but sinners saved by grace? Sanctification is Jesus’ territory, and we can safely leave Him to it; He can handle the human heart. Our only sane offering to our fellow man is mercy.”

Working Women in the NT: Priscilla, Lydia and Phoebe
“Many people assume that ancient women spent much of their lives cloistered within their homes. A secluded life may have been the case for some women in wealthy families, but the practice was neither standard nor universal.”

The Women of Advent: Rahab
(This whole series is really fantastic and you should absolutely check out all five posts if you have a chance!)
“Rahab had three strikes against her: She was a foreigner, a woman, and a prostitute. In other words, she was the epitome of the social outcast. She is not someone who we would expect to defy a king, save Israelite spies, and play a part in God’s people taking the Promised Land. But this is exactly what happens. Rahab is the first occupant of the foreign lands to show loyalty to Israel and Yahweh, and is welcomed in as a new member of the nation of Israel. Her story shows that God not only has a place for the socially marginalized and abused, but that He also raises them up to do great things.”

What Women Want from the Church: To Be Seen Right
“internal strength is gender-less. It takes diligence to do dishes. It takes brains to cook a meal. It takes the self control of a deity to respond patiently to every “why?” from a three-year-old, and it takes the persistence of a triathlete to teach a kid to wipe her own butt over the course of an entire year. Both women and men deserve the freedom to respond to the calling of God for the role they are to play in their own family.”



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