Here we are at the close of another week. It’s been a busy one for me, with my volunteer work at the kids’ last summer camp of the season. I can’t believe that school is just around the corner for us. Two weeks from today, my kids will be finishing their first week of classes. The summer has flown by. Meanwhile, I’m trying some new things in my life outside of blogging. I’m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities.
This week, there have been some great posts. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Religious privilege
This is a great summary of the privileges enjoyed (often unawares) by most Christians (other than those considered too “fringe”). Because I still identify as Christian (even if I don’t always know how to define that, even for myself), I have definitely experienced many of the things on the list. Although I’ve done well as an ally to people of other faiths in some ways, there are places where I can improve.
2. Love and Marriage
This story from Lana Hobbs is incredibly moving. I’m not posting it here in order to “prove” to anyone that courtship works. I’m posting it because so often lately, I read black-and-white pronouncements without any sense of the varied experiences of real people. Lana’s story is one of hope in which despite her feelings about the process, she and her husband value and affirm each other. There is rich beauty in that.
3. Leaps of Faith
I wish erinrebecca a blessed, hopeful journey this weekend in coming out to her parents. I don’t have any special words of wisdom or deep, meaningful prayers to offer. All I have to give is support from one writer to another, a thin line of Internet hope, and an affirmation of God’s love and mercy. Grace and peace be with you as you go.
4. Jesus’ Gag Reflex
One of many fine responses to the gag-reflex-worthy poo fest that was Thabiti Anyabwile’s dreadful Gospel Coalition article.
5. More Gag Reflexes
And, of course, this one. A friend of mine made a similar comment about his gag reflex for het sex. Gee, thanks, guys–you’ve cleared things up for me. Now I know I’m the one sinning because I’ve tripped your gag reflex!
6. Misogyny of the Week
I honestly find purity, modesty, and “courtship” culture kind of trips my gag reflex. I’m glad my parents didn’t encourage any of this. I’m also glad I married a man who even thought it was weird to ask my parents for permission to marry me. After reading this dreadful post, I’m currently glad I will never have reason to allow this man to counsel either of my children. I’m still laughing about how he calls this post “PG-13.”
7. Virgin Sacrifice
I’m glad I wasn’t drinking hot coffee when I read this. Also, I misread “virgins” as “vaginas,” to which my brain helpfully supplied, “That too.”
8. Christian Music
Apparently they meant “Grew Up A Christian Music Fan After 1992,” as I didn’t relate to most of this. But I was a Christian music fan in the late 80s-early 90s, and I was one of those die-hards who refused to listen to secular music. Other than the Billy Joel I used to sneak in. And whatever my sisters happened to be listening to. And U2 after they weren’t Christian anymore. And Metallica. And REM. And…oh. Never mind.
Have a great weekend, everyone! See you on Monday.