vol. 11, num. 4 :: 2012.02.17 — 2012.03.01
In our churches, in our families, in our neighborhood, in our friend groups, certain topics like - - - - - and - - - - - are off-limits, whether explicitly or implicitly. Why are we reluctant to discuss - - - - - in these settings and what are the ripple effects? (Certain portions of this issue description have been omitted in the interest of remaining - - - - -.)
A critique from the heartland of niceness.
Encouraging faith communities to lament together.
Obedience and punishment through the eyes of a child.
Expanding expectations in the places where we live.
A report from a Bible college on the taboo of politics.
What exactly goes on inside the bonds of couplehood?
Addressing a church that fears repentance.
When it comes to unorthodox beliefs, you can ask, but not many will tell.
An undesired lesson in what not to say to your small group.
A report from the high school front.
Calling out the habit of checking the phone mid-conversation.
Love covers a multitude of sins, if we let it.
A reflection on Simone Weil, a scholar and activist who defied categories in early twentieth century Europe.
On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.
Ashley Makar on moving from to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.
A self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac" travels to China and discovers the disturbing reality of the workers who make his beloved Apple products.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on a controversial eating practice.
Nadia Bolz-Weber’s open invitation to unfriend me on Facebook, stop following me on Twitter and discontinue reading my blog if you need to.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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