Great Reads (04-01-14)

Here are some interesting reads that I thought will make your weekend reading worthwhile. Enjoy, learn, share:

  1. LONG HAIR FREAKY PEOPLE NEED NOT APPLY. Strange title, but Aimee Byrd has a great point concerning [us] Christians who like tweeting Bible verses, “[Rosaria Butterfield] was taken aback about how Scripture verses were stripped out of context and slapped on a sign, isolated and exposed. Many of the messages peddled God’s judgment, emphasizing the separation between the just and the lost.”
  2. HUMBLETALK. Meghan Daum, “If winning a Nobel Prize is humbling, what do you call losing at life because bad decisions or bad luck or even bad genes kept you on the sidelines? What do you call something as simple as falling down the stairs moments after you congratulated yourself for never having lost the balletic grace of your youth? You call those things humbling.”
  3. THE DANGER OF BEING A CRITIC. Maurilio Amorim reflects on the great danger of being a compulsive critic. I relate, “It’s easy for me to hide behind my professional duty to see what’s wrong, broken, the mediocre and let the insidious work of negativity to shape me in to the angry old man Nouwen encountered. I fight it every day. Sometimes I think I’m losing that war.”
  4. WE ARE A KANYE. Odd Thomas: “[Last Month], Kanye West’s latest album Yeezusdropped with the third track titled, “I Am A God (Feat. God).” The song has already sparked reaction and has been likened to John Lennon’s remarks about the Beatles’ being “more popular than Jesus.” But maybe Kanye’s song is something we identify with more than we’d like to admit?”
  5. THE 8 KINDS OF COMMENTERS IN THE CHRISTIAN BLOGOSPHERE. Can you spot yourself in this list? Dale Coulter, “Below I give a summary, not unlike other lists, of those I have observed and been guilty of both as a blogger and a commenter. Just in case, I should also point out the use of  slight exaggeration for effect.”

That’s it for today. Have a blessed weekend, and be sure to go to church tomorrow!


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