so…seriously. what questions come to mind?
seems that the subject of homosexuality is in the news. again.
alan chambers, president of exodus international, the world’s largest ex-gay ministry, has changed direction – significantly. having a reputation as being dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer, the organization is trying to distance themselves from the idea that gay people’s orientation can be permanently changed – and there’s now no more talk of ‘curing’ same-sex attraction.
‘i do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to any struggle, homosexuality included,’ said chambers at their annual conference this week.
the following post comes from lauren dubinsky, and can be found at her blog laurennicolelove, to which i was introduced last week by one of my readers. i highly recommend it.
i asked lauren if i could reproduce her post here, and she graciously said ‘yes.’
The slow thud of pounding bass through my bedroom walls shook me half-awake. I kept my face in my pillow and wondered why it was necessary for music this loud to be played in our family’s home at 7am on Saturday mornings. I pulled my comforter back over my head, and drifted off to sleep for all of two minutes before the fire alarm went off.
Breakfast was ready. And that fire alarm dug it’s nails into my soul.
15 years old. I stumbled in to the kitchen, rubbing my eyes and brushing hair out of my face.
‘Back upstairs, Lauren.’ My mom stood at the stove, waving her spatula at me.
‘UPSTAIRS. You know you can’t wear that around your brothers.’
I shook myself fully awake and glanced down to figure out what she was talking about. Sweatpants and a cami. I guess you could tell my breasts were developing. A little late, I might add.
on june 25, Oreo posted the above image on its facebook page.
at the time of this post, it has generated over 54,000 comments.
about… a cookie.
many of the comments were from ‘outraged’ customers, who once dunked the tasty treat in tall glasses of milk but will do so no longer, in a cookie-cutter response to Kraft’s multi-colored cookie campaign.
buzzfeed compiled a number of particularly hateful and unchrist-like comments here, with many expressing religious reasons for rejecting Oreos from this point forward. the culture war is in full swing, and not even our snacks are safe.
so, here we go. with over 200 responses to this post, the results are in. in addition to the many blogs that my readers suggested (listed here), the above and following charts outline who readers of my blog are reading the most. not surprisingly, twice as many people who stopped by to fill out the survey regularly read rachel held evans. i read her stuff more than i read mine as well, so i have no complaints. quite honestly, i’m not half the writer she is (and most others on this list!). other popular blogs included sarah bessey, matthew paul turner, scot mcknight and kurt willems. Continue Reading…
‘it would seem that our lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. we are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. we are far too easily pleased.’
– cs lewis
last week, i asked my readers to tell me which blogs they read regularly. i got a TON of feedback (no doubt helped by @JesusNeedsNewPR favoriting and @rachelheldevans and @KurtWillems retweeting my initial tweet – thanks! ). i promised a pie chart highlighting the results, which will be posted friday.
in the meantime, i wanted to share a few of the other blogs that were suggested. at the end of the survey, i left a space for readers to tell me asking, ‘who am i forgetting?‘ well, you answered. there are some spectacular blogs in this eclectic list, and i’ve even added a few to my own blogroll. thanks for sharing some of your favorites! here are the responses to that question (in the order they were received) :: Continue Reading…
a few weeks ago, i shared in an online conversation with chris heuertz and thanked him for the impact he has had on my life from a distance. it was nearly a year ago that i stumbled onto chris’s work at word made flesh and subsequently gobbled up his book with christine pohl, friendship at the margins. i am only now beginning to see how transformative it was in my thinking and (perhaps even more so) in my desire to appropriately communicate the importance of bridge building.