Yesterday afternoon I put my hand into my jeans pocket and in my best Bilbo Baggins impression asked, what do I have in my pocket? The answer: Burt's Bees Lip Balm. The problem: I had not paid for this when I left Target earlier! The story: Yesterday morning Junia and I were walking the aisles … Continue reading I Stole from Target Yesterday…Woops!
Rachel Loyd's fantastic book, Girls Like Us, interweaves her story as a survivor of sexual abuse with stories of girls she works with in New York City through her organization GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services). What is happening to girls in our world right now is heart-breaking and I am thankful for those like … Continue reading Another Book that Broke My Heart: Girls Like Us by Rachel Loyd
What happens when your iPhone is literally in your head? The singularity is near. Beware the three dots that often appear in quotes (...). These three dots show that something in the original text was skipped over. Usually this is simply a way to make a quote cleaner and briefer. But it is also allows … Continue reading The Singularity, Misquotations, Guns and Church (Recent Reads)
I am a people-pleaser. I like to make people happy. I want people to like me. This is not always a bad thing. But it is a bad thing when tough words are called for. John Wesley writes in his journal of the following exchange with a Mr. Oglethorpe. This conversation occurred early in Wesley's … Continue reading Walking with the Saints: Asking Uncomfortable Questions
Estimates are that between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are enslaved and sold for sex in the United States every year. Millions more are sold for sex worldwide. Those who sell them make billions of dollars. The average age for entry into prostitution is twelve years old. This means that even most women who are … Continue reading Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.
Okay, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters one month ago so it is a bit late to ask people to withhold complaining about it. I thought it was a fantastic film but I did come across a good number of people who did not like it. Some were thoughtful in their criticisms, others were … Continue reading Before you complain about the Hobbit movie, listen to this podcast!
I love history. As a Christian, I enjoy learning the history of the Christian church, both the good and the bad. In my reading I make it a point to read works from times and places other then my own. Books on Christian spirituality are (almost) a dime a dozen in any bookstore. Some are … Continue reading Walking With the Saints – The Journal Of John Wesley
Growing up in a Christian home I eventually, like most kids, began to question the faith I had been taught. Some stories of questioning begin with taking a biology class and learning about evolution. This was never a problem for me. I always figured that the truth of falsity of evolution had little to do … Continue reading Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Muhammad Cross the Road (A Review)
Over the holidays I took an unintentional break from blogging. I had been spending December blogging through Advent, until my own holidays got quite busy. My last post on advent was December 19th. Oh well, such is life. With a new year here I have been thinking about why I blog and what I ought … Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2013