- When you think your love story is boring - I saw this post going viral out of the corner of my internet eye and ignored it for a while. Even virtual crowds scare me. And anyway, cynic that I am, I sort of expect or even prefer love stories to be boring, so that whole running-through-the-airport stereotype just makes me cringe. But this post is absolutely right on. Men, read it. Women, read it. "This is love with the lights on and eyes wide open."
- No Lo Toquen Nada - This one's from a guy who's bird banding in Costa Rica (read: me in a slightly alternate universe) (except the 'guy' thing. No draw to that.) "Stinging plants, venomous animals, and friendly parasites are lurking behind every corner. Having said that. Have a blast. You're in the rainforest." Reading this gave me fun flashbacks to the Panama years, and also clarified for me why I am crazy suspicious of everything in nature, especially pretty/spiky/colorful things. Poke around on that site for some cool bird pictures, which are extra cool because those lucky folks get to hold them (I'm not scared to hold birds, which are almost never venomous, although they may have large talons). Speaking of nature...
- New antibiotic found in ocean microbe - And by 'new' they do mean 'completely novel'. Really cool. Even effective on anthrax and MRSA.
And now...sigh...Christians on the internet are at it again. (Syke! They're never NOT at it!) But this was an exchange worth reading a bit of, in my opinion. It sparked some good writing.
- Rachel Held Evans kicked it off with this piece: Why millennials are leaving the church - I agreed with what she said about church-as-performance (barf!) and this: "Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters, and we're not easily impressed with consumerism or performances." (Although now that I'm thinking about it...Well, yes, a certain type of person isn 't, anyway. Others eat it up, as is evidenced by many churches these days who cater to what the congregation fancies that season.)
- Lore Ferguson, one of my favority-favorites on the internet, answered with: Jesus Has Not Left the Building - "If millennials do not find their Jesus in their church, perhaps it is time to look for another church. But perhaps it is also time to reconsider whose Jesus they are looking for."
- From Brett McCracken: How to keep Millennials in the church? Let's keep church un-cool. - "Just like the Photoshop-savvy Millennials she is so desperate to retain, the church is ever more desperately concerned with her image, monitoring what people are saying about her and taking cues from that." And this truth at the end: "...what I need is something bigger than me, older than me, bound by a truth that transcends me and a story that will outlast me; basically, something that doesn't change to fit me and my whims, but changes me to be the Christ-like person I was created to be."
- And, finally, a little something to bring a perspective to the discussion, from Seth Haines: Jesus in the Church - True to his style, there's no trite little quote I can put here, so just go read it. It's a quick story about his own experience that might make you think about: "If you don't see Jesus in the church, perhaps you're not looking in the right place."
Both of my kids are actually in this photo: