- Heroes, Villains, and Victims: Three Myths About the Military - This article articulates a thought I've had niggling at the back of my brain so perfectly. Hopefully it will help you think about the way you think about people in the military. Hint: they're human. "The military contains many men and women who demonstrate extraordinary courage and selflessness, but like any organization made up of human beings, it also contains its fair share of bureaucrats, jerks, slackers, and criminals." They're a messy mixture of bad and good, just like the rest of us.
- Do I look lame in this Baby Bjorn? Dad Style - The Gentleman Scholar is one of the few who can make me laugh out loud while reading, and he's done it again. Basically, guys: It's an OK question to ponder, and the answer is no. (And women would say you look awesome.) "Indeed, the [papoose] proves vastly more efficient in some contexts and boasts the further advantage of promoting physical intimacy, which encourages emotional bonding between humans, as you know well: That's how you got into this whole deal in the first place."
- America's Star System - This addresses the staggering amounts of money you get payed to more or less just exist after you've established yourself in the U.S. elite stratosphere. It's something I've pondered the fairness of, especially now being in such physical proximity to this scene. "Nothing spells the end of real achievement like becoming a brand."
- An Interview with Russell Moore - If you've wondering who people like me think should be the poster child of Christian America, it's this guy (though I'm not even a Baptist). He touches on military chaplaincy and religious liberty, and says something that I think is perceptive about the Trayvon Martin case: "Most white evangelicals, white Americans, are seeing this microscopically in terms of this verdict, and most African Americans are seeing it macroscopically. It’s Trayvon Martin, it’s Emmitt Till, it’s Medgar Evers, it’s my son, it’s my neighbor’s son, it’s my situation that I had. . . . Most white Americans say, “We don’t know what happened that night,” and [whites] are missing the point."
And since I've broached the topic--one I've just totally wanted to dodge because of the sadness and difficulty involved, but since when is difficulty an excuse? I have a three-year-old, and she and her persistent questions and observations are teaching me that 'not talking about things' is usually not the best option. Two more about Trayvon Martin:
- Before Leading Your Congregation in a Discussion of "Race" or "Racism", you may want to Check a Few Things from Thabiti Anyabwile - He tells leaders to check their motive, strategy, goal, timeline, terms, theology, feelings, and competence. I think it would be a helpful read for anyone thinking about starting formal discussions, or just for personal reflection; his points encouraged me to think differently about a few things.
- Trayvon, My Arrest, and Why I Was Confused I Wasn't Filled with Rage - This man sums up the only solution I see to racism, and his advise goes for everybody: "And I don’t think I’m soft for recommending that we do only one thing. We be the face of Jesus to those who we resent and disgust us. We be the face of Jesus to those who we want to spit on."
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