therapy, cohabitation, syndrome success, and momentary marriage

Several things made me emotional today - in mostly good ways. I'd like to share a few of them with you in the form of these links in hopes that you'll be encouraged, challenged, and spurred on. These are all inroads for conversation. That's how I see it. The more we take in of our culture, the more ready we are to "give a reason to anyone who asks about the hope that we have." Hope is not something that shows up once or twice a week. Hope makes appearances in conversations over a coffee or a beer or on the sidelines at a little league game. And these can be inroads, so let's not waste our opportunities to engage.

  • I appreciated this article from Qideas, "Overcoming the Merely Therapeutic." In a 2005 study (according to researchers Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton), teenagers say that worship is, "something like a combination Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist: he's always on call, takes care of any problems that arise, professionally helps his people to feel better about themselves, and does not become too personally involved in the process." Revered Gregory Jensen responds to these findings and also reviews a recent book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 (2012).
  • This article by Scotty Smith, "Pray the Scriptures" for how it seeks to battle the, essentially therapeutic idea, by knowing God through His Word and then forming a conversation from that knowledge.
  • If you've got high school graduation parties to attend, think about giving a gift off this book list. It will last longer than the food gift cards and picture frames, promise.
  • This is a brilliant article by writer George Will in the Washington Post on the life of Jon Will - 40 years and going with Down's Syndrome. I felt like I just watched a beautiful, short film of a life lived well (and still living).
  • Switching gears a bit, this article from the New York Times is more than interesting. The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage is important on so many levels. Something about being published in the NYT gives a topic legitimacy and makes it a valid conversation over cards.
  • This article, "Who Wants to Buy Honduras," hits pretty close to home for me. With a country whose past is layered with corruption and poverty, are charter cities really the way out?
  • In view of the recent Desiring God conference on men and ministry and masculinity, I appreciated this article from Michael Horton, "Muscular Christianity." Do you have thoughts on how manly Christianity is or if it is even worth deciding?
  • Lastly, I want to encourage you to watch this film on Ian and Larissa. Their marriage story is absolutely broken and beautiful. May God receive the glory! [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/38033654 w=400&h=300]

Okay, friends. That's all for now. Click one or two if you have to choose, but just do something with the knowledge.

let LOVE fly like cRaZy