Wanderings of the Week 9/15/13

This week has felt like a week in which a bunch of shifts have taken place. There is the shift of getting used to my Grandmother recovering from her stroke, getting phone call updates most nights this week about how she is doing, and going to visit her this past week.

There was also a shift with the kids this week. Ryan’s sleep schedule was getting all messed up where he would take a long nap in the afternoon, but then not go to bed right away. This wasn’t too stressful to us since he doesn’t get out of his bed, he would just jabber to himself while in bed for a couple hours. So we decided that the time of naps for Ryan is probably over, at least on any consistent basis. To honor that decision, Anastasia decided she would go from two naps a day to only one. This wasn’t our idea, and we’d even argue that it isn’t because she doesn’t need an extra nap, but try telling that to her. Overall it went well, but this also results in no time where you have time completely to yourself which can be pretty exhausting.

Kristen also had a bit of a shift. A new co-worker started this week, and while Kristen liked her very much it wound up being a bit of a stressful week. The lack of clear idea of training this new worker, attitudes towards her, and lack of willingness to help her out made for a rough first week. Since she’d be helping Kristen primarily Kristen wasn’t too happy with the way she was being treated, and that resulted in her being stressed/frustrated a good portion of the week.

Also this week we filled out a form for pre-approval for a house. Honestly, we’re really not sure what kind of offer we’ll get, but we figured the only way to know where we really stand is to fill one out get information and start the dialogue on that. Since looking online you’ll find any range of advice, we would like to actually be able to chat with actual people from financial institutions. So we’ll see what happens with that.

As for blogging I just had a hard time getting too many thoughts down. This was definitely a side effect from the no time on my own. Hopefully as I get used to it, I can get more out than just my thoughts on a game or book or whatever. However, I did still find some good posts this week, so on to those.

On Respect, Responsibility, and Mrs. Hall’s Open Letter to Teenaged Girls by Kristen Howerton

“The irony here is that Mrs. Hall herself is objectifying these girls. She is rejecting them if they have stepped outside of he code of behavior which involves only one trait: modesty. She’s not asking about their other qualities. She’s not looking at context. And she is teaching her sons that they have two options when confronted with a sexually attractive girl: objectify or reject. I’m afraid this practice is only reinforcing the idea that boys could not possibly view someone who looks sexy without objectifying them. She isn’t teaching her sons to respect women. She is teaching them that only certain woman are deserving of respect.”

Being in God For the World by Steve Wiens (I know I have him in my favorite blogs, but for some reason I really enjoyed this post, even more than usual).

“Maybe when you are in God for the world, you can be a quiet revolution instead of a blustery declaration. The radical teaching of the mustard seed isn’t really the teaching; it’s to whom Jesus entrusted it. You and I are the mustard seeds, not our acts of love. And when you and I are planted in God, mustard seeds that we are, what sprouts up is surprising.”

Redefine Positive: Reforming HIV/AIDS Educational Resources in Public Schools by Jode Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

“Several years ago, when my oldest was in 5th grade, I previewed the HIV/AIDS video that our local public school uses to fulfill state educational mandates. The video was produced in the 1980’s (might have had an update in the early 90’s), was incredibly fear based, and contained very outdated information about the virus.

I was stunned. In most other ways, I’ve been very impressed with the curriculum our school district utilizes. The video featured newspaper headlines that read, “Thousands Die of AIDS” and even cut to a shot of the grim reaper at one point. To illustrate how HIV attacks the immune system, the video used abstract concepts related to baseball that even I, as an adult, was confused by. Then there was the personification of HIV as a red monster. The message was clear – be afraid, be very afraid.”

The Thing I’d Love to Forget About the People I Disagree With by Rachel Held Evans

As we talked, I realized how much I had wanted to assume this guy was just taking the easy way out, simply toeing the conservative party line and falling in step with what everyone around him believed. But as his story emerged, I learned that he too had wrestled with his beliefs, that they had a profound personal impact on his life and his relationships, and that these beliefs indeed came with a cost. I had assumed he had taken the easiest path when he hadn’t.

It bothers me when people make the same careless assumptions about me.

The Parable of the Lost Cat (For Syria) by Addie Zierman

“I hold Peace in Syria with the same callous hands that I held that flier of the lost cat. We’ll keep an eye out, I think, but we’ll never see a thing.”

First Draft Father: Who Will Affirm Our Children? by Ed Cyzewski

“At a certain point, children grow up and parents sometimes forget how to wait with open arms.

I see this all of the time, especially with my adult friends who feel like they need to hide parts of themselves from their parents.

This is particularly wounding because their parents’ rejection isn’t just about something they’ve done or something they like. The rejection is rooted in identity and life direction that feels completely out of my friends’ control.”

Thursday Theses: On Platforms and PhDs by Matthew Grand McDaniel

Hard to really put a segment here, but was interesting, especially as someone who has thought about both platforms and a PhD.

Criticism by Chris Vanbuskirk

“Handwritten, all over the mailer, were someones thoughts on why they didn’t like our church and a less than gracious request not to send them anything, ever again. For someone who clearly hadn’t attended one of our services, they had very strong opinions about what we were doing wrong, but that’s beside the point. Reading the comments took me back to 2008 when we were first starting to create buzz for CP and build a team.”

The Scandal of the Evangelical Memory, Part 2 of 5 by Geoff Holsclaw

“Evangelicals, our ‘memories’ tell us, are the spiritual children of these fundamentalist, but less mean about stuff, more into theology, but just as conservative socially, politically, and theologically.  These memories tell us that the conservative (fundamentalist/evangelical) battle against liberalism (mainline) is the best and only way to understand evangelicalism, that it has been the Hatfields and McCoys ever since.”

There we go. Hope you enjoy the articles. As always if you have some interesting posts you found this past week, put them here. Comments about these posts. Whatever, at least within scope of what I typically talk about. Have a good week.

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