Week Links #16

Could it be true that I haven’t posted a Week Links since August? Why yes, I think it could be.

August…. getting the oldest off to college, Christmas planning starts in September, birthdays in October, November, and December, plus all the holidays…. I’ve noticed over the years that September to February tends to be… off. But here we are in March, so perhaps things can stay “on” for the next 5 or so months. We’ll see, anyway.

I haven’t had much time to peruse articles online, but I did manage to come up with a handful of must-reads.

Recline! Why “Leaning In” is Killing Us, by Rosa Brooks  Interestingly, I posted a link to one of my blog posts in the comment section of this article, and received hundreds of views from all over the world. Who knew that people 1) actually read through comments, and 2) actually click links in comments. What if I had posted spam?!? But I hadn’t. Instead, I had posted this. I actually feel much differently now that when I wrote that post a year ago, in the throes of RSVnewbornery, but, you know. The internet is forever, so there you go.

Andy had a great post up this week that ran at a few different places (he’s in demand!). It isn’t “sexy” stuff, so to speak, but his article addresses what could be the most important little-discussed issue of our time when it comes to eradicating poverty. If you want to sound smart at parties, on your next playdate, or in line at the liquor store, take a minute to read his post, Stealing Debt Relief.

My Redbud friend Margot Starbuck (who has a new book coming out in a few days!) had a great interview at RLC with Jonathan Chan, a man of many hats with Haiti Partners. Super catchy title, too: Why Facebook Posts and Free Food Giveaways Aren’t Transforming Lives. By the way, if after reading the interview you want to know more about how you CAN transform lives, go back up one link to Andy’s article. Click the link. Read the post. Bam! Now you know.

True story: A guy once invited me to be on his radio show to do an interview about a woman-focused article I had written. I can’t remember which article. Anyway, I researched him a bit and found out his was not a show I wanted to be on. Also, I had family in town. The same guy recently asked a Redbud friend of mine, Dorothy Greco, for an interview. She researched him, too, but he gave her a list of interview questions and things seemed fairly straight up. So, she did the interview. I won’t ruin the ending, but I will say that, alas, it did not go well (to put it mildly). Read Dorothy’s article, Misogyny is Alive and Kicking, to find out what happened. Take your blood pressure pill first, though.

Yet another Redbud friend (who I’m lucky enough to actually see in person on a fairly regular basis!), Bronwyn Lea, had a much anticipated post up at CT’s Her.meneutics exploring how God really feels about divorce: What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows. Bronwyn’s a deep thinker and a smarty pants to boot, so it’s well worth your time to check out her first CT piece.

And finally, my most read of the week, which I just so happened to write almost a year ago: 50 Years After the Feminine Mystique, I Just Can’t Do it All.

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Week Links #15

Words for Thought

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking

John Epsy: Antidepressants and Faith

Vanita Gupta: How to Really End Mass Incarceration

Angry Morsi Supporters Take to the Streets (disturbing images)

Worthy Causes

Help Fight Vulture Funds

Women’s Words

Emily Wierenga: Please Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

Vivian Mabuni: On Tiptoes


AP: Baseball Looks to Expand Video Review in 2014

My Stuff

Like Money in the Bank

Week Links #14

Words for Thought

Rachel Marie Stone: When We Are More Interested in Evangelical Infighting Than Serious Issues of Justice

Kelli Trujillo: What is Justice?

Natasha Sistrunck Robinson: It’s Time for the Church to Speak Against Injustice Toward Our Youth

David Lyon: How Should the US Deliver Food Aid?


Sean Beaudoin: Hell is Self-Promotion (language)

My Stuff

Rachel Gets Stuck

Week Links #13

Women’s Word

Rachel Held Evans: Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church

Amy Simpson: The Shadow of Schizophrenia: Where Was God Amid My Mom’s Mental Illness

Connie Jakab: Avoiding Pitfalls in Ministry Through Social Media

Catherine Newman: I Do Not Want My Daughter to be Nice

Words for Thought

Jonathan Merritt: Politics, patriotism, and pacifism: An interview with Stanley Hauerwas

Amy Julia Becker: A Real Happily-Every-After for Babies With Down Syndrome

Statistics on Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities

My Stuff

Most read: The Back of the Ambulance

Week Links #12

Women’s Words

Sarah Bessey: In which I choose to be a feminist in the way that Jesus would be a feminist

Margaret Philbrick: How Do We Celebrate Malala Yousafzai’s 16th Birthday?

Leah Eichler: The Business Case for Ending Violence Against Women

Social Justice

Jim Wallis: The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform

Jonathan Merritt: The Rise of the Christian Left in America

Michael Wear: Is Immigration Reform Dead? Not if Evangelicals Can Do Anything About It.

Wesley Morris: Strange Fruitvale


53 Things Only 80’s Girls Can Understand

My Stuff

@ Sojourners: Inspired by Malala: What Your Story Can Do

Week Links #11

Words for Thought

Isaiah 10:1-4

Richard Stearns: Solving Poverty is Rocket Science

Jelani Cobb: George Zimmerman, Not Guilty: Blood on the Leaves

Susan Thistlewaite: Malala: God is Not a “Tiny, Little Conservative Who Sends Little Girls to Hell”

Jim Wallis: Lament From a While Father

Laura Joyce Davis: A Youth-Run Supper Club That’s Wowing San Francisco

Lisa Sharon Harper: The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow

Women’s Words

Jennifer Fulwiler: 21 Tips for Survival Mode


Robin O’Bryant: Embracing the Swim Skirt

JK Rowling’s new book!

My stuff

Most read of the week: The Age of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over

Week Links #9


Halee Gray Scott: Not-So-Pretty Little Liars

Words for Thought

Andrew Hanauer: A Politics of Love: What We Want

Christina Hoff Sommers: How to Get More Women (and Men) to Call Themselves Feminists

Derek Penwell: The Problem With Assuming Liberal Christians Hate the Bible

Ted Olsen: The Right Side of History is Full of Rewrites

Women’s Words

Hope Henchy: Youth Ministry’s Family Blind Spot

My Stuff

Most read this week: When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

Week Links #8


Natasha Sistrunk Robinson: An Opportunity to Take Action Against Human Trafficking (people: click this link to support the estimated 27 million voiceless victims who are currently trapped in human trafficking.)

Angie Mabry–Nauta: Same-Sex Marriage, Mental Illness, and the Church: A Historic Intersection

Women’s Words

Glennon: Quit Pointing Your Avocado at Me!

and Glennon again: I Love Gay People and I Love Christians. I Choose All. (Please read the original piece as well!)

Rachel Held Evans @ Q: Modesty: I Don’t Think it Means What You Think it Means

Words for Thought

E.J. Dionne @ SF Chronicle: Court Conservatives Winning Battle for Power


Tim Kreider: I Know What You Think of Me

My Stuff

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen

Week Links #7


Amy Simpson @ A Sista’s Journey: Troubled Minds and the Church’s Mission

Jen Pollock Michel: The Feel-Good Faith of Evangelicals

Ellen Painter Dollar: 5 Truths About Blogging (IMHO)

Women’s Words

Jen Hatmaker: It’s Time: A New Movement for Our Generation

Sarah Bessey @ SheLoves: In Which We are Reclaiming Feminism

Sarah Bessey: In Which [Loves Looks Like] Spinning Our Own Yarn

Chrissy Kelley @ Momastary: Not Your Typical Mom

Words for Thoughts

The Wartburg Watch 2013: Red Flags in the SBC’s Resolution Addressing Mental Health Challenges

Exodus International: I Am Sorry

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Sermon — Prayer, Actually — on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up

My Stuff

My favorite of the week: Doing the Unstuck

Week Links #6

There was so much good stuff to read this week, and unfortunately so little time. There was also much to write about, such as the SBC resolution regarding mental illness. Hopefully next week. But for now…. a few things I did get a chance to read, and would recommend to others.

Women’s Words

Sarah Bessey: In Which God Has Asked Too Much of Us

and again, because why not? Sarah Bessey: In Which I Preach

Social Justice

Melissa Barnhart for the Christian Post: Suicide, Mental Health at Forefront of SBC Annual Meeting

Karen Beattie: Seven Things I’ve Learned About Foster Care

Words for Thought

Mark Sandlin: Ten Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

Larry Alex Taunton: Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity

Jesse Carey: Christians, Their Media Portrayal & Myth

Rachel Held Evans: Love Opens the Door: A Plea to American Churches Regarding Gay Scouts

My Stuff

And because today is graduation day: The Child I’ve Grown Up With