Around the Web:
The Self-Pity Vortex
Over at Needle and Nest Design, Melissa Inglis talks about one of the serious challenges of motherhood.
- Self-pity is a merciless beast.A selfish, self-centered, Eeyore party for one.. and the cake is made of poop.I’ve seen it raise it’s ugly head throughout my life, sure… since I’m human and all.But I’ve never experienced it’s full choke hold so powerfully as when I’m mothering.
I’m sure I’m not the only dad who can identify with this. Great post. Read more.
Art, Nakedeness, and Redemption
William VanDoodewaard writes about Christians, creativity, and nudity. This is a helpful perspective, I think.
- In her lecture she commented that Christian art should not be opposed to “nakedness” but rather to “nudity”. She argued that there was a distinction between tasteful nakedness in art and an objectifying nudity, referencing several examples of classical and Renaissance art in relation to the former, and pornography to the latter–a stance similar to H.R. Rookmaker’s. This fine distinction left me and many of my college students dubious.
I think this is doubly hard because the standard we set with our kids will be a lot more about the movies and tv shows and websites they consume than it will be about classic art. Read more.
When You’re Too Busy to Be Godly
Kevin DeYoung gives a (non-awkward) interview about the themes found in his new book, CrazyBusy.
- How do we know when we’re too busy? One telling sign, DeYoung suggests, is when we no longer carve out unhurried time to do the one thing for which Jesus commends Mary—resting at his feet…
I’m looking forward to reading it. Read more.
7 Lessons Your Kids Should Learn About Money
Daniel Wallen at Lifehack.org has seven good points for instructing your children about money.
- You’re never too young to learn some basic money-management steps that will help you become a financially responsible adult. Most schools teach our children absolutely nothing about financial matters, so it is your responsibility to teach your children everything you can.
Feels like a little literacy goes a long way. Read more.
J.J. Abrams Is Sorry for the Lens Flare
If you’ve watched either of the recent Star Trek movies, you may have noticed the director’s penchant for lens flare. If you didn’t notice it… did you WATCH those movies? Anyway, he’s apologizing now:
- “I know I get a lot of grief for that,” Abrams admitted. “But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot, I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool… with a lens flare.'”
I don’t care who you are… that’s funny. Read more.
Around the Warren:
Rebecca Reynolds started our week with a post about perception and ugliness and redemption.
- Every time I stood beside her, I wanted to hide myself. She was the kind of beautiful that emphasized my every flaw.That’s what made me awkward around her. When I sat on her couch, I wanted to fold in my big ugly feet and my hands with their nails ripped off at the beds. I wanted to tuck in my broad shoulders. I wanted to pull my clothes around me, because my clothes were never right. Hers were.
Haunting words. Beautiful. Read more.
Conversations of Hope: A Visual Theology
Julie Silander continues our interaction with the work of Makoto Fujimura.
- I wonder what would happen if we designed our church bulletins with large margins to encourage such doodling, and made available color pencils and markers. What would happen if we did invite children into our theology, to dance, to improvise, to play and to draw beautifully? You see, it does have to do with the Gospel, in our true identity as the heirs of Christ, as princes and princess of the Great King. The Feast is to come, the Wedding is about to start.”
Flora Is a Feast for LIttle Eyes and Minds
Loren Eaton checks in with a review of a new children’s book by a former Dreamworks artist.
- Flora and the Flamingo is a wordless picture book fairly bursting with beauty and containing some surprisingly deep lessons for very young readers.
Something to Try with Your Kids:
It’s fall… don’t you forget it. Michelle at SandhillsKids has a list of common fall activities to help jumpstart your creativity as you plan your weekend with your kids. Check it out!
And Something Fun to Watch
Need a pep-talk? This one from the Kid President includes this line: “If history does repeat itself, I’m going to name my pet dinosaur Reginald.” and also “Read a book… any book… except the vampire ones!”
Thanks for reading! We’re on your side.