The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
Around the Web:
An Epic Tale in Eight Hours a Day
Jen Rose wrote this beautiful post for the Rabbit Room. I missed it when it first posted about a month ago. Thankfully, it came up in my RSS reader feed. It’s gorgeous.
- One day, I started to read it. Though I hoped for insight, outpourings of the depths of his soul, I got entries like this.
Fri February 7, 1947
Worked 8 hrs today, which went by very well.
Pay day. Fair all day.
It’s a good reminder that work is good, that life is big, and that God is bigger. Read more.
Guard and Guide Your Children Online
Candace Watters has a really helpful post about protecting your kids around the internet. A connected device is, as Russell Moore said, a power tool. And these are children.
- When I was learning how to drive, my dad reminded me regularly to “drive defensively.” He wanted me to be paying attention to what other drivers around me were doing, to be on the lookout for trouble and develop the reflexes to avoid it. Like my Dad teaching me defensive driving, I’m trying to teach our kids defensive surfing. There are sharks in the internet waters–lots of them! And unlike driving, where most of the people on the road are as eager as I am to avoid a car wreck, when you’re online, countless people are there precisely to try and wreck you. If you’re not careful, you can easily get snared by immoral, unprincipled, and even criminal people who stand to make bank at your–and your children’s–expense.
There are lots of good, practical tips in this article. Read more.
7 Things You Need When You’re Overwhelmed
Ann Voskamp talks about being overwhelmed.
- Your whole life can feel like you are running for your very life, like you are trying to outrun a tsunami of stress.
Trying to stay ahead of everything that’s nipping hard at your heels. Whole decades can be marked by exhaustion.
I won’t add more — don’t want to overwhelm her points. It’s a great read. Read more.
How Anhedonia is Affecting the Church
Trace Embry writes about the pursuit of pleasure and its impact on the church.
- As Christians, we have developed unhealthy habits in our pursuit of pleasure. Unfortunately it is affecting our churches.
Anhedonia is a destruction of the pleasure center of the brain. I will not go into depth on this topic in this post. For a further understanding of Anhedonia read Dr. Archibald Hart’s book Thrilled to Death.
So, how is anhedonia affecting today’s church?
Sabres call on emergency goaltender
How was I not there? How did I miss this call? Oh right, I didn’t even play in high school… I love this story!
- The Buffalo Sabres had an unfamiliar face behind the bench wearing the big pads. After the team dealt Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues earlier in the evening, there was no time to dress another goaltender. Enter Ryan Yinz, listed by the Sabres TV broadcast as the Director of Hockey Technology for the Sabres-owned Harbor Center.
We’ve seen emergency backups before in the NHL, but never one quite as inexperienced as Yinz, with his last recorded competitive playing experience coming in high school in the early 2000s.
What a great night for that guy! Read more.
Around the Warren:
Hope From an Unlikely Place
Julie Silander delivers an experience with Lent and Story.
- During the season of Lent, we’re reminded of our humanness. From dust we were made, and to dust we will return. We attend church services marked by ash, read devotionals to focus our minds, and abstain from sugar, caffeine, or the internet to redirect appetites. The forty days serves a solemn reminder. This year, the season feels particularly weighty. The stark reality of cancer, deeply fractured relationships, and untimely deaths have seeped deep into the Lenten liturgy of our community.
Beautiful. True. Read more.
Fable Is More Historical Than Fact
Paul Boekell presents a brilliant quote from G.K. Chesterton:
The Irrepressible Presence of God in the Lord of the Rings
S.D. Smith occasionally thinks about The Lord of the Rings. Peter Kreeft probably thinks about the Lord of the Rings even more than S.D. Smith.
- I have enjoyed listening to and reading from Peter Kreeft for several years. He is articulate and wise on many subjects, including the ancient virtues, Tolkien, Lewis, philosophy, and surfing.
The video at the link is a powerful, brief talk by Dr. Kreeft on the presence of God in The Lord of the Rings. It’s wonderful and well worth your time. God is so present in this masterwork, that he is impossible to avoid.
Stinky Feet (A Funny Song)
Rebecca Reynolds is a great songwriter. Sometimes the songs are profound and deftly worded, like when she writes with Ron Block. Sometimes the songs are about stinky feet.
- Once there was a bitty boy
with tinky stinky feet
His momma loved him dearly,
And she treated him so sweet.
His momma said to shower,
But the bitty boy would not
Because he got too busy
Doing stuff he liked a lot.
There’s a performance. Check it out!
Something to Do with Your Kids:
Over at Spoonful, they’ve got some steps for an April Showers Mobile. the ingredient list looks intense, but the assembly looks pretty straight forward. Fun!
And Something Fun to Watch
This is equal parts science, art, and fun. A short from the folks at NPR.
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.