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How Hurry is Incompatible with Love
John Mark Comer learned the hard way the it was necessary to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from his life.
- The philosopher Dallas Willard once called hurry “the great enemy of spiritual life in our day,” and urged followers of Jesus to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
When I first came across his anti-hurry vision of life in Jesus’ kingdom, it struck a deep chord in my soul.
And yet his culprit for the “great enemy of spiritual life” is not what I would expect.
I live in one of the most secular, progressive cities in America, but if you were to ask me, What is the greatest challenge to your spiritual life in Portland? I’m not sure what I’d say – politics? Postmodernity? Progressive theology?
How would you answer that question?
The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart
Betsy at Redeemed Reader recommends a great series of middle grade books.
- Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance are the four friends who make up the Mysterious Benedict Society. They each passed a series of intricate, challenging tests at the beginning of the first book, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How stories shape our minds
This fascinating video explores the physiological and psychological ways stories impact our minds.
- Stories are just stories, right? Not really. They are also incredibly powerful – and can both reduce prejudice, and help persuade.
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The Holy Longing of Happily Ever After
Josh Bishop points us toward holy longing.
- Some time ago, after I was given a collection of Grimm’s fairy tales, I asked my 8-year-old niece if she wanted to read one with me.
Lilly said no, she doesn’t like fairy tales: “They have the worst endings. ‘And they all lived happily ever after.’ Stories shouldn’t end that way because that’s not what happens in real life.”
She has a point: That isn’t at all what happens in Real Life.
How the Moon Found Her Light
Sometimes stories can sneak up on us and reveal truth where we weren’t expecting it. So today, we offer you this short story by Elisa Watson. Curl up with those you love tonight and give this one a read.
- The Moon was a dull, dirty lump of rock, floating listlessly through the cold dark expanse of space. She longed for beauty, and for purpose, but as time marched on she often feared that she would never be anything more than a useless bit of stone.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need a science activity? Want one that’s a fun competition as well? Try this tug of war science game!
Something to Watch
I saw W. David O. Taylor say on Twitter this week that he’d shared this video with his kids. They loved it. He loved it even more. I’d forgotten how cool OK Go’s music videos are!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team