A Morning Peacock of Links (5/15)

1) How Do You Know When Someone Is Repentant?: 12 Signs

Jared Wilson on 12 signs of someone that is truly repentant.

2) Does Your Husband Know You Are For Him?

Rick Thomas on the “dirty little secret” of men/husbands:

Husbands are fragile people. We have sensitive egos. We may come across as strong and indifferent, but that’s just presentation. We’re actually quite needy. I wonder if wives know this. Do you know this? I wonder if wives are aware how much their husbands need them.

3) Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired

FASCINATING read. Maria Popova on Till Roenneberg’s book “Internal Time” and some of its major concepts, theories and studies:

“Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,” Napoleon famously prescribed. (He would have scoffed at Einstein, then, who was known to require ten hours of sleep for optimal performance.) This perceived superiority of those who can get by on less sleep isn’t just something Napoleon shared with dictators like Hitler and Stalin, it’s an enduring attitude woven into our social norms and expectations, from proverbs about early birds to the basic scheduling structure of education and the workplace. But in Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired, a fine addition to these 7 essential books on time, German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg demonstrates through a wealth of research that our sleep patterns have little to do with laziness and other such scorned character flaws, and everything to do with biology.

4) 7 Marks of a Good Theologian

Must read full of great reminders. Theology flows out of a love of God and others, and additionally, theology should only lead to more worship of God.

5) Soul & Stomach

Brett McCracken on food and how it relates to theology, our faith, and God. Great read:

“How does food relate to theology? What can it teach us about faith?” For students in Bible professor Andy Draycott’s Theology 2 class last year, these were important questions. Food was the lens through which the class looked at central Christian doctrines.

In the course, the theme verse for which was “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), Draycott used food-centric passages as a theme to narrate the biblical history of salvation, starting at the end and working backwards: the marriage supper of the lamb and the fruit of the tree of life, the Last Supper, Jesus discipling around the dinner table, the Passover meal in Exodus, the provision of manna and quail in the desert, to name a few.

Food is all over the Bible, a constant throughout. Forbidden fruit. Dietary laws. Parables of wedding banquets. Miraculously multiplying fish, Jesus eating and drinking with friends, family and Pharisees. But what are we to make of it all? Is there a “theology of food” that Christians should apply to their everyday eating habits? What hath foie gras to do with faith?

6) What’s a Homemaker Really Worth?

Matthew Lee Anderson on the misconceptions and realities of homemakers:

The reality is that our culture has little esteem for homemakers. Consider for a moment the conspicuous lack of homemakers in our sitcoms and entertainment today. Our protagonists don’t do diapers. (With the exception, perhaps, of Will Arnett.

It’s not surprising then that our tax policy rewards families where both parents work outside the home by providing credits for childcare, while offering no similar benefit for families who choose to forgo one income by having a parent remain at home.  Our law reinforces the ideal of a two income home by facilitating childcare, and exposes our belief that homemaking has little value. I’ll return to tax policy a little later, but allow me to suggest two simple reasons why homemaking isn’t esteemed by our culture. First, there is a general ignorance of what homemaking entails. And second, more importantly, we don’t value children.

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