Ed Welch discusses how to “combat” and “tackle” stupid love and fickle “chemistry”:
My pleas were powerless. I resorted to rudeness, then begging. I think I inserted a few prayers for pre-wedding catastrophe—things like global flooding—that would keep them from getting to the church. All to no avail. They were married a few months later, separated within a year, divorced within two. Somehow, the stupidity lasted until the wedding ceremony and maybe a few hours after, which is the natural progression of stupid love. Something happened while they were driving away from the reception that cured her disease. Then all she could think was, “What have I done?”
Love, of course, is not stupid.
Chemistry, masquerading as love, is stupid.
Which brings us to the final point, the solution to our problem. At some point you need tell the Christian story in a way that addresses the things that people most want for their own lives, the things that they are trying to find outside of Christianity, and show how Christianity can give it to them. Alasdair MacIntyre said this about narratival apologetics: “That narrative prevails over its rivals which is able to include its rivals within it, not only to retell their stories as episodes within its story, but to tell the story of the telling of their stories as such episodes.” Read that sentence again.
There is a way of telling the gospel that makes people say, “I don’t believe it’s true, but I wish it were.” You have to get to the beauty of it, and then go back to the reasons for it. Only then, when you show that it takes more faith to doubt it than to believe it; when the things you see out there in the world are better explained by the Christian account of things than the secular account of things; and when they experience a community in which they actually do see Christianity embodied, in healthy Christian lives and solid Christian community, that many will believe.
An awesome testimony of a bank robber and soon-to-be lawyer who was saved by grace. You can read a more detailed account about how the law library in prison transformed his life here.
On the one hand, to opt out of the HPV vaccination programs, as a few Christian schools have done, makes sense based on 1) the belief that proper education and maturity in their faith can do far more than a vaccine can for these girls and 2) the risk that opting in would take away one obstacle from these girls diving into promiscuity. On the other hand, I don’t know if opting-in is necessarily mutually exclusive with properly educating and anchoring these students in their faith. If anything, it might be a case of “better to be safe than sorry”. In any case, that there are divided thoughts not only between these schools and non-religious schools, but also within the Christian community, is no surprise at all:
It was reported last week that some schools have opted out of the HPV vaccination programme on the grounds of Christian principles and this has, predictably, caused outrage among a certain type of commentator.
In The Guardian for instance, Reni Eddo-Lodge asserts that “It’s absurd [or “an absolute scandal”] for schools to opt out because of ‘Christian values’.”
Having said that, which is more presumptuous: to tell girls they have the right, the freedom and the intelligence to make informed choices about their lives and actions, or that they’re so prone to promiscuity that they must take drugs to obviate the consequences?
Haha, I really like the crime scene one.
Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by artist Christopher Boffoli. The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.
The photographs have been published in more than 90 countries around the world.
If you have a strong connection to your stuffed Pooh bear, you’d better look away now. In knitwork artist Patricia Waller’s Broken Heroes series, now up at Berlin’s Galerie Deschler, which we recently spotted over at We Heart, your childhood heroes have fallen on some hard times — Bert is scruff-faced on the street and Ernie-less, Superman has made a serious miscalculation in his navigation, and we’re not even sure how Spider-Man got into that position. Waller’s witty pieces range from lighthearted to incredibly dark, but they’re all imbued with a twisted commentary on the one-dimensional personas of pop culture standbys. Click through to be shocked by how far cartoons can really fall, and then if you haven’t had enough, head over to Waller’s website to see more of her work.