My dissertation is on the pink ones, by the way. Thus far I've read the first one, half the second one, the third one, and have just cracked the fifth one. Plan to be done by March so that I can write my do or die paper by June.
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At the same book sale I also found Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen's 2002 book, which I've been wanting to read for quite some time, called Fathers and Sons: The Search for a New Masculinity. Got it for 2 pounds! Her earlier book, Gender and Grace, was amazing, and highly informative and influential in my "conversion" to egalitarian mutuality.
So, this is the lady who is going to tell me how to be a 21st century man! I like to imagine that bothering John Eldredge just a little bit.
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It was tempting to comment about Pat Robertson last week. If I still lived under the oppressive tedium of 24 hour news-saturated television I might have reacted strongly and quickly. But I'm starting to accept the fact that Jesus doesn't need me to be his public relations manager (although I'm sure He wouldn't mind if church leaders spoke better in His name).
Besides, I think Pat Robertson is a ready tool for anyone needing an easy reason to disregard Christianity, and a convenient catalyst for the self-righteousness of both those who agree with him and those who take great pleasure at pointing out his lunacy. Do I, in condemning him, repeat his offence?
At the end of the day, it would be a lot better if he didn't get so much air time, but since he did, this Haitian response is all any reasonable person needs to see. I find it quite moving actually:
What a wise, passionate, and gracious response. God help this country rebuild.
I really appreciated the varied push-back and feedback on that last post. If anyone still wants to chat about any of that, or any of the above, go ahead and bring it up.