in the deep

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The internets are profound this week, y'all. If you only read one link that's here, please, please read this first one. If you've adopted, if you're in the process, if you're fostering, if you're just tossing around the idea: read this. If you haven't adopted, if you aren't even interested in adopting, chances are high you know someone who is: read this. If none of those things apply to you, but you love Jesus and believe in a God that redeems and restores: read this. Best adoption post I've ever read, bar none.

After the Airport.Jen Hatmaker
"If you are intrigued by the idea of adoption, with the crescendoing storyline and happy airport pictures and the sigh-inducing family portrait with the different skin colors and the feely-feel good parts of the narrative, please find another way to see God's kingdom come.

You cannot just be into
adoption to adopt; you have to be into parenting.

And it is hard, hard, intentional, laborious work. Children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, given away, given up, and left alone are shaken so deeply, so intrinsically, they absolutely require parents who are willing to wholly invest in their healing; through the screaming, the fits, the anger, the shame, the entitlement, the bed-wetting, the spitting, the rejection, the bone-chilling fear. Parents who are willing to become the safe place, the Forever these children hope for but are too terrified to believe in just yet."

I Love Them Whores.Burnside Writers Collective
"St. Augustine is reported to have said, “The Church is a whore, but she is my mother.” Yeah, Jesus loves whores so much he married one. You know, bad things happen when the Church forgets she’s Jesus’ whore bride."

How Christian Leaders Have Changed Since 9/11.Christianity Today
"...American Christians may look back upon our response to 9/11 as our greatest Christological defeat."
Note: This link should take you to the 5th page of this article. All of the article is excellent, but I think Will Willimon's portion is just incredibly insightful. The most profound thing I've read about 9/11 from a Christian perspective.

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