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Thursday, January 26, 2012

As always, these are just excerpts. Click on through for the full story…

Continuing my ‘language in rap music’ dilemma:
In this post Jon Acuff completely describes the cultural dilemma that we all find ourselves in from time to time. One I’m continually wrestling with.

My New Problem with Rap Music - Jon Acuff: “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. Stupid Paul and his complete thoughts. So now I have to figure out how to prove to myself that a rap lyric about cocaine on somebody’s body is a beneficial thing to put in my head. That’s a tough road, my friend…

In this post, Jay Z goes straight. Maybe. The point remains the same regardless. Maybe he read my request on Google+ several months ago about clean lyrics and is going to comply! We’ll see.

Jay Z banishes... - My Brown Baby: “Repentance is a significant foundation of most world religions. It is one of the personal philosophies that allows most of us to get through our complicated, mistake-filled days.”


Here’s the one on marriage that I wish I had written:
I’ve spent some time this week listening to a certain well-known preacher explain his recent book about marriage and sex on a radio show. It’s definitely not what our marriage looks like. If I’m going to honest, I don’t think it’s how God wants any marriage to look, but I also accept that people interpret Scripture differently, they experience God differently, and we are all called to obey God in different ways sometimes, so we’ll just agree to disagree on this point. People more well read and well spoken than I can duke that out on the internet, so I would just prefer to talk about what works in our marriage. We’ve tried things different ways over the years, but we didn’t find true partnership, true love, true marriage until we realized it’s God’s story we’re telling, not ours. This post is very close to how I would’ve phrased it myself. How it’s not about who’s in charge. How it’s about grace. How it’s “only Jesus.”

In Which Love Looks Like Real Marriage - Emerging Mummy: “So this is what we do, we make each other better at being ourselves, better at being like Jesus, we slow-dance, my head on your heart, your breath in my hair, your hands on my wider-than-they-used-to-be hips, our feet slower perhaps because we're moving together.”


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