Sunday, April 29, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scot McKnight's One.Life: Thoughtful.Provocative.Inspiring

I started reading another book this week. That makes six total right now -- still manageable, though I don't have time to read from each of them every day. I have no excuse. I am a self-accepting book addict. My "to-read" list doesn't end, and I like it that way.

So anyway, I started reading another book -- Scot McKnight's One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. It came highly recommended by an old college professor, so I had a feeling I would like it. I was right.

Here is a sampling:

From Chapter 1, "One.Life."

Christianity isn't enough. Religion isn't enough. Being accepted in a church isn't enough. Climbing the corporate ladder isn't enough. Solving intellectual problems isn't enough. Chasing the American dream isn't enough. Friends aren't enough. Science isn't enough. Politics isn't enough. Money isn't enough. Nothing's enough. The only thing that is enough is Jesus, and the only way to get to Jesus is to follow him, and that means one thing: giving your One.Life to him and his dream.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Take a Personality Test Together

Christian Dating Tips: #36

Taking a personality test as a couple can be a fun and educational activity.

There are a variety of personality profiling systems available. Some — like the Enneagram and the Jung/Myers-Briggs — put together a model of the whole personality. Others — like Gary Chapman’s love languages assessment — focus on narrow sets of traits.

Here are some tips...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Problems with the Pill

Photo by Arkansas Times
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, recently posted about some problems with the pill, titled "How “The Pill” Can Harm Your Future Child’s Health." I've heard a lot of cautions against using oral contraceptives, but this concern was new to me.
Since the introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 1960′s, use of The Pill, as it is generally known, has soared to approximately 7 in 10 women of childbearing age. Among young women ages 18-24, use of oral contraceptives is especially high, reaching two-thirds in 2008.

Kassian's Five Problems with the SlutWalk

This week CBMW's Gender Blog reprinted an article Mary Kassian wrote last year about the Toronto SlutWalk, protesting a "Toronto police officer's statement that young women could help safeguard themselves against rape by dressing more modestly." As the SlutWalk group of Toronto is preparing for another march next month, Kassian's words remind us of "why SlutWalk ideology is bad for women."

Brides Desperate to be Skinny

ABC News published an article this week about brides who spend around $1,500 on a new method of fast pre-wedding weight loss — the K-E diet.

Brides-to-be looking to shed that final 10, 15 or 20 pounds in order to fit into their dream wedding gown have taken a controversial approach to crash dieting that involves inserting a feeding tube into their noses for up to 10 days for a quick fix to rapid weight loss…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Joshua Harris Quotes Strauch on Eldership

Since reading Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye as a teen, I haven't really kept up with his work. So, I was pleasantly surprised today when I came across a blog post he wrote, quoting a passage from Alexander Strauch's Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call To Restore Biblical Church Leadership.

Most important, biblical eldership guards and promotes the preeminence and position of Christ over the local Church. Jesus left His disciples with the precious promise that "'where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst'" (Matt. 18:20). Because the apostles knew that Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, was uniquely present with them as Ruler, Head, Lord, Pastor, Master, Overseer, High Priest, and King, they chose a form of government that reflected this distinctive, fundamental, Christian truth. This concept was no theoretical idea to the early Christians--it was reality. The first churches were truly Christ-centered, Christ dependent churches. Christ alone provided all they needed to be in full fellowship with God and one another. Christ's person and work was so infinitely great, final, and complete that nothing--even in appearance--was to diminish the centrality of His presence among and sufficiency for His people.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Past Discernment in Love

I have long been a fan of the sisters Brontë. As a teen, I remember checking out a treasury from the local library containing the complete works of Charlotte and Emily. In college, I discovered the lesser known work of their younger sister, Anne. I devoured Agnes Grey, and then decided to save The Tenant of Wildfell Hall — the last of the Brontë novels left for me to read — as a treat for a later date. Five years later, this spring felt like a good time for that treat.

One of the things I love about classic literature is that it offers an opportunity to peek back in time and discover how people of other eras thought about life and love...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Insider Tips for an Optimized Marry Well Experience

“Do you have any advice for someone new to Marry Well?”

I routinely get asked variations of this question from fellow members of this site. Understandably, new members often feel lost trying to navigate the online dating sphere. Even those of us who have been around awhile can make changes that can have a positive impact on our Marry Well experience.

In the two years I’ve been active on Marry Well, I’ve learned quite a bit about the site...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Austen Therapy

There’s been a lot of talk about cynicism around Marry Well lately. It’s something we as singles all need to guard against, particularly those of us who live in the cynicism soaked 21stcentury United States.

Steve Watters gave us a list of practical tips in Beyond Cynicism. As I was watching a movie with my sister a few nights ago, I thought of another way we can counter cynical attitudes –- we can surround ourselves with stories of hope.

The small epiphany came while watching Andrew Davies’ adaption of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s stories have long had a positive impact on my attitude towards the path to marriage. During some of my low points, the themes and plot threads have wound together into the perfect balm for cynicism, reminding me of many truths...

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