28 June, 2010

What I'm Reading

Happy Monday! (or something like that) 

Procrastinating at work... And saw these sites I thought you might like. It's a lighter load than what I sometimes post, but some days simpler is better :-) 

1) Raise Hope for Congo put out this video about Macs and PCs and the conflict minerals embedded in all the electronics we buy. Watch this short spot then go to RaiseHopeforCongo.com to find out what else you can do. 

2) Is it unbiblical for women to work outside the home?

John Piper responds, then Matthew does too.

Piper - it can be...I would discourage it. Mother and homemaking are HUGE and glorious jobs. Turn your family into ministry...

So, I'm calling for ministry full-time when I say "don't work full-time if you have a family." Turn your family into ministry. Turn your family into a global dream for what this family might become, or what this man might be, or what we might be together as we are home. (Piper)

All of that sounds really pretty, but I'm really not sure how it relates to a woman working full-time inside the home or outside of the home. Jessica and I want/pursue the "global dream" scenario too. But I hardly believe this requires one of us to be in our house "making home" full-time. (Matthew) 

In the end I agree with Matthew's final assessment:

My point is this: An ideal "biblical family" isn't presented within scripture. Most of the families that scripture mentions weren't even nuclear. The "ideal American family"-the one that we Christians sometimes call "biblical"-is far more cultural than it is biblical.

The question originally asked to Piper inquired whether or not it was biblically acceptable for a woman to work outside of the home?

Piper said it "can be" biblically acceptable. But then he went on to discourage it. Why? If it's not biblically wrong then why "discourage" it?

I'm all for moms or dads staying home full-time! If that's what works in your situation, then I think it's great. But in today's culture, it's not realist for many. But because pastors and teachers with amazing influence like Piper "discourage it," a lot of moms (and sometimes dads) working outside the home feel a lot of unnecessary guilt.

And in today's culture, the last thing parents need is more guilt.

It's worth reading the whole post. Very insightful. 

3) String of cliches... Delia at Boston.com writes on the written cliches in the media. 

4) Sapling Press on Etsy.For the record - I heart the stationary tote.

5) Huckabee is back! I have to admit I have a soft spot for Huckabee - he is just so dang endearing. Don't know if he is Presidential material, but it is nice to see a politican that won't take himself too seriously. And, he does eventually get to talking about the important things, he just does it without having an over-inflated ego - something our dear Mr. President could learn. 

6) Looks like a movie scene. But it's really just apes being evacuated from the Congo. Blattman has the photo and the link for more info. 

7) A comparison of energy drinks to how much ice cream/cookies/junk food they equal. One example = a bottle Starbucks frapp (the ones in the glass bottles you get at the store) has the sugar equivalent: 32 Nilla Wafers. Or Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream, sugar equivalent: 8½ scoops of Edy's Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream. 

This makes me never want to eat/drink any of this ever again. gross. Think about what you are putting into your body! I am becoming more and more of a simple food person all the time. ewwwwww. You would never (hopefully!) eat eight scoops of ice cream in one sitting and yet you'll drink it. My doctor told me recently that liquid sugar (cola, juice, fraps, etc) get absorbed into our body faster - meaning, I think in the long run, downing three of those peppermint mochas things a week would be more unhealthy than eating 24 scoops of ice cream. 

Think about it. 

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