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8 entries from March 2011

Intriquing article about education and outcomes

If you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I sent out a tweet of Elizabeth King's article about teachers, accountability and outcomes. Her blog is provocatively named "Stay out of School" and then you are told that the blog isn't about "Schools."   Seriously, thought it was a good enough read that I thought I thought I'd link to it here as well.


The opposite of a 'Tiger Mother': leaving your children behind - Parenting on Shine

"I have been a mother since I was 20," she points out. "I did not have the life a normal 20 year old would have. While I don't regret that, I knew that I now have the opportunity to reconnect with who I might have been then, but with all the tools and skill sets I have learned through motherhood. I have the unique opportunity most women don't get to have, of being able to truly create the life I wish to have, do something in the world that makes a difference, and model this kind of independence for my children."‬


This is a really fascinating article. What are your thoughts on it?

It strikes me that this is incredibly selfish and her conclusions are foolish, but that's my thoughts on it. What do you think? I'll post more at a later time.

Great Quote from Kary Oberbrunner in Your Secret Name

If you have not read anything by Kary Oberbrunner, now is the time. Go to Amazon and buy, Your Secret Name right now (Click on the link to be taken directly to the book). Seriously, even if you do not choose to orientate your life around the Bible, this book will speak to you and it may help you understand why I do orientate my life around the Bible.  Here is a fantastic quote that is so true. I wanted to write more but at some point I figured I was going to be running the risk of plagiarism. Full book review coming soon.

It is far less painful to pretend that God doesn't care—that he's detahed and distant and eternally discontent—than to believe that God is cognizant and concerned with every detail of our lives. We often prefer a distant God. Such thinking is safer and less complicated. God is in heaven and we are on earth. He lives his life and we live ours. As the first man and woman discovered in Eden, there's comfort in hiding from God.

After all, when he finds us hiding, he'll discover that we're naked. Better to pretend that we've got everything under control than to admit our shame frailty and need. But if we're honest, we sometimes wonder:  If God is powerful, why doesn't he stop the pain? Or, if he allows pain despite his power, doesn't that prove he's cruel? We begin to question whether we can trust God. And if the answer is no, if we can't trust him, then we don't have a chance of loving him.

Points to Ponder (100 Words or less): Justice, Grace and Paybacks

Justice is usually considered to be the righteous application of law and order against those who misuse power, break laws, and harm others. Justice punishes and corrects the evildoer and warns others from urusuing a similiar path. What is problematic in this definition is it neglects the victim and fails to see that grace is the fruit of justice, not its polar opposite. Grace is not the exception to justice but its fulfillment. Justice merely puts everyone at the same level with no one using unjust power to escape the face of God.  (93).

~Dan Allender

Book Review: Sabbath by Dan Allender

Sabbath by Dan Allender, with a forward by Phyllis Tickle and published by Thomas Nelson is a fantastic book.  When I saw it on the possible books to review list, I snatched it up as fast as was possible. I waited with anticipation for it to come. I was not disappointed.
I was first introduced to Allender’s writings in college. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I was a bit nervous because the Sabbath seems to be an idea that is often approached with dogmatism and division. Nothing could be untrue about Allender’s book. There are absolutely no heavy-handed shenanigans in this book. Allender takes an extremely balanced and positive view of the day.  When I was growing up I knew a family that would not allow their children to play outside. They could play inside as often as they wanted to play, but not outside. It always struck me as hypocritical–after reading this book, I think that Allender would agree with me.

The author makes some rather bold statements about Sabbath. He says, “In all cases, we can celebrate Sabbath, even in a fifteen minute window, and receive the gift of the day.”  He goes on in another section of the book to say, “the Sabbath is a day of delight for humankind, animals, and the earth; it is not merely a pious day and it is not fundamentally a break, a day off, or a twenty-four hour vacation. The Sabbath is a feast day that remembers our leisure in Eden and anticipates our play in the new heavens and earth with family, friends, and strangers for the sake of the glory of God.” In yet another spot he says, “All too often we approach Sabbath like a forced conversation at a social gathering.”

Some more of my favorite quotes from the book:
*    The Sabbath is a sensual delight to be enjoyed in communion with God, others and creation.
*    We must enter the earth to be struck dumb by the beauty of the trinity
*    In God’s economy, there is no distinction between work and play: his creation is not due to lack loneliness, or necessity. It was free and groundless–that is without reason other than delight.
*    Sabbath doesn’t deny that death exists; instead it celebrates life
*    Grace is not the exception to justice, but it’s fulfillment

Allender’s main point seems to be that Sabbath is so that we can enjoy ourselves and in so doing, we enjoy God. In one section he talks about listening to favorite music, drinking beer and smoking pipes as Sabbath activity.  This book will not sit well with a lot of people, and that’s probably ok. I highly recommend it because it will start some conversations that need to happen. There’s a reason we tend to want to overlook the commandment about Sabbath, maybe it’s because we have been treating like something it’s not.

You can buy this book at Amazon by clicking here.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Points to Ponder (100 words or less) Attachment style

Each one of us responds to life stressful's situations the way we do for a reason. We are hardwired as human beings—truly created and programmed to:

  1. Long for deep, lasting, ans satisfying relationships
  2. Seek, search, and live for a destiny that is greater than ourselves.

At the heart of these factors are two essential questions that all of us instinctively ask:

  1. Am I worthy of love?
  2. Are others capable of loving me? (72)

~Tim Clifton and Joshua Straub in God Attachment