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What Does a Real Man Look Like?

Like me, you were probably horrified by the news coming out of Steubenville, OH. How could a community create a culture in which women are objectified, mistreated, and abused? How could members of a community look the other way when rumors of awful things began to surface? The truth is this a problem that extends much further than the community of Steubenville. This is a problem across America. Ann Voskamp has written an outstanding piece on this subject entitled After Steubenville: 25 Things Our Sons need to know about Manhood. She offers this advice to all men, “Let Christ shape you and not the magazine covers of the Walmart checkout: Real Manhood never objectifies women. Real Manhood edifies women.”

A Christian in the Crowd

Here is a great post on being a Christian at SXSW. Thompson addresses how Christians approach SXSW and how music and the arts open people up to having conversations about meaningful subjects. Check out Embracing Community at South by Southwest

5 Reasons for Blogging

I found this post on why writers should blog to be very helpful. Holly Robinson suggests blogging keeps a person fresh, forms a community, and takes you unexpected places. If you have a blog or are thinking about starting one check out Does Blogging Sell Books? Not Exactly, but Here’s Why You Should Do It Anyway

Overshareability

This is an interesting article about Phil Libin, the CEO of Evernote, and the differences between Evernote and Facebook. It caused me to think about the things I post on Facebook. Libin suggests, “What you put in Facebook isn’t who you are. It’s what you want some people to see.” Check out Overshareability by Rob Walker.

Clint Eastwood and Violence

Many people associate Clint Eastwood with his early spaghetti westerns or Dirty Harry. These were films that seemed to celebrate violence, but you may be surprised by the ethics of Eastwood’s later films. I remember especially being moved the first time I saw Unforgiven and A Perfect World. Here is a fascinating video essay on some of the films Clint Eastwood directed.

Just War

This week marked the 10 year anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. A Christian can either be a pacifist or a just war Christian. Over the last 10 years the pacifists have been very vocal, but we have heard very little from Christians who take a just war stance. One politician who has been consistent on this position is Rep. Ron Paul. He voted against the Iraq war and said, “There was no threat to our national security, and also the arguments that they were using [for] why we had to go in, I didn’t believe them, I could see where it was going to cost us a lot of money, and I kept saying this even before — it’s going to cost us a lot of money, a lot of lives. It’s going to go on a long time.” You can read more about Rep. Ron Paul and six other Republicans who voted against invading Iraq here.

On Funerals

This week I had coffee with one of my good friends and mentors, Eddie Sharp. He had recently helped with a difficult funeral and I had been consulted about performing a difficult funeral. As we were drinking coffee he offered this advice, “God does what is right. He always does.” No matter how difficult the situation is these are words of truth that can always be spoken. You can read more of Eddie’s advice on preaching funerals here.

We Don’t Want Your Church Building

Here is a fascinating article on the next generation and how their values differ from previous generations. The previous generation values “things” but the next generation values “mobility and flexibility.” Derek Penwell looks at what this might mean for our church buildings. Check out What If the Kids Don’t Want Our Church?

Invisible

Last week I got to see one of my heroes at SXSW. Steve Earle performed several of his new songs and a few old ones at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX. Before he sang the new song Invisible, he told the crowd how he was inspired to write this song because of a Catholic church that was running a soup kitchen across from his apartment in NYC.

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