Highlights of the Week
We’ve compiled a handful of articles we read this past week below.
• Desmond Tutu’s “God is Not a Christian”
“Surely it is good to know that God (in the Christian tradition) created us all (not just Christians) in his image, thus investing us all with infinite worth, and that it was with all humankind that God entered into a covenant relationship, depicted in the covenant with Noah when God promised he would not destroy his creation again with water.” Read more.
• Justin Lee shares his thoughts on grace:
“Sometimes we have a hard time accepting God’s grace. We keep beating ourselves up for past sins and mistakes, wallowing in our guilt and focusing on how unworthy we are, never truly feeling loved by God.” Read more.
• Sermon on Fear, Self-centeredness and the Storm at Sea, by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
“This might come as a shock to all of you, but I have not always gotten everything I’ve wanted. And I’m sure unlike all of you…sometimes I blame God for that. As a matter of fact, there are things in life that I prayed like hell to either get or to keep – because I knew if I could have them I would be happy and all would be well. And yet, I did not get them.” Read more.
• Our VP and Publisher talks about her encounters with sexism and the lack of diversity in the Christian publishing industry.
“However, it seemed that there was something unforgivable about being a woman in my role. The men were always in charge; the men always made the final decisions, and I threw that off balance.” Read more.
• Heather Kopp on 7 Reasons to Quite Balking and Start Blogging
“I’m a baby blogger who came to it kicking and screaming. So it seems premature, even presumptuous, for me to write a post encouraging other writers to blog. But as a recovering alcoholic, I’ve learned that a newbie is often best-suited to help a reluctant visitor, because her own objections are still fresh in her mind.” Read More.
• Jana Riess learned 10 things at Wild Goose Festival, and a bit about Brian MacLaren and his upcoming book with us is one of them: Read more.
• World Refugee Day 2012
“A UN report released this week showed that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year — more than any time since 2000. In a message to mark the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, ‘Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help.’” Read more.