september has been good to me. read this stuff and it can be good to you too:
this doozy of a post from hannah anderson: leveling the playing field
If we don’t invest our resources in equipping women, our hearts won’t be invested either. For a local congregation, this may mean budgeting to bring in a female speaker, hiring more women on staff, or helping women afford theological education. When resources are on the line, we’re more likely to care about the final outcome. In other words, when we place a bet, we’ll watch the game.
this barn-burner from scott sauls: the best and worst ways to take a moral stand
Taking up a cross…the radical, self-giving love kind that Jesus spoke about…was a deadly endeavor in the Roman Empire. Eleven of Jesus’ twelve disciples died as martyrs because they took up a cross, having assumed on themselves all of the costs, risks, and inconveniences of love.
The early church also understood that love did not guarantee their safety. To the contrary, sometimes love threatened their safety.
this lip-sync battle: