Welcome to this week’s installment of Weekend Compilations, a blog post where I share links to my favorite blog posts from the previous week.
Sunday: Chaplain Mike shares with us “The Campaign Ad We’ll Never See (Too Bad).” He writes,
“ROMNEY: Well said, Mr. President. You are absolutely right. In the final analysis we may disagree about how to accomplish certain things, but we are actually both pretty similar. We both believe in the power of the office of the presidency and the institutions of federal government; otherwise why would we have devoted so much time out of our lives and so much energy to pursue the position? At heart we are both statists — we believe in the power of the federal government to control economic and social policy as well as provide basic defense and promote the general welfare through federal governance.
OBAMA: You’re right, Governor Romney. I don’t think there is any genuine difference between us at that fundamental level. Now you come at that from a slightly right-of-center position, and I come at it from slightly left-of-center stance, but we’re both sold on federal power and influence as a major driver for our way forward as a nation.”
Monday: Peter Enns Reviews A Year of Biblical Womanhood. He writes, “Rather than a rant against the Bible, readers will quickly see that Evans has found some deep source of wisdom in this process, and the big lesson learned is applicable to everyone: Taking the Bible seriously does not mean “do what it says.” No one lives that way, even hardened literalists. Taking the Bible seriously means reading it with discernment and living it out responsibly, and no biblical injunction concerning women is immune. Tracing what the Bible says or implies about women brings to the surface this unavoidable hermeneutical process.”
Tuesday: Conor Finnegan talks about how “Online conversations around Sandy feature God, prayer and atheism.” He writes, “As millions of Americans begin to clean up from Superstorm Sandy, many will turn to insurance companies to cover damages caused by an “act of God.” It’s legalese for natural disasters. Some of the online conversation around Sandy have treated it as such an act, with the term “prayer” trending on Facebook on Monday, as the nation awaited the storm’s landfall. We noticed four themes emerging that touch on God and religion on Facebook, Twitter and in CNN.com’s comments sections.”
Wednesday: Sarah Bessey refuses to waste the sunshine. She writes, “The light is worn out, and it smells like the world is sleepy, just tired out. Trees are baptized in orange fire, slender white birch trees are naked and unashamed in their loveliness. I took the tinies for a wander on a sunny day and a dog came along, a nice mutt of a dog, scruffy but well-loved, friendly. His owner had a shopping cart full of pop cans, and we threw tennis balls for a while, until it was time to go, and Joe critically examined the cart and its owner: “You’re pretty old but my like you and your doggy” was the final verdict. Thankfully, our new friend chuckled, and we left, waving good-bye, and I wondered if I should have offered a cup of coffee or something. He hollered “Thanks for playing with my dog!”
Thursday: Brent Bailey provides us “A Guide to Enjoying Weddings Without a Plus-one.” He writes, “It’s intended very specifically for people who attend weddings alone without the goal of acquiring a partner but with less-than-100%-confidence in their status as singles, people for whom the joy of celebrating two friends committing their lives to one another might provoke feelings of confusion, fear, insecurity, doubt, or jealousy. I’m hopeful it addresses some of the broader areas of uncertainty that singles face—whether they’re single temporarily or permanently—in a culture that often feels designed for couples, a problem Christian communities often unwittingly magnify.”
Friday: Peter Enns expounds on his boredom with our two candidates for president. He writes, “I am not going to vote–not that you asked (but it’s my blog). Despite how the candidates are demonized as hybrids of Gordon Gekko and Stalin, I’m sure they’re both decent people I could have a beer with. But, once again, our system has given us two–and only two–candidates, neither of whom can grab my attention for more than a few seconds at a time before I flip to The Big Bang Theory. (Oh Sheldon, you’re so delightfully socially inept in your brilliance.)”
Saturday: Mark Schloneger shares his take on election day. He writes, “It seems frivolous, even foolish. On Tuesday, as the world turns its attention to who will occupy the most powerful office of the world’s most powerful nation, hundreds of churches will gather across the United States to worship a servant. As votes are counted to elect a president, thousands of Christians will take the bread and the cup to remember their crucified Lord. As winners are projected and the electoral map is updated, Christians of many denominations will sing their praises and proclaim their loyalty to Jesus.”
On the blog this past Thursday, I argued that you should vote for a third-party candidate. I write, “Aside from the unqualified endorsement of Israel, one of the most troubling aspects of the foreign policy debate was the unqualified endorsement of the use of drone strikes. The fact that the United States has the capability to execute anyone anywhere in the world without judicial oversight is an egregious violation of the checks on power that we, in a democracy, ought to love. What judge issued an arrest warrant, much less an execution order, for Anwar al-Awlaki or his sixteen-year-old son? They were both American citizens living in Yemen last year when they were assassinated by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States because they were suspected terrorists.”