Sunday Superlatives 10/14/12

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free
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Keeping Superlatives short today as I prepare to head to North Carolina and Kentucky next week. Let me know if I’ll see you there! 

Around the blogosphere...

Best Advice:
Donald Miller at Storyline with “Move through the fear rather than around it

“Strong people admit their fears, while frightened people fake their way through it.”

Best Analysis:
Suji Pak at BioLogos with “Pre-Modern Readings of Genesis 1” 

“For these pre-modern Christians, then, Scripture’s authority and infallibility were not staked upon its scientific accuracy; rather, Scripture’s authority and infallibility meant that all Scripture is inspired by God “and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). Simply put, the authority and infallibility of Scripture meant that all Scripture should edify the church—namely, be useful and build up the church in right teaching and an ethical life.”

Best Conversation-Starter :
Addie Zierman at Deeper Story with “In Defense of the 4-Letter Word”

“And I think that the curse words themselves are not actually the problem. It’s our misuse of them. It’s the way we overuse them, throw them away. It’s the way we lob them angrily at one another like grenades. We do this over and over, and we turn them into blunted, powerless things. And that, most of all, is the problem.”
Best List:
Joe Carter with “The 50 Best & Worst Childhood Fads

Best Sermon: 
Nadia Bolz-Weber with “A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus

“And here’s the thing…that story? The story of God’s redeeming work for all of creation that happens in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we tell every single week …that story? It’s an axe.  And the Eucharist is an axe.  And to be sure, the confession and absolution is an axe.”

Most Eye-Opening: 
Meredith Birkett with “Child marriage continues cycle of abuse, poverty for girls in over 50 countries

Glennon Melton with “A Bicycle Built for One” 

“How often do we, as mamas – as grown-ups – find something, something relatively healthy- that is REALLY FUN? That makes us laugh and makes our bodies feel like we’re soaring and makes us feel FREE? I felt free on that bike in Target. Like a child before she learns how hard life is. So I bought that bike. It’s in my garage right now, waiting to take me for a ride when I feel sad. It’s not waiting for my husband, or my daughters, or my son. There are no seats for them on that bike. It’s a bicycle built for ONE. Just me. All mine. Waiting to take me away for a little while.”

On the blog...

Most Popular Post:
"I love the Bible"

"And when those stories weren’t enough, when the words themselves would not suffice, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, laughed among us, wept among us, ate among us, told more stories among us, suffered among us, died among us, and rose among us. The Word entered our story and invited us into His."

So, what caught your eye online this week? What's happening on your blog?

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