It’s Friday! November 20, 2015

Drink of the Week:

The Kraken  Black Spiced Rum.

This is one of my brother Joshua’s favorite drinks and I love a good rum and coke made from it.

 

Blog of the Week:

Not All Comps by Nate Sparks. Nate explores the how much of a role does the idea of Complementarianism have in the abuse of women. He asks “At what point does defense of an idea become complicity in the abuses inherent to that ideology?” and :” At what point does allowing the voices of the afflicted to be silenced to preserve our own comfort and privilege become an active participation in silencing them?”   His article is filled with links with some shocking statements from a lot of very popular mega preachers.

 

Song of the Week:

“Cry” by James Blunt. I know I usually post a video, but this song is so beautiful and perfect for what I am feeling this week, I figured you could just close your eyes and imagine your own music video.

 

It’s Friday! October 23, 2015

Drink of the Week:

Barrel Aged Statny Stany by Kassik’s Brewery, limited run and only available at the brewery. Miranda was insistent that she be in the picture.
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Blog(s) of the Week:

These are three solid blogs about different aspects of why a “certificate of purity” signed by a bride’s gynecologist and presented to her father is an incredibly sexist, hurtful, and a wildly inaccurate determination of purity.

Homeschoolers anonymous posted What do Certificates of Purity Communicate to Sexual Assault Survivors

Spiritual Sounding Board posted Let’s Make Jesus Famous Hype About Her Hymen

And Jade T. Perry Posted On Benevolent Sexism & Purity PR

Song of the Week:

Get Ready to Get Down by Josh Ritter.

It’s Friday! October 16, 2015

Drink of the Week:

Honeymoon Hefe by Kenai Brewing Company

The Duck has this on tap and I have been enjoying a couple of these and the empty bar on Sunday nights while my friends play pool.

Blog of the Week:

10 reasons

I keep seeing this meme on Facebook, titled “10 Reasons A Pastor Quit Attending Sports Events”. It is supposed to point out that no one would stop going to sporting events because of these silly reasons but many people supposedly stop going to church because of similar reasons. What is ironic is many of the items that are listed are the actual reasons that I don’t go to sporting events (such as the bleachers being too hard, the people being not friendly, they ask for money, and I attended way to many sporting events growing up), but none of them were even similar to the reasons I stopped attending church for about two years from about 2006-2008. Samantha Field delves into the heartbreaking reasons many people really stop attending church, and how people are even more hurt by the belittling of those reasons in her blog The Not-So-Ridiculous Reasons People Leave Church.

Song of the Week:

Brandi Carlisle Rocks! I love her powerful, soulful voice in The Story. It is the type of song I love to sing (badly) when I am alone in the car.

It’s Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Drink of the Week:

Our good friend Tammy came by and brought us pizza and La Crema Pinot Noir and also informed me that Pinot Noir is the healthiest wine to drink because it is highest in anti-oxidants. So, really, it is a health drink.

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Blog of the Week:

I know that it is an old blog, but Rachel Held Evans re-posted Women of Holy Week, Part 3: Mary’s Heart is Pierced (Again) and it actually made me cry. One doesn’t have to be a biological mother or acknowledged by the rest of the world as a mother to know the pain of motherhood.

Mary was not the first, nor the last, mother to hold the broken body of her child in her arms. She was not the first, nor the last, to weep in the company of mothers as they stumbled their way to an open grave. It happens every day—when famine claims another little life, when the sudden arrival of blood represents the end of a pregnancy, when cancer strikes yet again, when the phone rings and the news is bad.”- Rachel Held Evans

The first two parts of her series are equally as good. Check them out if you have a chance.

Song of the Week:

Sufjan Stevens with Come Thou Fount.  It is one of my favorite hymns, mostly because of this line “Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee”, which I completely identify with.

It’s Friday! March 27, 2015

Drink of the Week:

Homemade kombucha

This week our good friend Kelsi taught us how to make kombucha and gave us a scoby to start with. Denise made it last night and it has two weeks to brew, plus a few more days to flavor it, and we will be set with our own healthful, much more economical drinks.

The making of it did cause me to do a quick self-evaluation on whether or not we are hipsters.

Points for: We brew our own kombucha, half of us are gluten free, we re-purpose furniture, most of my closet is second hand or fair trade, we really only drink micro brews.

Points against: There isn’t a pair of heavy black glasses frames in the bunch and we are probably too old. In conclusion, we couldn’t possibly be hipsters.

Blog of the Week:

Little Girls Who Body Shame by Calah Alexander. This was my favorite sentence “It actually hurts to see someone you love not love themselves.”

Song of the Week:

Chandalier by Sia

Maddie Ziegler is an incredible dancer! I can’t believe she was only 11 when she did this video.

It’s Friday! March 20, 2015

It’s the first day of spring and, I think for the first time ever since I have lived in Alaska, it feels like it. The temperature in Kenai was a balmy 50 degrees and I was wishing I had chosen to wear a t-shirt instead of a hoodie for my run.

Drink of the Week:
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This is what I have been drinking this week because it packs a punch of energy and I have a lot of stuff to do. Next week, I am just going to amp up my coffee intake, since I am pretty sure that it will probably kill me from the amount of chemicals.

Blog of the Week:

Ten Reasons Ross Geller is the Worst by Dianna E. Anderson

Even though I love the show Friends, I have to agree with Dianna E. Anderson’s evaluation of the character Ross Geller. When I was younger, I thought the Rachel/Ross romance was cute, but as I get older I find agreeing with Denise, who is yelling at the screen for Rachel to run as fast as she can from him.

Song of the Week: 

Vance Joy “Riptide” has been running through my head all week. Good song. Weird Video.

It’s Friday! October 31, 2014

I love Halloween, mostly because I love costumes. I have always been creative and had a vivid imagination and costumes are an expression of that. I enjoy passing out candy to the neighborhood kids because I enjoy seeing their costumes  and creativity too. When I was younger, we didn’t celebrate Halloween, but we would have harvest festivals with an option of  either Biblical character or a non-scary costume. It is interesting to me  that Halloween was banned  (and still is) in the more conservative Evangelical and Fundamentalist spheres, first, because it is a Christian holiday and second, because it is such as great time to be part of your community.

When I see signs on doors saying that the occupants do not give out candy because the holiday had occult roots (maybe-depends on which scholar you ask),  they are literally shutting their door on the community. They are being so righteous and separate that they refuse to hand out chocolate to little children in princess and ninja costumes. Seriously? Even when as a family we didn’t celebrate Halloween, we popped a big bowl of popcorn just in case our neighbors might trick-or treat. Another great outreach are Churches who throw festivals for the community children on Halloween.

I think Halloween is a good time to take stock of  who are we excluding. Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes even when it was ruining his reputation and welcomed the little children even when his disciples thought he was too busy and important to be bothered with them. As imitators of him, we should at least humble ourselves enough to give out candy to trick or treaters or welcome the community into our churches.

Drink of the Week:

So I walked into the Oaken Keg looking for something I hadn’t tried before. I walked out with a Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing House which is an Anchorage Brewery. I would definitely try another beer from them. The Kodiak Brown was full flavored and not hoppy, which is generally what I am looking for in a beer.
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Blog of the Week:

The Child I Didn’t Adopt  over at Scary Mommy is a heartbreaker written by a child protection worker.

Song of the Week:

Team by Lorde I have been on a big Lorde kick lately. I don’t care that she is super popular and seventeen. I love her sound. This is another of my favorite songs of hers.