Great Reads Vol. 1

Deciding that I wanted to actually write a blog while I have a newborn may not have been super realistic.

However, I have quite a bit of time every day when I am feeding my son, and therefore am browsing some really great thoughts online.

Here are a few from lately.

On Mission

Jen HatmakerHati, Personal Crisis, and a Manifesto

” I can assure you I do not hate my own sin nearly as much as I hate everyone else’s. Nor is any injustice as grave as those done unto me, in my First World setting, where I imagine I know the slightest meaning of persecution.

When it is all over, what is my legacy in Christ?”

The whole afternoon after reading this, I walked around asking myself: “What prophetic story am I telling with my life?”  

On Motherhood

Jessica Valenti: I’m Not a ‘Mother First’

“It’s no longer enough that women love their children. To be a truly committed parent, women are expected to be mothers above all else—we’re “‘moms first.'”

Long before I became a mother, I knew it was important to me to be able to define myself not by the roles I play as a daughter, sister, friend, wife, and now mother.  My identify is found as an image-bearer of the Creator, not found in relationships to other people.

On Education

Becky Pettit: What You Won’t Hear in the Presidential Debates: Facing the ‘School-to-Prison’ Pipeline

“Including inmates shows that there has been no improvement in the black-white gap in high school completion among men since at least the early 1990s and the racial gap in high school completion has hovered close to its current level of 11 percentage points for most of the past 20 years. Moreover, young black male dropouts are more likely to be in prison or jail than they are to be employed.” (emphasis mine)

I would not consider myself a single issue voter.  But as a teacher, I always listen carefully to what candidates say about their plans for education reform.  I work in an alternative program whose main goal is drop-out recovery.  While my young men might not know the exact numbers, they do know that the statistics are stacked against them. These aren’t just numbers to me, they represent the faces of my students.  I can’t tell you how much I long to see this turn around.  But I don’t have a lot of hope that either candidate is going to change some of the policies that maintain the status quo.

So there you have it…some things that got the wheels turning this week.  Feel free to weigh in!