1.Can we choose to not label one another?
“This is not easy. It will make us cry.
The only thing that will help is if we name one another rightly. Not pro or against. Not right or left. Not terrorist or traitor. But Beloved.” –Christie Purifoy
2. The movie I most want to see: Hidden Figures.
“When Americans think about the history of science, black women don’t spring to their minds. . . most people — even science students — are hard-pressed to name prominent scientists that aren’t white men.” –Laurel Raymond in her review of Hidden Figures
Their names are Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae).
Watching the trailer alone is inspiring!
3.Have you seen Scorcese’s movie Silence? (A well-written review made me curious.)
“Silence is the kind of film that cuts at everyone’s self-perceptions. . . I need to remember — now, frankly, more than ever — that I am not able nor responsible to save the world, let alone myself. How the world changes is a giant, cosmic mystery. To grow too far from that and become hardened in my own belief is a danger: I grow complacent and deaf, too willing to push others away.
In Silence, nobody is Christ but Christ himself. Everyone else is a Peter or a Judas, a faltering rejecter, for whom there may be hope anyway. What Scorsese has accomplished in adapting Endō’s novel is a close reminder that the path to redemption lies through suffering, and that it may not be I who must save the world so much as I am the one who needs saving.”– Alissa Wilkerson in her review of Silence
I am not able nor responsible to save the world, let alone myself. . . .nobody is Christ but Christ himself.Alissa Wilkerson
4.Are you following the way of the dragon or the way of the lamb?
Seek power or Jesus’ presence when fear strikes?
“Becoming a valley is truly humbling. And yet this is the place where the rain soaks deep and fruit is truly produced. The valley is the place of life.”
– Jamin Goggin, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb
Read Emily Freeman’s review of The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb here.
5.How would you define conversion when it comes to faith in Jesus?
Conversion is “about discovering who Jesus really is even as we discover who we really are. It is about deciding to stop living in destructive, unfulfilling ways and instead turn around and start following Jesus as we pursue wholeness. Conversion is… the experience of turning around and following Jesus.”
–Richard Peace, Holy Conversation, p. 17 (2006)
For me, the process of discovering who Jesus is, in all of his complexity and beauty, is lifelong.
6.Looking for Ways to Protect Your Brain From Digital Dementia?
Read article by Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd.
(Parents: A must read because digital dementia can and does affect teens.)
Suggestions: Spend time in nature (Yes!); Work on puzzles.
Dr. Manfred Spitzer, a German neuroscientist, who published a book entitled Digital Dementia in 2012 warns parents and teachers of the dangers of allowing children to spend too much time on a laptop, mobile phone or other electronic devices. Dr. Spitzer warns that the deficits in brain development are irreversible and calls for digital media to be banned from German classrooms before children become “addicted.”Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd
7.What can Lewis and Clark teach us about leadership when facing uncharted territory?
We can learn much from these explorers according to Tod Bolsinger in his book Canoeing the Mountains.
“When our old maps fail us, something within us dies. Replacing our old paradigms is both deeply painful and absolutely critical.” Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains (91).
Because I had the privilege of hearing Tod speak, I am reading his book.
What did you learn in January? I’d love to hear.
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