Saturday Shares: Say this, not that …

It’s Saturday so it’s time to share some of what I found fascinating on the Internet this week. Be warned … some of the links are old. I’m finally able to start reading some of the links I had saved on Twitter and Facebook back when seminary classwork was taking up every minute of my spare time.

The Louisiana Floods of 2016

The Times-Picayune is sadly familiar with covering disaster, having experienced Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago this month. Now, they’re on the forefront of coverage of the flooding devastating their state, and they have some choice words for the national media in this editorial:

The disaster porn coverage networks liberally apply to non-stories all the damn time isn’t coming. But this is a sprawling human tragedy, and it’s happening right now, just beyond the view of a media more interested in Justin Bieber’s Instagram status than in the sufferings of flyover country.

Heartbreaking, really.

That time when a Bible scholar, who happens to be a woman, is asked to be part of a commentary, panel or what have you and even she has questions about why she has been invited. Lynn Cohick says in this Her.meneutics interview:

So while it gives me a chance to work, I also wonder if my efforts are judged differently. I wonder if people think, “Lynn has been asked because she’s a woman, so I’m going to presume that her work is not that good, that she wasn’t given this based on her merit or her argument, but just because she’s a woman …”

What not to say …

Christine’s thoughts on this old, familiar phrase are spot on. She writes:

And then a well meaning friend or family member comes along and drops the infamous “Everything happens for a reason” bomb. You smile kindly and nod—that’s all you can do to keep yourself from punching them in the face.

You can’t possibly imagine a reason for what just happened. 

And, finally, the video of the week (or, what you should say.)

The Olympics are coming to a close. I initially wanted to share the video of David Boudia and Steele Johnson proclaiming their identity in Christ following their performance in synchronized diving that won them the silver medal. As the games continued, however, I heard other athletes boldly proclaiming their faith in post-event interviews. This video features quotes from a variety of athletes, taken at various competitions, that reflect their faith in Christ.

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