Saturday Shares: “God”, numbers, and do you want fries with that …

I love podcasts – probably because I am so very in love with storytelling. This week, there were a couple that caught my attention that I want to share … along with some other curiosities from the Internet. Have a lovely Labor Day weekend.

Playing God

This week’s episode from Radiolab stopped me cold with its stories of hospitals in New Orleans and Haiti dealing with limited supplies and overwhelming disaster. It’s more than worth an hour. Here’s the introduction to the episode from the Radiolab website:

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Would your answer change if a sick person was standing right in front of you?

 

Numbers

More stunning storytelling. This from the Memory Palace as Nate DiMeo paints an audio picture of the night in 1969 in which draft numbers were drawn. I honestly can’t describe it. It’s that good.

 

And, finally, the video of the week:

You’ve probably seen it. McDonalds recently threw a retirement party for Freia Davis, a woman with Down syndrome who worked for the company for 32 years. Here’s the video, though, just in case you missed it.

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.

Saturday Shares: River Song, religious freedom and racking up miles

Welcome to the first Saturday Shares of the new year! It’s a day late, which isn’t probably the best way to start my attempts at more regular blogging.

Heart

Bronwyn Lea’s 2013 post on one little word that changed her prayer life has been making the rounds on Twitter recently. It’s worth revisiting.

It raised the old question for me again: why do I always find my prayer list filled with immediate needs, when I know that matters like the Kingdom come, His will be done, missions, justice, global worship etc are weightier and worthy of prayer? Why is it that when I do sit down to pray (and my struggles with that are lengthy and complex) I pray for the “light and momentary afflictions”, and so seldom for the eternal things?

Mind

Ed Stetzer writes an important commentary on religious freedom.

Many may believe the religious freedoms of Jews and Christians are beneficial to the “Judeo-Christian” nation but think granting those same freedoms to others would endanger our safety. I get it: Working for the religious freedom of someone else may appear to be endorsing their beliefs.

This is a faulty line of thinking. We must pursue religious freedom for all. Here’s why …

Soul

Take a scroll through these 77 self-care ideas for creatives from Fire + Wind Co. I’m kind of partial to #32 and #58. And, surprisingly, #60 is always works for me.

Strength

I’ve been flirting with running for about a year now. I go through spurts of enthusiasm, followed by weeks of utter disdain for the sport. I recently stumbled upon a challenge that (for as big as the number sounds) is really about consistency in that it challenges you to crawl, walk or run 2,015 miles in 2016.

There is a registration fee, but that gives you access to an online expo and an amazing Facebook community. You can join me by clicking here (affiliate link).

… and just for the fun…

If you love Doctor Who (and have seen the Christmas special), you will love this sequence that edits together River Song’s first and (maybe) final appearances in the series.

 

Saturday Shares: Shakespeare, the Bible and women leaders

I didn’t spend much time online this week so my list is a little short. They are categorized under heart, mind, soul and strength as outlined in this post – or they would be had I spent more time on the Internet this week.

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Soul

 

There’s something about classic literature that does my soul good, so to speak. I doubt I am alone in this. If you have about three hours to spare, pop over to the PBS website to watch David Tennant’s Hamlet from a few years back. It’s a stunning adaptation and will get you ready to go see Benedict Cumberbatch play the lead role when the current Barbican production is broadcast in theaters.

Mind

Chuck Lawless offers a simple Bible reading plan to get started:

Many of us overcommit to reading the Word when we first get started. We set our sights high (e.g., “I’ll read every day, and I’ll finish the Bible in one year, even though I’ve never kept that commitment before”) and then get discouraged the first time we miss a day. If you already know you’re unlikely to keep a commitment, start smaller. You’ll never read more until you at least read some.

Julia Mateer writes at Gifted for Leadership about the need to identify women with leadership potential:

Who recognized your leadership potential and put you into a position of influence? We all get into leadership because someone else saw our potential and helped us get there. Now we as leaders have the opportunity to do that for other women. We must identify women leaders so we can impact our communities with the full strength of the church.