// saturday round-up (27/11)

Okay, time for another Saturday round-up. A quieter week this week, given that it’s been Thanksgiving and so a lot of American bloggers have taken a week off, but there’s still some great stuff out there.

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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK // voices of the bullied – and where the bullying really stops:

I’m indebted to Doug Fields over at Simply Youth Ministry for putting me onto this amazing article. It’s a hard read, but as somebody who was badly bullied back at school, pretty much every word of it rings true, and it should be mandatory reading for everyone, whether you’re involved in youth work or not. America is currently in the grip of a real period of national guilt about the culture of bullying that has grown up unchecked, and McKee’s article suggests that action lies in adults being advocates, standing up and standing out from the prevailing culture. Totally essential.

// tumbleweed: Lovely meditation from Christine over at holding fireflies on being forced to slow down and awaken “to a life less blinkered, more connected to my hidden self, to the dry earth beneath the tarmac.” It’s great, and the blog is one to watch.

// my toxic bottle of water: Anne Jackson is a great writer, and I can totally identify with her thoughts on her time in India and the subsequent cultural observations it prompted. Another wise reminder to look closer at the things you take for granted.

// 700 billion minutes: That’s the amount of time that the 500 million users of facebook spend on the site per month. The always terrific Tim Challies has more information on what is a truly jaw-dropping statistic.

// church sign of the day: I would go to breakfast with Jesus and Santa, for sure. Thanks to Matthew Paul Turner at Jesus Needs New PR for the tip.

// the look: jonny baker is a great photographer and a wise, wise man when it comes to pioneer mission and creative expressions of worship. I loved this photograph in particular, but also his habit of posting his own photographic and creative projects on his blog – it’s a real insight into how one man’s faith is worked out.

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And that’s the round-up for this week!

I’ll see you tomorrow for sunday music, but until then:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…

Amen to that. Let’s be a people “who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Now that’s a cause for thanksgiving.

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