Darlings : Essays in Idleness

Darlings
A woman who has the management of a household, all the tasks associated with that, plus the charge of, say, four or more children, along with the home-schooling of each of them, is not a hero. She is called to be a heroine, as we say or said in good English. To make her gender-neutral is to diminish her, for she is doing something only she can do, and she is a she. A man would need assistance.
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What Prayer Is and Isn’t

The assumptions about prayer in the Scriptures contrast with common Western assumptions. The point about prayer is to change God, not me; it is not to get me to assimilate to what God already intends. Prayer is designed to persuade God to take action in the world. The point about prayer is not therapeutic; it is not to make me feel better. It is not a veiled form of personal commitment (“Lord, make us more concerned for justice”). It is not a means of personal formation. The point about prayer is to get God to act. One of the powerful arguments in this connection in both Testaments is that one’s prayer arises out of a concern for Yahweh’s name, as well as for one’s own suffering.

John Goldingay, Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016), 473.

Does it matter that Jesus wasn’t born in a stable? | Psephizo

… the ‘traditional’ reading that Jesus was born in a stable actually distorts the story of Jesus’ birth, and mutes the central message of the Christmas story—that Jesus wasn’t born in a place where we can happily visit once a year, and then forget about. Rather, he comes to the centre of human life, and cannot so easily be romanticised or ignored.
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