Disney Princesses: A Little Girl’s Icons

You’ve probably seen the above images floating around the internet the last week or so under the title “Disney Princesses with Realistic Waistlines Look Utterly Fabulous.” Basically, it’s a collection of modified images of Disney princesses that takes their tiny little waistlines and expands them out to something a little more reasonable (even though they are still remarkably thin). The author is right. A little Photoshop makes these digital women look a little more like real women. We’ve seen enough of real women being Photoshopped into tiny semblances of themselves that seeing it go the other direction is a bit refreshing.

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Why We Need to Wait for Christmas

autumn-19672_1280A few weeks ago, in the middle of October, my five-year-old son and I walked into a store together. He pointed and called my name with a disgust that kiddos usually reserve for carrots and squash.

“What buddy?”
“They have Christmas stuff up and we haven’t even had Halloween!”

When the young ones get it then we surely have a problem.

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One Young Woman’s Efforts to Help Trafficking Victims

Katie MehrlichOne of the greatest joys of pastoral ministry is seeing the amazing ways that people respond to God’s move in their lives. We have a committed group of students working to raise awareness about human trafficking and to fight back against the injustice. Katie Mehrlich is a sophomore student leader in that organization. She is also insanely talented as a worship leader and song writer, and she leads a Bible study on campus for other students through CRU. I asked her recently to tell people about what she is doing now to make a difference for trafficking victims.

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#HeForShe is also for Him

watsonThe United Nations has just launched a well articulated solidarity movement calling men to stand for gender quality alongside the women of the world. The following speech by Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, is a concise and inspiring example that’s worth the 13 minutes it will take to watch. She calls for men around the world to join the struggle on behalf of women around the world. [Read more…]

“Don’t Hold on to Me”: Finding Gratitude in a Time of Transition

This sermon was from the last service of McCleary Chapel last year. As students prepared to transition out of university life, feelings ranged from joy and hope for the future to grief for the friends that they would leave. I suggested that they could learn a lot from the exchange between Mary Magdalene and Jesus after the resurrection. (The sermon is only about 20 minutes long, the end of the video wasn’t edited properly.)

How to Get a Youth Ministry Raise

imageYouth ministry is a notoriously low salary field with many youth pastors and youth directors making far less money than other similar professionals. This hurts individual churches, youth ministers, and the entire profession. Good youth ministers leave their calling altogether because they can’t make ends meet or change churches more often than they’d like to chase better paying work. [Read more…]