When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we had to work with a pretty limited budget. When she told me that the flowers were going to cost upwards around $1,000, I sighed and said, "We don't really need flowers, do we?" I can't remember anything else that happened that day. Jim at Snooze Button Dreams has a similar story. (hat tip: Adrian Warnock)
Dr. Warnock called attention to the Jollyblogger blog this week. There, David Wayne (a Presbyterian pastor in Maryland) is doing a good job discussing Christian topics in an accessible way. His recent post Marriage and the Myth of True Love is excellent reading.
Toni has an intriguing post about ecclesiastical headgear for women and how it relates to issues of submission.
A story in the Washington Post talks about sociologist Ann Swidler's view of marriage. A few good quotes:
- "A good marriage is when you become better when you're with the other person, not because they do good things for you but because you truly rejoice in the other person's flourishing."
- "The ideal of marriage is ever more the one place in a society, like ours, where you can fulfill the highest virtues of which we are capable: sacrifice, understanding, commitment."
- "It would be the kind of social institution that not only is good, in a practical sense, for people—stabilize their lives, help them be productive, help them be law-abiding citizens, help them raise children—but would develop the moral qualities, and even the personal qualities, we value most in human beings."
A while back I posted a picture of me as a South Park character. Earlier this week my geek friend Nick alerted me to the existence of a site where you can create your own superhero. Here's what I would look like if I had superpowers:
Before any of my friends chime in with how this doesn't look anything like me, let me just confess that I don't have wings, my muscles are not quite that defined, my feet are much smaller than that, and my trench coat is actually green. On the other hand, I am thin, I have short brown hair and an angular jaw, I wear glasses, and I often smirk with the left corner of my mouth.