Simmer Starters – September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015

Simmers this weekend: Doctor Who and Jesus, responding to blog posts biblically when you disagree, talking to kids about porn, separating our responsibilities from God’s, when the Bible is boring, and fantasy worldbuilding resources.

Why the World Loves the Many Resurrections of Doctor Who (Gregory Alan Thornbury) – A thoughtful article about the differences and similarities between The Doctor and Jesus.

5 Ways to Read a Blog Post Without Getting Your Jimmies Rustled (Paula Hendricks) – Biblical advice for how we should respond to things we disagree with online.

5 Secrets That Make It Easy to Talk to Kids About Porn (Kristen A. Jenson) – Great tips here.  I’ll be tucking this away for future reference!

Your Responsibility Circle (Nicholas MacDonald) – Great reminder for those with anxieties!  “The point of the circle is to teach us that, while God takes ultimate responsibility for everything, He takes sole responsibility for some things. Which means: all things are meant for prayer, but some are meant for prayer alone.”

Re-Ignite Bible Reading That’s Become Boring (HeadHeartHand Blog) – Oooh, such good stuff here.  I especially appreciated the grace-filled tone, because so many of these types of articles come across in a shaming kind of way that really doesn’t encourage the reader to make it better. This one makes its points without being sharp or condemning.

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions (Patricia C. Wrede) – An extensive resource for fantasy worldbuilding.  I thought it looked useful and would be good to pass along!


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  2. I would just add, to the pornography one, that kids should also be told it’s sin and upsets God. <3

    • Definitely.

    • I think, though, that since seeing it for the first time might be traumatic to begin with, and a total accident, we should be careful not to make our children think that stumbling upon it by accident was sinful and upsetting to God.

      I appreciated the general scientific information in the article, and I may use such information, especially in continuing discussions with an older child, but in introducing the topic I’d probably take a more spiritual approach, an extended addition to learning one’s body is private. I certainly didn’t take the article as an exhaustive list of instructions in how to discuss porn, just some ideas to bring up while doing so.

      • Ah, got it. Good point.

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