- Vanity Fair reports on The Sex Trafficking of American Girls.
the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device. And, as Amy Fine Collins shows, human trafficking is much closer to home than you think; victims, younger than ever, are just as likely to be the homegrown American girl next door as illegally imported foreigners.
- Allen Yeh discusses Why Disney Princesses Are Bad, with an outstanding excerpt from Laura Robinson’s article “Choosing Priest instead of Princess” in Mutuality, Spring 2011.
It was, I think, God’s firm but kind reminder of the reality I was living in. In that mirror I saw who I really was—a fallen image-bearer of God in a room full of other fallen image-bearers, no better or worse or more worthy of love than any of them. The world did not need my beauty—in that moment, it needed me to throw away my coffee cup so someone else could relax with a book and hot chocolate at my table for awhile. And in order to be a good steward of a college education, I was not going on any fantastic adventures but would have to complete the long, icy walk back to my dorm room, heat something up for dinner, and work hard. My life isn’t a fairy tale, but God never promised me one. He promised me a hope and a future. I’ll take it.
- iMonk is hosting A (Very) Short Overview of the Papacy, which begins hilariously by describing the Pope’s day (see part 2 here).
One thing everybody knows about Catholicism is that we have a Pope. And everybody knows what the Pope does, don’t they? That’s right: the Pope gets up in the morning, puts on his big hat, and spends his day…
- George W. Sarris surveys the universalist debate and asks, “Can an Evangelical Be a Universalist?“
If an “evangelical” is someone who subscribes to the statements of faith of the National Association of Evangelicals, and most modern conservative churches and evangelistic organizations, then the answer is definitely “No.” If an “evangelical” is defined as one who believes in the authority of Scripture, the centrality of the gospel message and the classic creedal statements of the Christian faith, then the answer is actually “Yes.”
- Anna Blanch offers 5 Things People Assume about Theologians. I particularly liked #3: “Theologians don’t read anything else other than theology, and if you do you’re not really a theologian.”
- Neatorama discusses How To Live Forever, and whether that’s a good thing.
- And, here’s a list of 10 More Things You Ought To Know.