Loon’s linkage (May ’11)

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  • Nicholas Kristof, accompanying a team from International Justice Mission, chronicles the dramatic rescue of five young girls from a brothel in India.
  • Scot McKnight suggests 10 lessons learned from the Love Wins kerfuffle.
  • Sørena Higgins suggests practical ways to foster healthier communication between churches and artists.
  • Recognizing his propensity to criticize the music during his church’s worship gatherings, Andy Whitman extols the value of “living in the tension between perfect aesthetics and imperfect human beings.”
  • Roger Olson on why he can’t give up the “evangelical” label.
  • Laura Rector recounts her experience of dealing with strangers who attempt to ‘correct’ her for being a woman in ministry.
  • David Griffith contemplates whether violence can be destroyed or merely “transferred.”
  • Ray Pennings highlights recent findings on the societal impact of those graduating from Christian schools in North America.
  • Tim Keller continues his series of posts on D.M. Lloyd Jones’ book, Preaching and Preachers, with a look at the objection to preaching raised by those favoring a more incarnational, non-authoritative approach.
  • David Gushee reflects on resurfacing ethical questions following the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
  • Richard Lopez calls attention to the importance of “becoming more mindful about how our brains are changed by our experiences online.”

Grief journal (6 months)

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“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.”

–Longfellow

With all the sympathy of a robotic conveyor belt, time keeps moving forward without Vincent. Half a year and counting. Every new experience pushes him further into the past, out of view, beyond reach. He stopped, but we continue. Each family milestone accentuates the widening separation between then and now. We can always recall, retain and recollect, but there will be no new memories of my second-born son. We may eat birthday cake every year on May 10, but Vincent won’t be blowing out any candles. His life is over, his story written. In the words of the always-eloquent Porky Pig, “That’s all folks!”

So what now? Is there more to grief than introspection and self-pity? Can Vincent’s memory be honored with responses other than sorrow and heartache? As the recent grows distant, I’ve got no new material at press time, just spin-offs and reruns. I need a different gig. This schtick is getting old.

He was such a great kid, that boy. Inquisitive and curious. Playful with a sneaky streak. Good instincts, big heart. Guaranteed handsome and talented. So much potential. He wasn’t ready to go. Kept fighting to the end. He loved all of us.

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