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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Monday's Menu: Food for Thought (Comedy, College, and a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic)

Coming Up This Week: A four-day guest series on "The Anatomy of An Apology." You'll never want me back after this week's reflections from my friend, Wendy Stringer.

The Thiel Fellows: Forgoing College to Pursue Dreams: Billionaire Peter H. Thiel is awarding 2 year fellowships ($50,000/year) to aspiring young entrepreneurs to dive into the real world of science, technology and business rather than going to college.

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Modern Woman: Editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, Tina Brown shares must-reads related to the changing role of women.

Gaining the Whole World Wide Web Without Losing Our Souls by Amy Simpson. Christianity Today's Womens' Blog, Her.meneutics, ran this post about technology use and our potentially addictive behaviors.

No Exceptions: The Case for a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic by Karen Swallow Prior. Her.meneutics featured this essay, which is a powerful and particularly challenging. While it may not necessarily answer the political question (what are we to do about the abortion issue in a country where public opinion is divided?), it argues for a coherent moral answer.

Confessions of a Christian Author by Adam Jeske. Hilarious. "In conversations, my mind sometimes wanders, asking, 'Will this make a good blog post?'"

A Comedian and a Cardinal Open Up on Spirituality: Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York discuss the role of humor in their spiritual lives.

Does NPR have a liberal bias? On the Media explores answers to this question. I heard this segment on Saturday and appreciated that NPR invited an evangelical Christian listener to give his take. AND, Ira Glass dropped by to make the show all the more interesting and lively.


Quote of the Week

The most important question we ask of the text is not, "What does this mean?" but "What can I obey?"

- Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book


Verse of the Week

Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation. Isaiah 25:9


Prayer of the Week

Father, help us to learn to trust you more each day, believing that Your only plans are for our welfare. Why is Your heart given to blessing us? We are certain that this measure of Your grace is something we do not deserve, and yet You continue to abound in steadfast, forgiving love. Today and this week, we live gratefully, prayerfully.

For Christ and His glory,