Monthly Archives: June 2016

Starbucks Parenting

FAIRLY SPIRITUAL

So a lawyer decided to test Jesus by asking Him one of those big theological questions everyone likes to fight about. He said, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responded without hesitation, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:34-40). And with that, the debate was over. The hip hop version of the Bible states that after speaking these words, Jesus dropped the mic.

I know we aren’t supposed to have favorite scriptures, but it seems Jesus gave us permission to hold these words in rather high esteem. The greatest commandment is that we give God all our love and…

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The Eternal Submission of Women?

FAIRLY SPIRITUAL

Some guy recently wrote a “scholarly” article arguing that women will eternally submit to men. That actually happened and I had the misfortune of reading it. Actually, I didn’t read the whole thing, just enough to irritate my esophagus. A stronger man might have made it to the end, but I couldn’t stomach it.

I was introduced to the article through the twitter feed of a frustrated and irritated woman. The woman said it was rather hard to believe the Church would let stand an article arguing for the eternal submission of women. She even blogged that she was considering leaving the Christian faith in response to the growing number of Christian leaders who have an aggressively low view of women.

I wanted to urge her not to leave, but I didn’t think she would submit to my leading. At least I hope she wouldn’t have submitted to my leading…

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A Review of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon

FAIRLY SPIRITUAL

I must admit I was rather giddy to see the opening night of Jon Marans’ new book adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon at the 5th Avenue Theatre last night. Reading the production notes about Marans’ collaborative working process with director David Armstrong, music supervisor Ian Eisendrath and choreographer Josh Rhodes only added to my anticipatory excitement.

In reviewing 5th Avenue Theatre productions, I’ve found they seem to excel both in fostering new Broadway worthy fare and in reintroducing Broadway classics to modern audiences. With this in mind, I was rather interested to see how they would reinvent or reboot a somewhat historic musical that was more praised for its melodies than its storyline. Being unfamiliar with both the original version of Paint Your Wagon and the extremely modified Clint Eastwood film version, I did not have any distracting accompanying nostalgia for the original musical to influence my…

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