The Friday Connect

It has been quite the week.  My family is moving into a townhouse so this week has been filled with packing, and moving boxes slowly over to the new place.  It is exciting but also exhausting.

Here are a few highlights from my week across the world-wide web.

– John Howard Yoder is indeed ‘Mr Mennonite.’  Yet there are some things about his past that as a faith tradition, Anabaptists/Mennonite’s alike may need to address.  Here is a very important post by Andi Alexis-Baker over at Jesus Radicals.  John Howard Yoder and Sex: Wrestling with the Contradictions.  Is this important for the Mennonite community to address?  An interesting and important question! (A hat tip to friend David Driedger for sharing this post earlier in the week)

– Since becoming a father 2 and a half years ago I have become extremely sensitive to and disgusted by shows like “Toddlers and Tiara’s” that exploit children.  In fact, I am surprised by the way in which our society exploits kids.  Here is a very interesting post on Kurt Willems blog about the surprising depth of child sex abuse that we may not actually think about.  It is worth checking out.  On Getting Appropriately Angry About Child Abuse.

– Scot McKnight’s blog is a favorite of mine.  Here he quotes a New York Times article about a book I am very eager to get my hands on called “Alone, Together” by Sherry Turkle.  It is a book that explores the connection between technology, social networking, and loneliness.  It’s a quote very much worth checking out.  Alone Together.  If you are interested, I posted Sherry Turkle’s TED talk on this topic last week on the Friday Connect.  It is worth your time, particularly if you are interested in the impact of social networking and the ability to relate.

Have a wonderful weekend!






  1. Leonard Hjalmarson · May 25, 2012

    Some articles exploring Yoder in DIRECTION journal

    And a book review of 16 collected essays on Yoder’s contribution

  2. Leonard Hjalmarson · May 25, 2012

    hope the move goes well!

  3. david cl driedger · May 25, 2012

    I usually do not have an immediate emotional reaction to commercials for TV shows . . . this was not the case with Toddlers and Tiaras. It was weird to experience actual, involuntary disgust at watching it.

    • chris lenshyn · May 25, 2012

      I know… it is literally an aweful show! I was simply in shock when I saw it! Ugh.

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