worthwhile reading for the long weekend

28 May

We’ve made our annual Memorial Day three-day weekend pilgrimage to my mom’s, and it’s been good. Ribs dry rubbed and cooked until fork-tender, hours of Starbucks and Cracker Barrel conversations with old friends, nerdy games and Chex Mix around the kitchen table, and the gorgeous West Virginia hills rising up around us.

Here is some writing that’s worth checking out this long weekend:

Can You Be Loyal to God and Country? | Logan Mehl-Laituri, an Iraq War veteran turned pacifist, writes an excellent article about the uneasy feeling some Christians feel toward Memorial Day and how some of us might honor  veterans without honoring the war.

“All right, then, I’ll go to hell” | Rachel Held Evans is one of the bravest bloggers out there. This piece, about the use of Scripture in slavery and the gay marriage debate through the light of Huck Finn, is not to be missed.

Malawi Windmill Boy with Big Fans | An old story that’s new to me: William Kamkwamba built a windmill by hand with no instructions and has since used it to power his Malawian home. Take that, Pinterest.

May Holy Spirit fire fall on you this Pentecost, and may your rememberings be blessed this Memorial Day.

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