Jarrod's Fave Five

1.) A great episode with the late Rachel Held Evans.

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Rachel recently passed away leaving a 3 and 1 one year old. She also left behind an audience of Christians that she challenged, helped, and walked with through her blog, books, and conferences. This was recorded far before she got ill and was only released when the family gave the podcasters permission. It ends with her reading of Hagar--this episode brought tears to my eyes as I listened to it driving down Peachtree Street. 

2.) Another great episode. This one is with Jean Vanier: The Wisdom of Tenderness.

Vanier also recently passed away. He has influenced me greatly, and I hope he has or will soon influence you. 

3.) An article about Vanier, from the inimitable Hauerwas.

I not only understand, but I love when Hauerwas says that Vanier terrified him in the way that true saints terrify theologians!

4.) A story that made me smile: Billionaire pledges to pay off student loans.

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I cannot imagine being one of those students--hearing the proclamation must have felt like a jubilee. I love that the message was to "pay it forward."

5.) No, I do not like watching myself, but I do like that we were featured on the news: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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This is a 25 minute interview distilled down. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a difficult question, because it presumes we know who/what good people are, and it is a question from privilege. The biblical record assumes that suffering is part of life, the question is how one negotiates their relationship to it, how does one learn from it, and how does one mitigate it for others.