I grew up as a member of the homeschool community. When I was a teenager, my friends started reading this new book called I Kissed Dating Goodbye. For months we could talk of little else. After reading it myself, I grew into as big an opponent of dating as you could find. Dating was evil and Courtship, whatever it was, was godly, good and Biblical.
This seems pretty important… I don’t think my home church or ACF took it to such a conservative extreme but “courtship” is definitely a thing in the Christian communities I’ve been a part of. I’ve seen it lead to intimidation and fear on both the guys’ and girls’ parts and I don’t think that’s healthy. There seem to be some rules and/or “recommendations” that we take almost too seriously. And the emphasis on “intentionality” and marriage as the endpoint makes us afraid of having to be so seriously committed. I’ve seen and heard of relationships within our communities breaking down in pretty scary ways that we’re afraid to talk about. It seems like we’re pretty afraid to talk about relationships in general. There have been a few relationships that I’ve heard of only because the information has finally trickled down to me - there were even a few where I only heard about the relationship after they broke up because it was so secretive and only disciplers and cell groups knew about them. Honestly, I’m pretty terrified of relationships and perhaps this is one of the reasons why.
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Ben Howard’s new album is coming out on October 20th! YES
A montage I made of some clips I recorded in Taiwan. I hope to make more videos during the World Race and this is just the first try!
beep boop, made a thing
Cameron Carpenter plays his arrangement of Bernstein’s Overture to Candide on this organ. And it’s crazy.
There are some Christians who prefer structure, authority, discipline, and hard work. They want to schedule their Bible-reading and they need to check off a calendar and they want to attend church on a weekly planner. They tithe to the exact dollar and they dress up every Sunday and they would never ever curse, not even after getting a papercut from their latest Oswald Chambers devotional. And I think that’s okay. I don’t think religion has to be such a bad word all the time. Again, effort is not legalism, because legalism is legalism.
I think God has room for the highly devout church guy who sits in the front row because God respects our individual dignity and personalities. God does not mock the button-up bravado of the sincerely stiff worshiper — because this sort of Christian is still a sinner in need of grace, like you and me, and we’re not called to treat him based on any other parameter.
God has wired each of us differently. Some Christians will drink a beer and smoke cigars and get tattoos and pray in the woods by the river with a handmade journal and Lecrae and Mumford and Sons and Nirvana in their iPod — because this is how they meet Jesus. God has a limitless imagination to speak to each of us in a wild variety of ways. To limit this is to limit God, and I don’t ever want to suckerpunch His sovereignty."
sombrasysol asked: GRACE. AHHHHH YOU ARE AMAZING. It was so hard for me to pick these characters but can you do Edna Mode from The Incredibles (11) or Colette from Ratatouille (18)? :D also I have no idea how long ago you posted that, whoops :/
Ahhhh thanks for your nice words Allison! I meant to do one as a baby like I do, but then I got carried away….. I’m really happy with how these turned out tho! I feel like these are the best I’ve done so far!
so they told me i didn’t have wisdom teeth in high school but now i’m getting my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow and everything is happening so fast i’m freaking out a little bit help?!?!?!?? i didn’t even know i had them until yesterday afternoon bahhhggggggg :(
Sally Coulter (via judygrimes)
Independent packaging project for perishable goods:
Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax no longer protects the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.
a smudge from jonas mekas’ “as i was moving ahead, occasionally i saw brief glimpses of beauty”
- Rachel Naomi Remen (via downwiththedown)