Friday, April 08, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 37

The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.

Welcome to this week's Roundup of Random — Happy Friday, everyone!


Meyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Last weekend, I took a group of women to tour our local Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. During the tour, our very informative guide... er, docent... kept referring to "Mr. Wright."

"Mr. Wright was 5'8", which he felt was the ideal height, so he designed buildings with that in mind."

"Mr. Wright was contracted to design a house for the Ambergs, the parents of Meyer May's wife, but he left for Europe before beginning the design." (Uh, yeah... I remember this story...)

"Mr. Wright didn't want homeowners to hang art in his houses. He felt the house was all the art you needed."

Something about being with a group of single women and hearing "Mr. Right" spoken of over and over made me chuckle quietly to myself.

And in reflecting on the personality that came along with his creative talent, it seems Mr. Wright may also have heard his name without the W.


I've mentioned Sarah at Emerging Mummy before (see take #1 here).

This post is so beautiful.


Earlier this week, my friend Suzanne posted a great review of Half the Church. And she's giving a copy away — there's still time to enter, if you hurry!

It's a book I've been looking forward to reading since I first saw the promotional video:


My friend Meredith takes beautiful pictures, including this series she took of Chicago. (I believe I have mentioned my love of that city once or twice.)

The composition of this one makes me think of the Sydney Opera House:


This week, Rachel Held Evans invited her father Peter Held to write a guest post, For the Parents of Doubting Children.

Here's an excerpt:

Know what’s essential to the Christian faith and leave plenty of room for diversity. This may be the most important advice to follow. I have been surprised to see how many parents have bundled their faith inseparably with a particular political view, economic philosophy, worship style, or the latest social issues.

True Christianity is not about politics, political parties, or personal preferences. Do you really want to lose your child because of differing political views? Does it really matter if they are for big government or less government, universal health care or private health care? If these issues seem to be too emotional for either of you, don’t even discuss them. The Kingdom of Our Lord is not limited to one political system or philosophy.

The essentials of the Christian faith are not dependent on certain doctrinal systems or denominations (Calvinism, Arminianism, dispensationalism, covenant theology, election, predestination, free will, and so on). I make my living studying and teaching these important doctrines and I have convictions about them. But godly Christians throughout the ages have real disagreements in all these areas. Keep your convictions but make sure you’re not making everything an essential. Remember, Christians across the theological spectrum have far more in common than we have disagreement. Again, if these issues seem to stir up too much emotion, avoid discussing them. Given what the Bible says about the deceitfulness of the human heart, humbly acknowledge your own bias and limitations.

Here's an amazing video — an ad for a Japanese cellphone, featuring Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, as performed by a ball rolling down a wooden staircase:


And on a slightly different note...

The Rock & Worship Roadshow 2011 presents "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" featuring MercyMe, Jars Of Clay, Matt Maher, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters & Lecrae.


1 comment:

  1. Loved all seven...and thanks for the shout-out!


All comments are moderated by the blog's author prior to publication.