Roundup: Baby’s wonderland, public prayers, cancelled-wedding-turned-banquet-for-the-underprivileged, marriage under threat, and Noah movie

Wengenn's Symphony no. 1

Sioin Queenie Liao, Wengenn’s Symphony No. 1.

 

“Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime into Dream Adventures”: Queenie Liao likes to take fairytale-inspired photos of her son, Wengenn, while he sleeps. She calls the series “Wengenn in Wonderland.” A book of these photos was published last year in Taiwan, and an English edition is in the works. Visit Queenie’s website at wengenninwonderland.com.

“A Pastor’s Reflections: Public Prayers” by VFT: “This may come as a surprise but one of my least favorite things to do as a pastor is offer public prayer. . . .” Very interesting post on how public prayers differ from private ones and how pastors can prepare for giving them. I share this pastor’s hesitance to pray publicly, and I feel that his three tips can be adapted to my situation as a layperson who is sometimes called upon to offer verbal prayers on behalf of a group of people gathering for dinner, Bible study, or some other event.

“Family hosts 200 homeless people for dinner after daughter’s wedding gets called off” by Mia Fitzharris: When life hands you lemons . . .

“Can You Define the Relationship?” by Owen Strachen: “We are living in strange times — specifically, in the age of the abortion contracts, wedleases, and throuples. . . .” Strachen comments on three modern-day relationship practices that debase the institution of marriage. I had not heard of the first two, but sadly, I am not surprised.

Noah trailer now released: This $125 million epic film starring Russell Crowe is scheduled to open in theaters in March. I’ll be interested to see how director-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky interprets the story. The fact that in the trailer Noah says he is building a vessel “to hold the innocent” already makes me skeptical of its theological message. But it definitely looks worth seeing, and it can be a good conversation starter with friends.

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