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Women should live the “good enough” life

I’ll also tell her to make time for herself. Unplug from the grid. Carve out space for solitude. Search for work you love that allows flexibility if you want to have children. And if you do, have them when you’re older, after you’ve reached that point in your career when you are good enough at what you do that you will feel comfortable dialing back for a while. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start planning, because no one else is going to do it for you. And don’t quit completely because, as wonderful as parenthood is, it cannot and will not be your whole life. Learn how to manage conflict, because the greater the level you can tolerate, the more freedom you will retain. Making compromises is a healthy approach to living. For a woman to say she is searching for a “good enough” life is not failure — it is maturity and self-knowledge.

An uplifting story from Boston

Teddy Kremer is a 30-year-old man with Down Syndrome, and he developed a bond with the Reds last summer, when he took a turn as the team’s batboy. Last night, Teddy again got to be the batboy, which meant he again brought his boundless enthusiasm into the Reds’ dugout. Only this time, Teddy also made a special request of Frazier: “He’s so funny, he said, ‘C’mon, hit me a home run, I love you.’ I said, ‘I love you too, I’ll hit you one,’” Frazier recalled.

Failed assassination plot on Turkish church

Of the two suspects who attended the fellowship for a year, one acted amiable – “like a Christian” – and visited the pastor’s house a number of times, according to Karaali. The second one documented everything that happened in the church and wrote a detailed account of Karaali’s activities. When Karaali went to the police station to give a statement following their arrest, an officer showed him the suspect’s account. It logged all his activities hour-by-hour, such as when he left his home, when he arrived at church, and what he did publicly with his family.

Training women to preach and teach

There are two passages, found in 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2, that the Ozark professors had to address because many Christian churches have applied them in ways that preclude women from preaching or teaching in a church assembly. “The key issue,” Spikereit believes, “is differentiating between the act of preaching and the role of preacher. Preaching has to do with proclamation, edification, and teaching of the gospel. The role of the preacher is more than that. [A preacher is] the teaching elder, the spiritual leader of the church. In contemporary language, [a preacher is] the ‘senior minister.’ The act of proclaiming the gospel and exhorting fellow believers with the Word is not equivalent to authority. If a woman is gifted to preach and teach, [she is] free to do so under the authority of the elders. By the way, men are also to teach in submission to the eldership—it’s no different.”

Do Ivy League women have a duty to work outside the home?

Similarly, Goff disavows the belief “that every woman should be made to feel as though [she] must choose between being committed to [her] children or committed to the sisterhood of women’s advancement,” then in the next sentence affirms that a woman with a Harvard Law School degree who forgoes a lengthy professional career has “wasted” an “opportunity.” It’s one of the basic contradictions of contemporary feminism: On the one hand, it’s supposed to be about choice for women; on the other hand, some choices are more equal than others–and certain ones, such as marrying young, provoke extreme hostility, as the Patton kerfuffle demonstrated.


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