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Interview: Medal-Winning Swimmer Maya DiRado: My Faith Frees Me to Dream Big

She sets high goals inside and outside the pool, saying there’s more to life than swimming.

First-time Olympian Madeline (Maya) DiRado has already earned a trio of medals—gold, silver, and bronze—as part of the US swimming team. She says it’s the “quiet confidence” of her Christian faith that allows her to be a grateful, joyful, and goal-oriented athlete, even at the highest levels of competition.

A native of Santa Rosa, California, the 23-year-old has been swimming on the world stage for five years. After she narrowly missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, DiRado took this year’s trials by storm when she won three individual events.

Her early performances in Rio earned her a spot on a relay as well; that 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay team went on to win gold. DiRado also placed second in the 400-meter individual medley and third in the 200-meter individual medley. She competes in her final event, the 200-meter backstroke, later today.

Equally accomplished outside the pool, DiRado skipped second grade, started high school at the age of 13, and entered Stanford University at 17. After graduating with a degree in management science and engineering, she secured a consulting job that she will start soon after the Games end.

DiRado, her fellow-swimmer husband, and her parents attend The River Church Community, an Evangelical Covenant Church–affiliated congregation in the San Francisco Bay Area. A few days before leaving for Rio, she spoke with CT about her lifelong faith, its impact on her athletic career, and her unusual decision to retire from swimming after the Olympics, no matter what happens.

How did you come to know Christ?

I was raised by two strong Christians in my parents, Marit and Ruben. I always attended church growing up but started questioning my beliefs as a teenager. ...

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[Cfamily]A Conversation with Nate Parker about 'The Birth of a Nation'
« Reply #265 on: August 14, 2016, 07:02:59 AM »
A Conversation with Nate Parker about 'The Birth of a Nation'

CT talks to the writer, director, and star of the highly-anticipated film about his faith and race in America.

On January 25, I settled into the balcony of the Eccles Theater at the Sundance Film Festival, next to another critic. We'd already seen two movies that day and were getting ready for the third, but before the film even began the crowd gave it a standing ovation. By the time it was over, most of the audience was in tears, and the film received another standing ovation after the credits rolled. We all had a sense that something historic had happened that afternoon.

The film was The Birth of a Nation (read my Sundance review), the story of slave preacher Nat Turner and the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. In the film, Turner is (illegally) taught to read the Bible as a child by the mistress of the plantation on which he lived as a slave; as an adult, he becomes a preacher, and his study of Scripture as well as his observation of cruelty on the plantations he visits as a preacher leads him toward violent action. (The film has a great deal, thematically, in common with Braveheart.)

Nate Parker, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film as Turner, spoke on stage at Sundance after the film about the use of Scripture in the film and how his perseverance during the years-long struggle to get the movie made was partly fueled by his own Christian faith.

I spoke with Parker by phone last week, and he had a lot more to say about his faith, racial relations in America, the ways the Bible is used to both oppress and liberate, and the church. (This interview is lightly edited for clarity.)

How did you get interested in the story of Nat Turner?

It started from being young, growing up in Virginia, and not really having a lot of history that was being presented to me that included me. I was growing up as a Christian, growing up in the church, ...

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Churches Take on the Billion-Dollar Industry Making the Poor Poorer

When the state government did nothing, Texas churches stepped up to fight for change in their local communities.

A new documentary by Deidox Films tells the true story of church communities rising to protect the poor from predatory loans. The Ordinance documents an unprecedented battle in Texas towns to protect their citizens from predatory lenders. In a time when political disillusionment is growing, this story serves as an important example of how the best, and worst, of our political system can unite a community.

Christianity Today is proud to partner with Deidox Films to provide this exclusive free debut of this fascinating documentary about the power of the local church to combat injustice and stand for the poor and vulnerable in their communities. When state and local governments stepped aside, Texas churches and faith-based organizations stepped up to defend the vulnerable in their communities from predatory payday loans.

You can rent, buy, or purchase a screening kit here.

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[Cfamily]Sausage Party
« Reply #267 on: August 16, 2016, 07:08:59 AM »
Sausage Party

A raunchy anti-Veggie Tales with surprising takes on atheism, faith, and tolerance.

What is there to say about Sausage Party? A surprising amount.

It's being touted as the first R-rated computer-animated film, and boy does it earn the rating. Innuendo, profanity, drug use, racial slurs, and graphic sex (insofar as food items can have graphic sex) are all part of the film. I don't expect many CT readers will go to see it. (I cannot repeat this strongly enough: do not bring your children.)

But like earlier efforts by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg like This Is the End and Preacher, it's also oddly . . . theological? (Some plot spoilers ahead.)

The film starts with a hymn to “the gods,” sung by the food in the supermarket as it opens in the morning. The aforementioned gods are the shoppers, by whom the food items desperately wish to be “chosen” to go to the “great beyond.” Frank, a sausage (voiced by Rogen), and his bun girlfriend Brenda (voiced by Kristen Wiig) desperately hope to be chosen together on red, white, and blue day so they can finally, uh, be together. They fool around through their packaging.

So we start with a sort of culinary Calvinism with a strong Puritan streak. But then everything goes sideways. Brenda the bun—a true believer, if there ever was one—is convinced that they are being punished by the gods for “touching tips.” The food items begin to make uncomfortable discoveries about reality, the biggest of which—no surprise to us—is that the “gods” actually have cruel designs on them and the great beyond is anything but great. It turns out the “nonperishables” (whiskey, Twinkies, and so on) made up the story of the great beyond in order to keep the food happy instead of screaming from anticipation ...

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[Cfamily]How Moving to Kenya Made Me a Less Fearful Parent
« Reply #268 on: August 17, 2016, 07:08:46 AM »
How Moving to Kenya Made Me a Less Fearful Parent

Things shifted when I noticed my preschooler handles daily life in Africa better than I do.

Just four days after my family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, I was ready to jump on a plane back to California with my young son.

I spent the day with him at his new preschool, attended almost entirely by local children. My introverted and cautious child behaved exactly as I expected. He clung to me, refused to participate in activities, and looked terrified whenever someone spoke to him. When his teachers finally pried him off of me and kicked me out of the classroom, I could hear his wails from the other side of the school.

Later that day, I lay down in the fetal position and decided I was a horrible mother. What had my husband and I been thinking, asking a three-year-old to simultaneously adjust to a new country, culture, and school?

Over my son’s protests and my own fears, I took him to school again the following day. And the next. When I dropped him off on the third day, he said goodbye to me with a smile and ran off to find his new friends.

As many other new parents have experienced, I was stunned by the quick adaptability of my child. I was still struggling mightily to adjust to life in Kenya, but my pint-sized offspring had already hit his stride on a new continent. Perhaps coming here hadn’t been such a bad parenting decision after all.

When I was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, my parents sheltered me as best they could. They carefully shuttled me from school to home to church and back again. We stayed in communities they knew, with activities—such as Cantonese-language school and church fellowship meetings—they were familiar with.

As immigrants in a foreign land, my parents wanted to protect me from anything that might cause me harm. But the message I internalized was that the world was ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #269 on: August 17, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
Only read part of the article above, the part that is visible on this site, but it did get me wondering.

Do children generally adapt quicker because when they are able to express quickly and usually very vocally, the article mentions ' I could hear his wails from the other side of the school.', then they get it all out of their system and move on? Whereas as adults we tend to be more reserved?

I do know that there are of course exceptions to the rules, but I am just wondering 'generally'.

Also (a bit more musing), do they really adapt, or just learn to keep it in? I mean some of the stuff that some children go through can be quite traumatic, do they just learn to hide this, so that people around them think that they are okay when they are not?

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« Reply #270 on: August 17, 2016, 04:02:12 PM »
In my experience children are afraid of new situations but quickly learn that they aren't scary. The little I know about  children and trauma, they don't go cheerfully to places where they experience trauma. They also display changes in behaviour that are a cry for help/attention.

Many parrents are afraid to let their child go and experience things without them, we had parents not letting 'baby' go to the creche because 'baby' cries, this has followed some children all the way to starting school.
Drop the horrors off and run:)


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Saturday Is For Seminars: Two Events Near Jackson, MS, and Reaching the Nations

Join me at our first BGCE Vision Gathering & Dinner, the 242 Network, and Reaching the Nations

242 Network Multiply Series – August 25, 2016 – Brandon, MS

BGCE Vision Gathering & Dinner – August 25, 2016 – Jackson, MS

Reaching the Nations – August 26-27, 2016 – Brentwood, TN

Coming Soon

September 9, 2016
Capacity Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 16, 2016
American Association of Christian Counselors National Meeting

Dallas, TX

September 30, 2016
Missio Nexus

Louisville, KY

October 3, 2016
Lutheran Congregations on Mission for Christ Annual Gathering

Denver, CO

October 4-5, 2016
Exponential West

Irvine, CA

October 6, 2016
Summit University Alumni Fall Bible Conference

Clarks Summit, PA

October 17-18, 2016
Centered & Sent

Durham, NC

October 25, 2016
Sojourn Pastors Network

Louisville, KY

November 2, 2016
Mosaix National Conference

Dallas, TX

November 14-15, 2016
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship

Nashville, TN

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