Ok, sorry for the absence. DH had stitches out today and a hard cast put on. Three weeks of that and then physical therapy to get strength and range of motion back.
RE: Shane Claiborne, I would recommend Irresistible Revolution to get an idea of his perspective. He's really in favor of going back to biblical roots in all facets of life, much like 3Lil. I like his (seemingly) radical beliefs, and I think my "political" mindset is most in line with his. I put it in quotes because my political views do NOT match the stereotypical Christian's. That leads me to another neat book by him--Jesus for President. He grounds everything he says in scripture and includes the whole verse as a footnote so it's easy to reference. Some people really dislike his lifestyle but I think it's admirable.
RE: birth control, I think it's to each her own. I'm against hormonal BC because of the hormones, primarily. 3Lil, I can definitely see your point about trusting in God to plan all facets of our lives, but I'm definitely not being called yet to take that step of faith. I also wonder (and this is not snarky or insincere--it's the place I came to after thinking on the question), how do we choose between rejecting and utilizing available resources? For example, seat belts. If I'm trusting God completely, do I leave mine off knowing that the outcome of an accident is up to him? Did he provide us with seat belts? Did he provide us with BC?? I don't know... Tough questions. For me, some sort of NFP seems like a good fit. My marriage is just now starting to recover after the difficulties of having a child. We could probably still exist and maybe even thrive if we added another to the mix, but I'm not comfortable sacrificing the health of my marriage again right now. Biblically, my relationship with DH comes before my relationship with DD. Without a healthy marriage, we can't have a healthy family. So if some sort of birth control helps us to keep improving as a family, I'm all for it. I'm also a strong believer in God giving us a heart for the things he has in mind for us. I don't have a heart for another child right now, so I don't feel like BC is going against God's will.
Those are just my thoughts. :-)