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Friday Wrap-Up, Vol 3

News

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how transitions in life are often as intense and scary as transition in child birth. I hinted at something new, and these recent weeks have definitely involved lots of pushing. We’re still cleaning up the baby and calling the relatives (to continue the childbirth analogy), so stay tuned. I look forward to announcing our big news, hopefully in the next week.

In case you missed it, I wrote two guest posts this week, on life in public ministry at Deeper Story, and the inter-relationship of guilt and depression at Alise-Writes.

Also, I’m tired. Maybe it’s because I wrote about two of the most painful chapters in my life in the same week.

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Posts that Caught My Eye

If you’ve ever met a parent of a child with special needs and thought to yourself either “I could never do that” or “He/She is so strong,” read this post, “Special needs families: Grieving what isn’t to embrace what is.” This mom tells it like it is.

Can’t stop complaining about gas prices? May I suggest that perhaps you need a bit of perspective on events in the Middle East?

“When my world falls apart (because worlds do) don’t come to me with bullet points, the etymologies and hermeneutics. Come to me with Story.” Breathtaking post on being reformed and the Lover Paradigm.

What caught your eye this week?

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Friday Round Up, Vol 2

A Deeper Story

Today my first post went up at a Deeper Story. If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know how I embrace writing about the things we don’t talk about. The story I wrote over there is a deeply personal one, wrestling with the inextricable intertwining of trust, honesty, intimacy, and sex. If sex talk makes you uncomfortable, I do not recommend reading this one.

Let’s Talk!

I’m re-evaluating my approach to the discussion forum I launched last week. After some long talks with my husband, I decided to remove the thread on Christians and cussing. The way I framed up the discussion didn’t convey what I intended. Amber did a much better job discussing the heart of the issue. Let’s forget about my thoughtless question, mm-kay?

I’m discovering that what I think is abundantly clear in my head often doesn’t translate to you, especially since I’m sitting behind a screen and so are you. We can’t chat, you can’t press me, I can’t explain better…  So it’s an imperfect medium.

I have more questions to pose in the forum, and you are always welcome to post a new discussion and pose questions yourselves. I am just going to take some time to frame up my questions better before I post them.

Noteable Posts on the Interwebs

“Does God not care about me and the rest of the world because we are not American? Is America the new Chosen Nation, leaving the rest of us as the outsiders, earning a place at the table only insofar as we represent or protect the interests of the Chosen Ones?”

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Friday Round-Up, Vol 1

On Fridays I’m going to highlight some recent developments and share a few of the posts that touched me this week.

A Deeper Story: Tales of Christ and Culture

I’m over-the-moon that the founders of Deeper Story have invited me to join them as a story-teller. Their mission is exactly what I’m about: tell stories to put faces on the taboo topics we can’t but desperately need to talk about. From the About Us page:

What if? What if we could actually toss aside the brutal blunt force of our cemented opinion and engage the senses instead… painted pictures with words and ignited imagination?

What if story became the vehicle?

It’s easy to tell someone your opinion. It’s hard work telling them your story.

The stories here will touch nerves. You will not agree with everything. They are sometimes raw and gritty. They are always vulnerable. This site, and my contributions, may not be for you, and that’s ok. But if you are seeking a safe place to find kindred spirits and share your own stories, check out Deeper Story.

Let’s Talk!

I launched a discussion forum this week. I invite you to post your questions or topics, or if you prefer, email them to me. As I wrote yesterday, asking questions is my ministry and I would be honored to give voice to yours.

My goal is to build a safe place to ask the things we’re afraid to say out loud. I want your opinions and thoughts to be shared here, but please work hard to share with grace and kindness. This is not a space to preach, this is not a space to hammer your opinions down someone else’s throat.

Today’s topic is alcohol and a Bible study — is it ok to drink a beer with one hand and hold your Bible in the other?

Notable Posts from the Interwebs

Sarah, who writes “Emerging Mummy” wrote an incredible post this week on biblical womanhood. As she so eloquently states,

I am a biblical woman because I live and move and have my being in the daily reality of being a follower of Jesus, living in the reality of being loved.

Biblical womanhood isn’t so different that biblical personhood.

Katie writes at Halfway to Normal, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. Her writing is powerful, and her post on depression, January is Actually the Darkest Month, gave voice to my own cycle of ups and down. Her article on Huffington Post this week, Is Conflict Resolution the Wrong Goal?, challenges the idea that actually resolving disagreements is always possible.

Alise writes the blog Alise-Writes. If you’ve ever been hurt by another, you must read her post Tetelestai. We have hope – “It is finished.”

Gen, of Turquoise Gates, is one of those people who, as soon as we met, something sparked and we both recognized a kindred spirit. Her writing feeds my soul, but it is a hard-won wisdom. You must read this post, On the Perfectly Level Ground.

Finally, just for laughs, the 46 Stages of Twitter. I can neither confirm nor deny my score in the mid-30s.

What caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments!

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