Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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Hello friends! So nice of you to drop by for a while during your weekend. Here are some of my favorite things from this week. I hope they will help start some interesting conversations. I love Emily Maynard's writing, and her piece at A Deeper Story this week just knocked it out of the park. I want to be more and more aware of the way that we use language in church to potential ostracize people, even unintentionally, and Emily brought up one way that we do that to singles. This is an important post. My friend Ed Czyewski wrote an incredibly thought-provoking post about what we do when we don't agree AT ALL with other people who share the same faith. I'm still chewing on his words. Jessica Bowman wrote a poignant post about apologizing. This is a difficult read, but oh, so … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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  Hello! Lovely to meet up with you again this week. I've got some goodies for you, so let's get to it! Rachel Held Evans absolutely wrote my heart with this post about hating her brand. This is a crazy honest post. And I want to be better about remembering that part of celebrity (even really minor celebrity) is that we don't see the whole person. I loved this post by Leigh Kramer about making the choice to lop off all of her hair. She is an amazing woman and I love how fearless she is. Fantastic reflection about the election of Elizabeth Eaton as the Presiding Bishop for the ELCA by Nadia Bolz-Weber. I remember preaching for hours on tape when I was very young, and being told that no, girls couldn't do that. So yeah, this is big stuff. I'm doing a new podcast with Knox … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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  Hello, dear friends! I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. Things are pretty awesome here. I spent last night with Dan Brennan, author of Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions, and his friend Jennifer Ould. It was a fantastic time, even if I did take my Chicago friends out for pizza…in West Virginia. I'm grateful for so many of the friends that I've made through blogging and I can't wait to met some of you later this week at Wild Goose! Now, on to this week's favorites! This morning, my dear friend Preston is being confirmed into the Anglican church. I love his thoughts about this event. I appreciated this post by Zack Hunt about false teachers. I really appreciate his take on this tricky conversation about people in the Christian faith who have vastly different … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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Happy Sunday! Here are some posts for you to read and think about as you round out your weekend. I'm so looking forward to Addie Zierman's book coming out this fall. She has a new blog design and revealed the title of her book this week. Be sure to check it out! Speaking of books that I'm looking forward to, Sarah Bessey wrote a piece about feminism this week that, once again, reminded me why she's one of the people who I look to up to when thinking about Big Issues. If Jesus Feminist is anything like this post, I am going to devour that book. Boob poetry. (This really is quite lovely and if you've been married for a while, you should definitely read it.) I loved this post by Sonny Lemmons about solidarity in asking questions. If you somehow missed A.J. Jacobs's book The Know … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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Hi everyone! I hope you've had a great week! I miss being around here, but things are going well. I've got the introduction and first sample chapter off for edits. I hope to finish up the other sample chapter this week at which point I will try to get back to a more regular blogging schedule. Thank you so much for your patience through all of this. You can keep up with things a little bit more frequently at my Facebook page. Now for some of my favorites from this week. I really appreciated this response to the Zimmerman verdict last night by Christena Cleveland. We absolutely must be willing to acknowledge our privilege, especially as Christians.  My dear friend Sonny Lemmons wrote a lovely reflection about being a dad and how he grew into that role. I've been missing that guys … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

Hello, friends! The summer is rolling quickly along and tomorrow I head out on vacation with the family. As such, I'll be taking the week off from blogging. But I will be sending out a newsletter this week at some point, so if you'd like to read something, you can sign up here. And now, on to my favorites of the week! One of the first things that I read this week was this piece by Leigh Kramer. It's brutally and beautifully honest. I can't wait to give her a big hug next weekend. My kids are huge fans of Minecraft. Like, they all of matching t-shirts declaring their love of the game. And I'll be honest, I just don't get it. So I adored (!!!!) this post by Heather King in which she admits that she doesn't get it either. My friend Ed Cyzewski wrote a fantastic post about why he … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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  Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week. Now, on to my favorites from this week! John Blase is one of the most gorgeous writers that I read. This post that he wrote for A Deeper Church resonated so hard with me this week. I am so right here. I've gone through bad writing seasons. This post by Billy Coffey was a good one for me to read, because his novels are so beautiful and it's hard to imagine that he could ever had a bad writing day. Be sure to check out his newest novel, When Mockingbirds Sing. And while you're reading writing advice (I'm gearing up to really work on my book, does it show?), I love this piece from Andi Cumbo about writing what makes you feel. Sometimes we have to write things that we have to write, but it's important to do this as well. This … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

  This was the first week that my kids were home for the summer, so it was nice to spend some time catching up with them. Thanks to those of you who offered your prayers and kind words about my mom on Tuesday. They are all appreciated. And now to some of my favorite things from around the internet this week! Jamie Wright always impresses me with her writing, and this post about sanctuary was no exception. When we stop thinking in terms of salvation and start thinking about sanctuary, it can change us profoundly. David Henson wrote a fantastic post this week about the Lenten practice that he started with his kids of talking about the saints. How this related to the Easter story moved me deeply. My friend Elora suffered a loss this week. I am so moved by her honest writing … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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  So many good posts out there - it was tough to narrow it down this week. But here are some of my favorites. Enjoy! If you know a Christian teen who is graduating high school this year, please, for the love of everything, make sure they read this post by Addie Zierman. I would love it if 17 year old Alise could read this. But regardless, I found healing for 38 year old Alise. Zack Hunt wrote an amazing piece challenging the view of the inerrancy of the Bible. Don't miss it. Aaron Smith at Cultural Savage wrote a powerful piece reminding us that when it comes to our mental health, sometimes Jesus isn't enough. I love what he had to say here and I 100% support this message. Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids. This post by Jen Hatmaker pretty much sums up the … [Read more...]

Stuff I’ve Been Reading (Arrested Development Edition)

HAPPY ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT DAY!!!!! I am dying because I am playing a wedding today and can't watch all of the new episodes. Just awful. But you know. YOU enjoy it. And enjoy a post dedicated to Arrested Development. This is my favorite Instagram that I've probably ever taken. I know it's wrong, but I don't care. IT'S FUNNY. My best friend Tina has been sending me videos of The Final Countdown all week. This one featuring the kazookeylele is by far my favorite. The Insert Me Anywhere site is full of hilarious awesomeness. There are some amazing things with it, but I think this scene from The Shining was the one that worked best for me, though this clip from the new Star Trek movie is pretty awesome, too. These Congressional doppelgangers for the cast are awesome. Jennifer … [Read more...]