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We traveled last weekend to visit some friends in Wisconsin. It was soul-nourishing and glorious and good. The time in the car as a family, the time with our friends and their kids. Madison, Wisconsin is beautiful. It was our longest road trip as a family, and the kids were so great. Tim is a pastor in Madison and his wife Ashley has this amazing gift of hospitality and truth, and they are honest and wise and they walk the Gospel.

When we got home this was Sarah Bessesy's facebook status on Monday and it is exactly how I was feeling about our friends:
Deconstruction is necessary work, but today I'm praising God for the ones who build out of the brokenness with hope. Once again, my own hope for the Church has been renewed this week. There are good, humble, genuine people in our weird patchwork communities all over the world. I was reduced to tears by leaders who bowed low in humility, made changes, & boldly followed the Holy Spirit. Incredible to witness, truly. If you haven't experienced the goodness of God's family yet, take heart. We're all out here, I promise, making space for God, loving well, living into the Kingdom. There's room for you.

Tim was Jim's best man at our wedding, ten years ago this week. We went to Momocho to celebrate and ate guacamole until we wanted to die, and then ate some more and had sparkly desserts. Ten years- worthy of fireworks don't you think?


Here is the download of good reads from the past couple weeks . . .

I still don't like what I do: welcome to my brain

Art in the Now and Not Yet: Q Ideas

We live between two perfections, and yet in our imperfect landscape there are glimpses of beauty. Art gives us a window into what was, and what is to come. And we ourselves can become the mirrors reflecting Christ’s Kingdom in this now-and-not-yet place. 

Anxiety: The "Busy" Trap: NYTimes blog

The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it's something we've chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it. 

Four Ways Jesus Was Like a Millenial: Sojourners


Follow the money to the Common Core: Across the Page

But it takes the meat and potatoes served up by the humanities — imagination, philosophy, faith, art — to find meaning (rather than information) in the often bewildering and difficult circumstances of adult life. The global economy spins on its own, and human essentials like wisdom and freedom do not register there at all — nor are they articulated in our current notions about what makes an educated person.

In Which I have All the Feelings About Conferences: Sarah Bessey


How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich, According to The Melt: Cleveland Scene Magazine (come visit us, we will take you there). 


How Would We Report on the Government Shutdown if it Were Happening In Another Country?: While the country’s most recent elections were generally considered to be free and fair (despite threats against international observers), the current crisis has raised questions in the international community about the regime’s ability to govern this complex nation of 300 million people, not to mention its vast stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.


Life is Freaking Brutiful: Momastery


You really need to follow my friend Tana's blog if you aren't already. I especially loved this post, Remember, which includes stories of some of her crazy adventures. Oh, this is the adventurous Tana I knew and loved!

Finally, a beautiful moment of the day yesterday: Josie with her frizzy hair brushed out and blowing in the wind in the back of the van, looking for all the world like some 80's rockstar, singing her heart out to Shout to the Lord!  Blessed are they who take themselves lightly.


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