Tamara Out Loud

A Deeper Story Archive

Friday

28

June 2013

2

COMMENTS

How to Say Grace

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The Church is rife with divisions, and I so often find myself on the side that is excluded from the table. But my mother has taught me how to say grace, even from a distance. I’m honored to share her story with you today at A Deeper Story.

Tuesday

15

May 2012

2

COMMENTS

The Resurrection Power, Now

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We sat on the bed, strained throats fighting to articulate sense. Easter was a few days past, and I halfheartedly ate the mini gourmet chocolate bunny; it tasted good but it made no difference at all. I told him something was missing, something I couldn’t place but that I needed desperately to have, something that mattered to the whole of me and to my being whole. I folded the gold wrapper, not into my quirky trademark perfect, tiny square, but back into the form of the bunny, now two-dimensional, empty. Our conversation careened us on a trajectory that terrified us [...]

Wednesday

18

April 2012

10

COMMENTS

A Sacrifice to All the Wrong Gods

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There is a certain weight around which I feel most comfortable and confident, and I was about seven pounds beyond it when I went to speak at the Killer Tribes Conference a few weeks ago. I was not thrilled about this fact. But people paid attention anyway. They even said I kicked ass, not that mine was too big. And as I went on my only run of spring break (for which I had so optimistically packed five workout outfits), a few words about the lies I’m given to believe came to mind, and I’m sharing them at A Deeper [...]

Thursday

15

March 2012

32

COMMENTS

A Letter to My Rapist

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As I’ve been reading, re-reading, editing, and deliberating over a throng of submissions for What a Woman is Worth, I’ve held up. Mostly. For every heartbreaking essay, there is one that heals, and I am grateful and hopeful for the good each will do. But a good friend pointed out that maybe I might be getting a little immersed in the mire, and she didn’t want me to get stuck. So I wrote a letter that all this emotional book work inspired, a letter that was far more important to write than it would be to send, and I am [...]

Wednesday

15

February 2012

3

COMMENTS

When Words Become Flesh

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I write monthly for A Deeper Story, where the group of us is blessed to tell stories of Christ and culture, given space both to wrestle hard and to weave soft. We tell the small stories so we might better know the Grand Story, and we sit in a virtual circle beside that space’s dear readers, shoulder to shoulder but for computer screens and miles, a community built on words and the Word. But we remember that the Word became flesh. And this Word-become-flesh brought light to our dark world, not in virtual community but in dwelling among us. And [...]

Tuesday

17

January 2012

7

COMMENTS

The Pharisees Are Not Dead

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“Your very adamant message Is grace, grace, grace.” I take it as a compliment Of the highest order, “If I’m to err, I pray it will be On the side of adamant grace.” The study has seemed pretty easy, All of us scholars, Seeking Theo through logos. The commentators say, “The Pharisees are not dead.” And I think, “Sure– I see them all around, Preaching doctrine, Teaching standards, Guarding long-held ways.” (continued) *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Monday

19

December 2011

50

COMMENTS

Every New Christmas

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 9 and 10 are up for grabs today! Because my actual story is posted in full at A Deeper Story, things will go a little differently than they have with the previous gifts: To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post right here. To leave a comment without playing, please visit A Deeper Story and join the discussion there. I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You interview me for your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you the infamous Hot Stuff sign, personalized as I see fit. [...]

Wednesday

16

November 2011

4

COMMENTS

A Church Where I Want to Stay

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I’ve lately begun to suspect that the Church is not wholly bent on my sweeping displeasure and total alienation. To be sure, it has done a fine job of putting me off in the ways of particular denominational doctrine, and it has lent handily to my exasperation at church-lady culture. But lately it has missed the piss-me-off mark: In my church last week a woman served communion. *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Wednesday

27

July 2011

5

COMMENTS

This Means Church

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My pastor once said that choosing a church was a little like getting married: You don’t hop around from one to the next; You “date” the same one for a while, and then you commit. But how do you handle doubts about the one you chose? *** Please visit A Deeper Story to read the rest of today’s post!

Tuesday

5

April 2011

18

COMMENTS

Tamara at A Deeper Story!

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I’m thrilled to announce that, beginning with my first post at the end of April, I will be contributing monthly to A Deeper Story. If you’ve never visited there, please do– it’s a collective of talented authors committed to telling stories of Christ and culture. I’m humbled to join them. (You can see my bio here!)