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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 [...]

Tuesday

10

April 2012

87

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Guest Post: “When You Take Your Twins to Church”

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of my dearest online friends, the incomparable Leanne Shirtliffe of Ironic Mom.  Between her killer wit and her beautiful heart, I was smitten as soon as I met her, and of course I love a gal who’s handy with an innuendo (if you know what I mean). And, like me, she knows that the best way to handle life with twins is to laugh at every opportunity. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ There is nothing quite like suppressing a laugh in church. I do this often [...]

Wednesday

22

February 2012

10

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Open the Door and See All the People

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“Here is the church,” I laced my fingers together and hid them between closed palms. “Here is the steeple,” I shot my pointer fingers up and touched the tips together. “Open the door and see all the people,” I swung apart my thumbs and wiggled my entwined fingers. And this last was always my favorite part, the funny church members all wobbly and stuck together. My fingers have grown since those days, but I still like to use them to remind myself of what makes up the Church. For all the division and frustration, for all the disillusionment and hurt, [...]

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 [...]

Friday

3

February 2012

24

COMMENTS

Permit a Woman to Speak

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There was much to-do on the Internet yesterday over a famous pastor and his ideas about the “feel” of Christianity. And the whole thing– yet another in a tiresome succession of divisive, hurtful arguments among the people who are meant to radiate Christ– was just too much for me. So I said only, “Grateful that Christianity is defined by Christ and not by famous pastors.” That sucker got re-tweeted and “liked” like nobody’s business. And everyone, with their own particular leanings, might well have imagined a different famous pastor as they raised amen with the click of a mouse. No matter [...]

Tuesday

22

November 2011

12

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Suspecting You Attend a Hipster Church

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For quite some time now I’ve teased Jon Acuff about being a closet hipster. With his frequent talk of deep-V necks and TOMS,* he’s offered plenty proof. But then one day, I remembered that I was the person who introduced him to the music of Josh Garrels. And suddenly the comfy, off-mainstream shoe was on the other foot. So I dug deep and examined my roots. The result was a guest post for Jon, featured on Stuff Christians Like today. Please go check it out! ___ *If you want to enter to win a free pair of TOMS and help [...]

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

19

October 2011

18

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Rent

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Its latest incarnation began as a Facebook thread in which my friend Joy asked whether any female bloggers might be able to use tickets to a popular women’s conference. Tamara: Well, I’m close enough, but I’m afraid Christian women’s conferences make me a little belligerent. Joy: HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I’d love to read the post you’d write about it. Tamara: Well, dang. Maybe I should go. Just for kicks & blog posts. Joy: I went to the [passive-aggressive sounding]conference last year. (What kind of name is that? It sounds hokey outside the church.)  Anyway, it was better than I expected. But I [...]

Monday

12

September 2011

124

COMMENTS

Twenty-Four Inches to Choose Truth

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It came on out of nowhere, a small thing turned big, a feeling– normally dismissed– now wielding supernatural strength. It claimed hold; it held tight. First the anger, then the sadness, tired beyond tired, done. Submerged, suffocated. Me. *** My depression sprung up on Saturday, and it didn’t care that the next day I had to sing. And not just sing– lead. Lead worship.

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!