Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor

redemption Archive

Thursday

28

April 2011

8

COMMENTS

We are the Queer. We are the Whore.

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If you have no inclination to hear punk music or to consider the realities of a screwed up nation, then I cannot recommend against NOFX’s The Decline EP strongly enough– it would be far too jolting. But should you hazard a listen, you will be rocked hard for 18 minutes and 20 seconds.  And what may rock you hardest is hearing this: We are the Queer. We are the Whore. *** I’m thrilled to be contributing my first post at A Deeper Story today. To continue reading, please click here. And, friends, it’s scary bringing words like these with you […]

Thursday

7

April 2011

27

COMMENTS

Thursday

23

December 2010

9

COMMENTS

When a Baby Means War

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It’s the time of year when I’m forced to think of Jesus not as a grown man dying on a Roman cross or as an intercessor pleading my sorry case at the heavenly throne but as a newborn. Images and stories and songs of His birth make me ask, “What does it mean that He was a baby?” I have seen a culture’s answer. That He was a baby– and held fast in time in our minds as that baby– means He is safe and sweet and pure. It means He is holdable, manageable, tame. Even many of my non-Christian […]

Wednesday

22

September 2010

4

COMMENTS

Apology/Apologetics

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An email regarding my last post has forced me to make two of my least favorite admissions: 1.) I was wrong, and 2.) I am worthwhile. In that post, I said I would state facts about what had been happening to cause a lapse in posting but that I wouldn’t apologize because I felt it would be too self-aggrandizing. But my friend called me out: In the spirit of facts, here’s another one: what you write is important to people. So, if we’ve come to expect a certain frequency in your writing, and you fall short of it, then I […]

Tuesday

3

August 2010

24

COMMENTS

Grace As We Know It

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My parents and I were talking after dinner– the kids were all in bed, the chaos of the day tucked away with them, and we were enjoying full glasses of wine and each other. My mom mentioned a line she had read about God never blessing us beyond our current disobedience, and my dad and I were astounded. We said that that didn’t sound like the God we knew, and she agreed. The three of us have each met God in different ways, but we were all there to witness when He took my disobedience and out-graced it beyond imagination. […]

Monday

28

June 2010

3

COMMENTS

Fraudulent Me

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Sometimes I think it’s just a matter of time before everyone realizes I’m a total fraud. I know I have a good show going on where I look like a decent mom, a semi-intelligent writer, and at least a passable Christian, but I live in fear that one day someone is going to see the real, fake me. It’ll be like when I figured out the Tooth Fairy was a sham and all at once Santa and the Easter Bunny came crashing down with her. The fallout was ugly. So let’s just nip it in the bud, shall we? I […]

Thursday

20

May 2010

6

COMMENTS

Taking Back Buffet, Part 2

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A little while ago I wrote a story of hurt and hope. Today I am writing a story of healing. I was shuttling the kids to their after-school activities when “Margaritaville” came on the radio. Not only did I not need to change the station, but after a moment, I realized I was actually singing along and drumming my thumbs on the steering wheel. This may seem like a small thing to you, but to me, it is A Very Big Thing. And I have to tell you, this is God’s work, nothing less. I won’t stand for the cynicism […]

Tuesday

27

April 2010

12

COMMENTS

The Man Who Mattered Most

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Author’s Note: It is never my intention to use my writing to hurt another person, and the decision to write and publish this poem was not one that I came to easily. My father and I had a difficult relationship all my life until I left for college, but in the time since, I have seen God work a tremendous change in his heart. He is now a blessing to me and my children in ways that I do not think he even realizes. I am publishing this poem not with any lack of respect or love for my dad, […]

Friday

16

April 2010

14

COMMENTS

Bread and Wine

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I brought a particular sin with me to church on Sunday, like a little delicacy tucked into my cute straw bag. It was one that had been enticing me with its aroma for a few days, one that I always think I have beaten until the next time it shows up and reminds me how delicious it is. But even as I sample it, I feel disgust at the same time as the pleasure, and that’s when I begin this bulimic ritual of eating, pushing away, and crying out to God to help me just lose the taste for it […]

Thursday

25

March 2010

6

COMMENTS

God Loves You, Fatass

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For the past several days I have been engaged in a rigorous battle for my self-esteem with Facebook Ads. Apparently they cull the information on your profile and posts in order to tailor ads to your interests. This may be well and good for people like my dance teacher mother, who takes ads for yoga and pilates at face-value: they know she dances, they suggest she stretch, no harm done. But for people like me, (i.e., people who, despite their firm belief in a take-you-as-you-are type God, have serious body– and perhaps mental– issues) this has potential to become wildly […]

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