Tamara Out Loud

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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.

Wednesday

26

June 2013

2

COMMENTS

From Huckabee to Me: Diverse Christian Perspectives on the SCOTUS Decisions

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My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: "Jesus wept." — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2013 "You are exactly as human & worthwhile as your straight friends." -What SCOTUS is saying to LGBTQ people today; what Jesus has always said. — Tamára Lunardo (@tamaraoutloud) June 26, 2013 “There are many diverse views on same-sex marriage – and homosexuality itself – within the Christian community. And we believe that the full diversity of the Christian voice is not well-represented by the 24-hour-news shows or online pundits,  so we want to make a bit […]

Wednesday

22

February 2012

10

COMMENTS

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

14

December 2011

74

COMMENTS

Running

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 5 and 6 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: I review/edit/advise on a post/document/manuscript sample of yours (800 words or fewer) or offer a general critique of your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you a tacky Florida postcard. (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4) _________________________________________________________ Head is clouded, Heart heavy. Choice […]

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!

Thursday

21

July 2011

6

COMMENTS

Oh Brother: Sex as a Stumbling Block

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As a Christian person with a decidedly adult sense of humor, I’ve thought a lot about what it means not to be a stumbling block. As a Christian person with a decidedly adult sense of humor and a moderately well read blog, I’ve thought about it even more. And thanks to Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, I know that with moderate power comes moderate responsibility. But what I’ve had a hard time coming to is what exactly my responsibility is when it comes to sex as a stumbling block. (continued here) *** I’m happy to be guest posting for my friend […]

Monday

20

June 2011

41

COMMENTS

Make Me a Roof Wrecker

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Like so many Southern towns, mine is full of Bible thumpers. They are loud and insistent and zealous that you might come to agree with them. Very often their message is skewed; almost always they draw attention to themselves. Not long ago, one tiny church here managed to cause an international uproar and city-wide embarrassment with its vociferous anger. A walk through our university’s liberal arts plaza is often accompanied by the impassioned shouts of a preacher assuring sorority and fraternity members of their place in hell. Even shopping at a grocery store in this town can be stressful, as […]

Tuesday

24

May 2011

60

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Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture

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Rapture Day 2011 has come and gone and I think we’re mostly all still here. But let me tell you– it was a close call. As a literate Westerner with access to basic media, I was aware of the May 21 prediction. I was fairly convinced that if Jesus didn’t have the Apocalypse marked on his calendar, Harold Camping couldn’t really be expected to bear such heavy scheduling burdens. Still, I try not to be an asshole and laugh at misguided people. So I viewed Saturday as Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture. The day was nearly over with […]

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 […]

Friday

18

March 2011

37

COMMENTS

A Series of Confessions in Which I Impress No One

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It’s been a week since Lent began, and I’m off to a shaky start. For starters, I quite possibly shouldn’t even be writing this post, what with Jesus’ whole thing about not advertising your fast and all. But since nothing I’m about to say will sound remotely impressive, I think I’m going to go with the intent rather than the letter of the law on this one. (So slow your roll, Judgy Judgerson. I know you were itching to go there.) I wrote last week about seeking to give up that which charms me most so that I could focus […]