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Friday

28

June 2013

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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

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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 [...]

Tuesday

10

April 2012

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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 [...]

Monday

19

March 2012

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Guest Post: “Whispers on the Road to Damascus”

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Today’s guest post comes from Eva Leppard of The Aspirational Agnostic. I’m excited to share her post about her search for faith because, no matter what our religion or where we are with it, I think a lot of us have doubts and questions, and it’s important to me that this be a place where we can be honest about them and thoughtfully discuss them. Enjoy! –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Being raised as an insistent, dyed-in-the-wool, no-holds-barred atheist does set one up for some personal angst when one (ok, me) realises that [...]

Wednesday

22

February 2012

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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

14

December 2011

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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 [...]

Thursday

3

November 2011

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Guest Post: “Cool Like That”

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It’s my pleasure to host one of my dearest blog friends, Alise Wright, editor of Not Alone: Stories of Living with Depression and blogger at Alise…Write! In the year or so I’ve known her, she’s taught me so much about blogging generously and boldly; she’s encouraged me loudly; and she’s shared with me a few hurts and lots more laughter. And at the risk of appearing to have missed the whole point of her guest post, I must assure you: Alise is cool in the very most important ways. –Tamara _______________________________________________________ I write a primarily Christian blog. Most of what [...]

Wednesday

27

July 2011

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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

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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

18

July 2011

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Light Out of Darkness

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We set up camp for the evening– beach chairs and my parents’ threadbare comforter, boogie boards and amateur sculpting tools, coolers and canvas bags filled with dinner and late-night snacks and anticipation. The kids dug and flung, chased and squealed. The grownups drank deep the salty air and fleeting moment. A rough and drawn-out thunderstorm, so unlike the typical Floridian summer evening showers, had threatened to dash the whole night, to cast gloom where so many would look for illumination, to beat down the white powder nestling places. But with just enough time to restore the centerpiece event, the torrent [...]