Have a lovely weekend, friends!

What I've been up to lately: places, people, books, podcasts, music, links & more for your weekend downtime.

1 book trailer I enjoyed

Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings by Josh Larsen (the generous and longsuffering editor at Think Christian)

Excited to read his first book (and add some new titles to my Movies-To-Watch list)!

2 books I'm reading

Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three by Gordon T. Smith (the Pentecost selection for our church's reading group)

Still Life With Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen 

3 waterway walks I've taken

 Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT

Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT

 Clough Lake at  St. Methodios Retreat Center , Hopkinton, NH

Clough Lake at St. Methodios Retreat Center, Hopkinton, NH

  Seaside Park , Bridgeport, CT

Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT

4 links I've enjoyed

On Summer by Philip Lorish. A quick, but eloquent reflection with links on other sweet reflections on the beauty of summertime. | via Culture Briefing at New City Commons

30 Words You're Definitely Pronouncing Wrong. This was a bit embarrassing, but really good to know! | via GH online

Learning to Cook, and Why It Matters by Andi Ashworth. I've ready pretty much everything I can from this wise and creative woman, but this might just be my favorite! | via Comment Magazine

Deporting my Iraqi-Christian dad would be a death sentence. That's why I'm praying for justice. by Brittany Hamama. No matter your political or religious affiliation, this story about ICE's actions in Detroit are important for all of us to know. | via America Magazine


5 podcasts I loved

#14: Brian Doyle 2012 on Rewrite Radio. A posthumous tribute. Try to keep up with his wit, poetry, and love. Go ahead. I dare you.

Episode 060 | Exploring the Galaxy: Louie Giglio & Jennifer Wiseman on Q podcast. A good weekend to let your mind be blown by God/Science.

Episode 84 - Spiritual Direction in Prison // Joshua Banner on Renovaré podcast. Without the courage and mercy of Christians like Joshua Banner, how would we ever see behind those walls into the seeking, serving hearts of the forgotten ones? Listening to this on repeat.

Humor as a Tool for Survival - Creating Our Own Lives / On Being podcast. Humor is brave. Humor is connection. Humor is grace. I need more of it in my life. 

589: Tell Me I'm Fat on This American Life. Working on an article for Think Christian on this episode, exploring the question: It is a sin to be fat?

6 songs on repeat this week

7 blog posts from this week in the archives

2016 - [finding contentment in our] Comings & Goings (leaving Austin)

2015 - This is an opportunity to repent. (Reflection on the church shooting in Charleston.)

2014 - We belong to that one over there, and isn't she marvelous? (Reflection on Kendra's high school graduation.)

2013 - 7 Quick Takes: Mother's Day! Father's Day! New drivers, short shorts, stand-up comedy and more! (A goings-on in our daily lives back there & then.)

2012 - How to change your church's worship service. (On the sacred practice of corporate worship.)

2011 - Hyphenated Hospitality. (Part of a series on the With-God life.)

2010 - When his future steps into him. (Reflection on Andrew's high school graduation.)

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1 year ago









It's been a year since we said good-bye to some pretty amazing people. Austin, we love you forever.

May your weekend include sunshine, beauty and a good laugh, friends. Peace...

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