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In which I link you up (vol. 47)

EVERYTHING

must read of the week

The Man in the Centre by John Blase

more link love

What now? by Rachel Held Evans

In search of a better gospel by Micah J. Murray

An Open Letter from the Praxis Team

When the roads to Zion mourn by Kelley Nikondeha

Healers, Bridge Builders, and Community Cultivators by Kathy Escobar

The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper…and Jesus by Stephen Matteson

On Broken Parts in Regular Towns: Alabama, Arkansas, and Haiti by Amber C. Haines

15 Keys to Parenting: What No One Tells You by Ann Voskamp

The Kingdom of Heaven is Not Like This by Megan Tietz

6 Things the Church Can Learn from Jimmy Fallon by David Henson

Becoming Pastor Katie by Katie Murchison Ross

The crisis of faith we don’t expect when we’re expecting by Micah Boyett

I’m done making my kid’s childhood magical by Bunmi Laditan

The Kids Were Here - photo series

45 Things You Wouldn’t Know About Harry Potter Without Reading The Books

Jesus Feminist, out and about

What’s that? Oh, just #4 on the USA Today ebook bestseller list. (!!!!!!)

The Writeous Babe Book Club

Jesus Thinks Women Are People, Too by yours truly for the Sophia Network

And later this month, I’ve got a fun week of Jesus Feminist giveaways and guest posts coming up!

my own most-read post

In which this is for the ones leaving evangelicalism :: Set out, pilgrim. Set out into the freedom and the wandering.

Pinterest inspiration

want to do: 40 ways to keep a toddler busy

LOLZ: a pun can keep me chortling for days

want to remember: The constant happiness is curiosity. – Alice Munro 

and (especially on social media): Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

Wise Woman: Walk inside your story and own it. – Brene Brown

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

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That insane moment when you are reading President Jimmy Carter’s new book and see….a reference to an article you yourself wrote. (I Am Damaged Goods, originally atwww.deeperstory.com) President Jimmy Carter read an essay I wrote. NBD. #freakingout Even if it’s unattributed, this is a pretty cool moment.
(My thanks to Hannah Anderson who spotted it first and sent her copy to me as a gift.)
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

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and finally

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Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.

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In which I link you up (vol. 46)

EVERYTHING

must read of the week

Speaking Fear, Praying Shalom by Osheta Moore and

Patriarchy and Abusive Churches by Rachel Held Evans

more link love

Urban Church Planting Plantations by Christena Cleveland

Towards a Deeper Theology of Women by Gail Wallace for The Junia Project

On Christian Celebrity by Richard Beck

On the Violences of Christian Taking by Seth Haines

Two Girls on the Run (One Probably Very Much Ahead of the Other, But Still) by Megan at Fried Okra

On Writing: Ego, Insecurity, and the Life of the Beloved by Micha Boyett (whose brilliant and necessary book, Found, releases on April 1!)

A God With Teeth by Esther Emery

We Heart: Fake Magazine Covers that Expose Real Issues Women Face at Ms. Magazine

Setting the Record Straight on Jesus, “Friend of Sinners” by Jonathan Merritt

Brief moments when I did not hate the Bible by Heather Caliri

Grab Audrey Assad’s new album at NoiseTrade

Charlie Bit My Finger: The Sequel with Chris and Liam Hemsworth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHfg6apNWcA

Jesus Feminist, out and about

Newsworthy with Norsworthy Podcast with Luke Norsworthy and me

UnSeminary Podcast with Rich Birch and me

Jesus Feminist: Redefining Biblical Womanhood by Amber Stamper for Patheos

Jesus Feminist: A Gospel of Empowerment by Erin Wathen

my own most-read post

In which you are a beloved warrior ::

It seems like every time I have entered into a new season or a new calling or a new opportunity, the voice in my head has always been, “Who do you think you are?”

Pinterest inspiration

want to do: stop smuggling kale

want to rememberSpirit, lead me where my trust is without borders.

Wise Woman: Not photoshopped

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

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Thanks for your prayers for our Joe after his allergic reaction last week – he’s on the mend! (and relieved for a day outside at last, poor boy).
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. – 1 Peter 2:9 (MSG)

and finally

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In which I link you up (vol. 45)

must-read watch of the week

 

more link love

Love that is thick by Idelette McVicker

What women want from the church: full inclusion by Gail Wallace

When God Calls a Complementarian Woman into Ministry by April Fiet

I Said It. by Jackie at Always Unplugged

If:Table – A Toast and a Prayer by Shauna Niequist

Drowning in Five Acts by Laura Turner

Space to Tell the Truth – an Ash Wednesday Reflection by Andrew Arndt

What’s wrong with buying your way onto the bestseller list? by Jared C. Wilson

9 sentences every book-lover should read by Leigh Newman

Please Lord, let him be funny by Jamie Wright

 

Jesus Feminist, out and about

Patheos Book Club (including a new Q&A with yours truly)

(un)seminary podcast with Rich Birch

Joyful News for Women and Men: Jesus Feminist, a Review by Elizabeth Nordquist

me, a Jesus Feminist (the becoming) by Rachel Haas

I have to know who I am: “One woman’s yes” with Sarah Bessey by Heather Caliri

my own most-read post

In which it snows in the morning :: Watch the snow fall in the ordinary beauty of a Sabbath spent practicing what makes you feel most fully human.

Pinterest inspiration

want to do: easiest floral crowns for kids or this perfect evening

want to remember: Make art. Make tea. Make love. Make do.

Wise Woman: “I just love bossy women.”

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

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(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. – Galatians 5:16

and finally

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In which I link you up (vol. 44)

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You know it’s true love when…the American dons a Team Canada sweater for his Canuck girl.

Now: your weekend reading!

 

must-read of the week

Walking the Second Mile: Jesus, Discrimination, and Religious Freedom – by Rachel Held Evans

(Alternately titled, In which Rachel drops the mic.)

The truth is, evangelical Christians have already “lost” the culture wars.And it’s not because the “other side” won or because evangelicals have failed to protect our own religious liberties.  Evangelicals lost the culture wars the moment they committed to fighting them, the moment they decided to stop washing feet and start waging war.  

And I fear that we’ve lost not only the culture wars, but also our Christian identity, when the  “right to refuse” service has become a more sincerely-held and widely-known Christian belief than the impulse to give it. 

more link love

Standing Our Ground – in Prayer – by Osheta Moore (an important and necessary series of prayer, shalom here)

Old Houses Are Like This by Rebecca Woolf at Girls Gone Child (probably the most exquisite writing you’ll read today)

How desire lead you home by Christie Purifoy (okay, another contender for “most exquisite writing”)

PRESS RELEASE: Blogger loses will to write/live after being asked to weigh in on proposed gay discrimination laws – by Kristen Howerton (pretty much sums up how I feel, too, but she’s clever)

What Women Want From the Church: The Jesus of the Gospels by Bronwyn Lea

Lord, Lord – by D.L. Mayfield

5 Churches to Probably Avoid – by Kurt Willems at Red Letter Christians

Q&R: You, Rob Bell, Don Miller, and Christianity Today (Brian McLaren responds to a CT editorial and I love him even more. The end.)

Bringing Men Back into Families by Lois M. Collins and Marjorie Cortez for The Atlantic

4 Steps to Speaking Love, Instead of Violence – by Beth at Red & Honey

When our Christian Faith is Questions – by Kathy Escobar

5 Women of the Early Church You Should Know – by Zachary K. Perkins at Red Letter Christians

Good News For Girls: Valentines + Selfies + Empathy Library by Erin Wilson at SheLoves Magazine

Today is the Day! And I need you! by Glennon Melton at Momastery (if you haven’t bought her wonderful book, buy it now)

As a Father, I have Learned – by John Blase

Waiting Tables: Observing Lent with a Servant’s Heart and Resources for Easter and Lent - by Megan Tietz at SortaCrunchy

Join me for a gentle Lent - by Elizabeth Esther

When the Red X Fades #EndItMovement – by Saskia Wishart

Work at Home Mom Outfits - by Laura Tremaine at Hollywood Housewife (sign me up)

Taste Test from Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes from the 1950s – at Jezebel (Warning: big horrible language – but funny as hell)

33 Pictures that will make you proud to be a human being again at Buzzfeed

Jesus Feminist, out and about

When a Jesus Feminist comes home to a Jesus Feminist – by Natalie Trust

Growth in the First Person – by Amy Lepine Peterson for The Living Church

Jesus Feminist: Beyond Patriarchy and Proof-texting – by Caryn Riswold at feminismxianity

I Married a Feminist – by Karen Spears Zacharias

my own most-read post

In which this is my sacred scared

Isn’t it funny how we *love* authenticity and vulnerability until it’s our turn to step up to the plate? Yeah. That was me for this one. Squirmy, sweaty palms, racing heart, SO MANY second-thoughts. But now that it’s out there, it’s like a big exhale, like being met by friends. Such good Church in the “you,too?” “Me, too!” Thank you for dealing so tenderly with me. May we be so tender with our own selves, too. As Glennon said, you can be brave and afraid! Bring it all.

Pinterest inspiration

want to do: Family Binder – 8 printables for all important family info

want to wear: 10 bun hairstyles for any occasion (now to figure out how to DO them….)

want to remember: Live a quiet life and work with your hands

Wise WomanShe’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

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“You da best daddy ev-ah!” she says. And then I died.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

 Galatians 6

and finally

Click here and enter your email address to receive new posts in your email inbox. Or subscribe using your favorite news/blog reader.

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 Have a lovely weekend!

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