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In which I link you up (vol. 49)

EVERYTHING

After nearly three months off blogging, I have to say it feels good to be back at it.

I have really grappled with blogging this summer – the medium itself as well as my place in the mix. I’m still figuring that out but after a hard week with big topics, I realised something: I still love it. We all did good work this week online – I see so many of you out here, advocating for important and beautiful and true things, doing good work. Important work has happened online this week and I’m happy to highlight just a few that caught my eye.

 

the must-read of the week

When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown by Stacia L. Brown

on #Ferguson

America is Not for Black People by Greg Howard for The Concourse

This is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown by Kara Brown for Jezebel

His Life Matters – World Peace May Hang in the Balance by Kelley Nikondeha

On Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: A Prayer for Ferguson by Abby Norman

Ferguson Police Reportedly Shoot Pastor Renita Lamkin with Rubber Bullets – Huffington Post

I Raise My Hands: A Prayerful Response to #Ferguson by Osheta Moore

I Don’t Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson by Alli Brathwell for XO Jane

more link love

Vicky Beeching, Star of the Christian Rock Scene, “I’m Gay: God Loves Me Just the Way I Am” at The Independent

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Mental Health by Ann Voskamp

The Depressed Christian: Why the Dark Night is No Measure of Your Soul by Megan Tietz

Faith After Literalism: An Interview with Michael Gungor at BioLogos

Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt by Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery

Thoughts on Depression, Suicide, and Being a Christian by Nish Weiseth

What Can Christians Do About Iraq? an interview with Jeremy Courtney at Huffington Post

Taste It All by John Blase

Beautiful – Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair by Megan Gahan for SheLoves Magazine

13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done by Gretchen Rubin

And finally because we all need a hug: 30 Photos That Will Make You Say Awwwwwwwww! at Buzzfeed

my own most-read post

In which I have a few things to tell you about #Ferguson ::  Black lives matter. I cannot even believe I have to write that sentence but there it is. Black lives matter. These young men matter, their lives are sacred. It doesn’t matter if Mike Brown was on his way to college or on his way to the unemployment line – his life had value and purpose. He was loved. His life mattered. Every single black life matters. If your pro-life ethic doesn’t include black lives, then your pro-life ethic is useless.

Pinterest inspiration

want to cook: Raspberry Mango Chicken Cashew Salad

cool to see: 23 Epic Literary Tattoos

LOLZ: A Map of an Introvert’s Heart (AKA My Heart) – my husband particularly chortled over The Railroad of Cancelled Plans.

want to remember: So I’ll be bold as well as strong. I’ll use my head alongside my heart.

Wise Woman: Long Lost Photos that Show how Motherhood Hasn’t Changed in 50 Years

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

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Returning to @mercyministriescanada to teach in chapel this morning was a moment to remember. These women are my heroes! I miss working here almost everyday but thankful to still be part of “the family’ even in small ways. Carry this place in my heart always.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.” 

- Desmond Tutu

and finally

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 Have a lovely weekend!

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. 48)

EVERYTHING

must read of the week

Why Girls in Nigeria Should Matter to You by Kristen Howerton

 The ministry of watching sparrows fall to the ground by D.L. Mayfield


more link love

Educated Girls Will Change the World by Erin Wilson

Short and to-the-point. Jesus and a “Woman’s Place” by Kate Wallace for The Junia Project

Years ago, the answer to this very question changed everything for me. Should Jesus inform our Christianity? by Rachel Held Evans

Brian McLaren’s response here is a perfect example of why his work and ministry saved my faith a time or two.

You want to know how to handle unexpected shifts in your story with love and grace and incarnation? This is how: Better Than a Light and Safer Than a Known Way by my dear friend, Tara Livesay

White Privilege Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means by Kristen Howerton

“Choose joy, they say. But joy without lament is too thin for me.” Everyday Lament by Kelley Nikondeha

Marriage Letters between Seth & Amber Haines are always a must-read. His and Hers.

A worthwhile question: Is your extreme diet really an eating disorder? by Laura at Hollywood Housewife

Practical and tender: 10 ways to show love to the mom at home with little ones by Megan Tietz

Richard Beck is just a must-read. Always. His series about charismatics has taught me so much.

This is just life as a parent, single or not. So good. Parenting in Neverland by Andrea Levendusky

Christie is one of my newer discoveries and I LOVE EVERYTHING FROM HER. But here’s just one to get you started… Our Stories Come from Hunger by Christie Purifoy

Practical and challenging: The powerful difference between organizing and decluttering by Tsh Oxenreider

Laura is my blogging guru/fellow geek. Her series about blogging is just brilliant.

“Love does not just happen. It’s forged.” The lie and the truth about marriage by Glennon Doyle Melton

What writing a book looks like by Rachel Lee Haas (and check out the Instagram hashtag, too)

A clothes designer from Milton Keynes has launched ‘The Clergy Collection’ – for fashion-conscious female ministers.

21 Inspiration Stories that Prove Moms are Superheroes at Mashable


Jesus Feminists, out and about

Check out Sarah Schwartz’s brilliant 16 minute talk at Biola about Faith & Feminism above.

Jesus Feminist and Why We Need Female Theologians by Heather Lea Campbell

Jesus Feminist Book Review by Rachel Hattiwanger

(If something you wrote has to do with the little yellow book, send me a link! Would love to feature you.)


my own most-read post

 In which we pray #BringBackOurGirls

Why does no one care about our girls, Abba? I am angry because I believe that if they were 200 students from Ontario or Ohio, the world would have turned itself inside out until they were found but because our girls are in Nigeria, they are just another story, another “what a shame” story.

But I don’t want to remain isolated in my anger, I want my anger to work for our girls. Use my anger, Jesus, turn the force of it towards justice.

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Pinterest inspiration

want to do: 8 Awesome Outdoor DIY Projects for Kids

LOLZ: Don’t let the muggles get you down

want to rememberLove your badass.

Wise Woman: I believe the rights of girls and women are the unfinished business of the 21st century.

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


favourite instagram

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I bought this and I’m not even close to sorry.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“Not knowing when the dawn will come

I open every door.”

- Emily Dickinson


and finally

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You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

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. 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

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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

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

You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

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

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

You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

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