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Praying the Psalms

“The psalms are given to us as a divine pedagogy for our affections—God’s way of reshaping our desires and perceptions so that they learn to lament in the right things and take joy in the right things.” Mark Vroegop, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament.

Link of the Week: PEP Talk Podcast with Ed Shaw

Why are we afraid of talking about sexuality, especially when sharing our faith? Probably because many people today see religion as oppressive to their sexuality, and, by extension, their personal identity. However, today’s guest suggests that marriage and sexuality is one of the quickest routes into telling people about how much Jesus loves them and…

Lament

‘Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God’s goodness.’ Mark Vroegop, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, p.26.

Rebuke

‘Nothing can be more cruel than the tenderness that consigns another to his sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community, p.107.

Church

‘…time, and showing up, turns most messes to compost, and something surprising may grow, and I have noticed this especially at my church.’ Anne Lamott, Plan B, p.77.