The Saturdaily--The Death of Cynicism

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"The Saturdaily" is a weekly roundup of good writing, reading, and listening. Check out this week's list.

1.  You -- A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the creeping cynicism that's so pervasive, and how it shades my view of the church. As a follow-up, I wrote this, asking you to celebrate your local churches with me. I finally got around to reading the comments this week, and they are beautiful. Read what other's have to say about their local congregations. I promise, it will lift you.

2.  Ann Voskamp -- Speaking of cynicism, Ann Voskamp wrote this beautiful (as if I needed to say that) piece about seeing past this world's fissures and faults, about seeing the beauty. She writes:

The thing is: The cynics, they can only speak of the dark, of the obvious, and this is not hard. For all it’s supposed sophistication, it’s cynicism that’s simplistic. In a fallen world, how profound is it to see the cracks?

Read the rest of Ann's piece here.

3.  Help One Now -- It has been said that the cure for cynicism is to simply engage honestly. Honest engagement is the type of ideal embraced by Help One Now. (Its founder Chris Marlow loves him some "ideals.") I haven't read a word, yet, but this week's blog post from the Help One Now Haiti team are bound to be incredible. Mike Rusch, Sarah Bessey, Mary Demuth, Marlow, Dan King--these people are some of my favorite folks, both on the internet and in real life. You won't want to miss their musings so make sure to keep up by following the banner below. And, if you're so inclined, put the banner on your own site. I did.

4.  Anonymous -- An anonymous writer penned this beautiful piece about the churches of her past. It's honest, stark, and beautiful. Would you read it and reflect on the beauty of your past churches?

5.  Amber Haines -- There's not much to read here. Just wanted to share this Instagram picture.

I'll leave you today with this tune by Austin artist David Ramirez. "Yes, I could start fires with what I feel for you..." It's nice.

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Now it's your turn. What were your favorite links of the week?

A Deeper Church

This week promises to be a fairly uneventful week here at my space. "Why?" you ask. I've been busying myself with the launch of a new channel over at Deeper Story--A Deeper Church. I'll be editing the channel, which features a number amazing and talented writers, and which promises to deliver a wide range of views on issues relating to the body of Christ--his church.

Today I want to invite you to come by that corner of the internet as D.L. Mayfield turns the "missional" paradigm on its ear. In her piece, "Why 'missional' isn't such a dirty little word," she writes:

I am in need. I need my neighbors, my community, my friends. I need Jesus to change me, completely. I am the mission.

And while you're there, leave a comment, check out our amazing group of writers, and check out the Deeper Church Facebook page. We hope you'll follow along with us! Let's explore A Deeper Church.

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The Saturdaily: Seth's List

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"The Saturdaily" is a weekly roundup of good writing, reading, and listening. Check out my list, then head to Amber's for her own Saturdaily list.

1. I've been writing for A Deeper Story for a bit over a year (have you been following). Today, they make a grand announcement--the launch of two new channels! I'll be over at A Deeper Church, editing, writing, and the like. Would you join us?

2. Remember the days of evangelical Super Bowl Parties with live bands and tables of pizza?Addie Zierman does, and shares her thoughts on event evangelism in "Outreach Events and the Old Bait-And-Switch." She writes:

When they introduce the upcoming outreach at our church they use words like “non-threatening” and “fun.”

(Odd, because the Gospel is quite threatening to the majority of things my flesh finds "fun.") Commentary aside, Addie does a great job fleshing out why she's done with outreach events.

3. This week, Matt Mooney shares his "Plea for Vanya." Vanya, a special needs orphan in the Ukraine who needs a home. I'll only say this: read, and pray.

4. Amber and I have been talking (mostly behind closed doors) about writer's voice and this internet space. In "Where to Find Your Voice," she writes: "let  [your] writing not be afraid to fall apart from the norm...."  A good read for any writer.

5. I've been back into the short stories of Ernest Hemingway this week. He is terse, cruel, and sometimes violent. What a writer!

6. There are songs that stick to your ribs like biscuits. I circle back to Alexi Murdoch's "All of my Days," for years now. It never gets old.

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Don't forget to head over to Amber's for her Saturdaily picks. She has some good ones. And share with us: what are you reading, writing, and listening to?