The Saturdaily: Broken and Restored

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When I was in ministry (yes, you read that correctly), a group of us had a list of "career enders," acts that would "disqualify you from ministry." I look back on that list and if I'm being honest, I'm ashamed that we would limit Christ's ability to restore.

Today's Saturdaily celebrates the restorative Father, the good God of graceful redemption. Enjoy.

1.  Drew Randle writes of Peter's restoration, reminds us that the moment of Christ-denial is not the end of the story. In fact, he argues that, "a broken individual [can] be restored and minister God’s grace to someone struggling with brokenness." For anyone struggling with the guilt of sin (or the sins of a spouse), Randle's piece for the High Calling is a must read.

2.  Emily Wierenga launched her book, Chasing Silhouettes, this week. This is the story of her struggle with an eating disorder, the story of her restoration and continuing freedom. In this post for A Deeper Family, she exposes this startling statistic:

...75 percent of women are disordered eaters, and 80 percent of girls have gone on a diet by the time they reach the age of 10.

Those statistics would suggest that you should share Emily's book with someone you know, someone who needs restoration. Or perhaps--pardon me for being forward--you need your own copy.

3.  Amber (my wife) knows the power of restoration. I re-read her love songs this week, her story of coming clean, of redemption. The imagery and honesty in her writing is stunning. Struggling in your marriage? Then this series is for you.

4.  Sarah Markley has found her sanctuary. In this piece for A Deeper Church, she writes about her sanctuary, the place where she meets a good God.  How do you reconnect with God after you’ve been away? Read this piece by Sarah and engage in the comments.

5.  To lighten the mood today, I've chosen this video by the David Wax Museum. This week, I've found myself addicted to their style, their unabashed way of having fun with music. In this day of melancholy hipster roots rock, the David Wax Museum is flat out refreshing.

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David Wax Museum Chuchumbe Video - China from Anthem Multimedia on Vimeo.

What were your favorite picks of the week? Share them in the comments?

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?