thursday 13

This week: 13 books on your to-read list. (For the record, my to-read list is literally in the hundreds, so I pulled a random selection from it.)

  1. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Race: A Theological Account by J. Kameron Carter
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  4. The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
  5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  6. A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne
  7. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  8. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Reindell
  9. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
  11. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (I’ve never read this, can you believe it)
  12. Removing the Stain of Racism from the SBC by Dr. Jarvis Williams
  13. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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sermon sonnet #4: 1 Corinthians 7.

Last Sunday’s sermon can be heard here.

No problem to be solved, no second-class,
Nor empty void to fill at any cost;
No consolation prize, and no free pass
To keep someone from taking up their cross;
Despite the lack of spouse or children, we
Could grow up to be mothers, fathers yet.
And we are no less brothers, sisters–see,
The Father welcomes us as well. Forget
The lie that romance makes you whole again,
Or that your singleness means not being owned;
The most complete, unmarried, holy Man
Laid down His life to make His bride His own.
And so, in singleness or marriage, go
And love and serve His creatures here below.

thursday 13

This week: 13 vacations you’d like to take that you haven’t before.

  1. New Orleans, during Jazz Fest.
  2. Anywhere in California (I’ve been to LA, but for about 36 hours and most of it was spent in a TV studio).
  3. Portland, Oregon.
  4. Portland, Maine.
  5. Taking trains around the UK.
  6. Back to the old country, to find my people.
  7. Australia!
  8. Philadelphia and Boston.
  9. Atlanta (I’ve heard good things)
  10. Nashville
  11. Some all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
  12. A cruise! (I’ve never been on one!)
  13. One of the national parks

(Bonus entries: South Africa, Egypt, Israel [in less contentious times], India, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand)

sermon sonnet #3: 1 Corinthians 6&7.

Catching up on two sermons with one poem. Sermons are here and here.

We are not beasts: Our appetites and lusts
Are not our gods, but servants, under rein.
We are not prudes: Our bodies, though they must
Be under discipline, are all sustained
And cared for by a matter-loving God.
All pleasures–public, private–come from Him.
And yet these bodies of ours have been bought
At cost of His own blood–His flesh, His limbs.
So then, the application: We are not
To gratify ourselves apart from love
That gives itself, not takes; what now is sought
Is sacrifice that seeks the glory of
Another, whether neighbor or our Lord.
For now we are His house, His temple courts.

extremely late thursday 13

This week: Haven’t done this in a while–put your music player of choice on shuffle and tell us the first 13 tracks that come up.

  1. The Lion King OBC, Hakuna Matata
  2. The Sound of Music movie cast, Maria
  3. Hugh Laurie, Six Cold Feet
  4. Brooks Ritter, Whom Have I In Heaven
  5. Cab Calloway, Minnie the Moocher (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hiiiii)
  6. Daft Punk, Nocturne
  7. Sandra McCracken, The Lord’s Prayer
  8. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, Are We Really Through
  9. Sho Baraka, Foreward, 1619
  10. Over the Rhine, Favorite Time of Light
  11. Firewoodisland, What’s Underneath
  12. Arcade Fire, Half Light II (No Celebration)
  13. Philippa Soo, Burn

thursday 13

This week: 13 things you want to do this summer.

  1. Actually make use of the popsicle molds I bought last summer.
  2. Might dye my hair; stay tuned.
  3. Beach?
  4. Road trip somewhere in Texas.
  5. Pitch an article somewhere.
  6. Power through the reading list I made.
  7. Survive the summer reading program at work.
  8. Perseid meteor shower?
  9. Hit up all the museums in town
  10. Go on a mural tour
  11. Get out somewhere and go hiking
  12. Go to my local farmer’s markets
  13. Finish a big knitting project

 

sermon sonnet #2: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21.

(last Sunday’s sermon is here)

We become what we love–so say the wise.
And looking at my life, it becomes clear:
I’m shaped by wealth, praise, comfort, compromise,
And fame, not joy and truth I should hold dear.
I want to be a servant, to desire
To follow Jesus even to the cross;
I want to lead for glory, to inspire,
To be adored, no matter what the cost.
This is the conflict, isn’t it, of all
Of us that want to go to love and serve:
We hear and try to obey separate calls,
And from the narrow road we turn and swerve.
And in the wreck, all we know how to do
Is cry out: Help us fall in love with You.