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The “crisis” in the blogosphere

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in blog, character, Christian feminism, faith, Keri's Soul, speaking, spiritual formation, women, women in the church | 13 comments

The “crisis” in the blogosphere

According to Christianity Today, as a spiritual blogger, speaker and author, I’m part of a “crisis in the church.” I agree there’s a crisis, but I disagree on what exactly that crisis entails. What gives Christian bloggers and writers like me (or Jen Hatmaker, or Beth Moore, or Christine Caine) the right to teach and write books and blogs about spiritual life? This is the question posed by Tish Harrison Warren, in her article, “Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?” The article, the first in a Christianity Today series called...

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Meeting Jesus at the dollar store

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in blog, faith, GodSpace, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simplicity, social justice | 2 comments

Meeting Jesus at the dollar store

True confession: I don’t love shopping at this store. It’s kind of well, cheap—but I guess that’s the point. Sparse, utilitarian. Countless items, each a dollar. I’ve been here (and at Goodwill) more in the last two months than I have in my entire adult life. Because refugees. Their homes destroyed, their safety threatened, they arrive from Syria or Pakistan or Jordan with nothing. They need dish towels and a broom, dishes and cleaning supplies. They need, even more, to be welcomed. Disheartened by online and face to face conversations with...

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What the first Passover teaches us about worship

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in blog, GodSpace, hospitality, Keri's Soul, new books, pace of life | 0 comments

What the first Passover teaches us about worship

  Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover! Passover begins today. On this annual festival, the Jewish people celebrate their emancipation from the slavery of Egypt. While Christians don’t typically celebrate Passover, later this week, on Good Friday, we will remember a Passover meal that Jesus and his friends celebrated, right before he was crucified. (You’ll want to read this excellent post on Passover from a Jewish AND Christian perspective from Michelle VanLoon.) In honor of Passover, I want to share an excerpt from my...

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Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God is available for pre-order now. This book is the one I’ve been longing to write for years–and finally have. In it’s pages, you’ll find encouragement and mentoring and a gentle challenge to grow by stepping out of your comfort zone to embrace the inconvenient (but oh-so-worth it) adventure of intimacy with God. Explore spiritual practices like hospitality, generosity, simplicity and others, that are not...

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The surprising thing about Lent

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Keri's Soul, pace of life, simplify, spiritual formation, theology, Uncategorized | 2 comments

The surprising thing about Lent

How are you doing? Really? How’s the journey so far, Lenten pilgrim? Is Lent, and the practices you’ve chosen in this season, clearing the cobwebs? Spring cleaning your soul? We’re about a third of the way from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Those of you who gave up coffee or diet Coke might feel a little less headachy by now, as the caffeine withdrawals fade. Or it may seem like you’ve been at this for.ever.and.ever. and you don’t appreciate my pointing out that Easter is still four and a half weeks away. Or maybe Lent, or certainly fasting,...

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Embracing inconvenience and finding GodSpace

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in faith, hospitality, Keri's Soul, sabbath, spiritual formation, Uncategorized, women | 2 comments

Embracing inconvenience and finding GodSpace

  #wewelcomerefugees I’d seen the hashtag. #wewelcomerefugees I knew my friend Jane did some work with refugees. I’d written about them (in books and blog posts and also for Christianity Today), even had a refugee family over for Thanksgiving one year. But early this year, I felt a tug on my heart’s sleeve, a whisper. Welcome strangers in my name. Especially refugees. Make some space in your life for strangers, and you’ll make some God Space. “Refugees” echoed in my brain and my soul, like a quiet but insistent call. This was...

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Radical hospitality trumps hate

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in bible literacy, hospitality, spiritual formation, theology | 8 comments

Radical hospitality trumps hate

On Thursday, my friend Jane and I drove to Chicago to welcome a refugee family. Jane’s van was loaded with supplies: linens, towels, pots and pans, dishes, and more—the basics needed to set up home. Jane has been serving refugee families for more than 20 years. She collects household items at garage sales, estate sales, the dollar stores, wherever she can find them. Spending her own money, volunteering her time, even opening her home to those who need a place to stay. When a new family arrives, usually with only the clothes on their backs,...

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Back on My Feet offers a path out of homelessness

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in faith, fitness, hospitality, running, simple, social justice | 0 comments

Back on My Feet offers a path out of homelessness

My daughter skillfully navigates her Toyota through the dark, wet streets of downtown Los Angeles. It’s 5:30 a.m. and we are on our way to a run. “The area we are going, Skid Row, is not a very nice area,” she warns me. “The streets have a lot of trash, it’s kind of dirty.” We pull in to the parking lot of the Union Rescue Mission, and my daughter rolls down the window. “Hey Kevin,” she greets another volunteer. She runs with this group every Wednesday. Across the street, under a building overhang, I am introduced to a friendly group of...

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Jesus is in the house (not in the stable!)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in bible literacy, holidays, hospitality | 1 comment

Jesus is in the house (not in the stable!)

Tonight, people will gather in churches around the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Many will reenact, by way of Christmas play with children, or some modern mega-church iteration of Christmas drama, the lonely holy family, gathered in a stable attended only by cows and sheep, visited by shepherds later in the evening. The scene fits a certain narrative, created by years of tradition: heartless innkeepers putting out “No Vacancy” signs, eventually one relenting enough to offer a dirty stable floor to a woman who’s going into labor on...

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Transformative silence

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Keri's Soul | 6 comments

Transformative silence

This is a noisy time of year. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves this time of year is the gift of silence, of peaceful reflection in the midst of the hustle and chaos. Why not give yourself just a few minutes this morning to reflect on a character from the Christmas story we often skip over? Enjoy this post from the archives. What effect did Zechariah’s silence have on his soul? My kids hustle out the door into the barely light morning at 6:45. I pour another cup of coffee, plug in the tree lights and sit in the dim early morning,...

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