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When good things end: some thoughts on The Practice

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in blog, character, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, spiritual mentoring | 6 comments

When good things end: some thoughts on The Practice

The only constant in life is change. This is particularly true in dynamic organizations like Willow Creek, the church I’ve been a member of for three decades. While I have remained at my church, it has changed around me—sometimes for the better, but sometimes, not. I’m loyal, but also a truth teller–so I sometimes challenge the changes. Whether we think it’s for the best or not, change is still hard, isn’t it? Because progress and change sometimes means that good things will end.  Take for example The Practice, a community within...

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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Authors, books, new books, parenting, women | 0 comments

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Jennifer Grant, one of my favorite authors and favorite people, has a new book out: When Did Everybody Else Get So Old: Indignities, Compromises and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife. It is a collection of essays that form a memoir of middle age. Friends, if you are approaching your 40s, in the midst of your 40s, or try hard to pass for being in your 40s (that would be me!), I know you’re going to fall in love with this book. (I have a grandmother who will turn 100 next week, so I could argue that technically, “midlife” for me...

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Broken bread, burning hearts

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in bible literacy, blog, empty nest, GodSpace, hospitality, new books, parenting, social justice, spiritual formation, women | 4 comments

Broken bread, burning hearts

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  (Luke 24:30-32) During a prayerful reflection on the story of the Road to Emmaus last night at church, I pictured Jesus at the table. He took. He thanked. He broke. He gave. Took. Thanks. Broke. Gave. These words are a...

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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 | 2 comments

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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