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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

Tweet 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...

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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

Tweet   #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....

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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

Tweet 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...

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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

Tweet 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!)

Tweet 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...

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Transformative silence

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

Transformative silence

Tweet 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...

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Why you should ditch the “kids’ table” this Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in empty nest, holidays, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simplicity, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why you should ditch the “kids’ table” this Thanksgiving

Tweet In your dim memories of Thanksgivings past, you may remember it: the card table in the kitchen or the family room, possibly set with plastic cups, and a paper tablecloth, where you sat with your cousins and threw Brussels sprouts at one another. The dreaded kids’ table. If you want to build Thanksgiving memories and strengthen family bonds, the kids’ table is a bad idea. A multi-generational table makes Thanksgiving memorable, and meaningful. It’s simpler than you might think, and worth the effort. Thanksgiving (and every meal) is...

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Now, more than ever, we must show the world what Jesus followers really are

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in character, faith, Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation, women, women in the church | 14 comments

Tweet Two days ago, America elected a racist, misogynist, Islamophobic, homophobic bully who brags about assaulting women. According to shocked analysts, eighty-one percent of evangelical voters supported him. The word evangelical has lost its meaning. It means good news. But this is not good news for women, people of color, LGBT people, Muslims or even, I think, America. It’s not good news even for the misguided people who voted for him, although it will take a while for them to see that. More than half of “white women ages 45-64” and “white...

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Trail running in the dark

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in faith, fitness, Keri's Soul, new books, running, spiritual formation | 3 comments

Trail running in the dark

Tweet I park across the road from the entrance to the forest preserve. A few moments later, I am crossing the road with two of my friends to walk past the gate, which is still closed because it is not yet sunrise. Headlamps on, we start running on the trail through the dark woods, skirting puddles and stepping over roots and rocks. The lights allow us to see only about five to ten feet in front of us. In other words, the next two strides. I usually prefer to run when I can see the trail and the woods around me. But my running buddies have to...

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Is hospitality a spiritual gift?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in hospitality, social justice, spiritual formation, theology | 7 comments

Is hospitality a spiritual gift?

Tweet Hey friends! It’s been a while, right? Wanted to let you know I’m working on a new book, titled GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God. The good people at FaithWords publishers are publishing it. It’s about seven spiritual practices that slow us down and draw us close to God. Some, you’d expect from me: Sabbath, of course, and Simplicity. Some are a bit different, like Generosity and Critical Thinking (more on this to come in the next few posts). One of my favorite chapters so far is...

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