"The great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor."
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
"I used to say "But we tithe, and that money goes to stuff Jesus was all into." Except many churches use it for marble floors and shiny buildings and cool videos and expensive mailers and pretty landscaping and fancy sound equipment and, in one recent case, an awesome multimillion-dollar jet. How have we let the church deteriorate like this? How is this okay? How can we endorse these expenditures? When did this become standard protocol for the Bride of Christ? We've engineered an elaborate two-step to justify this egregious spending on ourselves. We are far from Jesus' original vision; the whole enterprise would be unrecognizable to our early church fathers. The earth is groaning, and we're putting coffee bars in our thirty-five-million-dollar sanctuaries. Just because we can have it doesn't mean we should. I marvel at how out of place simple, humble Jesus would be in today's American churches."
And on a lighter note...
"We brought our bounty home and ate half immediately. It's peach season in central Texas, reader. Our Fredericksburg peaches lasted three hours."
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Represent! My little hometown grows stellar peaches!
Email from my sister, Sarah, upon procurement of a printing press for the print shop she and a friend are about to open:
Hello family! Wanted to share pictures of our new 1,800 pound arrival...Buchanan the Chandler And Price Press. We rolled it on pipes, Egyption style, about 10 feet and then used a come-along to slowly maneuver it up into the trailer. All involved fingers and toes are intact save one dislocated finger joint. Quite a feat!
Goodness gracious, my family does awesome things...
Beth: Any chance I could convince you two to co-direct Grand Camp 1 this coming summer?
Trent: Oh Beth, you know me. Small children scare me...
Me: Trent, we can't be scared of small children anymore...our house is about to be consumed by them.
Trent: Ok, small children in large numbers...
Facebook messages with the Area Youth Minister. We decided to face Trent's fear and go for it. Should be a GRAND adventure.
Me: Today I cut my tongue on a lollipop and it was the saddest thing EVER.
Trent: The saddest thing ever?
Me: Yes! Lollipops are supposed to be only happiness and yay.
Trent: Happiness and yay?
Me: Yes........oh hush.
Trent: I love you.
Email from my mama regarding Christmas plans:
Any ideas about what else to DO? Rock Box? Ice Skate? Hunt? Make sausage? Watch college football? Stomp Main St & drink lots of coffee? PUT CHRISTMAS PUZZLES TOGETHER AND PLAY SKIP BO!!!!!! Oh what fun it is to ride .... wheeeee!
She gets VERY EXCITED when her chicks visit the nest. I adore my mother.