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An Unsuitable Explanation

LAUNCH WEEK Unsuitable: A Podcast with Mary B. Safrit If you take away the yoke from your midst,     the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,  if you pour yourself out for the hungry     and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness     and your…

Take Me to Church

And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2, ESV) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by…

Good Grief

Grief is messy. I know, novel revelation. But I think it still surprises me sometimes, just how inconvenient it is. The ideal, aka healthiest, way to deal with loss is to feel it and let yourself naturally move through the stages. I’m not a fan. Because I’m so uncomfortable with…

Rejoice with Me

And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Luke 15: 9, ESV Friendships are made through a collection of moments. Maybe initially there is the spark of common interest, or an…

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“…because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:5-6, ESV). The friendships I talked about in last week’s…

Week 1: Fangirl/boy Your Friends

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3, ESV) I want to start this blog series with gratitude. In the planning phase, I was thinking about all my friends, all the hard things and the amazing things, and I am so grateful. I have been surrounded…

The Art of Friendship: Intro

I hope you enjoyed reading the “Things I Didn’t Learn in Youth Group” series as much as I loved writing it. Next week, we will pivot to a new blog series on a topic close to my heart that is uniquely crucial for singles… Friendship! You might have noticed that…

Week 4: Saving Myself

When I was seventeen, the guy I was dating got me a promise ring. It said “True Love Waits,” and it came with a little card that I signed, committing to stay a virgin until I was married. Two years later, I dramatically hurled the ring into Taylor’s Creek in…

Week 2: Bar Etiquette

I like to write in bars, mainly because I am most productive between the hours of 9pm and 1am. (Point of clarification: I do this twice a week at most. One: it’s expensive, two: all of the empty calories, three: I like my liver functional) If I go on a weekday, I am…

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