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Day 30: Baldwin the Bear Part 5

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!


Day 30: Baldwin the Bear Part 5

The cub finished his drink, and only then turned his head toward his father, as if by accident rather than in response. “Papa?”
Papa tried to compose himself, to settle his breathing. He was desperate now, as with each lumbering stride down the hill he had grown more and more anxious. For no particular reason he felt he could no longer hold off from having a frank conversation with his son.
He chafed against the idea. It was …

Day 29: Some Thoughts

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 29: Some Thoughts
I spend most days distracting myself. I occupy my thoughts with my studies, with inch-deep conversations with acquaintances. Would-be friends. Or won't-be.

Because when I let the thoughts settle, when I allow even a little space between them I feel the panic seep through. Or the sadness. Some cocktail of both more often than not.

I don't take my headphones out, so the voices of my podcast friends can keep the sadder spirits …

Day 28: Old Tweets

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!



Day 28: Old Tweets

I downloaded my twitter archive today to have a more fulfilling Timehop update each morning, and discovered how delightfully pithy I was, even from the very beginning of my time on twitter. I guess that's what's happens when you wait until you're 20 to start tweeting regularly. In any case, I thought I'd share a few of my early favorites, for your enjoyment.

So enjoy!

Starting with my first:

9/27/2010 - "I didn't re…

Day 27: A Practice Psalm

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 27: A Practice Psalm
You are good
And you are lovely
You bring peace
And you surround me

You are warm
And you are kindly
You are sweet
And you sustain me

You believe in me
You delight in me
You invest in me

You made me then
You make me now
You make me me

Wherever I go, you are there
Whenever I leave, you chase after me
You will not give up on me

You will not give up on me

I am Yours.

Day 26: The Essentials

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 26: The Essentials
This afternoon I had a professor ask one of my classes a question which has since captivated my attention. He requested each student in the class identify the five essentials of Christianity. I had an answer right away, but after texting a few friends the same question I've come to re-evaluate my answer.

Whereas I processed the question more as "What are the five most crucial aspects or components of the Christian life?&qu…

Day 25: Baldwin the Bear Part 3

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 25: Baldwin the Bear Part 3
The following morning Papa approached Baldwin before sunrise, and tried to shake him awake. But Baldwin did not stir. Panic began to bubble up in Papa until Mama peaked in the cave entrance and whispered, “Baldwin, honey.” The cub’s eyes snapped open, wide as silver dollars.
“Oh hey Papa, Mama,” Baldwin cooed.
“You sleep like a rock son,” Papa laughed, as Baldwin laid out on his back and stretched out each limb in turn, extend…

Day 24: Baldwin the Bear Part 2

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 24: Baldwin the Bear Part 2
Even Baldwin’s own Papa thought the cub too soft for proper bear living. He couldn’t hunt, after all, or wouldn’t more like. Clubbing fish came easily enough but he always felt terribly guilty afterwards. These habits resigned Baldwin to a diet of primarily nuts and berries, with the occasional dessert of ants and worms under a newly rotted patch of stump, much to the chagrin of Papa and the other decent boars of the pack.
Ma…

Day 23: Baldwin the Bear Part 1

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 23: Baldwin the Bear Part 1
For no small portion of his childhood Baldwin considered the stars to be his only, or at the very least dearest, friends. They kept him company most nights, save the few when cloud cover would render his sparkly friends dim or missing entirely. As a young cub Baldwin would even become frightened they had abandoned him, flown off to visit and bring comfort to some other lonely young bear.
Amid the glassy sea of stars Baldwin c…

Day 22: I Picked Jesus Part 4

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 22: I Picked Jesus Part 4
Knowing my God had walked with me through the valley of the shadow of death rather than standing in fixed judgment over me while I struggled alone, drained my heart of the loneliness which had saturated it for those few years of doubt and insecurity. And then a truly miraculous thing happened: gradually, I began to see beauty again in the beliefs and creeds which had once saved and later shaped my life. I could read the Bible …

Day 21: I Picked Jesus Part 3

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 21: I Picked Jesus Part 3
This emotional deconstruction of faith happened, by some providence, to coincide with my leaving home for college. In all my zealous fervor I had applied to a Christian school for my higher education, but by the time freshman year rolled around, dusk had set upon my soul's dark night. The school I had chosen to attend was a Quaker-founded evangelical institution called George Fox University, and there, particularly within …

Day 20: I Picked Jesus Part 2

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 20: I Picked Jesus Part 2
For a fledgling follower of Christ the whole mess threatened to jam up the works in a big way. The God of love who had descended into my hell, told me I was worth the world and more and dragged me out into the light seemed suddenly and utterly absent from the conversations of my Christian friends as they condemned gays, girls who had abortions, atheists and dirty hippies, often all within a single sentence. And the Jesus story…

Day 19: I Picked Jesus Part 1

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 19: I Picked Jesus Part 1

I did not grow up in the church, but came into the Christian fold by way of a Young Life camp at about thirteen. This meant that, for a short time anyway, I enjoyed a faith untethered to anything besides the love and goodness of God, a salve for my badly bruised adolescent soul. Shortly after my conversion, however, I noticed a disorienting phenomenon cropping with increasing frequency: other well-meaning Christians began atte…

Day 18: Buffy Top 20

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 18: Buffy Top 20
Here is a ranking of my top 20 favorite Buffy Episodes along with the screenwriters!
1. The Gift - JW 2. Once More With Feeling - JW 3. Hush - JW 4. The Body - JW 5. Selfless - DG 6. This Year’s Girl/Who Are You - DP/JW 7. The Zeppo - DV 8. Restless - JW 9. Dopplegangland - JW 10. The Wish - MN

11. Graduation - JW 12. Becoming ½ - JW 13. Chosen - JW 14. Conversations with Dead People - JW/DG/JE/MN 15. Prophecy Girl - JW 16. Villains/Two to Go/Grave - …

Day 17: Ask the Questions

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!

Day 17: Ask the Questions

When someone in our culture asks one of the "meaning" questions, one of the big, scary complicated questions about life and existence, they are liable to be met with one of two responses: "well that's a dumb question because science and facts!" or "well that's a dumb question because Bible and God!"
For some, the search for truth is a fact-finding mission. For others, truth is a story. For e…

Day 16: Stances

Certain favorite bloggers of mine have taken up the assignment of blogging 31 days in a row (#write31days), and in an attempt to re-galvanize my own writing, I decided to join in the fun. The idea behind this particular blog-a-thon is to be as real and vulnerable as possible, which is (almost) always a healthy exercise. I've tried blogging marathons in the past (to varying degrees of success), and my seminary schedule does not allow for much flexibility. so the process may be fitful or short-lived, but it couldn't hurt to try!
Day 16: Stances
I am a Christian, but I recognize within my faith tradition the potential for tremendous harm and abuse. I do not condone all the behaviors of those purporting to speak or act on behalf of my God.

I follow Jesus, but I do not regard with suspicion those outside my faith tribe.

I am an evangelical, but this does not impel me to dismiss or pick apart Christians from other traditions, or non-Christians for that matter.

I believe the Bible is t…