For once, I'm NOT short of blogging inspiration, and this is at least partly because of lots of inspirational reading I've been doing, on and off the net (well, mostly on, if I'm honest!). Before I wax lyrical on my own, I thought it would be worth sharing a few of the gems I've been inspired by in the past week or so:
Probably the post that touched me the most, was this amazing poem by Joy Wilson. I've just discovered her blog, and will keep following it. She's also written a book, called "Uncensored Prayer", which I have ordered from Amazon. More on that when it arrives! Her poetry is raw and real and, in the words of one reviewer, "not for the faint hearted" but as I read this one poem it could have been MY story. It threw my morning off balance in the most incredible of ways - I just wanted to cry, and talk to Jesus. It brought me closer to God than I've felt in quite a while! Find it here.
This punchy and insightful guest post by Alise Wright, on Jamie, the very worst Missionary (one of my fave blogs) really hit the mark! Alise is a Jesus-follower married to an atheist and I think probably straddles the divide between "Christian culture" and the rest of the waking world, in a unique way!
Derek Flood has been an ongoing source of insight and encouragement. I've already recommended his four part article (kind of like a mini-book, but REALLY worth the time it takes to read it) Penal Substitution vs. Christus Victor. This week, though, I delved into his (much shorter) article on relational theology. He has a way of taking the ideas I've been groping at, and laying them out clearly!
(Derek is also a professional animator, and the image on the right is his artwork. You can buy prints via his webpage)
And finally, a bit of a thought-provoking discussion with Michael Camp, of Deep Thought Pub, on homosexuality in the Bible. Something I've been wrestling with for a while, as I have dear friends and family members with same-sex partners. I don't believe God's love excludes anyone because of lifestyle or sin, but it's sometimes hard to reconcile this with some passages in the Bible. Michael and I both agree that the law is NOT part of following Jesus, but the discussion was eye-opening, nonetheless!
(nb. I think one of the reasons I'm enjoying engaging with Michael, is that we both have boozy sounding blog names!!)