Church Club

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I’m over at A Deeper Story today talking church, generational divides, playgrounds. Click the link below if you’d like to check it out.

 

Holy Social Club

 

Jessica

When Evangelicals Long For A Bit Of Orthodoxy

We visited St. Augustine this week. We were completely broke but it was Spring break and the city had been calling to me for a while so we reached deep into our lint-filled pockets and spent one night in the ancient city.

I love St. Augustine. Few places in America will you find so much history, so much richness. There’s a peace about the city, pockets of quiet and holiness.

Right smack in the middle of the downtown hustle and bustle there is this amazing little Greek Orthodox Shrine. It’s nestled in so well you might miss it in the line of establishments trying to sell you hats, t-shirts, and ice cream.

St. Photios

We’ve been there before but that doesn’t stop us from drinking in every bit of Byzantine. And the candles, oh the candles. More than ever on this visit I wanted to light one. But the self-conscious Baptist inside of me won the battle and I refrained.

Eastern Orthodox Candles

There’s something so downright . . . sensory about all that is orthodox. The paintings, incense, candles, music.  I see the appeal. Even this calloused, struggling evangelical can feel the pull of the holiness in these places.

St Photios. Jesus' baptism.

Down the road from the Eastern Orthodox Shrine is a Catholic one. Our Lady of La Leche. Again, I am overwhelmed by the peace that satiates the gardens, the icons, the chapel.

St. Augustine

And I wonder, why do I never feel this in an evangelical church? Why do Baptist churches lack this holiness? Why do they not stir my soul?

When I think of evangelical traditions I feel legalism, shallowness, harshness, coldness, blindness, obligation without understanding.

When I brush up against orthodoxy I feel warmth, depth, holiness. There’s an inherent . . . thoughtfulness. Reverence. Openness. Peace.

The fact that I bother to process and voice these feelings is one of the many reason that I am occasionally shunned.

Catholic candles.

In the Catholic shrine again I was drawn to the candles. But this time I gave in. I dug a dozen quarters out of my car and claimed one for my own.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Candle

Six days it’s supposed to burn. It is my #SouthAsia2015 prayer. My longing to fulfill this calling, to see it to fruition.

It’s an icon and I welcome it. It reminds me that God has good things in store for us. That he hasn’t forgotten us. That he’s with us on this journey. That he is the light in the darkness.

And, also, that He isn’t Baptist. Or Catholic. Or Greek Orthodox.

Nombre de dios cross.

-Jessica

When Reconciliation Fails

  I’m over at A Deeper Story today talking about one of the more hurtful things that a Christian has ever done to me. If you’d like to read it, click the link below.   Poppycock   Jessica

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Who needs a life that’s predictable anyway?

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Hey guys. I’m over at The MOB Society today talking about raising flexible boys. Cause y’all know our life is one big ball of flexibility. Maybe I’m not scarring them for life, right? Click the link below if you’d like to read it. A Willingness to Wander Jessica

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That Rully Relatable Homeless Dudes Post

  You know that thing where you see homeless people and you’re not sure what to do with them? Particularly when you don’t live in a place where you’re often confronted with homelessness? You know that inner awkward turmoil? Yeah, that. I’m over at a Deeper Story today storying out just that. Click the link […]

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Happy Little Living Room

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  You guys, I’m so happy today. We moved back into our old house last week and we’ve been working hard to get the place fixed up and furnished. Today we got the last two couches and bookshelves – from a nice couple of doctors who are moving to Florida and just up and gave […]

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Trust vs. Faith

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This morning my boys stood to eat their cereal. Out of Dollar Tree bowls. With plastic spoons.  There aren’t enough places to sit and clothes are piled high because no one has a dresser. And yet everything seems right with the world. This is the fifth time we’ve moved in less than two years. The […]

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Ow! My legs!

  So. Remember how I said I wanted to start running this year? Well, I’m failing miserably. But not from lack of effort. I started flirting with running in December and added some consistency in January. That went on for about a month until my shins hurt so bad that the internet convinced me I […]

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The Viewing

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I’m over at A Deeper Story today talking about loss, nostalgia, and youth. Follow the link below if you’d like to read it:   The Piano Man   Jessica

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The Birds Are Still In The Air

  I know I haven’t updated y’all in awhile but rest assured that God is still providing like a boss.   We’re currently at 12% financed for our assignment to South Asia. That might seem small to you but we spent about 6 months at 1.3 % so we’re PRETTY STINKING HAPPY about 12%. We […]

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