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Happy Halloween!

 Britt and I will see some of you later today at the Fall Festival at church…so make sure to look for our favorite costumed friends.

They love it. We promise.

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Ministry days.

Back in the Atlanta airport, on my way home to Nashville.

I could not possibly explain how crazy the last six days in Colorado have been. You wouldn’t believe me if I tried to tell you. I’ll save the story for another time and another day.

In the mean time, you should know that this trip was enabled (in part) by my absolute favorite benefit of working at Long Hollow – Ministry Days. We get x amount of vacation days each year just like any regular job (which, for me, were used entirely for school purposes this year), but we also get x amount of “ministry days.” These days are set aside to encourage us to serve in other areas of the church or on a mission trip. Since my trip to Colorado was dedicated to a retreat with L2 (the youth group I worked with when I lived there), I got to use my Ministry Days to go.

And, trust me, there was a lot of ministry going on.

Clearly.

 

And oddly, it will be colder when I get back to Nashville than when I left the Springs this morning. Go figure. BUT – back to work, back to school, back to blog-stalking. I’ll post again on Thursday or Friday.

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WHY DOESN’T THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD MOVE TO COLORADO SPRINGS???

I mean, seriously. How could you choose to live anywhere else after living around this on a daily basis? Check this photo…the view from the coffee shop I’m currently sitting in.

 

 

Unbelievable. Absolutely stunning.

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Airport Randoms.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta airport, waiting on my connecting flight to Colorado Springs. I hear that there is snow on the ground, the first real snow of the year. I’m thrilled. All That Thrills My Soul Is Snow In Colorado. That could be a song title, no? Anyway, there were a whole bunch of things I wanted to blog about before I left for my trip, but it just didn’t happen. So, in no particular order, here is the list of things I’ve been thinking about so far this morning.

 

1. Simple Church. Did you read it? Or talk about it yet? I was going to put up an entire post about it, but then I realized that it might be misleading because I haven’t actually read the book yet. But I am seeing the effects of its ideas everywhere around me right now, and I just want to say that it does not look good. From the perspective of someone who works in ministry, Simple Church seems to be more a matter of convenience than conviction. The early church met all the time, and they did so fervently. Less is not necessarily more when it comes to church programming. Thoughts?

 

2. People are weird. I’m sitting in between a morbidly obese man in sweats and a petite lady who has clearly had too much Botox. And IWishIWasTinaTurner just walked by…in leopard print leggings and a leather jacket. This is why I love the airport.

 

3. I forgot to send off my absentee ballot before I left. I’m still officially a resident of Bradley
County, and I got my absentee ballot in the mail this week. I’m ready to send it off and get this election garbage over with. What did the news talk about before the election coverage began three years ago? I can’t remember.

 

4. I’m going to the midnight premier of High School Musical 3 tonight. If you think that’s lame…I think you are lame. I have met very few people who didn’t, at some point in their adolescence, dream of their life turning into a huge musical production. At least it happened for some Disney channel teenagers, and I’m excited to go experience it with them.

 

5. The Atlanta airport is making plans to build a gym on each of its concourses – so you can workout on your layover. Apparently, it’s becoming a common thing in major airports. I’m for it (because I’m pro-life, remember?), but please, please, please – do not run five miles and then get on the plane and sit next to me. Nasty.

 

I’ll try to post at least once while I’m in Colorado. I brought my camera cord, so hopefully I’ll have some good pictures for you.

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Unheard.

I am one of those evangelical single-issue voters.

Just wanted to be clear about that.

But when I say “single-issue”, I’m not just talking about my pro-life stance on abortion, although it is and always will be on the forefront of my (few) political thoughts. I am a single-issue voter in that I am PRO-LIFE. ALL of life. Pro-life, pro-adoption, pro-nature & green things, pro-better health and medical advancements, pro-family, pro-mental health care equality.  I don’t know how anyone could vote on any other single issue as the most important. What is more important than life? 

I say all of that to preface this excerpt from a good sanctity of life message at Southern Seminary last week. This matches my thoughts exactly. 

“There are churches, and there are pastors, and there are young evangelical leaders who are saying to us, ‘We ought not be single-issue evangelicals. We ought to be concerned about more issues than simply abortion.’ Which means that we ought to be willing to join ourselves and to vote for and to support candidates who will support legalized abortion, who will deny the personhood of children who are still in the womb, because we are able to support them on other issues . . . Many of them are in a desperate quest to say to their congregations and to people potentially in their congregations, ‘I’m not Jerry Falwell.’ And many of them believe that it is missional to speak to people while blunting or silencing a witness about the life of children so that you can reach them with the gospel. . . Some will tell us there are many other issues: economics, global warming—issues I’m very concerned about too. Previous generations have said that as well. Previous generations of preachers have stood in the pulpit and preached until they were red in the face about card-playing and movie-going and tax-policy and personal morality and tobacco-smoking and a thousand other issues, but would not speak to the fact that there were African-American brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus swinging in the trees! And there is judgment of God upon that. And there is here too.”

Douglas Groothius refers to this phenomenon as “evangelical fetus fatigue” – the weariness of believers in fighting a seemingly lost battle to end abortion. This fetus fatigue seems to be everywhere…and I’ve been reading over the issue in all kinds of blogs recently. But Russell Moore (the voice of the above excerpt) speaks clearly about the judgment of God on our fading fight to be the voice of the unheard.

I will be a voice. And a single-issue, pro-all-of-life voter in every election. End of story.

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Jenn + Baking = Who Knew?

I told you that I would update. I promised.

Twelve things I love about fall:

1. Cooler weather.

2. Beautiful leaves changing color.

3. Pumpkin pie.

4. Pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks.

5. Pumpkin flavored coffee creamer.

6. Pumpkin bread.

7. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

8. Pumpkin cream cheese muffins.

9. Pumpkin cheesecake.

10. Pumpkin carving.

11. Pumpkin Blizzards at DQ.

12. Pumpkin ice cream.

I know you’ll be shocked to hear this, but I have an addiction a mild fetish with all things related to pumpkin in the fall. 

I’ve been in the mood to bake some fall goodies lately. This is a big deal for two reasons. 1. Brittany and I don’t exactly do a lot of cooking. We didn’t even know she owned a mixer until today. Neither one of us knew. 2. I’ve been absolutely terrified of OVENS for years. TERRIFIED. Which, by the way, is a fear that I have recently made strides toward conquering.

Notify all potential single males. I’m becoming more domestic. And (obviously) that makes me a much more eligible single girl. Obviously.

Ahem.

So, anyway, I’ve been in a baking mood this week. We had a progressive dinner tonight for the middle school girls, and I decided that I was going to go for it. And, surprise, I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin muffies with cream cheese icing. Okay, that isn’t exactly true. The cookies and muffies are the same recipe. But they are pretty cake-like cookies, so I pretended that they were two entirely different things. BUT, they were amazing. I’m not being arrogant. It’s entirely factual. Maybe I have a thing for baking? Maybe I might really have some domestic skills. From oven-phobia to domestic queen? Not yet. But here are some photos from the evening. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Where did I go?

Here is a short list of all the things I did to procrastinate a real blog update: 

#1 – Twilight. Do you think it’s lame that I’m kind of obsessed with a book that is clearly designed for teenagers? True story. And not only am I obsessed with a book series that is designed for teenage girls…but it’s about vampires. I am actually reading and enjoying a book about a vampire AND WHO KNEW THAT IT WOULD TAKE OVER MY LIFE?

#2 – FALL BREAK. I finished my courses (and hopefully ended with decent grades), and I have a week off. And who needs to blog to procrastinate assignments that don’t yet exist? 

#3 – Everything and nothing at all. There is no really good reason why I haven’t taken the time to write. I actually have some things I want to write about, but I have been too lazy (or preoccupied with a certain lengthy novel about a vampire). Post titles that will happen in some order in the next five days (I PROMISE): Simple Church. Unheard. Jenn + Baking = Who knew? There you have it. Be back as soon as I’m done with Twilight.

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