The Reflectory

The Reflectory

A look back over the week. What I’ve listened to, read, watched. And what I’m learning along the way.

Podcastery: Podcasts from this week that taught me something I didn't know, or encouraged me, or made me think.

All Souls Charlottesville—Restoration: Returning to the Words of Life

The Allender Center Podcast—Race and Trauma, Part One and Part Two

TED Talks Daily—How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson

Code Switch—Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High

Lead Stories Podcast—Lead Voices: Amena Brown

I didn’t expect what I received from this episode. They did talk about the release of Amena’s new book, How to Fix a Broken Record, but they also talked about other things God knew I needed on a regular ol' Wednesday.

Inside Appalachia—Unsettling Memories- How Vietnam Changed the Lives of Five Appalachian Soldiers

Pantsuit Politics (Two women, one from the left and one from the right, talk about politics and current events)—Sutherland Springs, Wilbur Ross, and What Kind of Country We Want

Typology—Andy Root, The Hysterical Analytical Enneagram Five


Bookery: Books on my desk and by my reading chair and on my nightstand.

The Gift of Being Yourself, by David Benner

The Long-legged House, by Wendell Berry

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey


On the Webbery: Articles and Videos. What made me laugh, made me cry, made me better because it made me think.

No, Christians Don't Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations

The Unexpected Secret about ‘Boring Men’ — and the Women who Love Them

Advocates work to keep young female offenders out of prison through early intervention

Carrie Underwood singing Softly and Tenderly at the CMAs

The Intersection of Poverty and Diet: Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist


Learning Themery: My friend, June Ann, used to ask whenever we visited, “What’s God been teaching you?”

We are, whether we acknowledge it or not, utterly dependent upon God. For life, breath, rain, sun, moon, seasons, provisions. Do I actively say thank you?

This week, I spent time going back and looking for how God was present in specific circumstances of my life. How did I perceive God during those times? How am I able to see it now?

I am asking God to give me sight to view things and people like God does, like Jesus does.

What happens when the full measure of living water flows out and seeps into the Church, our communities, our families, each of us?

Lord, help me to be open to all the transformation and redemption you afford me. Let me hear your voice above all other voices and the noise around us. Let me live my life in such a way that, with me words and me actions, your love is known.




For the Sabbath

For the Sabbath

May We Raise Them

May We Raise Them