STG Friday Faves – Vol. 12

Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy!


The Wake-Up Call that is ISIS: Who in the Church is Answering?

by Ann Voskamp

“We saw it right after we’d got home. After we got home from breaking the bread and taking the wine and the astonishing healing of all us messed up, imperfect people coming to the very large Table and remembering the Cross and swallowing down the memory of the miracle of His grace. We saw it right after we’d walked in the door and took off our coats: 21 men in their orange coveralls kneeling in the sand. 21 Christians.”



Counting Marriage as Loss

by Lore Ferguson

“The quietest voice in my life this time last year was God’s. He was saying, ‘I have more for you in your singleness,’ but I didn’t trust Him. There were louder voices, more immediate voices, more pressing ones—even my own voice, certain that if I did not get married on March 16, I would lose my chance for marriage forever.”


[Love Looks Like] 2:07 a.m.

by Sarah Bessey

“We swore we wouldn’t become those tired ones in the middle of their life, living just a regular sort of life. We are meant for more than the ordinary! we bought the lie, hook line and sinker from the evangelical hero complex. Life was meant to be an adventure, filled with risk and romance. Love would look like this for us forever. Like we were somehow above or better than the minivans and mortgages, the tub scrubbing and sheet washing, like our clock would always be made up of bright mornings and late nights. But here’s the truth: lifelong love is actually most built throughout the hours of the day, all twenty four of them, in the ordinary moments of our humanity.”



One little word that radically changed my prayers
by Bronwyn Lea

 “I got that lead-balloon feeling on Sunday when our pastor pointed out all the things Paul didn’t pray for in his letters: people with cancer, busy schedules, promotions at work, successful ventures, hard pressed finances, strained relationships…. Not that those things don’t matter, or that we shouldn’t pray for them, or that God doesn’t care about the minutiae of our lives, but they weren’t on the apostles regular prayer card.”


From Our Site:

by Whitney Woollard

“Despite my knowledge of the gospel and my passion for preaching it, there are moments when my faith is too weak to speak it aloud. There are days I wake up knowing I need to preach it to myself but I literally can’t. There are seasons when I’m so overcome with spiritual lethargy or fear or depression or anxiety that choosing to believe the gospel seems beyond my metaphorical reach. So what should we do when we can’t self-talk the gospel?”


{archives} Who Do You Think You Are?
by Self Talk the Gospel

“Many of us live in the reality of the dirt we see in our lives, rather than the blood of Christ that’s washed us clean. We live out of our fear and insecurity rather than our identity as daughters of the King. We wrestle with doubt, shame, guilt, jealousy, and anxiety instead of freedom, grace, acceptance, love, and mercy. Our shortcomings and faults become measuring sticks rather than places of dependence on God. But who does the Bible say you are?”

Did you see anything good this week? Let us know in the comments below!


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Occasionally, we like to post articles that we all can get behind. So rather than one author, consider this post from all of us. Enjoy!

  • Elizabeth Trotter

    I loved “When I Can’t Self-Talk the Gospel”!

    • Beth Nicoletto

      Me too!!!!

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