Week in review


Photo credit: Amy Lynne Photography

Looking for new things to read? Here’s what kept me busy all week:

  • New book: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron. Here’s an interview with the author, from Michael Hyatt. What’s this book about? “It’s about the unfinished business of grace” -Ian Cron.  This book is humorous, relational, and an overall well-written story of Ian’s life and relationship with his alcoholic father. I hope you read it.
  • Several months ago,  you prayed for Roger & Holly. Thank you! Here’s an update on Roger’s brain tumor. Check out their other posts for updates on their journey to become pregnant.
  • I began following Anne Jackson’s blog and twitter about a year ago. I’m continually impressed with this gal. She is consistently vulnerable, which gives me strength to do the same. I’m better off for it. This post gives us a clue into how she’s finds courage to live with vulnerability.
  • I tweeted this post earlier today, but want to share it here. Shaun King likes to push boundaries. Sometimes (not many, just some) I disagree with him and think he needs to calm down. This is not one of those times. He’s spot on and speaks truth much more eloquently than I’m able. My respect for Shaun runs deep, and I would serve next to him any day of the week. His question: Are we addicted to Christianity?

Bonus post:

  • Shane Claiborne and I get along well, because we think alike. And because we’re both awesome (obviously). He wrote a little piece for the Mennonite Weekly Review, containing a few thoughts on the emerging church.

Next week on the blog*:
Monday – The Pittsburgh Project
Wednesday – Winning and Losing with God
Friday – Week in Review

*Subject to change. I’m not a fortune-teller!

Community ,


  1. Wow–your sister really looks like you! At least in this picture.

    • kylajoyful

      That's not my sister, just some wedding picture I found online. 😉 kidding. Yes, we do look similar! We're both gorgeous.

  2. Excellent use of the word "kerfuffle." It's a shame we don't use that word more. I'll have to find a way to drop it in a conversation this week 🙂

    • kylajoyful

      Come back and let us know how you use it! I wasn't sure about posting it at first, so thanks for acknowledging it. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the mention Kyla!

    I'll be mulling over that piece by Shuan King a bit here the next few days.

    • kylajoyful

      It's always a pleasure reading your posts, Alise. I'm glad you appreciated Shaun's thoughts and hope that you find encouragement/motivation through them.

  4. The Driscoll ordeal is nothing new for anyone that follows his sermons/blog weekly. Let me preface that I think Mark is a wise man of God. I do however think that he often forgets the grace and love of Christ. A prophet does not point out the sins to remind people of how bad we suck. We already know. A prophet rebukes out of love; to draw us back to Christ…to repent and wallow in the wondrous grace of our risen Lord. With regards to effeminate worship leaders, Pastor Mark has overlooked the fact that not all Men of God (MOGs 🙂 wear flannel, watch WWF…err WWE, and keep Wild at Heart by our bedside. Driscoll makes a point to mention King David being a warrior and musician and poet. I think as MOGS we are called to be men, but God's definition of being a man is perhaps broader and more imaginative than our definition.

    I hold doors, pick flowers, chop wood, write poems, fly-fish, admire sunsets, watch Project Runway, love baseball, and know a good set of wicker furniture when I see it. Are some of these effeminate by Driscoll's standards? Perhaps. But I find this list to be a testament to the intricate and vast identity of each child of God. Praise God that there is a Mark Driscoll in the world. Praise God that there are men in this world who are very different from Mark Driscoll.

    I hope that this whole ordeal is an opportunity for Pastor Mark and us all to learn grace for each other and to reflect on the grand love God wove each one of us with…

    • kylajoyful

      I think you summarized every conflict pretty well in that last sentence. If we're honest in conflict, it's a great opportunity to grow. While I appreciated Driscoll's follow-up post, he never actually apologized. I have a feeling he's going to continue to meet some opposition and that he's either going to have a challenging road of personal growth ahead, or he really won't care. I know he's been around for awhile, but this summer is the first I've heard of him. I'm curious to see how he changes over the next few years. Thanks for your comments, Mr. Case.

  5. wow…thank you. my heart is encouraged by your words.

  6. Pingback: Last Wednesday post of the year, a 2011 personal recap |

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *