9 Steps to a Guaranteed Smile (Plus a Giveaway!)

Margaret —  February 11, 2014 — 12 Comments

9 Steps to a Guaranteed Smile (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here are nine links, articles, and videos that I just had to share with you this week. Oh-- and if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see this week's giveaway. Don't miss your chance to win!

1. You.Are.Loved. Listen to this today and be changed: [Tweet this]

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2. Overflowing joy. 25 Animals Acting Silly: [Tweet this]

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3. Wonderstruck by the beauty of snowflakes: [Tweet this]

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4. Joy upon joy. A sure-fire way to make a new friend: [Tweet this]

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5. Best Funny Baptisms Ever. Pastors, You're not going to want to miss this one: [Tweet this]

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6. Celebrating Dads. Check out The Fatherhood Project: [Tweet this]

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7. What Does Your Calendar Reveal About You? From my friend, Kara Powell: [Tweet this]

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8. 20 Things You Need to Add To Your Vocabulary: [Tweet this]

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Birmingham Revolution Giveaway @EdGilbreath @ivpress 9. This week I'm giving away THREE copies of my friend, Edward Gilbreath's book, Birmingham RevolutionEdward is the author of Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity. An award-winning journalist, he serves as an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and as the executive director of communications for the Evangelical Covenant Church.

I asked Ed what impact Martin Luther King Jr.'s story have on the Church today. His response left me wonderstruck. This is a book you don't want to miss.

His whole story is remarkable, but I’ll focus on the Birmingham chapter. Dr. King went to jail to help make the point that the pursuit of racial unity and justice is an essential part of the Christian mission. Today, in many ways, we’ve allowed our politics to divide us and define who we are as people of faith.

King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” challenges us to strip away the cultural barriers and focus on the essential demands of the gospel and what he called “the beloved community.” It’s a call to grace, justice, empathy, and reconciliation. If we’re only interested in loving our neighbor when they live in the same neighborhood as we do or vote for the same candidates as we do, then we’ve missed the full call of the gospel. In addition, today issues like immigration reform are forcing us to figure out what it means to live out the call of Micah 6:8, “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

In King’s day, even the people on his side were telling him to slow down and just wait. He knew that was another way of denying true justice. Today, in regards to many issues, we may face the same dilemma as the American church of 1963: Do we wait or courageously seek to live out the truth of our faith today?

9 Steps to a Guaranteed Smile (Plus a Giveaway!)

To win ONE of THREE copies of Birmingham Revolution, enter a comment on the original blog post at MargaretFeinberg.com. Winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

Congratulations to the winners: Jennifer Poe, Kathi Wilson, Kim

What political or spiritual leader has made the greatest impact on your life?

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12 responses to 9 Steps to a Guaranteed Smile (Plus a Giveaway!)

  1. This sounds like a very interesting book. I was alive when Martin Luther King was a voice speaking out about the injustice. I remember the day he was assassinated. I would love to read this book.

    Thank you for the links that gave me a chuckle.

  2. The spiritual leader that had the most impact on me ….Mother Teresa and her unconditional love.

  3. Thank you for including this book as a giveaway. It serves as a remembrance of a remarkable man!

  4. Love the “20 things we should say more often.” Kid President is cute and right on target.

  5. The book sounds very interesting! Haven’t read anything by this author.

  6. What a great post today! I plan to share this with many friends. I am enjoying the videos, and especially the “20 things we should say more often”. That young man is awesome! Actually I am thinking adorable, but he is showing great maturity in his delivery.
    The book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it and share it with some of my colleagues.

    Blessings!

    ~ Kim

  7. This book sounds amazing … would like to read it and share it with my church’s library!

  8. I believe we still have much healing to do. God is love and He provides us the courage.

  9. One of my favorite spiritual leaders is John Piper. Straight and to the point, he doesn’t mess around and I like that. Sometimes it hurts to hear the truth, but that doesn’t mean shouldn’t hear it or should keep us from speaking it. Wait … I gotta go blog that! :-D
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book that looks great and is from an author I’ve enjoyed reading in CT.
    Blessings,
    Felecia

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