We co-wrote Everything Twenties and 20 Things You Should Read together years ago. I remember his short-lived stint as an editor at CCM. Over the years, I’ve watched him grow and mature as a writer, editor, thinker, husband, father, and follower of Jesus. I’ve also had the privilege of watching Matthew—even from a distance—grow into who He was always meant to be—a provocative thought leader.
That said, I’ve never met anyone who has read much of Matthew Paul Turner, his wildly popular blogs, or his books including Churchedand Hear No Evil that hasn’t gotten fire-engine-red faced angry. I’m sure that person exists.
Along with fairies, elves, and Sasquatch.
If you’ve read MPT for years and never once had your nose flare, show yourself. Then go to a doctor. You may not have a pulse.
This week, I read his newest book, Our Great Big American God, which provides a travelogue of God from the time He crossed the Atlantic until He arrived in what has become jesUSAMERICA. Beautifully written, Turner forces us to look at how Christianity has been influenced by nationalism, the economy, politics, entertainment, greed, agendas, and the history we prefer to ignore.
In his trademark playful style, some of Turner’s observations made me wince, others left me fuming, still others proved aha! moments. Some vignettes, much like a Gladwell book, only provided a sliver of the true tale, but still a shard we need to be aware of—even if it’s doubtful, questionable, or suspicious.
Exhaustion and a sense of being overwhelmed. In spades.
So went my packing list for our family vacation at the start of this summer. Fatigue and a sense of overcommitment weren’t on my list, but they were so embedded in the weeks leading up to our trip that they snuck into my luggage uninvited.
As a girl, I learned to thrive in my church culture. I was sweet, a hard worker, the sort of second grader the grown-ups asked to pray out loud. I was the kid who racked up the most gold stars on the class chart.
Are you ready to experience some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year?
During the 40 days leading up to Easter, over 50,000 people from around the world joined the #LentChallenge—a fast and furious adventure through the entire New Testament.
Even if you didn’t participate during the #LentChallenge, you can still read the New Testament in 40 days, too. We’ve created a free PDF download reading guide for the New Testament that can be used throughout the entire year.
And if you did join us for the #LentChallenge, we have something special for you, too. After slews of requests, we created a PDF reading guide to read the entire Old Testament in 40 days. Continue Reading...
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. Click the image to learn more.
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey are traveling all across the country this year. Check out the speaking schedule to see when they visit a city near you.