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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 Winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

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

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