Weekend Reading: November 23, 2013

Sunday Afternoons

The holiday season is in full swing here, and I’m so happy to be done our Christmas shopping so that we can celebrate the season without the stress of trying to figure out the perfect gifts for everyone on our list.

I’m especially excited because our American Heritage Girls troop and our troop both have a ton of volunteer opportunities in December, so we’ll be ringing the Salvation Army bell, taking wreaths to a military cemetery, baking cookies for our church’s live nativity, delivering treats to community helpers, filling food boxes for families in our community and more. This is the first year that fitting in all of those activities has felt doable (in part because of my maternity leave this year), but it’s exactly how I want our family to spend the holiday season!

I’m taking a break from my regular link posts to enjoy the early weeks with our new baby. You can still see what I’m reading and what I’m pinning, and I’m excited to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers as well:

I first came across Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary through her series on short-term mission trips.

As someone who went on several trips in junior high and college — four to Peru, two to the Dominican Republic — I was intrigued by her perspective, which I hadn’t considered before (which is probably the whole point), and I’ve thought about those posts often since I first read them.

Similarly, her posts about sex and purity really resonated with me. Honestly, she’s one of those bloggers I wish would write more often because I appreciate her thoughts and perspective and that she challenges some of the norms of the North American evangelical church rather than just accepting them.

Here are a few of my favorites from her archives:

On Short-Term Missions and Poverty Tourism

On Sex & Purity

On Fighting Human Trafficking and Sex Trade

Have a great weekend!

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