Friday Fuel: Authenticity, Ugly Churches and an Ultrasound

August 1, 2014

What’s up everyone? The end of another week. I’m actually starting to get excited about getting back to school. I spent quite a bit of time reviewing and retooling my art curriculum (an annual tradition.) You know, those math teachers can teach the same problems every year, and that’s fine with everyone, but if I did the exact same thing every year, people would start to think I’m being lazy!

Anyway, some pretty cool stuff came up which kept me fueled this week.

In My Blog Reader

You know, we talk a lot about shame in blog-land, ending shame, releasing shame, but I haven’t seen a whole lot of posts that actually deal with healing shame. Tyler Braun takes on healing shame in this post.

Meanwhile, I loved Stephanie Spencer’s take on authenticityanother hyped up, overused word. I think that perhaps authenticity is about as worshipped as story, but it falls short, as Stephanie points out.

Many of us love mountains for the opportunity to conquer them, climb to the peak and survey everything below. Lore Ferguson enjoys mountains most by sitting at their feet.

It’s ironic that I’d point out a blog post about not blogging, but Micha Boyett says some things (as a temporary blog farewell) that some bloggers need to read. Everything she says is absolutely true. It is so easy for our blogs to take over our lives. Maybe we shouldn’t be bloggers, but people who do things and have blogs.

Finally, I have discussed this topic with many people, the importance of space, how our environment affects our mood and productivity. Try doing your best work in a space that is crowded, ugly or messy. It probably won’t happen. But there are a lot of churches that are suffering from a big fat case of ugly. And it’s completely curable, not about having a lot of money.

On My Calendar

You may have already seen my Facebook post. Cheri and I went to the doctor’s this week to see our little sprout. We had decided that we would not call our parents with the news. We got big bunches of appropriately colored balloons to put in their yard and delivered them at four in the morning. Its fun being sneaky.


And that was my week. How about yours?

4 responses to Friday Fuel: Authenticity, Ugly Churches and an Ultrasound

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Matt!

    I hadn’t read the Micha piece. Perhaps ironically it was because I have trouble keeping up with the massive amount of content put out by Deeper Story… Anyway, I haven taken a blogging break a few times and totally agree. I actually almost didn’t come back this time. I’m taking it one week at a time.

    I saw something on the Humans of New York FB feed that made me think of you. Do you follow that? He was talking about art. Not sure if the link will work, but I’ll try :)

    Congrats on the baby! I have 2 boys. They are a fun adventure.
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  2. Congratulations, Matt!


  3. And I wish you congratulations, as well, Matt!

    – Steve M.
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  4. What a great idea with the balloons. Hope Cheri is feeling well.
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