I love the world of blogs. I don't think blogs are long form journalism, but they are part of the conversation in my head. Here's my top 10 list of blog posts that helped change me in 2014.
An Introduction to in360 Talks - Bruce Reyes-Chow suggests a presentation style where the presenter use 20 slides. Each slide gets 18 minutes of air time resulting in a 6 minute presentation. As a writer and speaker, any limiting style like this is ultimately helpful to me.
Capsule Kitchen Challenge - Courtney Carver, one of my favorite minimalism writers shared a challenge - Pick 33 food and drink items to use for 3 months. Now, I love to cook and this seems a little crazy. But I appreciate the idea of limiting for the sake of lessening stress. Thinking about meals is a lot of the thinking I do in a day. And sometimes it's more stressful than helpful.
A Lamentation for Gaza - Rabbi Brant Rosen posted this stunning interpretation of Lamentation on August 9. Lamentations is traditional reading for this Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient temples in Jerusalem. posted on August 1.
If you can't sell it, you can't build it - Seth Godin is my muse of choice these days. In the past two years, I've accomplished more than I ever thought possible on the business side of my vocation. (We started a small business venture in the community and we merged two churches).
Rooster Soup, Gospel Values and Creative Fundraising - Andy Greenhow and Casey Thompson share their story on the NextChurch blog. They crowd sourced a business venture at their church, a hybrid soup kitchen they call Rooster Soup.
Twitter feed from the Council of Jerusalem - Carol Howard Merritt is a treasured colleague of mine. Here is a funny post that I enjoyed but the truth be told - many of us rely on Carol's wisdom when it comes to what's happening in the culture of church.
The Power of a Purchase Pause - Again Courtney Carver converts me with her ideas of minimalism. This one - this is a go to method for maintaining less things. (And if I'm honest, I failed at this just last week.)
An Invitation to Listen - Erin Raffety returned to the basics of Spiritual Disciplines this past Lent by writing through her reflections on Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline. Here she invites us into an honest conversation about the discipline of Silence.
Tuesday Prayer - I'm part of a ginormous group of clergy women who call themselves RevGalPals. Each Tuesday, there is a prayer that comes out on the blog. This one from September 30 stuck with me.
3x Breakfast Oatmeals & Copenhagen - Green Kitchen Stories provides three basic oatmeal recipes (protein boosted with eggs, carrot and rye and sweet coconut).