faith shift: hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers

kathyescobar faith shifts, the carnival in my head 20 Comments

really exciting news around here that i’m happy to finally get to share. yesterday i received the final signed contract to write faith shift: hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers (that’s the working title) for convergent books, a new random house imprint!   it’s a long crazy story how it all came about but they approached me last year right as i started the rebuilding after deconstructing series with some hopes for a project together. i felt honored at the prospect and a …

the carnival turns 5 (aka, i’m getting old)

kathyescobar blog, the carnival in my head 6 Comments

exactly 5 years ago today i was putting the finishing touches on the carnival in my head, my first adventure into solo blogging.  it’s been quite a wild ride & it honestly feels like a year or two ago but not 5! whether you comment regularly or you’re one of the lurkers, i am grateful for your presence here. that’s what blogging is all about–the ability to take what you need & engage in a way that works for you.  for me, it’s been one of …

happy 4th birthday, little blog.

kathyescobar just because i thought it was fun, the carnival in my head 11 Comments

4 years ago today  12.31.07, i was holed up in my house over christmas vacation starting this blog & joining facebook for the first time.  wow, did those 4 years go fast.  i am so thankful for the relationships i’ve made here, many of you i’ve now had the privilege to meet in real life, too, and i can’t say enough how grateful i am for all i continue to learn out here.  when i first started blogging i made a commitment to blog once a …

comfortable in our own skin

kathyescobar ex good christian women, healing, identity, incarnational, jesus is cool, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 30 Comments

one of the things i’ve always tried to do here is write from my heart. to be as honest as i could.  to not worry about who would think what.  it’s pretty hard to do!  there are so many different tribes out here in online-land with different passions & people & ways-of-living-out-their-faith.  for the past five years, i have always struggled with not fully connecting with any of them. for some folks, i’m not sufficiently theological or liturgical or serious or christian or universalist or denominational …

yep, i guess i’m a heretic

kathyescobar ex good christian women, fundamentalism, healing, identity, the carnival in my head 80 Comments

heretic [her-i-tik] 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church. 2. anyone who doesn’t conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.   synonyms: apostate, backslider, recreant, dissenter, skeptic, freethinker. (those made me laugh!) my post up at rachel held evans’ blog last week–insecure christians–got some great comments, both positive ones & negative ones.  the negative ones tended to come from the perspective that by me saying there is something good …

the stranger (who’s a little too familiar) & the shepherd

kathyescobar identity, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 21 Comments

**this post is part of the september synchroblog, a diverse group of bloggers writing on the same topic.  this month’s is called “the devil made me do it” and is centered on “what are some weird, wacky or just plain different things you’ve heard taught about Satan?  what do you think of those ideas? how have they shaped your perspective (or not) about Jesus?”  i’ll add links to other bloggers’ posts once they come in today so you can read some different pieces. * * * …

a prayer for practice.

kathyescobar church stuff, down we go, dreams, incarnational, jesus is cool, relationships, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head, the refuge 6 Comments

“practicing what we preach” is a lot easier said than done!  like most everyone, i’d rather preach it than practice it.  it’s fun to talk about community, to dream about community, to advocate for community.  and to actually live it is a whole different story.  i am very grateful to live in a community that challenges me in a place where everything i believe-in-the-depths-of-my-heart-when-it-comes-to-what-Jesus-meant-about-love-and-life-together intersects with my real life.  i am always faced with a choice–will i see it through or run from it?  trust me, …

freedom.

kathyescobar ex good christian women, healing, identity, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 8 Comments

“the spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil …