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Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans wrote several thought-provoking and accessible books before her tragic and untimely death at the age of thirty-four last year. Inspired was her last. “If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.”
The Book of Psalms
Spend this last month of summer praying your way through the Book of Psalms. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. You can start at the beginning and work all the way through, or you can pray as you feel led. The Psalms encompass the depth of the human experience, and give us language to talk to God through the many phases of life.
Outdoor Recommendation from Betty Hoevel
August is THE month to look at the prairies in MetroParks. The tall yellow daisy-like flowers can be either Compass Plant or Prairie Dock, showing off great flowers on their six-foot stems. Just beginning to show color will be the also- tall but deep purple flowers of Ironweed. And if you're really lucky, you'll see the bright red and sometimes hot pink Royal Catchfly. Grasses are also looking wonderful, with little and big blue stem looking spectacular. There are several prairies in MetroParks that really deserve a look--Huffman Prairie, Possum Creek, Germantown, Cox, and the prairie at Aullwood Garden MetroPark. All of these have pathways mowed into them for easy access. While you're looking at the flowers, don't forget to look for the many busy insects--including butterflies--making their way through the flowers. Also look up and see the wonderful birds enjoying the view. The beauty of the prairie is so special and only on display for a short time, so be sure to take a look!
Recipe from John Gummel
Carrot Ginger Soup Chilled
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 pounds carrots, sliced
• 4 quarter-size slices of peeled fresh ginger, lightly smashed
• 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
• Salt and freshly ground white pepper
• 2 to 3 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon honey
• Dash of hot sauce (optional)
• Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and ginger and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups of the stock, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes.
Off the heat, discard the ginger and puree the soup using an immersion blender then add the lemon juice and the honey. Transfer the soup to another container, season the soup with salt, pepper and hot sauce and chill well. The soup should keep for three days in refrigeration. When ready to serve, serve garnish with cilantro leaves.
Alternate step two if you do not have an immersion blender - strain the cooking liquid into a heatproof bowl. Discard the ginger. In a blender, puree the vegetables with 1 cup of the cooking liquid until smooth. Stir the puree into the cooking liquid in the bowl and add the lemon juice, honey and remaining 1/2 cup of stock. Transfer the soup to another container, season the soup with salt, pepper and hot sauce and chill well. The soup should keep for three days in refrigeration. When ready to serve, serve garnish with cilantro leaves.
These “Grace Sightings” are short Bible stories and activities provided by the PC (USA)’s curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude.
You can access each week by clicking on the date.
August 2 – A Shepherd Boy Grows Up to Be King
August 9 – God Is My Rock
August 16 – Praise the Lord!
August 23 – God Calls Jeremiah
August 30 – The Potter Shapes the Clay