31 Days of Misfit Faith

Welcome to 31 Days of Misfit Faith!

To read the first day’s post, scroll down. New links to new posts will be added here daily.

Day 2- A Prayer of Fear

Day 3- And Not With the Truth

Day 4- Or better yet, Thank You

Day 5- Broken For You

Day 6- Why are we here?

Day 7- Faith Unraveled

Day 8- Why I Stay: Community

Day 9- A Prayer for Faith

Day 10- Fellow Misfits: The Foreigner in our Midst

Day 11- Mystery in the Age of the iPhone

Day 12- Gun Control, Nonviolence, and the Gospel

Day 13- Isaiah 35

Day 14- Where I Found God: LGBT Yoga

Day 15- What Keeps Me: Jesus

Day 16- A Prayer for Authenticity

Day 17- The Idol of “Changing the World”

Day 18- Fellow Misfits: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Day 19- Breath and Harmony

Day 20- Life’s Not a Commute (but it might be a road trip)

Day 21- God of Thunder

Day 22- What Keeps Me: Tradition

Day 23- A Prayer for Love

Day 24- Fellow Misfits: Anne Lamott

Day 25- I am Not a God

Day 26- Love in the time of Ebola

Day 27- Other Misfits

Day 28- On the wrong side of history

Day 30- Why I Stay: The Hope and the Challenge

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In the Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Christmas special, Rudolph travels to a place called the Island of Misfit toys, where all of the broken, flawed, unwanted, and otherwise misfit toys live together.

I want a place where all of us with broken, flawed, unwanted, and otherwise misfit faith can be together. As I’ve talked to people about what they believe and why they believe it, what they doubt and why they doubt it, I’ve found that all of us are a little bit misfit, and maybe it’s time to make our own island.

My faith doesn’t look like it did when I was a child. It doesn’t look like the faith of other members of my church, or other members of my family. It probably doesn’t look like it will in three years, and that’s okay. This month, I want to talk about the church as a community of misfits. I want to pray for our misfit faith and look at other people’s misfit faith. I want to write about family and church and friends. I want to talk about doubt and belief and hope and discouragement.

Every year, The Nester hosts a 31 days link up during which bloggers commit to writing about one topic each day for the entire month of October, and I’ve decided to participate this year. This month, you’ll get a post every day (hopefully) about misfit faith. Some will probably be shorter than others, and some may not even be written by me, but something will be posted on this blog every day (or at least, that’s the goal).

I’m really excited about this, and I hope you are too. So let’s get started! I’d love your input: Where do you feel like your faith doesn’t “fit in”? How does the topic of misfit faith resonate with you? And what do you want to see written about it?

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  1. Misfit faith definitely resonates with me! In the last few years I’ve been learning a lot about both social justice and service in my community. My old church would have lost it if they could see the community that I’ve been invited into and the people that I surround myself with. But they give me life in a way that my old legalistic church never did. They point me to God.

    1. Amen! And I think that’s what church is meant to be – pointing us to God. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love this topic! What a quirky, fun way to express how we all feel! I led a Bible study in college that I always thought of as the Island of Misfit Toys. I recruited one girl who was a Mormon. Two of our members ended up becoming Catholic. And it was supposed to be for members of the nondenominational mega church I belonged to at the time.

    I always feel like a misfit. I’m too conservative for the progressive Christian circles and too progressive for the conservative Christian circles. I’m too Catholic for the evangelicals, but then I’m not actually Catholic so they don’t want me either.

    I get the sense most people feel this way, though. Maybe we’re just honest enough to admit we have questions and that the whole of Christianity can’t be contained in one narrow view. But that doesn’t do much for tribe-building and page views, I’m afraid. ;)

    1. I think you’re probably right. Maybe it’s just time for the church to come out and say that we’re full of misfits and we’re going to embrace that.

  3. Oooh, I love this idea! I am feeling like a misfit lately, too. I’m reading about crazy things like “original cultural context” and what the actual Greek terms mean… and now I believe things that my church probably isn’t quite completely ready for. I didn’t grow up there, and I’m not afraid to ask questions, and I KNOW God is big enough to handle honest searching for truth. But some of my lovely church family might freak out to hear that I no longer agree with the leaving women out of leadership or the whole “being gay is a sin” thing. And I’m not sure how to tell my mentors I now disagree with them on these non-key issues. Very misfit feelings here. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad I’m not alone in being a misfit.

  4. I can’t wait to read what you’re going to have to say. This so resonates with me. Subscribing!

    1. Thanks Shelby! Glad we misfits can band together.

  5. I’ve always been a radical misfit. RADICAL! What a wonderful topic. Big blessings as you encourage others.

    1. Thanks Wendy! What makes one a radical misfit? :)

  6. You had me at Misfit… can’t wait to read along!

  7. Great topic! I personally feel like a misfit in that spiritually I’m too conservative for some and too progressive for others. So there’s no box to fit in. Looking forward to reading more of this series!

    1. That’s where I am too. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. This is so encouraging already. I’ve been having big questions the last few years and learned quickly that there isn’t a lot of room for them. I just finished reading Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted and feel less alone. And now there is a whole Island of Misfit Toys! Super excited to see what you and all the other readers have to say! And can I just say, you are very brave for choosing this topic.

    1. I just read Interrupted too! Thanks for reading!

  9. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to following another misfit over the next 31 days. This is a great topic for the challenge.

  10. I’ve been reading Gregory Boyd’s “Benefit of the Doubt” which seems very similar to this topic, so naturally I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the matter. ☺

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