Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by all the conferences this weekend (teacher conference as well as simulcast of the IF:gathering, which I have loved!)



IF:GATHERING. Love these women and the ways they are choosing to follow Jesus. This has been such an encouraging weekend of faith and worship. If you have about 12 hours and want to watch the conference, let me know and I can send you the link. Also, it’s legitimately about 12 hours long, so I haven’t listened to much else this week, sorry.

On the Web:

In Which I think Community is Worth Intention. “In a fractured and mobile and hyper customized and individualized globalized world, intentional community – plain old church – feels like a radical act of faith and sometimes like a spiritual discipline. We  show up at a rented school and drink a cup of tea with the people of God and remember together, who we are, why we live this life, and figure out all over again how to be disciples of The Way, because we are people of hope.” Amen. And as someone who has attended church in rented schools for a few years now (both in Nashville and now in Mexico), this rang even truer.

What We Stay Alive For. “Love is worth even its own disasters. ” Happy Valentine’s Day semi-cynical post. Perfect.

– Bill Nye, My Dad’s Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate. There’s lots of comments about the debate from last week. I liked these ones.

Authentic Community. I love this girl, and love being part of her community, even when we’re far apart. And I think she has some great ideas and they’re worth sharing. You should read this one.

On My Bookshelf:

– To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler. I’ll be honest, I didn’t read any of this this week. I just went to a conference about how adults are reading less and less, though, so I’m feeling good and guilty about it.


I’m still working on watching through the Oscar Best Picture nominees. This week I watched “Her“. Joaquin Phoenix did really well acting essentially solo all movie and he came across as very strange and creepy. It was also an interesting commentary on what makes someone (or something) conscious and real, and the direction our society is moving in. Other than that, there were quite a few uncomfortably sexual scenes and it was pretty depressing. Not my favorite. I think Captain Phillips is still winning for me.

What about you? What’s on your computer/bookshelf/iPod this week?

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  1. Jennifer H. · · Reply

    Really? I thought Captain Phillips was a terrible movie. Am I the only one?

    1. I liked it! I wish it had had more of a take-home message, but I thought Tom Hanks did a phenomenal job. I really haven’t particularly liked any of the other best picture nominees, though. My favorite movie that I’ve watched this year was Frozen, but it wasn’t nominated :) What made you not like it?

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