Author: D.L. Mayfield

A Sabbath Way of Reading | Reading to Save Our Souls

C. Christopher Smith is a writer, editor, and most of all–a good neighbor. I first became aware of Smith when I started reading the Englewood Review of Books–an amazing quarterly publication in which I want to read nearly every single…

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Reading to Save Our Souls | Intro

2017, to put it mildly, has been a rough year. In the midst of the deluge of bad news, I have felt something like a nudge of the Spirit urging me to find ways to be sustainable in life, to…

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Santa

“You don’t believe in Santa,” my daughter said to me the other day, her voice dreamy and absent-minded as she colored away at our kitchen table. I didn’t quite know how to respond. She is five now, old enough to…

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Interview with Amy Peterson | Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World

Who was your favorite missionary growing up? Who is your favorite missionary these days? When I was a child, my favorite missionary was absolutely Amy Carmichael. She shared my name, she shared my desire to serve God wholeheartedly, and she…

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Speaking Faith as a Second Language | Misguided Quests #7

“When words failed us, we took action”   In this last chapter, so superbly titled “Speaking Faith as a second language”, Peterson describes the process of living in another country and having her views of both English, and her Christianity…

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Depression and a Life of Faithfulness | Misguided Quests #6

  These chapters are the crux of several crises that Peterson has been hinting at: changes in plans, dashed hopes, a longing to be understood, and a crisis of faith. Where is God when bad things happen? These issues are a…

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On Persecution, Depression, and Learning to Move Forward | Misguided Quests #5

“I suppose when Heaven’s Heroes faced setbacks or heartbreaks, they just redoubled their prayers. They snuck past enemy lines. They did the next thing. I tried to pray, and I wanted to sneak past enemy lines, but I couldn’t even…

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What to do when the Spirit works? | Misguided Quests #4

“Mistakes were made. I made mistakes. But obsessing over my mistakes elevates them as more powerful than the sovereignty of God. God is sovereign, and God is good, and God has forgiven me.”       This week we are…

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Backstreet Boys and Gender Roles | Misguided Quests #3

“Maybe it was all true, after all. I realized suddenly I hadn’t been sure.”   If I could sum up the first few chapters of this section, I would call it “surprised by the Spirit.” Does anyone else find it…

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What it Means to Be a Neighbor | Misguided Quests #2

Chapters 2-4 and Interlude 2: a brief history of short-term missions in Dangerous Territory by Amy Peterson   “I was no longer a backpacker. I wasn’t an expat–at least, I was trying not to be. Instead, I was beginning to…

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