The Storytellers: Church

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Lore Ferguson

Lore is pronounced Lor-ee, but you can call her Lo. She grew up on the east coast, but transplanted to Dallas a few years ago—she’s not from Texas, but Texas wants her anyway (as the song goes). It was the Church that drove her away from Jesus and it was the Church that brought her back in, and there’s nothing she loves more on earth. Lore has been writing since 2001, blogging since blogs were invented, and still can’t get the hang of the whole business very well, but she loves it just the same. By day she is a graphic designer for a non-profit working to rescue and rehabilitate trafficked girls in the red light district of Mumbai.

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Winn Collier

Winn is a columnist and the author of several books, most recently Holy Curiosity. While he tinkers with words and attempts general rabble-rousing, his wife Miska is the true poet of the family, and his two boys are legitimate renegades. Winn lives in the old Ridge St. neighborhood of Charlottesville, Virginia, under the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s homestead. Kind friends at All Souls Charlottesville allow him to marry and bury and play with words in the pulpit on Sundays.

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DL Mayfield

DL Mayfield, along with her cute husband and cute baby, is currently on an experiment of downward mobility, with all of the mess and joy that doing without can bring. She writes about missions, faith, and doubt, but mostly about finding Jesus in failure. She has written for various print publications and was most recently a columnist for Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/authors/dlm). She is currently writing a book about life in the upside-down kingdom, to be published with Burnside Books in 2014.  She loves all the good things the Good Lord made, which includes you.

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John Blase

John Blase preached for over a decade but then he thought he’d go where the money is, so he started writing poetry. He’s a lucky man with a stunning wife and three kids who look like their mother. John lives out West but he’ll always be from the South and that suits him just fine. His books include Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas; Start With Me: A Modern Parable; and All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir (co-written with Brennan Manning). He ponders faithfully at http://thebeautifuldue.wordpress.com/.

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Micha Boyett

Micha (pronounced “MY-cah”) Boyett is a writer, blogger, and sometimes poet. Her first book, Found: A Story Questions,Grace, and Everyday Prayer will be released in April 2014. A born and raised Texan, Micha lives in San Francisco with her husband, Chris, and their two sons. Learn more at www.michaboyett.com.

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Mary DeMuth

Mary is a former church planter to Southern France, a crazy person trying to run a half marathon (she might die), a wife of 21 years to Patrick-the-awesome-theologian, the joyful mom of three amazing teens, and a speaker whose been around the world a bit. She’s also the author of 14 books, the latest being Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (link: http://amzn.to/yxEeaz). Her passion in life is to help you live an un-caged life, no longer tethered to the pain of your past. It’s her story too. She believes Jesus absolutely renews and resurrects even the most broken life and makes something beautiful in the aftermath.

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Haley Cloyd

Haley is a Pacific Northwesterner at heart who loves Jesus, calls people dude, and dreads a morning without coffee. When she’s not at her day job, she’s at seminary working on her M.Div. T. S., studying Biblical Hebrew, musing on the Old Testament, and pondering the beauty of the Church. In all her spare time she writes (or at least thinks about writing), tries to read something that is not a textbook, and loves people through baked goods. Haley has also been known, on occasion, to run distances that some people consider too long and lift things that some people consider too heavy.

PS. Haley almost always has something more to say.

PPS. By almost always, she means always.

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Seth Haines – Editor, A Deeper Church

I am a working stiff stranded somewhere between Arkansas and home. I am blessed to be the husband of Amber Haines and the father of four boys. I enjoy good sentences, good music, good food, and good fly fishing. It’s a privilege to scratch out words when the opportunity arises. Thanks for reading.

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Amber Haines

Amber Haines has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband, theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother Letters (published April, 2012). They are in the process of learning how to live in true community, to care for the orphan, and to love the broken body of Christ.

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Kimberlee Conway Ireton

I’m a West Coast urban not-so-hipster mama who’s raising four crazy-rambunctious kids in a much-too-small house and trying to remember to breathe, to look, to see…unless dirty dishes, dirty diapers, or dirty laundry are in my line of sight, in which case I try really hard not to see. Whatsoever things are lovely, right? Besides birthing the four kids with whom I spend my days, I’ve also birthed a book, The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year, and several hundred articles, essays, book reviews, and blog posts. I’m always gestating, it seems. But I’m cool with that: God is always gestating, too, birthing grace and goodness into the world each moment. It’s a privilege to participate in that life-breathing, grace-giving work, amen?

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Lindsey Nobles

Lindsey is a Texas transplant living in Nashville, Tennessee, with a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Pappasitos in the DFW airport {margaritas and fish tacos make layovers so much better}. She can’t believe that Food for the Hungry pays her to do what she loves, mobilize others to go to the hard places and bring hope and help to the children.

 

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Tim Willard

Nothing captures me like the quiet words of my wife, Chris, and the epiphanies of my three pixie daughters, Lyric, Brielle and Zion. I feel like a farmer most days, plying the writing trade in the fields of imagination. I co-authored Veneer: Living Deeply In A Surface Society (Zondervan) with Jason Locy. Our follow up The Brilliance: Finding Beauty in the Shadows of Life was just picked up by Thomas Nelson. I’m also working on a fantasy novel and devotional. I received my masters at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was recently accepted into King’s College, London as a PhD in Theology candidate under Alister McGrath. Next task: figure out how to move my family to London.


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Sarah Markley

Sarah Markley is the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who’d rather play the guitar than anything else and she loves to write. Sarah spends her weekends watching her daughters ride horses and play soccer. She blogs daily at sarahmarkley.com, contributes monthly at (in)courage, and her greatest wish is to see women healed and marriages made healthy.

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Antonia Terrazas

Antonia feels called to show love to jerks and weirdos, and relies heavily on medieval saint literature, really strong coffee, Liz Lemon one-liners, and red lipstick. She splits home between southern New Mexico and Texas, but has relocated to North Carolina to pursue her M.Div. at Duke Divinity School. Over the years, her prayer language has changed from Tongues to Doubt to Liturgy, and she’d love to tell you about it sometime. Preferably over cookies.

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