Announcement: New Blog!

by Kathleen Quiring on March 19, 2012

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE! YOU GUYS, IT’S HERE: MY BRAND-SPANKIN’ NEW BLOG!

This is a big day for me. I feel nervous and excited and a little bit queasy, to be honest. This thing has been over two years in the making (two years of planning and dreaming; three months of actual work).

So. Wanna know what it’s all about? OK.

My new blog is entitled Becoming Peculiar: Adventures in living out the backwards ways of Jesus.

In Becoming Peculiar, I want to explore ways that we can actually practice Jesus’ radical, counter-cultural, counter-intuitive Way, and to document my attempts to put these things into practice in my own life. The idea behind it is that followers of Christ should look different from the rest of the culture in how we live, besides going to church on Sunday mornings. The world should find us strange, shocking, even messed up — like it did the early church — because our values should be so scandalously different from theirs.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case here in North America. We look pretty much like everyone else.

I look like everyone else.

The project began with the question, “How can anyone tell that I’m a follower of Jesus by the way I act and live?” And the sad answer was, they probably couldn’t.

The title comes from 1 Peter 2:9, which says: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Some of the things I want to focus on are deconsumption, environmentalism, non-violence, and practicing Sabbath. In my own life, I want to work on being generous, hospitable, and peaceful, and on living simply.

Because I’m so interested in the topic of parenting right now, I also plan to spend a lot of time focusing on what I call “peculiar parenting”: i.e., raising children in a way that shows them who Jesus is, not just through our words but our daily practices. Oh, I have so much to say (and learn!) on this topic!

And so some of the topics that you’ve come to expect from Project M will still be featured in Becoming Peculiar, but there will be a broader focus in general. A lot of things will be the same, then — I will still be talking a lot about family and motherhood, but from a “Kingdom perspective,” as my favourite pastor Greg Boyd likes to say.

I know that not all my readers are into Jesus, so I know my new blog may not interest all of you, for which I am sorry. I hope we don’t have to completely part ways!

Project M simply hasn’t been giving me the space to explore all the things I’ve wanted to talk about lately. In all honestly, Project M started out as an experiment — a wildly successful one, in my opinion, where I learned so much about writing, community, and the internet. And also about marriage. I never realized how much I could learn from others when trying to offer my own thoughts! But I feel ready to move onto something bigger and better.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me. Thanks for hanging out in my tiny corner of the Interwebs. I have been so blessed to get to know you. You have provided friendship and support I never would have expected from the virtual world. I hope some of you will stick with me and provide guidance and wisdom.

Thanks again!

Please join me over at Becoming Peculiar!

Image courtesy of rex dart.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra March 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! This is something my hubby and I beg the Lord- make us different, make us stand out. Then we do, and we kinda want to hide sometimes!

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2 Emily W March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Best news I’ve heard all week!

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3 Courtney March 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Awesome! I am excited to read what you post. Sounds a lot like the book “Radical.” We SHOULD look very different from the world, & it is a slow creep of words, attitudes, entertainment, etc. that comes in & things become more acceptable, when we are called to be set apart.

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4 Tim November 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Just came across this blog from one of the Top Marriage Blog sites. congrats on the new blog!

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