Counterfeit Books: Be on the lookout!

LOTOEarlier this week, Christianity Today reported that both Amazon and several of its third-party sellers sold counterfeit copies of Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. Warren issued a statement on her blog, as well as photos to help identify counterfeit copies of her book. According to Christianity Today, it is estimated that IVP Press has lost around $240,000 in retail sales over the past nine months as a result of these illegal sales—which also means no royalties for Warren.

Check out the links above for all the ugly (albeit informative) details, and head over to IVP Press to purchase the real version of Liturgy of the Ordinary at its current 40% off sale price of $9.60.  It’s an amazing piece of writing—one that Tish Harrison Warren and her publisher deserve to get paid for.



Is it just me, or did anyone else experience an Easter hangover this year? It could’ve been the consequences of too much country ham or corn pudding.  Maybe it was that second helping of broccoli casserole with a third yeast-roll chaser?  Yep!  I’m fairly certain I can blame carb loading for at least a small part of my post-Easter melancholia.

I also think there’s the tiniest bit of a letdown when a big project comes to a close, and Easter was the finish line for my Blog-Every-Day Challenge for Lent. I worked long hours at times to pull it off, but I’m proud of myself for staying with it (considering my penchant for quitting). To be honest, sitting down every day with my marked-up Bible and MacBook felt like reuniting with a long lost home. To borrow a well-worn phrase from John Wesley… I felt my heart “strangely warmed.”

So while Lent 2019 is now officially in the books, you’ll still find me hanging around here at 5 A.M. Thoughts, carb hangover notwithstanding!  In the meantime, I’m including a couple of interesting links below.

The first is an explanation of the Christian Year, including the current liturgical season of Easter (also referred to as Eastertide and more than just one Sunday). If you’ve never been affiliated with a church that follows the liturgical calendar, it can be a little overwhelming. This resource from College Wesleyan Church is extremely helpful.

Secondly, for all you Biblical Greek fans (or exegetical wannabes), an article from Christianity Today about who the New Testament writers had in mind when they wrote all those “you” verses.

From Relevant Magazine, an article by theologian N.T. Wright on Easter, Atonement, and the Real Message of the Cross.

Lastly, but of utmost importance, a link to the official GoFundMe page for Rachel Held Evans if you feel led to help with medical expenses. RHE is the author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired, as well as serving as co-curator for the Evolving Faith Conference.  Recently, she was hospitalized with flu and has had serious, unexpected complications.  She is currently in ICU in a medically-induced coma.  This talented author, wife, and mom (as well as her family) needs your prayers for strength.

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you back here in a day or two with more 5 A.M. Thoughts. Until then, here’s a little something from N.T. Wright for you to ponder…

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven, but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about. ― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope


Open My Eyes

“Mommy… Can two women get married?”

I looked at my six-year-old daughter’s large, brown eyes and I said, “Not legally in our state.” It wasn’t a good answer, but it was true, and she accepted it without further questioning. In my defense, she was only six and she had caught me off guard. (Note to new mommas… the questions only get harder.)

That was 25 years ago.

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