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Happy September. 

I’m reading the (Bible) book of Ezra again. Maybe I should say I’m reading the first half of the book of Ezra. The second half is what many of us know better as Nehemiah. And if you know my body of work, you know that I wrote a book of conversations with Nehemiah a few years ago (2013).

At the time, I thought about turning to the Bible book called Ezra. It comes immediately before Nehemiah. At the time Nehemiah was written, it was probably connected to Ezra. I knew that.

But I didn’t follow up on that urge. I’ll tell you why later.

Since then, I’ve written and taught other things, changed careers, learned a lot. 

Recently, I’ve started looking at Ezra again with a little more focus, a little more thought. (And from a prompt that I don’t exactly understand.)

I need to do some writing about that process of reflection and that book of the Bible, but I'm not ready to do it on a blog, out in general public. So I'm planning to write as an email letter. 

The last time I did this kind of project, I ended up with A Great Work. I’m not sure that will happen again. But if you’d like to follow along as I write my way through this, I’d love to have you.

I’ll be using TinyLetter as my way to write. It's simpler than MailChimp. Subscribe here if you are interested. https://tinyletter.com/jnswanson 


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Recent writing I've done

Matt Burke and I talk about what we're learning about how churches are handling administration these days

Just a reminder: My latest book came out in June. "God. We Need You.": A Year of Prayer in a Hospital Chapel is a collection of 52 Sunday prayers that have been part of the services I lead.

What I'm reading (thanks to people like you)

Moral Injury among COVID-19 Health Care Professionals is from Jamie Aten. 

I'm hesitant about becoming part of advance teams for books. I don't want to get caught promoting something I end up not caring for. But when I started reading about Esau McCaulley's Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, I was intrigued. Read my words about the book: Meet Esau McCaulley

How to protect yourself from burnout is a conversation with Karl Vaters. You can read the transcript.

Jen Bradbury wrote an amazing piece about how her youth group is getting back together this fall: Social distancing, masks, & caring for one another

Resources for reopening your church is from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. 


In closing. . .
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe. 

And, if you'd like to know more about supporting this project and 300wordsADay.com please read "sustaining". 

Thanks!

See you next month!

Jon 

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