Valley Testimonies

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Testimonies in the Evangelical Christian world are usually told from the mountain of victory on the other side of the valley of darkness, they describe how someone has overcome pornography addiction, alcoholism, an abusive past, etc., and we all clap and maybe shed a tear for the testifer’s bravery and praise Jesus for bringing that person out of the valley and into the kingdom of light. Even in the younger and edgier realm of the evangelical culture, where we tolerate occasional swearing and claim to value transparency and vulnerability, there is still an understanding that it is only safe to testify of things that are the past, that we are beyond now, that we have overcome. Speaking about present struggles isn’t safe.

 

Western affluence and success is the result of living on stolen land.

Sammy Rhodes, “Why Satan loved 7th Heaven more than Breaking Bad”

Americans and Socialism, from Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress

this article was written by Finn + Jake.

From Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress From Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

From Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

The Stories We Tell

My paternal grandmother always told stories of her family, her childhood, my childhood, my father and grandfather, but as she aged she began telling stories that never actually happened. As her mind declined due to the ravages of time, she created a chimera of a tale that she loved to tell again and again, often telling the same story twice or three times in a visit (I do the same thing with jokes if no one laughs the first two times). 

1 1/2 cup unbleached flour1 teaspoons yeast1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup pitted olives 1 tablespoon chia seed2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa
combine flour, yeast, salt, form into a ball and let rise for 6-8h in oiled bowl covered with towel.
Fold olives, quinoa, and chia seed into dough, place in oven at 350 degrees for 30m. 1 1/2 cup unbleached flour1 teaspoons yeast1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup pitted olives 1 tablespoon chia seed2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa
combine flour, yeast, salt, form into a ball and let rise for 6-8h in oiled bowl covered with towel.
Fold olives, quinoa, and chia seed into dough, place in oven at 350 degrees for 30m. 1 1/2 cup unbleached flour1 teaspoons yeast1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup pitted olives 1 tablespoon chia seed2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa
combine flour, yeast, salt, form into a ball and let rise for 6-8h in oiled bowl covered with towel.
Fold olives, quinoa, and chia seed into dough, place in oven at 350 degrees for 30m.

1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoons yeast
1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 cup warm water

1/2 cup pitted olives 
1 tablespoon chia seed
2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa

combine flour, yeast, salt, form into a ball and let rise for 6-8h in oiled bowl covered with towel.

Fold olives, quinoa, and chia seed into dough, place in oven at 350 degrees for 30m.

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