Chris Yaw Interviews Margot Starbuck: The Message of Making People Uncomfortable

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Sure, it may not sell in many church circles today - but Margot Starbuck's invitation to discomfort for the sake of others has invigorated her ministry and the thousands she addresses.

Margot, an author, speaker, and Presbyterian minister, just moved with her family into a community being formed around young adult friends with disabilities.

In this interview, Margot talks about the need for Christians to live authentically, and purposely give of themselves for the benefit of others.


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Margot Starbuck's invitation, and witness, to live more simply, has energized her life, and inspired those around her. Here are my notes from the interview:

Rice and Beans Night

As a way to partner with the poor, Margot and her family have a regular rice and beans night, where they emulate the diets of others, and save money to for food aid.

I Can't Do Everything, But I Can Do the Next Thing

When the weight of the world's problems beset us it's important to remember our call to do what we can - no more and no less.

Better Integration

So many Christians are plagued with a dualistic understanding of our humanity, when living into the need to integrate fully with God and with the world, may be our greatest task.

About Margot Starbuck

Margot Starbuck is a writer and speaker who cares deeply about what it means to follow Jesus in the sneakers, pumps or Doc Martens in which we find ourselves. She is passionate about communicating God's great love for the world-inextricably bound to God's love for individuals-in print and in speech.

Margot studied art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. At the beach and in dorm rooms, she began to notice the bind in which women find themselves today, specifically as they're pinched by the culture's insistence on the value of appearances. She was further equipped to process these issues theologically at Princeton Seminary. Today, Margot continues to be energized by the kingdom reality of God's big plan for our bodies, which have been called good. Her first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress, describes the way she came to know that the God who "so loved the world" cared deeply for her. Her second book, Unsqueezed, is about that inextricable love setting people free to be agents of the new kingdom Jesus ushered in.

Books Margot Recommends

The New Friars - Scott Bessenecker

More Than Equals - Spencer Perkins

Friendship at the Margins - Christopher Heuretz and Christine Pohl