dreaming & making what could be, be.

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in honor of martin luther king, jr. day, i thought i would post a little excerpt about dreams from my book, down we go: living into the wild ways of Jesus.  it was originally inspired by a post i wrote in 2007 for the refuge blog called “we have a dream”; then i modified it in 2009 for communitas collective & shared a re-dux in 2010 in honor of MLK day two years ago.  last year, when i was writing the book, it went through another …

the catch-up list

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wednesday my four youngest kids went back to school after a great winter break.  yesterday i dropped my oldest son off at the airport and sent him back to college on the east coast.  now it’s catch up time!  i have all kinds of posts swirling around in my head and  january is going to be wrap-up-what-i-started month.  here are a few things i wanted to share before i dive back into real life next week: one word – i decided to participate in this for …

we may look like losers re-dux

kathyescobar down we go, incarnational, jesus is cool, synchroblog, the refuge 36 Comments

* this post is part of october’s synchroblog which is centered on downward mobility, one of my favorite topics!  read what others are saying about upside-down-kingdom-living by clicking on the link list at the end of this post.  i’ll update it as more posts come in. * * * * * my definition of downward mobility: downward mobility is a matter of the heart, not financial resources. it is losing our lives instead of protecting them. giving away our hearts instead of insulating them. intersecting with …

a prayer for practice.

kathyescobar church stuff, down we go, dreams, incarnational, jesus is cool, relationships, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head, the refuge 6 Comments

“practicing what we preach” is a lot easier said than done!  like most everyone, i’d rather preach it than practice it.  it’s fun to talk about community, to dream about community, to advocate for community.  and to actually live it is a whole different story.  i am very grateful to live in a community that challenges me in a place where everything i believe-in-the-depths-of-my-heart-when-it-comes-to-what-Jesus-meant-about-love-and-life-together intersects with my real life.  i am always faced with a choice–will i see it through or run from it?  trust me, …

ascent vs. descent

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last wednesday at our house of refuge we kicked off our summer journeying through down we go: living into the wild ways of Jesus.  at first i wasn’t really excited about the reality that it won the vote (the group decided together what to do for the summer), but after the idea settled in i realized it was a great opportunity to practice together.  we also have some new friends joining us for the summer & they bring new life and perspective that will make it …

radio ramblings

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yesterday i had the privilege of being part of doug pagitt’s sunday radio show to talk about down we go.  it was fun.  don’t laugh too hard at the end when i’m talking mid-sentence and that’s the end.  it’s the first part of hour 2, about 20 minutes long, the same amount of time it often takes to read one of my long posts, ha ha. you can listen to it here. it was a good lead-in to my next blog post that’s ruminating from our …

while the world is crying out for hope, we’re talking about theology

kathyescobar church stuff, down we go, incarnational, jesus is cool, spiritual formation, the refuge 33 Comments

this past weekend i was on the refuge camping trip at jackson lake. it is was our 6th annual & is a cornerstone tradition in our community.  one of my favorite parts of the weekend is baptism.  each aspect of  it is just so beautiful—witnessed in community, a clear marker on an often very unclear spiritual journey, and a public sign of transformation and hope. i shared the story of the blind man who Jesus healed in john 9.  i have written about it here in …

here we go, down we go!

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well, it’s finally here, one day late!  the release of this wild & fun project i’ve been working on since last fall–down we go: living into the wild ways of Jesus. it’s been a crazy ride getting here, all starting with a call from jonathan brink last year that said “you need to do this.” i hemmed and hawed (“i like my blog just fine,” i said).  but he stirred up the reality that even though i had no big desire to write a book anymore, …