oh yes, you are an artist!

kathyescobar church stuff, down we go, healing, spiritual formation 6 Comments

when we were in kindergarten and someone asked the class, “how many of you are artists?” my guess is every hand would shoot up.  ask a group of grownups the same question, and we’re lucky if there one or two cautiously put up their hands.  what is wrong with this picture? what happened to us? somewhere along the line, as part of our socialization and growing up, we lose the freedom that we had as kids to create. it is so sad to me because inside …

three things about one word: serving

kathyescobar down we go, incarnational, synchroblog 21 Comments

* this post is part of january’s synchroblog, which is centered on serving others in 2013.  i always like the synchroblog because it challenges me to think about certain topics in new ways.  i wanted to start a new series in 2013  of shorter posts that are called “three things about one word” and i thought this would be a good one to start with. * * * * * “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you …

“but what abouts…”

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today i am guest lecturing in two classes at asuza pacific university on down we go: living into the wild ways of Jesus.  it’s pretty fun that they’ve used it as a class textbook this semester, and i’m really interested to hear more about what it stirred up. when i was reflecting today on this past week and the crazy divide on issues like abortion & homosexuality & poverty & health care & economics, the one thing i know i want to somehow emphasize is this–love …

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 37 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 …