springtime for a church

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one of the things that is fun about life in blog-land is there are so many cool people out here, thinking new thoughts, digging deeper, longing for change in the kingdom, communicating their hearts in different ways.  the random connections & ways that things get stirred up is always so wild to me.  anyway,  i wanted to share a beautiful poem that jpoetic wrote, partly inspired by a recent post here, a community where men cry: Springtime for a Church The ground beneath our church is frozenit can …

why i believe in co-pastoring

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a few years ago i had never even heard of a co-pastor.   i knew about senior pastors, i knew about associate pastors and childrens & youth pastors and some churches, if they had really big budgets, would have a care pastor.  but during all my time in churches and ministry i never heard the word “co-pastor.”  i did always wonder “why is only one guy in charge?…how is that really a good idea?”  when the church i was on staff with  a few years ago lost …

the new conspirators

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i saw information on this conference a while back and was immediately intrigued.   i loved the the idea of conspiring new ways of living out our faith, the thoughts of the conversations that people would be having there about so many things i highly value.   i really wanted to try to pull off going but wasn’t sure if it was possible for all kinds of reasons.  then a few weeks ago i got an email from julie clawson, who moderates the emerging women’s blog and copastors via christus in the chicago area, asking …

when one of us hurts, we all hurt

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“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – elie wiesel this past weekend i finished reading a thousand splendid suns by khaled hosseini.  whoa.  i had read the kite runner and seen the movie over christmas.   both of them were beautiful and i had heard that this new story was even harder, more painful.   well i can vouch for that being absolutely true!   a thousand splendid suns focuses in on the lives of …

moving mountains

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wednesday night at our house of refuge sage facilitated a really cool thing on prayer beads (more on that next week with some pictures, too!).  he ended our conversation with an excerpt from one of martin luther king’s sermons.  man it was good!  so inspiring and so interesting that 40 years later (this speech was delivered in 1965) it still applies just as clearly.  you see, oppression is still rampant.  poverty keeps increasing, not decreasing.  hate is on the rise.  exclusivity is still tolerated.   i do …

when is the time?

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a few days ago the fam and i went to see the great debaters with denzel washington, the true story of an all-black debate team in the 1930’s that was the first to compete against white colleges.  we love those kinds of movies, ones that stir up great conversation and a desire to make a difference in this crazy world.    it is so painful to see such harsh examples of racism and injustice.  there were too many good lines to recap but one that was the …