2007 was cool…

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  in the spirit of wrapping up the year, there would be too many highlights to mention. it was a good year for me.  i am still healing from my mega-church crazy exit at the beginning of ’06 but i think i am really truly done with the big grieving.   this year, the tears dried up. most of the anger has dissipated.  a lot of hope has emerged.   i really like my life now.  i can look back and be thankful for all that i gained …

a newborn baby blog is born!

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blogging is the weirdest thing. i never even knew it existed 1 1/2 years ago, but reading them has helped me more than i would have ever imagined.  out here in cyberspace i have discovered i am not crazy.  there are others who have changed, shifted, left behind, let go of old ways of doing church & faith & community, too.   i love blogging at the refuge, but it is a different kind of venue, a diversity of voices and a different format.  this year i thought …

12.3.07 – from the refuge blog…the magi: pagans who see God

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it’s 4 weeks until christmas. hard to believe. i know it’s a really sucky time of year for a lot of people. the darkness sets in, depression about money, relationships, life stuff, and the reality of how hard it is to pull off this life somehow becomes more apparent. for me, the holidays usually just feel overwhelming. too many things to do, the days are shorter, the list of to-dos are longer, and next thing i know it’s new years eve and i missed the reason …

9.25.07 from the refuge blog…we’re in good company

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when you think of mother teresa, what words come to mind? for me, i think of “poured out, deeply connected to God, amazingly humble, willing heart, in love with Jesus, filled up. sacrificial love” among many others. i am pretty sure “doubter of God”, “overwhelmed with emptiness”, or “tired of never getting His help the way she wanted” were not words i would have used to describe her. it’s sort of old news, but the recent release of mother teresa’s private letters has been rumbling around …

9.3.07 from the refuge blog…fabio jesus

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i hate to pick on fabio, but honestly, I do not know what his appeal is. he’s just so….perfect. those abs, the flowing hair, the perfect smile, those penetrating eyes. if you could can the world’s view of “perfect specimen” of course he would be it. (i will admit i do have a weakness for long hair, jose had me under his spell when he grew his hair out last year and had that liberal-lawyer-surfer look! too bad he has to keep his job as mr. …

7.7.07 from the refuge blog…no girl pastors allowed

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a few days ago i got sucker punched for having ovaries, if you can believe that. i was in atlanta at the big christian retailers conference to launch a book that I co-authored that is just being released. it is a women’s bible study/journaling tool in a magazine format and it’s pretty cool. check it out here. (this isn’t the actual cover but an older version that ended up going out earlier). anyway, some of it’s me, some of it’s not me, but the essence–a tool …

6.19.07 from the refuge blog….Can Church Really Be Church if We Don’t Listen to Someone Talk?

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Well in typical Refuge style we tried something a little out of the ordinary this past Sunday and at first glance it felt like a disaster. I realize, yet again, how foreign it is to not have the safety of a sanctuary with padded chairs, a perfectly timed worship set and a 30 minute inspirational message. We are all so programmed to think that is what “church” is that we forget that really none of that has to do with the original thought of living out …

5.15.07 from the refuge blog…Downward Mobility

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Well it’s official I am over the hill! 40 years old. I know those of you who have already hit this mark don’t have a lick of sympathy for me. My favorite card this year was made by my son Josh, who’s 15. Here’s what he made up: Roses are red, violets are blue You might be 40 but you look 22 Yeah, he’s a liar, but he loves me (and if you ever need a self-esteem lift, just talk to Josh, he’s the best at …