the golden rule

kathyescobar fundamentalism, healing, identity, relationships 14 Comments

**this post is part of rachel held evans’ synchroblog this week on the rally to restore unity.  there’s some fun stuff over there this week! * * * * * when i was a kid my mom had a plaque on her wall that said “whoever has the gold makes the rules”.  looking back, oh how true those words can sometimes be in the systems that we live in!   it was years later before i read the real golden rule, Jesus’ words in the sermon on …

these things shouldn’t be all that crazy…

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, equality, incarnational, leadership 7 Comments

sometimes i have fun conversations with other people who have crazy ideas about “church”, too.  whenever i do, i always say “well, it’s great to know we’re not crazy. or maybe if we are, at least we’re not alone.” when i said it this past week i added–it’s really crazy that these ideas are often seen as crazy! somehow the wild & wacky ways of Jesus in the gospels has gotten so decked-out-with-bells-and-whistles, sanitized, professionalized, leadership-ized and institutionalized that really actually doing what he challenged us …

spiritual midwives

kathyescobar healing, spiritual formation 18 Comments

if you’ve been reading here for a while you know that i have more kids than the average person–5 lovely little bunnies, ranging from my oldest who just left for college down to twins that are almost 11.  when the twins were born, there were a few months that i had 5 kids under the age of 7; yeah, it was really nutty.  one thing that i always get to use when i play the game “two truths & a lie” is that i delivered all …