mobile homes (not that kind)

kathyescobar advent & lent, down we go, healing, incarnational, jesus is cool, synchroblog 19 Comments

* today is the december synchroblog, different bloggers writing on the same topic.  the link list is at the bottom of this post. we are partnering with christine sine’s advent series all month called coming home. the first thought when i heard about this series was a post i wrote earlier this year for sheloves magazine called mobile homes (not that kind).  in the spirit of advent and Jesus’ mobile-home-ness and the realities, i thought i’d share it here as part of this month’s theme. whenever …

reality.

kathyescobar down we go, friendship, healing, incarnational, jesus is cool, the refuge 7 Comments

the other night at the refuge a friend slipped me a vodka bottle and said, “here, i really wanted to drink it but i know it’ll just mess things up more.” i was so proud of her and promptly went to the bathroom and dumped it out (i am really good at throwing out all kinds of drugs & alcohol & porn & razor blades & weird-things-people-need-to-get-rid-of-to-stay-safe). i have some really funny stories of things i hope and prayed a policeman would never pull me over …

poverty & hidden rules & the best place to start

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, down we go, equality, friendship, incarnational, injustice 17 Comments

“but woe to you pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God” – luke 11:42 last week a friend sent me the dave ramsey article–20 things the rich do every day. the list was a mixed bag and then i started to read the comments and had to click out of there as fast i could before i went a little crazy. rachel held evans wrote a great response  and i saw a few …

big tables where everyone eats

kathyescobar church stuff, equality, incarnational, the refuge 16 Comments

my blog’s been a little wonky the past few weeks, with technical weird things and no time to figure out why people aren’t getting email posts and formatting’s off. when i was reflecting on this thanksgiving week, this old post from sheloves magazine came to mind, part of the down we go column i write once a month. some of the thoughts originated from a november synchroblog a few years before that called sitting-at-the-rickety-card-table-in-the-family-room-for-thanksgiving-dinner. this past sunday night was our 8th annual refuge thanksgiving feast together. as …

restored dignity won’t drop out of the sky

kathyescobar church stuff, down we go, healing, identity, incarnational, jesus is cool, the refuge 3 Comments

this past friday i spoke at a large gathering here in denver called simply jesus. i was only there for the first part because of kids’ football games, but i did get to see NT wright in the lobby!  it was also a bonus gift to get to meet kelley nikondeha, a sister from shelovesmagazine & kindred spirit & d.l. mayfield, who has a really awesome series on her blog centered on downward mobility. the contrast to my unplugged life at the refuge was wild (and microphones …

justice is more than equality

kathyescobar equality, incarnational, injustice, synchroblog 14 Comments

*october’s syncroblogy–other bloggers writing on the same topic–is what is social justice, really? i’m way off on a blog groove these days, but this is a topic i really love.  i’ll post a link list tomorrow morning so you can can check out a variety of other posts on the same topic. * * * * * my dad was a true-blue hippie in berkeley during the 60’s 70’s. when it was his weekend to take me (my parents were divorced when i was 5) he …

everyone’s fighting some kind of battle.

kathyescobar healing, incarnational, injustice 40 Comments

a few weeks ago a dear friend from high school posted this picture of me on facebook. i’m totally embarrassed to share it here, but i thought i’d be brave to make a point. yes, i was the basketball homecoming queen my senior year of high school. don’t hold it against me. and yes, homecoming queens and cheerleaders can be nice people, ha ha. i hadn’t looked at this picture in years, but when i did, this thought crossed my mind:  if they only knew. yeah, …

what seems to help in the midst of pain

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“when we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. the friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with …