My Faith Story; Here is Where I Was & Here is Where I am Now
Nov22

My Faith Story; Here is Where I Was & Here is Where I am Now

This month’s synchroblog is centered on our faith stories. everyone’s got one. i feel like i tell mine here all of the time, but the truth is that usually it is just little snippets of it,and and there is something about saying out loud–here’s where i was, and here’s where i am now. everyone’s got a story.  after major faith shifts, they usually are quite the dramas.  filled with inspiration &...

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Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson
Nov20

Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson

In a conversation with a friend today I was recalling how many years ago I used to ask God to reduce me to love. It sounded really noble and spiritual. I’ve also often petitioned him for a baptism of love. Seemed like it would be a warm, cozy experience. Now, years later, if asked to draw a picture of the consequences attached to those prayers, I would probably use four frames to sketch a house with many rooms. The first frame would...

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Women in Ministry; One Woman’s Struggle with Equality by Kathy Escobar
Nov15

Women in Ministry; One Woman’s Struggle with Equality by Kathy Escobar

Equality is a bumpy road (and sometimes it makes me want to stand on tables & scream). I am coming upon my 10 year anniversary in full-time vocational ministry. january 1st of 2004 i went on a big church staff as the associate care pastor; the following year i became the adult ministry pastor, and then the year after that i lost my job after a big ugly bru-haha related to power & politics & inequality that would make your...

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Forming Healthy Community in Church on the Go by Michael Rose
Nov13

Forming Healthy Community in Church on the Go by Michael Rose

I used to believe that before we could reach out to others we had to have our own house (read church) in order. And while this is partially true, the reality remains we will never see our church in perfect order and this being the case, we will never leave the four walls of our community to reach out to others. The tragic thing is this cycle feeds on itself, denaturing community, turning us inward and often in on each other! Healthy...

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4 Fatal Flaws that Ruin Christian Ministers by Lee Grady
Oct16

4 Fatal Flaws that Ruin Christian Ministers by Lee Grady

Our movement began unraveling a few years ago because of flawed leadership. We will not recover until we clean up our act. I spend a lot of time investing in young leaders—and I constantly urge them to learn from the mistakes we made in the previous move of God. I appreciate the positive things the Holy Spirit did during the charismatic movement, but we made a mess because we didn’t lead with integrity. The apostle Paul gave us...

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