Yearly Archives: 2006

Random Links to great posts in the Blogosphere…

Brant Hansen has brought some sharp whit and humor to his blog, Letters from Kamp Krusty.  I recommend you have a visit and explore his site.  This particular post: Kamp Krusty Answers Your Questions: The "Left Behind" Video Game, is too funny… I’ve linked to Will Willimon’s blog recently, but think it necessary to point...

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Work is finally done…

It’s Friday, the work week is over, there are no more transactions for software coming in, and the next week and a half will be dedicated to recharging the batteries in addition to reflecting on Christmas, of coarse.  It’s been a pretty tough stretch the last few weeks and the stress of quarter end at...

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Perspective on the incarnation…

Len, at Next Reformation, gives us the following thoughtful reflection about the incarnation.  A reminder of where our focus should reside as we give thought to the meaning of Christmas…here is a glimpse: "Lights, bright ribbons, hot chocolate, Starbucks and Wal-Mart.. come on. Who is threatened by this stuff? It’s good for the state. The...

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Random Links…

Richard Rohr has some interesting thoughts about being "Utterly Humbled by Mystery".  Here’s a sample: "Whenever I think there’s a perfect pattern, further reading and study reveal an exception. Whenever I want to say "only" or "always," someone or something proves me wrong. My scientist friends have come up with things like "principles of uncertainty"...

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Voice of the Day – Brother Roger

Where would we be today if certain women, men, young people, and also children had not arisen at moments when the human family seemed destined for the worst? They did not say: "Let things take their course!" Beyond the confrontations between persons, peoples, and spiritual families, they prepared a way of trusting. Their lives bear...

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Seeing God in the Ordinary…

Once again, JR Woodward has made some wisdom available for us about experiencing God in the day to day.  Please have a read and be inspired.  It makes me think whether the inattentive life is worth living at all. 

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Adoration to Imitation

Nick Osborne is new to the blogsphere and has some thoughtful meditations on his blog The Contemplative Charismatic.  In his post From Adoration to Imitation, Nick reflects on genuine worship and how it falls short if adoration does not lead to imitation of Jesus.  This is what many  perceive as the crux and goal of...

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Marketing the Church Part 2b…

Bill Kinnon has been sharing some perceptive thoughts on Marketing and the Church.  His posts are well worth the read and are helpful for those intent on being God’s Kingdom people in the world without the reductionism of western cultural values and mass marketing church-growth techniques. In this post, Kinnon analyzes an advertisement for a...

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Quote of the Day

"…I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self."Henri Nouwen Nouwen never ceases to amaze with his rich and profound wisdom.  In one sense, how might anyone discern a leadership...

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Thoughts about Vision

Warning: longer post ahead… I’ll say upfront that this post is not about a vision statement; It’s not about the type of vision that defines a particular church; that says this is who we are and this is where we’re going, so why don’t you join us.  Although this has its place, here I want...

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Resisting the Clutches of Consumerism

I could not resist linking to this great post by William Willimon via The Margins about resisting the clutches of consumerism.  I have rarely heard it said better than this… "Our government no longer refers to us as “citizens,” but as “consumers.” If we can get you to consume cigarettes, cars, mouthwash, and sedatives, then...

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Friday Evening Office

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour rested in the sepulchre, and sanctified the grave to be a bed of hope to your people: make us so deeply sorry for our sins, which were the cause of your passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls...

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A busy night of preparation

Our mission group gathered Wednesday night with a packed agenda to plow through as we prepare for the various acts of worship we will engage in this Christmas.  As we are a local group based on geography, not affinity, we seek ways of enacting God’s presence in the neighbourhood and look at this community where...

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Voice of the Day – Menno Simons

"True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace" ~Menno Simons This quote is an needed corrective to much of the triumphalistic Christianity that permeates Christian thought today.  The play for pacifism is needed more...

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Voice of the Day – Mother Teresa

"You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty" ~Mother Teresa Mother...

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