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If you go all the way back to the beginning, when the first man walked the earth, things were going pretty well for our species. But we had a little trouble with one thing: trusting God. Because of this, we decided a little distance would be a good thing, and we separated ourselves from our source and creator. Since then, things haven't been that grand. But God wasn't going to leave us in this mess. He sent Jesus to reconnect us to God. Really, he is all about creating a new species of man that is what we were designed to be in the first place: God-and-man-in-community.

André Trocmé Kicking My Butt PDF Print E-mail
Written by soulster   
Monday, 10 September 2007

André TrocméLately I’ve been reading Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution by André Trocmé [get it free online in PDF here]. Trocmé [wiki] was a French pastor who led his rural Parish to form a network moving and hiding over 3,500 Jews from the Nazis. After the German take over, the French government was pressured to intimidate and eventually arrest Trocmé. As rumors of his impending arrest grew, he spoke to a crowded church service about Deuteronomy 19’s injunction to give the persecuted shelter. “These people came here for help and for...
Original at: http://blog.thetruthtree.com/?p=47.

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Mucho Hospitalario PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lindy Erin   
Saturday, 18 August 2007
While in the Dominican Republic I was amazed at the forms of hospitality I received and witnessed. When it rains people without umbrella's stop in the nearest home, regardless if they know the family, and they will expect to find a family welcoming them in to talk and perhaps eat together, until the rain passes.
The family I stayed with housed and fed me for 2 weeks for free, and they were upset that I wouldn't stay longer. I grew up with a phrase of "don't outstay your welcome" and we start to wonder if we are getting close after 3 or 4 days.

They have 3 months of vacation, and they're fine waiting for someone for an hour. They don't get all stressed out, and they would much rather talk with you than watch what's on their TV. It's common for people to live into their late nineties and they will feed their visitors until they are about to expl0de.

Skin color is very important there. The lighter the better, the lighter the more beautiful. Skinny is not...
Original at: http://lindyerin.blogspot.com/2007/08/mucho-hospitalario.html.
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Culture Shock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lindy Erin   
Saturday, 18 August 2007
I just returned from the Dominican and I wasn't expecting to have culture shock upon my return.
When I was there, I was longing for running water, A/C, clean water, no humidity, no mosquitos, and English.
Now I'm sitting here in NY wanting some avena con leche (oatmeal with milk), jugo con leche (most amazing fruit juice with carnation milk and sugar), chocolate,beans and rice, fresh fruit,avacado,coconuts, spanish music and dancing, the hustle and bustle of a full house,and speaking in another language.

As I think back to Paul talking about his ability to be content in all situations, I realize how far I have to go. How often I am wishing I was elsewhere and not enjoying the very moment I've been blessed with.

I love and miss the people and cultures of Africa, Michigan, Missouri, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and New York whenever I am not near them. I wonder how long until I can live in this tension without heartache. Perhaps I should start praying...
Original at: http://lindyerin.blogspot.com/2007/08/culture-shock.html.
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The Name Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Cheek   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Alright, I admit it. It bothered me. “Kyle” left a comment on a post calling me an “anti-Christian conformist“. Maybe it’s because it’s just so opposite of what I hope to be. I mean, if at the end of all things that’s how I turn out, then I have really failed. Maybe that’s why that name was so bothersome — because I’m afraid of it.

No, it’s not the first time I’ve been called a name. In college I...
Read more at: http://blog.thetruthtree.com/?p=32.

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Simple pleasures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jared   
Thursday, 19 July 2007
I'm sitting on our sofa with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. She's snuggled up next to me and asks, What do you think? I responded, Oh I'm thinking about God. People have a lot of problems and I'm trying to understand how to explain the Kingdom of God to them.

Then I ask my daughter, Princess, what do you think?

She answers, I think I want a popsicle.
Original at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/07/simple-pleasures.html.
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