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When people step out onto mission with Jesus, there will always be stories to tell and insights to share. Just as those who first walked with Jesus passed on their experiences to others, we believe that anything we gain on our journey with Christ belongs to everyone. So eat up and drink deep, but whatever you recieve here must be shared with others. We promise it will grow and deepen in the sharing.

Camp Shiloh Retreat PDF Print E-mail
Urban Life & Mission
Written by Lindy Erin   
Sunday, 26 August 2007
Just got back today from our church's annual retreat at camp shiloh.
A few things that struck me.
1. I always feel God's presence and am reminded of his evidence of his existence when surrounded by nature.
2. I love starry cool nights with strong breezes.
3. I continue to be equally frustrated and amused at the drama in these teenagers lives. I truly love hanging out and working with teenagers.
4. about a year and a half ago, we had a group of teenagers drop off the face of the earth. stopped coming to church, bible studies,etc. I was so blessed with being able to go to the retreat with these same teens, who recently resurfaced, and much to our surprise had been seeking God on their own, and came back with more passion than ever. I am again reminded that we are called to plant the seeds, and God promises that he will be the one that provides the growth.
5. i was able to sit and talk w/ camp shiloh's camp director. it reminded me of how much i love camp. i...
Original at: http://lindyerin.blogspot.com/2007/08/camp-shiloh-retreat.html.
 
Sunday Adelaja at the UN PDF Print E-mail
Jesus and His Gospel
Written by soulster   
Friday, 24 August 2007

Hugo at the UNYesterday my friend Hugo (pictured left filling in for the UN ambassador from Kuwait) invited my to hear Sunday Adelaja speak at The Christian Cultural Society at UN Headquarters (I was sitting in the representative’s seat for Kyrgyzstan - see pic). Pastor Sunday, as he is most often called, is the founder of one of the largest churches in Europe, the Embassy of God, boasting 20,000+ members. Speaking of boasting, the lengthy...
Original at: http://blog.thetruthtree.com/?p=33.

 
relational networking as norm PDF Print E-mail
Urban Life & Mission
Written by Jared   
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Occassionally, I travel to speak with churches in various places and every now & then I'm asked a question by an individual or two: How will people find you if they come into town and they want to use the phone book to find a church? My answer: They probably won't find us (though they would likely find us if they used the internet rather than yellow pages) becasue this is all really rooted in the networks of relationship. Relationship is a powerful medium. When we experience loss in ministry, it hurts more ( I've even felt this impact recently). When we experience victory, we're filled with joy because of the impact of relationship, and I've celebrated this joy many times. It is a powerful medium for the Gospel.

This morning I drove Malissa Endsley and a young women who has been living with her for the past few years to LaGuardia Airport. This young woman is going to college on the "left coast" in L.A. The two of them are staying at the McCullom's this week. The...
Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 September 2007 )
 
Discovering the Body: Part II PDF Print E-mail
the Bride (church & ecclesiology)
Written by Jared Looney   
Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Imitation of Christ

For weeks, I meditated on the nature of the church, on Christ’s mission, and on the spiritual gifts in the body of Christ.  I began to honestly ask the question:  Is this really true?  What makes this kind of community possible?  And no sooner than I asked and the answer seemed to be everywhere.  The same thing occurred in every text about life in the body.  It was everywhere!  The answer to my question was imitation of Christ characterized by forgiveness, humility, kindness, and love.  For a community to be able to function as a body it must share a common humility with the help of the Holy Spirit.  To work together despite diversity, a church must seek humility in imitation of Christ.  To free ourselves to be taught by others, we must first recognize that the Spirit of God is at work both in others and in our own life.  Without imitation of Christ, we will always go back either to seizing control or to passive reliance on charismatic personalities.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2007 )
 
Discovering the Body: Part I PDF Print E-mail
the Bride (church & ecclesiology)
Written by Jared Looney   
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
At the beginning of 2006, my family spent 5 weeks on a sabbatical in Costa Rica.  I spent significant time in meditation of Scripture beginning in Ephesians.  I was particularly interested in a study of the church (ecclesiology) and its nature.  As a personal journey, this is not new, but I wanted deeper insight into the functioning of Christ’s body.  I hoped to gain understanding that would be practical, especially for our faith communities in the Bronx.  I wanted to let go of my personal comforts and do my best to let Scripture tell the story.  At times I wrestled with the text.  I do realize that for some these won’t be new ideas, but if I had any doubts concerning the relational nature of the church, they faded during these weeks.  As a result, I grew in my desire to summarize this study for the faith communities that I serve.  This writing is a result of this study, and I hope that it serves as a resource for deeper understanding and community life.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 August 2007 )
 
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