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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.

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Urban Life & Mission
Written by Lindy Erin   
Saturday, 15 September 2007
I've heard it said that the greatest divider of our country is not between races, but between economic classes. I've realized living in the Bronx, how true that is. Miscommunication I've seen happens most often between people of different educational and economic backgrounds, more so than any ethnic groups.

I recently was able to reunite from a friend from my past, who so happens to also live in a wealthy area of Manhattan, and is doing very well for themselves. I have enjoyed so much catching up with this old acquaintance, but it has also come with some difficulties. Seeing this world of materialism, status, appearance, designer labels, and pressure to continually climb up the career ladder, i find myself somewhat disoriented and at times outright awkward. I am not familiar with many of the terms, names, brands, and social activites they participate in. They have blessed me with 15 min. car rides home which would have taken me over an hour by public transit. They have...
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Hosea and the Prostitute PDF Print E-mail
the Bride (church & ecclesiology)
Written by Lindy Erin   
Friday, 14 September 2007
Derek Webb and Francine Rivers
Two people I would highly recommend checking out their music and books.

I was recently able to go to a Derek Webb concert where he continues to challenge the way I look at my faith, and the way my faith should interplay with social justice issues around me.
(click here to listen to some music)rich young ruler is my fav. song

"The church"
i have come with one purpose
to capture for myself a bride
by my life she is lovely
by my death she's justified

i have always been her husband
though many lovers she has known
so with water i will wash her
and by my word alone

so when you hear the sound of the water
you will know you're not alone

cause i haven't come for only you
but for my people to pursue
you cannot care for me with no regard...
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9/11 and Better Weapons PDF Print E-mail
Urban Life & Mission
Written by soulster   
Tuesday, 11 September 2007

9/11 CrossToday NYC is full of remembering. 9/11 will always be the dividing line between who we were and are now. For me it is more than a national symbol or a cry to patriotism. It’s friends who have to fight depression daily, who are locked in cycles of mental illness, who self-medicate with anything they can find just to stop the spinning that began on that day.

I also think about all that has happened since. According to some estimates, nearly 655,000 lives have been taken in retribution [source]. Or perhaps the spin doctors would say this is the cost of correcting the original problem,...
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Neither Oligarchy nor Democracy nor Anarchy PDF Print E-mail
the Bride (church & ecclesiology)
Written by soulster   
Monday, 10 September 2007

Pope Loe XBy now you might be sick of the word "service". It's used an awful lot in Christian circles. Sorry, but it's a very important word. It can also be a very dangerous word depending on how it is meant. For example, those in power may speak of service and mean the subjection of other people to their will. They preach service as godly participation in their programming, but ignore the ungodly exploitation and neglect required to realize their ambitions. On the other hand, people on the bottom of the power pyramid may use the term to mean what they think they are entitled to receive from the people in power. They angrily...

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My icee. PDF Print E-mail
Stories & Blogs
Written by Lindy Erin   
Monday, 10 September 2007
Yesterday I got a Mango Icee from a street vendor. For non-New Yorkers it's like a creamy icee that they put in one of those small bathroom paper cups you used as a child, with cartoons printed on it.
I was walking along when a guy asked me for some of my icee.
I laughed, telling him no, thinking he was joking.
"Serious lady, I want some of your icee. It's hot out here and I don't have the money for one and I'm mad thirsty."
Finally I give him what remained, still chuckling at the situation.
"Ew, This is gross."
I told him it's mango.
"I thought it was cherry or something. I don't like mango."

"I don't think you should complain if you are that thirsty."
He replied, "you're right, but i bet i can find someone else who will share their cherry icee."

I walked away thinking, how did I just share my icee with a stranger, he insult my icee, and then tell me he could find someone else that he could badger an icee from. Strange.
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