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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.

Only A Full Gospel will Save Bolivian Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by soulster   
Friday, 28 September 2007

Here's a feisty one!A couple of days ago I was invited to go to Harvest ‘07, a Greg Laurie evangelistic campaign in Madison Square Garden with Mercy Me and Jeremy Camp. I don’t usually go to those things since I’m not exactly their target audience, but a friend had a couple of tickets and I thought, “hey, why not?”

I met my friend and two people he was bringing on the Path train from NJ into NYC. One of these was Kimberley Setzer, Director of Communications for Niños Con Valor, a non-profit working with street kids, prostitutes, orphans, and HIV+ mothers and children in Original at: http://blog.thetruthtree.com/?p=51.

 
Joy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindy Erin   
Thursday, 27 September 2007
I keep posting on the blog in my head, but i haven't actually done so online in sometime. Reflecting on a few things that bring me joy.
1. unexpected warm weather in september.
2. getting to go to a hilarious broadway for free, thanks to a wonderful friend.
3. Getting out of the broadway to happen across times square traffic rerouted so the street could become a gigantic audience of people watching live opera on the big screens in times square. so cool to see all the differnet people, art forms,etc all come together.
4. meeting people and making judgements that were harsh, and pleasantly being suprised they aren't as rude as you once thought.
5. seeing strange people on the trains. tonight a man whipped out a big box cutter and used the razor to clean his nails. he seemed shocked when he cut himself. put it away, then pulled the cutter out again to clean his nails some more, and then randomly cut off one strand of his earphones, leaving him w/ one ear bud to...
Original at: http://lindyerin.blogspot.com/2007/09/joy.html.
 
Campfires & Church Planters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared   
Monday, 24 September 2007
A couple of weeks ago my family and I went tent-camping for three nights. It was not only Adalia's first time, but it was Hylma's too! It was great. On the last night there, someone nearby came over asking for lighter fluid. Unfortunately for them, I had to explain that I didn't have any lighter fluid and had lit my fire "the old fashioned way." Knowing well how to build a fire combined with a lack rain, I didn't use more than a couple of matches throughout the entire 3 days.

During this trip, I contemplated what lessons could be learned from something as simple as a campfire. My friends, John White, Neil Cole, and Ben Cheek, all seem to be obsessed with lessons about the Kingdom and about the church observed in nature, and I'm proud to say that I've learned to share this obsession. These guys can't stop talking about viruses and agriculture and physics (okay, physics is just Ben). But it is largely fueled by the fact that Jesus seemed to have the same obsession...
Original at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/09/campfires-church-planters.html.
 
A Generation Losing Church PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared   
Monday, 24 September 2007
I've done a certain exercise with a few different groups as I've had opportunities to teach. I ask everyone to list several qualities that they believe their "unchurched" or unbelieving friends would say about church. I've done this in two different states and a handful of different groups, and the response is always the same. Negative, overwhelmingly negative. Then, I ask them to list several qualities that they believe the crowds -- not the Twelve -- said (or would likely have said) about Jesus. Overwhelmingly positive and usually includes qualities like confident or powerful as well as humble and loving. Now while I know that there are many churches that must overcome the harm done by others, this exercise demonstrates a significant tension. The very definition of being a Christian is to be a Christ-follower, and yet a disproportionate number of our Christian institutions don't appear to look or feel very much like Jesus.

Last thursday I was sitting in a park...
Original at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/09/generation-losing-church.html.
 
People or Maintenance? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared   
Monday, 24 September 2007
A couple of days ago I received a call from a minister/church planter in Florida. We had never met, but our hour and a half conversation was the result of his own need to connect to someone doing this sort of "organic" ministry that he is feeling drawn towards. He described his own heart for people, his love of God, and his search for church as community.

Trying to encourage him, I assured him that he is not alone in the way that he is feeling. He shared how so many church planters get involved in their work because they care about people, are passionate about the Great Commission, and want to be used by God. However, after planting their church, they get wrapped up in the day-to-day maintenance of keeping the wheels of an institution going. While some enjoy this administrative role, there are many that go on and on without ever finding the courage to tell anyone -- especially their congregants -- how they feel. During our conversation this man told me that six...
Original at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/09/people-or-maintenance.html.
 
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