Oct 21 2014

Led By The Word: Kuş14 – Photo Journal 1

On Sunday, 13 October, we flew out of Oklahoma City headed for Kuşadası. We had an hour-and-a-half delay in Oklahoma City due to the recent Air Traffic Control issues in Chicago. This basically ate up our entire layover in Chicago. So, we ran like we were being chased by bulls through O’Hare and made it […]

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Oct 21 2014

UMC Lead: A Dark Night of the Soul

2 1/2 years ago, I stopped believing in God…. Let me pause and let that sink in… 2 1/2 years ago, what I knew about God and what I felt about God were two very different things… I was in a really difficult place… I still believed everything that I knew about God, but my heart was […]

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Oct 21 2014

Hacking Christianity :: Rev. Jeremy Smith: To strengthen diversity, sit closer together in the pews

Sitting closer to people in your pew makes you more attentive to one another, but that proximity also helps churches turn their diversity outward towards a common mission.

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Oct 21 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: HELPING OTHERS GROW

For years my “bucket list” included enrolling in the Master Gardener program supported by PurdueUniversityin my home state of Indiana. Not until I paid my registration fee, bought the necessary tools, and attended my first meeting did I learn the depth of the curriculum.

This serious business involved much more than trading tips on where to plant perennials or how to eradicate beetles. To earn my “badge” as a Master Gardener, I would have to study the contents of a thick 3-ring binder, agree to apply my new knowledge not just to my own backyard but also to a public green space, and abide by the group’s mission statement. The wording of the latter surprised me. The statement didn’t ask me to help others grow plants; instead, it asked me to “help others grow.” …

As followers of Christ we study God’s Word and apply it in our everyday lives. But our responsibility doesn’t stop there. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we assume an obligation to pass our faith on to others. We accept as our mission the charge “to help others grow.”

Holly G. Miller in The Upper Room Disciplines 2013: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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Oct 21 2014

Basileia Movement Basileia Movement: An Important History Lesson

I work with a campus pastor who is a master of balance.  He spends a good deal of his time with the highest paid business executives, and then the other half of his day in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.  When he preaches, he loves to make dramatic, one-sided points, only to […]

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Oct 21 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on readings for October 21

Blessed be the Lord forever.Amen and Amen.(Psalm 89:52)Jeremiah 37:1-38:28When it looks like Egypt is going to stop the Babylonian advance, King Zedekiah doesn’t listen to Jeremiah’s warning that the Lord has cautioned him that the delay is only tempor…

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