Jul 29 2014

YouthWorker Movement: Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 8

In prior weeks we have focused on the first ten principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential and Youth-led. This week we move onto number eleven: Principle #11 - Youthwork utilizes open-ended discussion. I am personally a big fan of Socrates. Maybe a better way to say it […]

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Jul 29 2014

Joseph Yoo: The Daily Grind and Parking

Recently, I’ve been attending a local coffee spot called the Daily Grind to feed my caffeine addiction and to work. Their coffee is good. It’s still not my favorite place for coffee in Santa Barbara. That honor goes to the … Continue reading

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Jul 29 2014

A Pastor's Thoughts: My Dog Saw the Rabbit

There is a story from the Desert Fathers about a young monk who asked one of the old men of the desert why it was that so many people came out to the desert to seek God and yet most … Continue reading

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Jul 29 2014

Via Media Methodists: Via Media Methodists Respond to A&W Plan: Part 3 (Trust)

When I was growing up, a very large church down the road had an interesting structure. The entire church operation was in the pastor’s name. His name was on the deed to the buildings, the land, the school, the bank account; it was all in the senior pastor’s name. His dad had founded the church and […]

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Jul 29 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: SPIRITUALITY BY COMPARISON

Comparison kills spiritual growth.  A mother with three preschool–age children hears her pastor talk about loving God so much that he is up very early every morning to spend an hour of quiet with him.  She would love an hour of quiet at any time, but her children simply will not cooperate.  What she takes away is that she ought to be doing the same thing, and so she does spirituality by comparison, living under a cloud of guilt.  It never occurs to her that the love she expresses to her children might “count” as a spiritual activity.  It never occurs to her that perhaps she is serving God more faithfully than the very pastor who may be neglecting his wife and children in the morning so he can have that hour of quiet.

A gregarious, spontaneous husband is married to a woman who loves to be alone.  Solitude comes easily for her: she would have to become more extroverted just to be a hermit.  He feels he is a failure at prayer because he cannot be alone the way she can.  It never occurs to him that his ability to love people “counts,” that the way he loves people is shaping his soul and delighting God.

Henri Nouwen wrote, “Spiritual greatness has nothing to do with being greater than others.  It has everything to do with being as great as each of us can be.”

Each of us has a me that we think we shouldbe, which is at odds with the me that God madeus to be.

– John Ortberg in The Me I Want to Be


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Jul 29 2014

General Board of Global Ministries: Myanmar and Thailand—Limiting Landmine Danger

UMCOR and partner Clear Path International assist survivors of landmine explosions and seek to reduce risks of new incidents.

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