Category Archives: Core Values

“And then?” Framing the important questions in ministry…..Part Two

Be still. So if the first step is to come and behold, then the second command follows easily. Be still. There is a frenetic, pulsing energy around the issues of orphans and street children and trafficking right now. And I … Continue reading

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“Where next?” Framing the important questions in ministry…..Part One

The years are accumulating around our ministry, and as they do, we’re finding ourselves more and more in the midst of the ministry questions of our colleagues. And it is a good thing. A very good thing. When we were … Continue reading

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Working from what already existed…..

Give us this day our daily bread. Not mine, but ours – everybody’s. Our responsibility to the starving world is implicit in that sentence. As long as any part of the body is hungry, the entire body knows starvation. But … Continue reading

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A Listening Test

Jesus ends the story in Mark 4 by saying – He who has ears to hear, let him hear. The Message says it differently – Are you listening to this? Really listening? Any mother will tell you that listening can … Continue reading

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In the company of good men and women…..

Great day ahead! The wall is painted, the furniture has been rearranged…today is the day to dust off books and reacquaint myself with the good friends I have found in their pages. I love our books! So – join the … Continue reading

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A safe place to be…..

My help and glory are in God – granite-strength and safe-harbor-God – So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be. Psalm 62, The Message We have to hold … Continue reading

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The Art of Welcome

Good morning! Henri Nouwen explored this theme of hospitality in his book Reaching Out. He spoke to the simultaneous actions of “receiving” the guest and “confronting” the guest in the same moment. We have to learn how to both receive guests … Continue reading

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Life of the Soul

Good morning! Welcome to a new week. Life in the church is dangerous. Much of the danger comes from becoming so cozily familiar with the way of faith that we feel set apart or above our early status of what … Continue reading

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Always and Forever

Good morning! The last two posts have left a measure of “unknown” suspended in the air. Life is always beginning and ending, with the majority of those details unknown to us. Someday I will have to say goodbye to my … Continue reading

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Will we be there?

I wrote yesterday about a tender moment I shared with my dad this week. It has stayed with me, perhaps because the theme is so central to Casa Viva and this Casa Viva Greenhouse. Are we creating sustainable solutions of … Continue reading

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