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  • Conversations Journal – Christian Community: More Than A “Wish Dream”
    and in Jesus Christ No Christian community is more or less than this Whether it be a brief single encounter or the daily fellowship of years Christian community is only this We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ 21 1 Brethren in the Lord Paul calls his congregation Phil 1 14 One is a brother to another only through Jesus Christ I am a brother to another person through what Jesus Christ did for me and to me the other person has become a brother to me through what Jesus Christ did for him This fact that we are brethren only through Jesus Christ is of immeasurable significance Not only the other person who is earnest and devout who comes to me seeking brotherhood must I deal with in fellowship My brother is rather the other person who has been redeemed by Christ delivered from his sin and called to faith and eternal life Not what a man is in himself as a Christian his spirituality and piety constitutes the basis of our community What determines our brotherhood is what that man is by reason of Christ Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us This is true not merely at the beginning as though in the course of time something else were to be added to our community it remains so for all the future and to all eternity I have community with others and I shall continue to have it only through Jesus Christ The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes the more will everything else between us recede the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us We have one

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  • Conversations Journal – Senior Editor
    com We covet your prayers as we transition Auto Draft Knowing Christ Conference Live Tweets by Senior Editor BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT Gary Joannah and Tara were all able to be present at the Knowing Christ Conference May 28 29 2014 in Atlanta Georgia For those who weren t able to join us here s a rundown of the live tweets of the event Videos of the sessions will be available in the next few weeks and we ll be sharing those with you as well a href storify com TaraOwens knowing christ conference richmont may 28 29 2014 target blank View the story Knowing Christ Conference Richmont May 28 29 2014 on Storify a Welcoming the Stranger Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT Quieting Our Inner Committee By Senior Editor May 28 2014 in Blog Words That Matter Listening to the voice of God is not always listening to the loudest voice in our minds Do your thoughts ever contradict themselves Tell that person you re praying for them There you go trying to sound spiritual again Read More Post a comment 0 Auto Draft Auto Draft

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  • Conversations Journal – admin
    on Preview This Issue The Jesus Way Volume 7 2 Fall Winter 2009 Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT The Jesus Way What Is It And Why Should I Care A Conversation with Eugene Peterson by admin Volume 7 2 Fall Winter 2009 Transformational Theology Purchase Article PDF Format Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT Eugene Peterson lives a life of unlikely juxtapositions He is an introvert s introvert yet he planted a church and served as its senior pastor for 29 years He is a scholar of biblical languages who searches through dusty volumes for the precise meaning of a word and then as a poet paints meaning with colorful and imprecise strokes He has rejected the formulaic patterns of success in the Christian publishing world but has become an industry superstar He eschews information technology only his wife and children have his e mail address dang it but he reaches out to hundreds of thousands each day through The Message and more than 30 other books he has written Retired from the pastorate of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air Maryland and from Regent College where he served as professor of Spiritual Theology Eugene lives with his wife Jan much more the extrovert in the home where he grew up on the shore s of Flathead Lake in Lakeside Montana It was there he wrote one of his latest books The Jesus Way Conversations on the Ways Read More Post a comment 0 Following the Jesus Way Volume 7 2 Fall 2009 Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume Comments Off on Following the Jesus Way Read More Comments Off on Following the Jesus Way Spiritual Retreats Volume 7 1 Spring

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  • Conversations Journal – Entering the Trinity
    our communities To begin to answer these questions we turned to the author of Experiencing the Trinity Darrell Johnson Here is the good news The living God is not a solitary God The living God is not a lonely God The living God is the Trinitarian God From all eternity the living God has existed in community as Community in fellowship as Fellowship in relationship as Relationship From all eternity the living God has existed as Father Son and Holy Spirit From all eternity the living God has been able to speak of himself as we us and our And here is the incredibly good good news We human beings were brought into being to participate with God in that us ness It is almost too good to be true I was brought into being by the Trinity and you were brought into being by the Trinity to participate in the inner life of the Trinity I was bought by the blood of Jesus Christ the Second Person of the Trinity you were bought by the blood of the Second Person of the Trinity to participate with him in his communion with the First and Third Persons of the Trinity Because of the work of the Son on the cross and because of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts you and I who say yes to Jesus as Savior and Lord are adopted by the Father into the Trinitarian Family We become real sons and daughters in relationship with the only begotten Son We enter into the Only Begotten s relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit When we say yes we come home To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store

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  • Conversations Journal – Way Leads To Way
    And I kept looking where I d found it before on the staff of a local church I tried that twice but both times I never could root in the soil It wasn t my place Simultaneously I felt a gnawing inside me that seemed to grow and intensify with time It felt vague and yet persistent and as best I could describe it it was a longing or urging to give birth to start something new During that time my good friend Ann quoted Robert Frost to me She said Remember that way leads to way That seemed like wisdom and resonated with me that each way though it wasn t where I would ultimately land led to the next way and then the next So I continued to turn down roads that looked promising and walked through open doors that seemed to have potential One of the doors was a training course to become a spiritual director To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store Beth Booram Beth Booram has been a lifelong vocational minister in parachurch and local church settings both mainline and nondenominational She is an author spiritual director and healing prayer practitioner as well as a congregational consultant She speaks around the country at conferences and retreats on topics related to spiritual formation and Christian leadership Beth understands the issues that confound many people today and offers a message that is authentic and original absent of clichés and formulas while full of wisdom and insight She is a disarming communicator who draws from a deep reservoir of compassion through her own healing journey and profound encounter with Christ Beth s presentations are highly creative often utilizing artistic elements contemplative exercises and engaging

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  • Conversations Journal – Emmaus Among Us
    that have happened But it doesn t end there Transforming community continues to unfold and deepen among us as we ask good questions and learn how to stand still and wait with one another in the midst of shattered hopes and dreams and the great unfixables of life There is a quality of listening and being together with Jesus in the stuff of our lives that can open us to fresh perspectives and true spiritual insight or at the very least an ability to let go and lean in to the situation just as it is I remember one experience with our youngest daughter Haley that continues to remind me of the power of this kind of listening and being with It was Christmas Day and she was ten years old We had invited some dear family friends to join us for Christmas dinner and everyone was looking forward to a wonderful day together The only problem was that Haley had contracted pneumonia and our friends had twins who had been born prematurely and could not risk being exposed to an infection For several days leading up to Christmas we watched and hoped and prayed that Haley would get better but it was not meant to be Our plans had to be canceled and Haley was devastated she had been looking forward to the day so much and she also felt responsible for ruining everyone s Christmas To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store Ruth Haley Barton Ruth Haley Barton is founding president of the Transforming Center www thetransformingcenter org a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors and Christian leaders A trained spiritual director Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation teacher and retreat leader

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  • Conversations Journal – The Grace of Mowing Grass
    Facebook Share Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Sanctuary A safe place A shrine A setting for worship To a refugee or a person fleeing violence or oppression the word sanctuary captures a sense of hoped for safety and provision To a birder it s a specially set aside area on which a long sought after species just might be seen even if at a distance To a person in a religious community the word conjures up images of stained glass icons men and women in robes and vestments sacred texts and hymn books in the backs of uncomfortable wooden seats But the seat of a John Deere lawn tractor Can that be a sanctuary To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store Jeff Crosby Jeff Crosby is serves in management at InterVarsity Press Downers Grove Illinois and lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his author editor wife Cindy He is the editor and compiler of Days of Grace Through the Year a collection of meditations drawn from the writings of Lewis B Smedes Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window More Click to share on Facebook Share Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Our Sponsors Send to Email Address Your

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  • Conversations Journal – Becoming The Beloved Community
    doesn t take long before we begin to experience tension misunderstanding jealousies irritations and conflict Why is this Because life in community reveals who we really are It reveals the gap between what Thomas Merton called the false self and the true self 1 The people who know us best hold up a mirror that reflects our deepest wounds and greatest fears When my brokenness rubs up against your brokenness it begins to reverberate causing discomfort The people who really know us end up knowing us too well In our casual relationships over coffee or on Facebook we get to choose what aspects of ourselves to reveal But in our closest relationships we can t hide so easily Perhaps this is why we often prefer the company of casual friends to the intimacy of our closest relationships or families of origin or why so many of us move from group to group in search of the perfect faith community or spiritual companions We can learn to embrace the tension irritation and conflict we experience in our closest relationships as invitations into a deeper path of healing growth and soul transformation To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store 1 Thomas Merton Things in Their Identity in New Seeds of Contemplation New York New Discovery Books 1961 pp 29 36 Mark Scandrette Mark Scandrette is Executive Director and Cofounder of ReIMAGINE a center for spiritual formation in San Francisco and The Jesus Dojo a yearlong intensive formation process inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus He is the author of Practicing the Way of Jesus Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to email this to a

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