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  • Conversations Journal – Along Together: An Epidemic In the Church?
    bigger problem shared even within our own sacred communities This alone together dilemma is more pervasive than the power and influence of social media affecting our relationships it is a very real disposition for many Christians in the church today I have to confess right out of the gate that this issue is important to me both on a professional level as a pastor and now professor who trains pastors and as a disciple of Jesus who believes that our current hyperindividualism and consumerism is crushing our ability to be the church whose best witness to Jesus is local groups of people churches who have become genuine loving communities My experience has taught me that I am a better person when I live within a context of other disciples who love me who know me and who have genuine connectedness and insight to help me grow when I can t see straight or even see myself in a healthy way In other words I m not at my best when I am isolated and alone You see community is a critical means for your transformation and mine But we ve lost our muscle memory of what it is though the dull ache in our hearts still remains No matter what our particular temperaments and personalities God created us as communal creatures in spite of its complications and challenges If anything else the Gospels are beautiful and messy portraits of community where we watch Jesus apprentice a diverse array of disciples as he taught modeled and formed them into a community shaped by his agape love If you doubt this intended outcome reflect again on Jesus words the night before he was taken to the cross A new command I give to you Love one another As I have loved you

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  • Conversations Journal – The “Strange Practices” Of The Practice
    launching of The Practice at Willow Creek Community Church What is it how did it come about how is it going I like to jam as many questions into my first question as I can Aaron Niequist Wow first of all thanks so much for those incredibly kind words I m honored to be a part of this conversation Over the last ten plus years I ve been on a bit of a journey both as a Christian and as a worship leader And I m coming to find that much of modern Christianity is wonderful and true and beautiful but a little too thin It is a profoundly helpful invitation into relationship with God but doesn t always address the deeper more complex questions of life doubt and faith And it doesn t always help us move beyond beliefs into the abundant life that Jesus offers And so both in my personal walk with Christ and as a worship leader in two different evangelical churches Mars Hill in Grand Rapids Michigan and Willow Creek in Chicago some friends and I have been trying to learn from other Christian traditions and embrace a more formation oriented grounded ecumenical historical robust way to follow Christ Basically instead of saying Our tradition has all we need we ve been saying Our tradition is a wonderful part of the story but we desperately need the wisdom and insight of our other brothers and sisters To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store Aaron Niequist Aaron Niequist is a worship leader song writer and pastor in the Chicago area After leading worship at Mars Hill Church Grand Rapids MI and Willow Creek Church Barrington IL he created A New Liturgy a

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  • Conversations Journal – As For Me & My House
    way home listening to our stories asking good questions sharing life with us helping us dig deeper into God s Word and renewing us in our journey together One of the good questions our Lord asks is How goes your walk Over a century ago the early founders of the Evangelical Covenant Church asked each other How goes your walk with Christ As a Covenant pastor I love this question My brothers and sisters within the Covenant Church ask me this same question today whenever we meet together for mutual support because they are interested in how goes my journey of faith with Christ This article explores walking together in Scripture walking with children in nature hiking in national parks and a few ways to walk together as a local church To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store David Robinson David Robinson is author of five books on Christian spiritual formation including Soul Mentoring Discover the Ancient Art of Caring for Others to be released by Wipf Stock in 2015 Ancient Paths Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way Paraclete Press 2010 The Busy Family s Guide to Spirituality Practical Lessons for Modern Living from the Monastic Tradition Crossroad 2009 The Christian Family Toolbox 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home Crossroad 2001 and The Family Cloister Benedictine Wisdom for the Home Crossroad 2000 winner of Catholic Press Association for Best Family Life book 2001 David has served as pastor of Cannon Beach Community Church an Evangelical Covenant Church in Cannon Beach Oregon since 1993 He is married with three grown sons David is a Benedictine Oblate with Mount Angel Abbey Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click

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  • Conversations Journal – O Taste & See
    in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window And he took a cup we read in Matthew and when he had given thanks he gave it to them saying Drink of it all of you 1 Mark s account adds and they all drank of it 2 Every one of them the distracted the dismayed the baffled the puzzled and the one who was to betray him Da Vinci s rendering of this moment reminds us just what a motley group of followers they were Gesticulating hands point in every direction Faces register varying degrees of shock dismay and confusion following the announcement that one of them would betray Jesus Their bodies tilt in various directions like leaves in a whirlwind Only Jesus sits calm and upright centered and centering an anchor in the midst of his followers roiling anxieties If we imagine this little band of twelve followers as an inscape and mirror of the church we can see in this mirror vivid unsettling even comical reminders of how we too turn away from Jesus how we get caught up in our own dithering in moments of crisis how we splinter into factions how many of us fail to keep our eyes trained on the one who is the Light we live by To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store 1 Matthew 26 27 2 Mark 14 23 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

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  • Conversations Journal – Breaking Into Community
    made me angry and tapped into fears I didn t even know I had My husband who is sometimes annoyingly able to find the silver lining in things said that we should be grateful the burglars really didn t take much He even joked he wasn t sure if we should be upset or offended our TV wasn t among the items stolen We were the holdouts on one of a few remaining tube televisions The thing probably weighed 150 pounds and Jason was actually sad the thieves didn t haul it off for us I think I remarked that it was too soon and that we should go back to being upset The break in occurred during the day when most of our neighbors were at work Not that we knew any of our neighbors We d just gotten married and bought our first home a 1930s bungalow in a historic neighborhood near downtown Atlanta a few months before Our plan was to be in the house for maybe four or five years then move to the burbs and start a family Both sets of parents had warned us about big city living and simply couldn t understand why we d want to live in town The break in would surely shorten the countdown to the suburbs To read the rest of this article you can purchase the entire issue or just this article through our Journal Store Joannah Sadler Joannah Sadler LMFT who is our Managing Editor and also looks after our Features section divides her time between part time work for the journal teaching and working at Richmont Graduate University as a therapist Joannah is married to Jason and lives in Atlanta Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new

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  • Conversations Journal – Robert Rife
    study of Acts 2 42 45 revealed a very different way of life together Says Moore This way of understanding the gospel and the nature of Christian community should serve as the basis for thinking and living in all Christian communities A kingdom focused gospel demands not only devotion to Jesus but also devotion to Jesus people as faithful citizens in his kingdom 1 Do a study of Acts 2 42 47 How does your congregation stack up How could you find ways of realigning your faith community to better reflect this picture in Acts Gather a small group of souls committed to the kind of community Moore describes Begin to pray daily that such a vision finds its way into your congregational way of living and being together 2 What would Believe Belong Bless look like in your congregation How can you begin in small ways to exemplify this way of living among your Christian family In your homes Among your peers and colleagues What are some steps that may be taken to help your community align more closely with Providence s biblical discoveries 3 Jesus invites us to believe in God Believe also in me Moore reiterates this idea in the following Believing is meant to convey a continuous ongoing commitment to the gospel living in the reality that Jesus is the reigning Lord and we are citizens of his kingdom Do you think believing in Jesus means presently what it was intended to mean If not why not If so in what ways Contagious The Surprising Things That Make Community Transformational by Jan Johnson The word community is ubiquitous these days tucked into conversations in every corner both ecclesiastical and non Jan Johnson seeks to sort through what true Christian community is and is not Her central idea I ve become convinced we learn about God best through relationship with each other There are certain things about God we don t grasp until we see those things in another person There is no real transformation in a bubble It must happen in community where our rough edges are blunted against those of another The truest redemptively viable collective she suggests must be about unity not unanimity diversity not uniformity It reaches out even to the enemy True koinonia is found in agape not in the feelings of tenderness often accompanying such fellowship Self sacrificing love underpins all Johnson reminds us of Paul s injunction to pursue love 1 Cor 14 1 not intimacy Like humility we discover community only when we re focused elsewhere To focus on intimacy is to lose it To focus on Christ who is love personified makes both community and intimacy possible In fact committed community becomes our school for love where I will learn to love as Johnson intimates Our shared Christian life not our ideology or even theology must be our basis for biblically Christian community To have the same mind see Phil 2 5 is not simply to agree on everything It is to have the mind of Christ which is love and love is the great motivator of change and mission It s why love stands at the epicenter of the gospel To remove condemnation is to invite love and in so doing invite a universe full of glorious possibilities Moreover it becomes the basis for mutual submission humble confession guidance and service indicative of the same 1 Spend time in prayer and discussion in your own small group Determine how to better reflect the diversity and inclusivity of the kingdom of God Intentionally seek out some new participants with whom you might not normally associate Share a meal together and begin the process of learning the deeper lessons of Christian community 2 Practice Jan s holy space as you consider a rift in fellowship with a brother or sister If possible find audience with that person and in your conversation see in your mind all your words filtered through the loving presence of Christ As you listen do so with the mind of Christ hearing and responding as might he 3 Pray about someone in whom you may invest yourself this year Seek them out and gently begin a relationship of anam cara or soul friendship where you may both share unimpeded the deepest secrets of your lives In so doing you invest in one another s conversion Commit to document this journey together Moving Communities Inward A Conversation with David Johnson Johnson s understanding of our primary journey inward helps set the stage for a leadership team intentional about formation and ultimately community and mission in their local congregation He wisely suggests that community is the result of pursuing something else something far deeper still the search for God in the human soul Johnson believed strongly enough in these things that he sponsored his staff through the two year experience of Ruth Haley Barton s Transforming Community program Change flows from leadership team into the whole church says Johnson Because there is a deep commitment both to community and to the leadership at his church Johnson has seen a sustainable transformation through his team and into the congregation at large He concludes Our succession plan has shifted from being focused on who the next leader will be to becoming a people who are being formed in Christ 1 When we are all on the same page in terms of ministry goals and values really good friendships happen Do you agree Can local churches find depth of relationship with differing goals or emphases If so how If not why not 2 What would it take to convince your own church s leadership team to experience Ruth Haley Barton s Transforming Community program Seek to become an advocate for your church staff in this pursuit Commit to pray five minutes every day for a month for the leadership of your church Document the results 3 Describe your own inward journey Is it a welcome one A fearful one Why

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  • What’s on your Heart | Conversations Journal
    Jan Johnson July 27 2015 in Blog What s on your Heart BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT Someone who recently saw the movie Exodus Gods and Kings asked me how a good God could drown the Egyptian soldiers in the sea Here are a few thoughts that came to me God weeps over the destruction of people who choose to do evil not just over those who do good In the Old Testament God sobbed over nations as a grieving parent would sob over an erring child Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazer I drench you with my tears Isa 16 9 11 And whom was God weeping for Moab and later Babylon even though these countries oppressed Israel Look away from me let me weep bitter tears do not try to comfort me for the destruction of my beloved people Isaiah 22 4 When anyone rejects the truth and beauty offered to them in the kingdom life into which we are all invited the Trinity takes to weeping All this fits well with what Talmud scholars wrote about God Our rabbis taught When the Egyptian armies were drowning in the sea the Heavenly Hosts broke out in songs of jubilation God silenced them and said My creatures are perishing and you sing praises Read More Post a comment 0 Our Sponsors Archives January 2016 2 December 2015 1 November 2015 5 September 2015 2 August 2015 1 July 2015 3 June 2015 4 May 2015 18 April 2015 5 March 2015 6 February 2015 7 January 2015 2 December 2014 3 November 2014 3 October 2014 3 September 2014 25 August 2014 4 July 2014 6 June 2014 6 May 2014 8 April 2014 25 March 2014 17 February 2014 6 January 2014 10 December 2013 9

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  • Conversations Journal – Chris Webb
    PDF Volume Volume 11 1 Spring 2013 Section Intentionality Of The Heart Purchase Article PDF Format Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT I ve Got Rhythm The Irish summer sun was still just a pale rumor on the horizon when I began hearing activity in the house below us We were on holiday visiting my wife s sister and family and the first morning I began learning what it meant for my brother in law to work as a baker Every day the rhythm of the morning was the same baking scones as the sun rose deliveries in the battered white van then out to the store to begin baking a more substantial quantity of bread and cakes Afternoons were filled with construction work since he was building a house for his family beside the bakery In the evenings we were often joined by other members of the small Amish community to which they belong Each day the rhythm ticked along with the precision of clockwork Read More Post a comment 0 Telling The Truth David Imperfection And The Jesus Way by Chris Webb Volume 7 2 Fall Winter 2009 Life Together Purchase Article PDF Format Purchase Print Volume Purchase PDF Volume BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT I met Michelle in a refuge for homeless and street people She stood out from the tired and ragged crowd Her clothes were colorful and eye catching her hair violet and spiked We shared coffee together as she talked quickly and nervously enlarging every sentence with circling hand movements while the cigarette in her fingers left swirling trails in the air Delicate tattooed lines traced up her arms threads of green and blue punctuated by dark needle marks Her conversation meandered around the contours of her life She

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