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    Priesthood of All Believers?

    This has been a difficult post for me to write.  I feel caught between what I read in scripture. What I have been told is normative and what I have personally experienced. A few years ago I read Alan Hirsch’s book The Forgotten Ways. It blew my mind for about six months and I was reeling from the implications he outlined in one simple phrase- “the priesthood of all believers.” To continue reading this post, hop over to Release the Ape for my guest post.

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    on the verge: book review

    I’m a sucker for free books, and when I saw that Alan Hirsch’s latest book, co-authored with Dave Ferguson On the Verge; a journey into the apostolic future of the church was being given to willing bloggers to review, I signed up right away. Plus, having taken a class with Alan through Wheaton graduate school last spring, my mind was spinning with possibilities for about 3 months after I read his book The Forgotten Ways and then The Forgotten Ways Handbook.  I’ve resonated with the ideas within these books of giving the church back to the people, mobilizing all believers to have the divine spark of living into their God-given purposes (what Alan…

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    be our guest!

    I love throwing a good party. Add a punchbowl, some costumes and succulent meats to feast upon and it makes it all the better in the company of friends and strangers.  Recently I had the pleasure of hosting 13 members of InterVarsity’s regional leadership team that I serve with.  These are folks I’ve prayed with, made hiring decisions about where to place staff, shared life with and in general have greatly enjoyed being around for the past 10 years.  Each fall the meetings are held in Cleveland- typically I have to attend the meetings but since I’m on sabbatical, I had the get out of jail meeings card! So instead…

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    peacock progress- burning man preparations!

    Only 4 days to go until Dave and I arrive at the Burning Man festival.  Costume prep has been going well so I thought I’d post a few pics of our progress. I would be considered remedial at best when it comes to sewing. As I’ve been working on my costumes I sorely wished that my crafty friends Sarah, April and Jackie lived closer to lend a skilled hand. However, I have been pleased with how things are turning out so far. I found a couple of cheap sundresses at thrift stores & decided to adorn them peacock-style.  Since the weather in the day will be over 100 degrees I…

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    Jesus and the vampires

    Recently Dave and I have been watching the HBO series Trueblood.  The premise of TrueBlood is interesting- in the show the Japanese have created a synthetic blood “trueblood” that enables vampires to be sustained on artificial rather than human blood.  In turn this allows vampires to begin to emerge into mainstream society.  Capitalizing on the current cultural fascination with vampires, the show is a commentary on how we treat people who are different than us, because of race, gender, sexual orientation, or because they are the living dead. As we were watching TrueBlood a few nights ago I was struck by a line spoken from Layfayette, the cook/local drugdealer/entrepreneur who…