The Work of the People: A Review

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I found an amazing resource the other day that I wanted to share. I stumbled upon a website called “The Work of the People” (TWOTP); you can check it out at http://www.theworkofthepeople.com . The website was founded by Travis Reed.  Travis is an independent filmmaker who has created hundreds of short films.   The mission of […]

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Common Prayer: A book to renew your spirit…

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The other day I picked up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. I often find it difficult to find appropriate devotional material. This book, while not a standard devotional book, lends itself well to use as a daily devotional. It is divided into several sections, including […]

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Cranky, Stinky, Jesus an Advent Reflection

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We don’t often focus on how radical advent is; God showed up into the middle of humanity. My wife and I recently experienced the birth of our first born son. I understand advent better because of this experience. We glamorize and sanitize advent likewise, our society we glamorize and sanitize babies. Babies become cute bundles […]

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Gun Violence in Philly

I read a great blog post this morning on CNN’s belief blog. Shane Claiborne wrote about gun violence in Philly. I thought it was a very thoughtful article and a message that is needed. My wife is a school counselor in Philly, last year about two blocks from her school a man was shot in […]

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Summer Reflection 2: Joy

Another idea I have been reflecting on is the idea of Joy! Scripture describes Joy as one of the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Joy should not […]

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Summer Reflection 1: The Kingdom of God

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Summertime—it brings thoughts of picnics, fireworks, beach trips, and time with family. However, if you are in Youth Ministry it might bring thoughts of long drives, too many fast food trips, noisy students, and a frantic pace of life. It is so important to take time and reflect on the meaning of everything that occurs […]

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Slow Work of God

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I came across this quote the other day in Tattoos On the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Boyle: “Teilhard De Chardin wrote that we must ‘trust in the slow work of God.’ Ours is a God who waits. Who are we not to? It takes what it takes for the great turnaround. […]

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