Posts Categorized: Spirituality

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Called to discipleship A Revised Common Lectionary resource for January 21 by Magdalena I. García And immediately they left their nets and followed him. – Mark 1:18 Read the full lectionary passage here Jesus called disciples: Simon, Andrew, James, and John, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Martha, and Susanna, and they immediately left their nets, without objection,… Read more »

Barn Boots and Blessings

The Great Epiphany Challenge Joining the Magi in seeing Christ among us by Donna Frischknecht Jackson    It’s January 5, and I know I should take my Christmas tree down. The needles are falling at an alarming rate and each morning as I sip my coffee in the kitchen I can hear the clunk of… Read more »

Barn Boots and Blessings

Someday is now Seeing the God dreams right in front of us by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   The Christmas tree is losing its needles and the cutout Santa cookies are beyond stale. Christmas 2017 is fast-becoming a memory. All eyes are now on 2018. That means our eyes are on the goals and dreams we… Read more »

Barn Boots and Blessings

The Christmas prayer tree A rural church reaches out in an unexpected way by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   Silence fell upon the room. A woman at my table waved to the waitress to order another glass of wine. A good diversion on her part, I thought. Others around me glanced down at the meeting agenda,… Read more »

Sightings

  Missing Choir Hearts on Fire, Brains on Ice* by Ken Rummer Eight months into retirement, I realized I missed singing in the choir, a surprising conclusion for one who never took choir in school. There was an elementary school solo on “I Dream of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair” and a fifth grade… Read more »

Wisdom Journey

Does  belief lead to faith? The difference between belief and experience By N. Graham Standish   A Thought: Our beliefs about God can shape our faith, but it’s the EXPERIENCE of God that gives us faith. When belief is devoid of experience, it becomes dogma. When experiences of God lead to deeper beliefs, they give… Read more »

Wisdom Journey

A Declaration of God-Dependence How are rights and love different? By N. Graham Standish   A Thought: We live in a nation of inalienable rights, but God calls us to live lives of inalienable love. Rights lead to rules, but love leads to life. Choose life! A Reflection: The Fourth of July fireworks are over,… Read more »

Sightings

  Fireflies The light is for shining by Ken Rummer   Wild flowers are blooming on the embankment leading up to the trail. It’s an old railroad right of way that’s being encouraged to go natural, now sporting some prairie grasses and the blooms that show with them. This being our first summer here, I… Read more »

The Unglued Church

Building new ramps Can we connect people who love God but not church?  By Susan Rothenberg   One of the reasons I am grateful for Facebook, despite its dastardly power to distract me from the useful tasks I should be doing, is that social media has reacquainted me with people I haven’t seen nor heard… Read more »

Speak Out

The Spirit in action A polity wonk’s guide to pneumatic presence By Robert Bayley Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; come with Pentecostal power; Give the church a stronger vision; help us face each crucial hour. Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone, Still the church is called to mission that God’s love… Read more »