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YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Dreaming bigger for urban ministryMission pastor Aisha Brooks-Lytle talks with Rocky Supinger about organizing The Common Place, a blend of two worshiping communities, an arts-based afterschool program, social services, and community center in southwest Philadelphia, all supported by an established, suburban congregation.   <—- Aisha Brooks-Lytle… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains   Why I love my little old churchIn a church that worships innovation, who celebrates the 30 people who’ve been showing up for years? by Sue Washburn Most of my life I’ve identified with the prodigal in Jesus’ parable about the lost sons (Luke 15:11–32). Early on, I bounded… Read more »

Simplicity on the Far Side of Complexity

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes   Yes, I was that evangelical at the More Light Presbyterians conferenceHow evangelicals and progressives can cross the theological divide by Jodi Craiglow In… Read more »

All the pretty movies

An avid movie buff walks in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and many other famous actors and directors at Ghost Ranch.   All the pretty movies An avid movie buff walks in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and many other famous actors and directors at Ghost Ranch. by Emily Enders Odom Stepping out of the… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   PartnersA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Genesis 2:18–23 by Magdalena I. García Then the Lord God said, “It is not… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   When tolerant Christians can’t tolerate the intolerance of tolerant non-ChristiansWhy Christians need to give up on tolerance in favor of grace by Jeffrey A. Schooley To whatever degree titles are useful (and I suspect they aren’t all that useful), my life story goes something like this:… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Where justice and compassion meet—in BaltimoreKate Foster Connors talks with Derrick Weston about creating an urban mission center at the heart of Baltimore that hosts church groups and equips congregations to engage their neighborhoods in… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Mercy by Rose Niles Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   Reflections of a caretaker by Shanell T. Smith I may have signed up for thisI may have notSure I get tired oftenBut I give the best I’ve gotI put others’ needs before my ownSometimes the prison is my homeO how I wish I could be… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   The burdens and blessing of a bisexual ministerIt’s a lonely ministry, but it makes me a better pastor. by Layton E. Williams This past weekend, I attended the More Light Presbyterians Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a powerful experience to reconnect with LGBTQ and ally colleagues… Read more »