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Scribbling Outside the Lines

Playing beyond the boundaries in hopes of finding God and inspiration   Navigating the life of a bivocational pastorHow I came to combine part-time congregational ministry with two startup initiatives for children and the arts by Adam Walker Cleaveland While in seminary, I never thought I’d use the word bivocational to describe myself. And yet,… 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   In the driver’s seatA reflection and confession based on Mark 8:34–38 by Magdalena I. García Calling the crowd to join his… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Please stop treating my non-church ministry as if it weren’t realA defense of validated ministries serving in non-congregational settings by Mieke Vandersall I have a friend. She has one of the most pastoral souls I have experienced in my time on this earth. She is compassionate, generous, patient,… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Jessica TateJessica Tate talks about NEXT Church and a movement to discern how we can be a faithful church in the 21st century in an era when institutional models aren’t serving us as well today as they once did.   <—- Jessica… 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   Demon freeA reflection and confession based on Mark 7:24–30 by Magdalena I. García From there he set out and went away… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   How do you see me? An intimate portrayal of race, identity, and invisibility in the church and the United States by Anita Coleman I am invisible. . . . It is sometimes advantageous to be unseen, although it is most often rather wearing on the nerves. —Ralph Ellison “You hypocrite, first take… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Ben Johnston-KraseBen Johnston-Krase talks about his new worshiping community Farm Church—not a church on a farm, a church that is a farm.   <—- Ben Johnston-Krase has served churches in Austin, Texas, and most recently, Racine, Wisconsin. In July 2014, Ben caught… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Owning our storyHow I came to believe that church wasn’t the place for a broken person like me by Derrick L. Weston Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. That’s why it loves perfectionists—it’s so… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   Therapy Ain’t for Black Folk?! by Shanell T. Smith It’s all I see in movies.It’s all that I’ve heard spoken.“Black folk don’t do therapy.Unless he was a ‘token’Negros don’t believe in sittin’With no man to help to free usWe don’t need no medicationAll we needs,… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   We willForget public access television. What about public access church? by Rose Niles Now thatbig bird is movingto premium cableit falls to usin the churchas the last bastionof a placewhere poor children canenterfree of chargebe lovedbe taught faithand lovebe treated no differentfrom any other child what a privilege to represent… Read more »