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Haiti Earthquake Donations

as you may or may not know I am the webmaster of servehaiti.org I am quite confident that all funds donated to them will go toward continuing to fund their currently existing and undamaged clinic in grand-bois Haiti which is currently treating earthquake survivors. If you are wanting to donate to assist earthquake survivors in Haiti or know someone who is I strongly suggest this organization. They have been on the ground with their clinic for years, and currently guarantee that ALL donated funds will go to maintaining the clinic or to other organizations that are reputable and have people on the ground there helping folks in need.
"Will the Emerging Church Fully Emerge?"

This article was written by Frank Viola concerning what come to be called “the emerging church conversation.”
The influence of this conversation has been no less than incredible. So much so, that at least to my mind, it can be better described as a phenomenon. And it is picking up steam with each passing day.
I am a student of church history. My studies have led me to make the following observation: Every phenomenon and movement that has set out to reform or renew the church was born with profound shortcomings and weaknesses. And these shortcomings and weaknesses were never addressed until it was too late for them to be corrected. In my own lifetime, I have seen this to be true for the charismatic movement, the Jesus movement, the third-wave movement, and the house church movement . . . just to name a few.

Because the emerging church phenomenon is still in its infancy, its shortcomings and weaknesses can be addressed now. As Christians who have grown tired of the modern church, we have a brand new opportunity to change the course of church history. I realize that this may appear to be an outrageous statement. Nonetheless, it is true. We have been given a small window to see a complete overhaul of our Christian faith and to be faithful in honoring the heart of Jesus and the vision of the earliest apostles in our own time. This is why I write today.

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God has set before us.

Red Flags of Spiritual Abuse

I found this on a blog titled "PureProvender" and thought it would be helpful here as it illustrates one of the all too common tendencies in the mainstream church and something we are called to actively contend against.


No one ever wakes up one day and says, “Hey, you know? I think I’ll shame and abuse the flock today,” or “I think I’ll become a cult leader.” Instead, gradual changes take place, usually involving the lure of power that slowly takes hold.

If you study spiritual abuse, you can get a feel for how this happens: despite differing manifestations of abuse in churches, there are common denominators. The following shows just how easy it is a church can move from a healthy body to a dangerous one.Read more...Collapse )

The Style of Subversion

The Style of Subversion

by Mark Van Steenwyk

What follows is the first in a series challenging the rise in pseudo radicalism. Challenging pseudo radicalism could very well render me a hypocrite because I am not sure whether or not I am, after all, a pseudo radical. So, as you read what follows, recognize that even though I’m pointing out the speck in hipsterism’s eye, I am open to counter-challenge that I may have, upon further relfection, a log in my own eye.


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I read this article and found it quite refreshing.

Why We Couldn't Abolish Slavery Then and Can't Abolish Government Now

by Robert Higgs

Slavery existed for thousands of years, in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet, from time to time, eccentrics emerged to oppose it, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and therefore people should get rid of it. Such advocates generally elicited reactions that ranged from gentle amusement to harsh scorn and violent assault.

When people bothered to give reasons for opposing the proposed abolition, they advanced many different ideas. In the first column of the accompanying table, I list ten such ideas that I have encountered in my reading. At one time, countless people found one or more of these reasons an adequate ground on which to oppose the abolition of slavery.

In retrospect, however, these reasons seem shabby – more rationalizations than reasons. They now appear to nearly everyone to be, if not utterly specious, then shaky or, at best, unpersuasive, notwithstanding an occasional grain of truth. No one now dredges up these ideas or their corollaries to support a proposal for reestablishing slavery. Although vestiges of slavery exist in northern Africa and a few other places, the idea that slavery is a defensible social institution is defunct. Reasons that once, not so long ago, seemed to provide compelling grounds for opposing the abolition of slavery now pack no intellectual punch.

Strange to say, however, the same ideas once trotted out to justify opposition to the abolition of slavery are now routinely trotted out to justify opposition to the abolition of government (as we know it).

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Gathering Around the Unhewn Stone

On October 16-18, the folks at Circle of Hope in Philadelphia will host activist theologian and author Ched Myers for a biblical exploration of nature, civilization and feral faith. The conference will focus on Sabbath/hunter-gatherer economics, rewilding and resistance, and engage our biblical origin stories for signs of hope in the midst of the current economic and environmental crises.

Additional speakers will also present on a range of topics, from primal parenting to practical rewilding. Musical guests theillalogicalspoon and Psalters will unleash their experimental, punk, folk audio genius.

The cost of this event is free. For food, housing and other details, e-mail Jay — jay @ psalters dot com

Onward Christian Soldiers (Not!)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Submitted by Mark Van SteenwykgravatarcloseAuthor: Mark Van Steenwyk Name: Mark Van Steenwyk
Email: markvans@gmail.com
Site: http://www.markvans.info
About: Mark Van Steenwyk is a member of Missio Dei (Missio Dei is an Anabaptist intentional community anchored on the West Bank of Minneapolis that pursues Jesus' way of simplicity, prayer, hospitality, and peace). Mark is a speaker, writer, and a grassroots educator (which means that he tries to mess with people's thinking, but he usually does this outside of an institutional setting...though is an adjunct at Bethel University). He also conspires with the Common Root: a movement of prophetic communities committed to embracing the nonviolent way of Jesus in creative and sustainable ways. Part of his conspiratorial duties include helping foster new radical communities. He and his wife Amy have been married since 1997. They, along with their son Jonas, live with a random assortment of friends in South Minneapolis.

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 09:00 AM PDT

“My grandfather fought so that we could have this conversation.”

I’ve heard these words (or their equivalent) a dozen times after sharing my pacifist convictions. The assumption here is that it is easy for me to be a pacifist in America. After all, I am fat and comfortable, living with the freedom to say and believe whatever I want. And for me to exercise that freedom in such a way that seemingly disregards the sacrifices of those in the armed forces…well, that is plain disrespectful.


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Jesus Radicals 2009

The Jesus Radicals (http://www.jesusradicals.com) are having a conference, entitled "New Heaven and New Earth: Anarchism and Christianity Beyond Empire" at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112 from August 14-15 which "aims to be a time to think about the possibilities for the world to come and not to simply succumb to mourning. The speakers and the workshops will not only provide a much needed reality check, but also point to signs of faithfulness and hope. We want to see these current challenges as an opportunity for creativity, for alternative living, for radical sharing, for faithfulness, for a new way of being."

Please keep them in your prayers and hitch a ride there if you can.

For more information and to register go to: http://www.jesusradicals.com/conference/

Society is not going to be shown how Jesus calls us to live just by reading. We need to actively (and creatively and cleverly) contest the evil inherent in the Establishment. Here are some ideas from Gene Sharp's "The Methods of Nonviolent Action" that I feel are particularly effective.

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Come to me, all ye who labor for a living
Submitted by Paul Munn

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11.28-30)

These words of Jesus resonate powerfully with those of us who feel burdened by labor. For those driven by our needs and hungers and vulnerability to work long hours under heavy strain to provide food and shelter and medical care. And now, as our economy struggles, the weight seems so much heavier for so many. In times like these, Jesus´ words sound good, so very good. Even too good to be true.

Which is perhaps the reason they are usually dismissed as an ideal, or spiritualized in a way that offers no real rest to the physically weary. But this is not as it should be.

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From: http://www.jesusmanifesto.com/2009/05/come-to-me-all-ye-who-labor-for-a-living/