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By Kathy / December 23, 2014 / 32 Comments

One of the things that has been the hardest about shifting faith is moving from being an “insider” to an “outsider.” I have always been one of those people who looks like an insider, like someone who fits in. The truth is that underneath a lot of that has been a prevailing feeling that somehow, […]

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what if…

By Kathy / April 30, 2014 / 19 Comments

i was at a really lovely meeting a few weeks ago with a bunch of pastors, and it was wonderfully hopeful except for one thing–there were only three female pastors and a whole lot of white male ones, and not one person of color. even though i know this is reality, it still always startles […]

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the difference between "cultivating communities" and "building churches"

By Kathy / April 11, 2014 / 15 Comments

i originally wrote this post in 2010, and it’s part of down we go. but in the past couple of weeks i’ve had some interesting conversations that reminded me of it and i thought i’d pare it down and re-post it. it’s funny, still, after these years, my thought is pretty much the same except […]

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mobile homes (not that kind)

By Kathy / December 17, 2013 / 19 Comments

* today is the december synchroblog, different bloggers writing on the same topic.  the link list is at the bottom of this post. we are partnering with christine sine’s advent series all month called coming home. the first thought when i heard about this series was a post i wrote earlier this year for sheloves […]

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poverty & hidden rules & the best place to start

By Kathy / December 6, 2013 / 17 Comments

“but woe to you pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God” – luke 11:42 last week a friend sent me the dave ramsey article–20 things the rich do every day. the list was a mixed bag and then i started to read […]

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we may look like losers re-dux

By Kathy / October 11, 2011 / 37 Comments

* this post is part of october’s synchroblog which is centered on downward mobility, one of my favorite topics!  read what others are saying about upside-down-kingdom-living by clicking on the link list at the end of this post.  i’ll update it as more posts come in. * * * * * my definition of downward […]

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a prayer for practice.

By Kathy / September 2, 2011 / 6 Comments

“practicing what we preach” is a lot easier said than done!  like most everyone, i’d rather preach it than practice it.  it’s fun to talk about community, to dream about community, to advocate for community.  and to actually live it is a whole different story.  i am very grateful to live in a community that […]

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here we go, down we go!

By Kathy / June 2, 2011 / 14 Comments

well, it’s finally here, one day late!  the release of this wild & fun project i’ve been working on since last fall–down we go: living into the wild ways of Jesus. it’s been a crazy ride getting here, all starting with a call from jonathan brink last year that said “you need to do this.” […]

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loving God by loving people

By Kathy / May 13, 2011 / 17 Comments

early in the life of this blog in 2008 i participated in a synchroblog where i wrote a post called making the invisible visible.  this past year my friend jonathan brink from civitas press began working on a collaborative book project for called the practice of love, which just released may 1st.   i hope you […]

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By Kathy / March 29, 2011 / 13 Comments

“…the society in which we live suggests in countless ways that the way to go is up. making it to the top, entering the limelight, breaking the record – that’s what draws attention, gets us on the front page of the newspaper, and offers us the rewards of money and fame.  the way of Jesus […]

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