the difference between cultivating communities and building churches.

By Kathy Escobar / April 24, 2017 / 8 Comments

Yesterday at The Refuge’s Sunday night gathering we had some cupcakes and sang happy 11th birthday to The Refuge. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 11 years. When […]

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three things about one word: church

By Kathy Escobar / February 18, 2013 / 19 Comments

i first started going to church on a regular basis when i was in high school. my boyfriend’s family became born-again christians while we were dating and i went with […]

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re-defining "church"

By Kathy Escobar / August 8, 2012 / 35 Comments

it was nice to have a little blog break, and when i get a little space and time i always end up back at some of the same questions-about-life like  […]

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our fatal attraction

By Kathy Escobar / June 19, 2012 / 23 Comments

my husband jose has a theory about people.  he says that in some weird ways, “we’re always going back to our abusive dads, trying to please them.” he doesn’t mean […]

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if you want to hear me ramble about church for an hour…

By Kathy Escobar / June 15, 2012 / 5 Comments

last month i had a one hour conversation with chris yaw from churchnext, which is dedicated to resources & support to nurture healthy churches in all kinds of different ways. […]

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cruise ships, sail boats & holey dinghies

By Kathy Escobar / May 29, 2012 / 57 Comments

one of my friends calls the typical contemporary typical church-system “the big ship.”  they’re strong & powerful & plow through the ocean with confidence. they are dazzling and entertaining.  many […]

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reframing crazy when it comes to church

By Kathy Escobar / May 7, 2012 / 37 Comments

how many times have you all heard me talk about our “crazy” little church, the refuge?   and about how people i know who are doing all kinds of wild […]

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settling for crumbs

By Kathy Escobar / February 17, 2012 / 13 Comments

* i wrote this last month & never got around to posting it.   i’ve recently been thinking about it even more, how awesome it would be if we had […]

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seeds matter.

By Kathy Escobar / February 13, 2012 / 10 Comments

i have a black thumb. like if anything green enters my house–plants, flowers, yes even cactuses, within a week or two they are completely dead. it is funny to me […]

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plant new trees.

By Kathy Escobar / February 3, 2012 / 57 Comments

“then God said, “let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.” – genesis 1:26, NLT this past week i saw a flurry of facebook posts about […]

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