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Vacation

Going to take a week long break from the internet… I’ll be back soon! Blessings!

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OK, this is where I will get myself in trouble. Yes, I get some spirited talk when I talk about my concerns within Emergent but I take real, local hits whenever I dive into the “Too Conservative” topic. I take a risk that some in my home town will see me as watering down their understanding of the Word. Not that I haven’t been talked about or talked at before but it’s always a different twist when it’s local instead of abroad.

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I have come across a blog that I find very interesting. I have a lot more readng to do to get a better feel for where the author is coming from but it has caught my interest enough to keep going back.

The blog is called “Unmasking the goddess: a Christ follower looks into goddess spirituality”

If you are a pagan or a Chrsitian wanted to understand the pagan belief better, this may be of interest to you.

I will give you a link to get started to a blog entitled “Why I’m a Christian, Not a Witch“. It will give you a basic understanding of the author’s personal beliefs but if you a pagan, don’t write her off due to the title. I think you may be surprised by her blogs.

Another interesting blog series of her’s is “So a goddess-centered pagan and a Chritian sat down to talk…..” where she and a pagan women dialouge in a respectful, loving way. Very insightful.

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Well, I covered the two main issues I noticed the week I spent with Doug Pagitt, Solomon’s Porch, and Emergent. So now, onto a minor. Now this topic will have to do more with Doug Pagitt who is one of the leading voices of Emergent than Emergent as a whole.

I know several who care more about debating some of this stuff out will want to debate the history of preaching and it’s role in the church. Some may even be tempted to start a campaign about how too many churches worship the pastor over God and this needs called out. This is not what this blog is about. It is some observations that due to the above stated concerns, some may rebel to the far other opposite to where they also offer a negative output.

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The group from Indiana is on the road home and it has been a great week!

Here’s some final pics from yesturday’s trip up north to Lake Erie and Cedar Point! Thanks to everyone from Methodist Temple, our youth, the people from church that helped out, Faith and Donnie Inman, Kurt at the Marion Star, Grandma Sue and Sebastian’s House, and everyone in the community who received us so well. Blessings!

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OK, just a quick note. The Marion Star (our local paper) was kind enough to do a story about the mission team being in. Though I was a little “misquoted”, Kirk always does a great job with all the information he gets in the interviews.

If you’re interested, you can see it here.

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I will get back to my normal blogging after this week but for now I want to give you a mission trip update.

The combined youth groups hit the road yesterday morning to head to a local nursing home. They helped with bingo and went room to room visiting with senior citizens who normally don’t have many guests. I was happy to hear one of our 11 year old say to me last night that visiting with a couple older ladies was one of the favorite things she has ever done. She shared her story with me about their challenges and how much they enjoyed the kids coming to visit.

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