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Faith and other mysteries

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Picking This Tool Up Againbbeaty

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 16:58:07 +0000

Looking over the posts and comments below, I see that it has been well over a year since we’ve had much activity here. While I think there is a huge opportunity here for our community, I am certainly aware of how real life — I won’t even say intrudes — takes precedence over sitting down, […]

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Velvet Elvis: Nextcgsumc

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 03:27:18 +0000

No, that’s not a hidden chapter in Rob Bell’s book.  It’s the chapter we write, I guess. We’ve had some good discussions, but it seems like we could wrestle with some of these questions more deeply.  I have some ideas here.  In the comments, tell which is/are most compelling for you, or write a new […]

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Velvet Elvis: Goodcgsumc

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 03:09:55 +0000

“This is why it is so toxic for the gospel when Christians picket and boycott and complain about how bad the world is.” That was about all we needed for a great discussion. What about the Civil Rights movement? What about picketing Planned Parenthood? The rest of the paragraph helped reach some understanding of where […]

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Velvet Elvis: Dust/Newcgsumc

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 04:22:46 +0000

It’s great coming in having these discussions and never quite knowing where they’re going to go. On Sunday we chewed on the difficulties of accepting grace and tried to process the larger thread through Bell’s book in terms of an active spirituality vs. passive spirituality. Is “saving” being done to us, or are we taking […]

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Velvet Elvis: Tasselscgsumc

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 03:01:10 +0000

Really interesting and wide-ranging discussion today. This chapter tells a bit about Mars Hill’s growth and Rob’s simultaneous struggles (though it left many today wanting to know more about both topics). We talked about struggles with (often self-imposed) expectations. How some of us have had experiences of “Sabbath”, would probably like to do that in […]

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An Inconvenient Truthcgsumc

Sun, 11 Mar 2007 04:05:54 +0000

Climate change, graphs, Al Gore, politics, skepticism, despair, hope, glaciers, collective changes, individual choices, consumerism.  Those are just some of the things that come to mind after watching the movie 3/10.  Share your reactions in the comments…

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Velvet Elvis: Yokecgsumc

Tue, 06 Mar 2007 04:34:02 +0000

The question: what yoke do we carry on today in our community? In our discussion, we seemed to agree that as a community we like a balance of tradition and innovation (dare I say “repainting”?), and find value in questions even without answers. What else makes this community what it is? Are we missing anything? […]

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Velvet Elvis: Jumpcgsumc

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 19:56:02 +0000

Here’s some more metaphors to throw in there with trampolines and brick walls: black & white or grayscale?   Yes/no or definitely maybe?   Many of us have been drawn to our church because it encourages questions and grappling with issues without always having a clear answer.   You need a different faith to believe in a […]

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Velvet Elvis: Welcomecgsumc

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 19:27:14 +0000

This is the first post to encourage discussion and comments outside of Sunday School about our Lenten book study of Velvet Elvis.   One point we discussed this morning was about being a “Christian,” and how it can be hard or seem inaccurate to identify as such with all the political/cultural/historical baggage that comes along […]

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Sat, 24 Feb 2007 04:16:26 +0000

What is this RSS stuff all about? First off, it’s easy to ignore if you like. On the other hand, if you don’t mind putting a little effort in on the front end, it can be an easy tool to keep track of what people are writing at sites you’re interested in (like maybe this […]

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