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Part two of Without Vision… Withering

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I just posted the latest addition to my thoughts. You can read it by clicking here.

To read a printable pdf version follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e62e8br9mizrd8s/Without%20A%20Vision%2C%20things%20die%2C%20Part%20Two.pdf

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Vision and the lack of it.

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Today I’m beginning a sequence of reflections about vision. On Sunday morning I mentioned the passage that used to be translated “Without a vision the people perish” (KJV) but which we now understand to mean “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint” as it says in the NIV.  I take that to mean “where God is not being revealed, people lose a sense of mission, vision, and purpose, and each operates according to their own individual or familiar vision.” I am already forming a theory that Nobleford CRC has looked appreciatively into the rear view mirror for a significant time, but in doing so has possibly not paid attention to planning the road ahead and picking a destination other than continuing the past. So this posting is a first in a series. I don’t know exactly where it is going, and was surprised myself by what I created this morning. Without a Vision, Things Die, Part One.

To read a printable pdf edition of this reflection, follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i11fu39ukhubbmo/Without%20a%20Vision%2C%20things%20die%2C%20Part%20One.pdf

Accidental Exclusion

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I wrote a new reflective article on how some of the things we value culturally in the church become barriers to newcomers feeling welcome even though we don’t intend that. You can read it here: “No More Joiners.

To read a printable pdf format version of this reflection, follow this link:https://www.dropbox.com/s/6a1bwjponl9izp2/No%20More%20Joiners.pdf

Layers

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I wrote an article about Layers in the church. You can read it here: https://stmatnobleford.wordpress.com/applied-articles-for-nobleford/the-layers-of-the-church/