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Times when R before T is not the healthy thing for the church

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There are times when putting Relationship before Tasks is not the best thing to do. Hopefully I don’t confuse you by saying that, especially if you grappled to understand what R before T is. That is the subject of this week’s post.

R before T

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Yes, a bit of a mysterious title, but that’s a way to pique your curiosity and have you feel compelled to follow the link.

I am in a time when I am making many new theological and scriptural connections, and even though I have a gut sense it might be time to slow down in presenting you with new-to-you interpretations and understandings, when God has me in a phase like this when many things are converging into ideas and applications that make sense, I just have to share them!

So here are this weeks thoughts: http://wp.me/P3etrg-5x

Lending substance to my claim to see similarties

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As I mentioned publicly, I have been reading a book co-written by nine young adults who were raised Hutterite and who found the true gospel of freedom in Jesus Christ and left their colonies (and often families) to live in our world.

I also mentioned publicly that I see similarities in the CRC I have known and know now and some of the mistaken cultural and religious beliefs and behaviours of the Hutterites and other similar groups.

The post this link takes you to is a partial demonstration of what I see. I simply had to stop the project of documenting this, because more important work was falling by the wayside.

To go there, click on the underlined words just above, or follow this: http://wp.me/P3etrg-aS

My New Years Resolution

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I’ve decided to quit attending Sports events. I have 12 reasons why:

1. No one ever came to visit me after I went there. I would have thought the coach would look me up, or at least a player or at least someone would call. Nothing!

2. Every time I went, all they seemed to want from me was money.

3. The people sitting in my row didn’t seem very friendly.

4. The seats were very hard.

5. The people in black and white made decisions I didn’t agree with.

6. I was sitting with hypocrites—they only came to see what others were wearing and to make fun of them!

7. Some events went well overtime and I was late getting home.

8. The band played some songs I had never heard before.

9. The events are mainly scheduled on my only day to sleep in and run errands.

10. My parents took me to too many of these events against my will when I was growing up.

11. So I don’t want to take my children because I want them to develop their own appreciation and then choose for themselves what sport they like best.

12. Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches and black and whites, anyway. That makes it frustrating to see them all mess up.

So, instead, I’m going to church more.

That’s my resolution.

First 5 pages of presentation notes

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In our Transition Team meetings, I have been using notes on my observations, theories and curiosities to guide me in describing what I think I have seen here in Nobleford. The Transition Team and I are discussing these as we go along, and only those things they recognize will go into their reports. I will be making new versions of these notes available as we progress. You can find them on the Transition Team page of this blog.

For now, if you have an interest, here are the first 5 pages of my presentation:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yss78e9wgoby95e/Summary%20of%20convergence%20of%20factors%20pages%203%20to%205.pdf

Remember, these are solely my observations presented to initiate discussion and reflection.