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Value integrity

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I feel a need to give my creativity and deeper thinking a rest this week. So instead of creating a new posting I’ll share one I wrote and shared on the CRC network a few weeks ago. It has relevance here, but really addresses a broader issue for all churches.

http://network.crcna.org/pastors/expressed-values-lacking-integrity-lived-values

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The 3/12/120 Principle

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I did some reading during a power outage last week which was followed by an internet outage. 

The reading and reflecting helped me identify a principle I have been operating by that is affirmed in the book and found in scripture. So I wrote it out and share it now as this week’s blog posting.

Here’s the link: http://wp.me/P3etrg-dS

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

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/