Returning from Camino

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Returning from Camino

Returning from Camino
A book review by Larry Duggins

Alexander Shaia is a wise and experienced man with a fascinating combination of lived and acquired knowledge. He has studied hard to build a wonderful base of psychological, theological and anthropological knowledge, and he has tempered those with the life experience of an immigrant and a pilgrim. Read more.

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Mission

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Mission

The highest point on the island of Iona is a peak called Dùn I (I = “ee”). While this climb, and the accompanying 360 degree island view, is available to anyone, pilgrims climb it as part of their pilgrimage around the island. It serves as a celebration point, a mountaintop moment, for it can be difficult to scale, and even harder, sometimes, to then find your way back down.

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Celebration

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Celebration

For the space at the table
We celebrate and give thanks
For the stories that arrive
Important to be heard
For the bellies and hearts that come hungry
Hoping to be filled

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Book Review: Heart and Mind

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Book Review: Heart and Mind

Heart and Mind
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Larry Duggins

Occasionally, I will read a book that sticks with me – I think about it throughout a day or a week or a month, and I randomly find myself turning over its ideas as I walk through life.  Alexander Shaia’s Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation is such a book.

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Commitment

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Commitment

To set the table is to commit to grace.

A set table implies a willingness to believe that our needs will be met.

At the table, the nutritional needs of the body will be supplied by the production of the earth.


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Nourishment

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Nourishment

For those who take the time to come to the table, both for ritual and for meal, the community of God is nourishing. It brings health. This is not always happiness. Just ask anyone who has ever come to the table hoping for cake and found cauliflower. Sometimes community requires patience, love, endurance, imagination, and courage. But, in return, Jesus promises nourishment. Read More

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Credulous

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Credulous

Two years ago, my second child told me she didn’t want to get married. I paused the dishwashing I was doing, suspicious that there was a reason she felt compelled to announce this. After a little digging I discovered that she didn’t want to get married because she didn’t want to have children because...

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Justice and Peace

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Justice and Peace

Three ladies have prepared the food, two from Syria and one from Iran. They’ve been in The Mix Kitchen for the afternoon, preparing for this meal. A tasty assortment of rice, marvelously seasoned meat, fried kibbeh, and a light mix of greens; we are preparing to feast on this Tuesday afternoon. Read More

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What Kind of God?

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What Kind of God?

How does a missional mindset or perspective impact the way we read Scripture?

How does the Bible speak to and through a missional disciple?

And seriously, what kind of God is God?

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Welcome to the Table

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Welcome to the Table

I am not a table setter. I want to be. I really like having a place set for me. I like the sense of sitting down with everything I might need within reach. I like the sense that there was one who went before me, anticipating those needs. I like the sense that I might meet the needs of those at my table. Read More

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Unexpected. Interrupted.

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Unexpected. Interrupted.

It’s 12:00pm:

I’m finally sitting down to return overdue emails, write a nearly overdue article, and slog through a grant outline. Maybe I’ll have time to get part of one of these tasks done in the hour I don’t have anything planned today and can simultaneously inhale a sandwich. Read More

 

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Table Fellowship

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Table Fellowship

When I think of the things that consistently draw me into relationship with Jesus, and those things that have been anchor points for that relationship throughout my life, the notion of table fellowship is beyond doubt the most consistent theme throughout my life. Read More

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