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Pay Attention

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Pay Attention

We will be in the middle of a deep conversation, or a story, and suddenly she is silent.  No more talking, no more footsteps. I look back only to find her crouched down looking at the smallest mushroom with the most vibrant purple hue.  “I should have been a mycologist," she says, looking at me with the utmost sincerity.

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Failing Pilgrimage

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Failing Pilgrimage

How I failed pilgrimage is a long and somewhat interesting story. When I first spoke those words I was walking along a gravel road up toward the lona Abbey in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

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Interruption

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Interruption

I really should call this one: Interruption: An Experiment. We talk a lot about experiments at Missional Wisdom Foundation. One thing I know about myself is that I would much rather be experimenting and exploring new ideas than rehashing or managing old ones. It’s one of the certainties and signs to how I knew serving as the pastor of a local church was not the right path for me. Now, even when I’m doing something I’ve done before, it’s generally new to this group. “We’ve never done it this way before” to me is all the more reason to do it: it’s exciting even if it’s uncomfortable. I like comfort as much as the next person for my personal life, but in my work if I’m not a least a little bit terrified, I’m not trying hard enough.

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An Insightful Lunch

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An Insightful Lunch

I must admit, when I got the invitation to join a millennial think tank and roundtable discussion over lunch at Cafe Momentum, I chuckled to myself, “This should be interesting.” I had some preconceived ideas of my own about the “Gen Y” folks.

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The Foundry House

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The Foundry House

A foundry is a workshop for casting metal. My only reference for this is a clip from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—but there are no orcs or dwarves in this story. This is about The Foundry House, a new intentional living community in Winston-Salem, NC, of which I am Prioress.

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My Time with the Epworth Project

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My Time with the Epworth Project

I first went to The Dietrich Bonhoeffer House, an intentional Christian community of the Missional Wisdom Foundation's Epworth Project located in Old East Dallas, in December of 2016.

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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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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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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.

 

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Helpless to Help

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Helpless to Help

I also took the time to share the MWF vision to construct a switchback herb garden that will be wheelchair accessible and allow people of all abilities to garden as they used the path to enter the basement below.

 

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The Good Neighboring Experiment

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The Good Neighboring Experiment

Think of your neighborhood. Maybe it's a city block, an apartment building, or a retirement community.  Maybe you live in the country and your neighbors are far, or maybe you live in a cul-de-sac and they are close by. No matter where you live, you are somebody’s neighbor and somebody is your neighbor.

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