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  Topic: A tug toward home
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 40: Home   Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 1:41 pm   Subject: A tug toward home
I grew up on a farm with my brothers, parents, great-grandfather and I living in one house and grandparents in another. Neither my grandmother nor my father had ever lived anywhere else. To my young ...
  Topic: Attentive to the environment and flock
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 38: Adaptability   Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:49 pm   Subject: Attentive to the environment and flock
I appreciate Bob’s call for balance between adaptability and intentionality. In my growth as a pastor, I have learned to be less adaptable in some ways (trying to accommodate every suggestion posed ...
  Topic: The blessing and challenge of leading the whole
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 35: Think Flock   Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:15 pm   Subject: The blessing and challenge of leading the whole
Like Tim, I find it a greater challenge to “think flock” than to care for individual sheep. When tending particular sheep, I can easily take a responsive stance: listening and addressing whatever ...
  Topic: A grace-produced crop
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 33: Productivity   Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 2:42 pm   Subject: A grace-produced crop
I appreciate the emphasis in the day’s reading (and in the web postings) on the organic relationship between spiritual productivity and the activity of the Holy Spirit as we abide in Christ. As I r ...
  Topic: The grace of gifted goats
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 32: Indigenous Leadership   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:05 pm   Subject: The grace of gifted goats
I am blessed to serve a congregation with many goats! On the masthead on our Sunday bulletin, there is a designation “Pastor” where my name is listed and another line that reads “Minister – A ...
  Topic: Forging paths
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 30: Righteous Ruts   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:17 pm   Subject: Forging paths
As a child on our family dairy farm, I was sometimes puzzled by the well-worn paths that our cows trod through the pasture. Although they had plenty of space to forge other routes, the cows usually s ...
  Topic: Jumping into the pool
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 28: GUIDANCE   Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:52 pm   Subject: Jumping into the pool
Our family depends on a woodstove for most of our home heating. A few autumns ago, we lit the first fire of the season. When smoke began to fill our living room, we knew that a bird nest was blockin ...
  Topic: The gift of work and sleep
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 27: My Sleepless Shepherd   Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:38 pm   Subject: The gift of work and sleep
The work of a shepherd is never done – whether it is in the home or in the church! I am grateful for the reminder that leading requires both “hard work” and “letting go.” At times I am tem ...
  Topic: The source of our authority
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 23: The Rod   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:14 am   Subject: The source of our authority
What gives us authority to bear the rod? At a very basic level, it is embedded in our call as shepherd. Still, in a culture that is wary of authority, I think it is helpful to understand a connectio ...
  Topic: Gate-keeping in community
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 20: Gatekeepers   Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:59 pm   Subject: Gate-keeping in community
The gate to the flock of God needs guarding as much as it ever has. At the same time, I think it is important to distinguish the unique role of Jesus as the Gate who provides access (salvation!) to t ...
  Topic: Wrestling with rather than against the Lion of Judah
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 19: The Other Lion   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:28 am   Subject: Wrestling with rather than against the Lion of Judah
This chapter unsettles me for a few reasons:

1. I need to be reminded that any attempt to domesticate the Lion of Heaven is futile and foolhardy.

2. If faced with a whole community that were u ...
  Topic: Lost sheep in wolves’ clothing
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 17: Recognizing the Wolves   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:11 pm   Subject: Lost sheep in wolves’ clothing
Wolves indeed prowl at the edge of every community. I understand that better now than when I first began pastoral ministry. I do not recall any seminary courses that addressed the challenge of preda ...
  Topic: Trampling enemies in the way of Jesus
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 15: PROTECTION   Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:35 pm   Subject: Trampling enemies in the way of Jesus
I am deeply moved by the example of Rabbi Leo Baeck – who voluntarily admitted himself into a concentration camp during the Holocaust to help his fellow Jews. What a stellar example of the courageo ...
  Topic: Convicted and conflicted
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 11: Gathering the Scattered   Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:25 am   Subject: Convicted and conflicted
The reading for this day leaves me feeling both convicted and conflicted. Like Said, I easily become distracted from my flock-tending responsibilities – and I need to hear words like, “Do not com ...
  Topic: Echoing the voice of the Good Shepherd
Brent Kipfer

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PostForum: Day 10: Lost and Found   Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:54 pm   Subject: Echoing the voice of the Good Shepherd
I am challenged by Mrs. Aref’s relentless search for her lost sheep. She was successful because of her persistence, presence and word. I am particularly impressed by the way that her lost ewe was ...
 
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