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  Topic: Ripe for Abuse
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 37: Authority and Abuse   Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:28 am   Subject: Ripe for Abuse
These are days of confusion on every front, functional illiteracy about not only the Bible but important tenets and documents of democracy, a time of fear and uncertainty. People are looking for an au ...
  Topic: Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (book)
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 37: Authority and Abuse   Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:11 am   Subject: Definitely a Must-Read
I wholeheartedly agree with Jamie's recommendation. It helped me to recognize some terrible patterns in a church I was attending - and removed the guilt they heaped on that kept me from experiencing G ...
  Topic: Of Lambs and Legacies
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 34: Reproduction   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:48 am   Subject: Of Lambs and Legacies
It is a privilege to work among pastors and leaders in a global context. It is a faith assuring experience to see that God really can pull of unity within diversity when His Spirit has the lead. The ...
  Topic: The Sin of Census Taking
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 33: Productivity   Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:36 am   Subject: The Sin of Census Taking
Jamie and Bob have raised key issues of the church climate today with their discussion on the problem with numbers. I am reminded of 2 Samuel 24 which highlights David's impulse to number Israel. Of ...
  Topic: Goat Girls
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 32: Indigenous Leadership   Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:45 am   Subject: Goat Girls
I am a goat girl. Always have been to some degree or another, always will be more than likely. I am one of those independent thinkers that either slow group processes, shake them up or even shock th ...
  Topic: Sharing the work or doing it "right"?
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 31: Working Together   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:03 am   Subject: Done Right or Righteously?
It is humorous when you think about it. We can become obsessed with doing ministry right - yet what kind of characters has God preferred to accomplish His kingdom work on earth. People who are flawe ...
  Topic: Old enough?
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 8: The Shepherd Healer   Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:35 pm   Subject: Old Enough or Mature Enough?
I really appreciated the thought here. However, as a popular greeting card says, "Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional."

I have been under leadership made up of many chronolo ...
  Topic: Double Vision Required
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 28: GUIDANCE   Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:20 pm   Subject: Double Vision Required
This was one of those entries that make me think, "Wow, God made me a leader!" and then "Wow, God made me a leader?" Both a sacred and a scary proposition.

The description of Hu ...
  Topic: Unforced Rhythms of Grace
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 27: My Sleepless Shepherd   Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:40 am   Subject: Unforced Rhythms of Grace
This could have been a part of Jamie's excellent post as it comes from Eugene Peterson as well. Yet it is so critical that it should be heard on its own terms:

Matthew 11: 28-30 - The Message &quo ...
  Topic: "Feed me, feed me"
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 7: Feed My Sheep   Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:20 am   Subject: Pre-Chewed Food
Jamie and Bob are dead on with this line of thinking. The "junk food" and "fast food" culture doesn't just affect our stomachs but our heads and hearts.

One of my frustrations w ...
  Topic: Seeking God for God
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 6: Greener Pastures   Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:03 am   Subject: Amen!
This is such convicting chapter. It captures so much of the journey God calls us to as the sheep of His pasture: following Him on a journey, reliance on His wisdom and love, longing for our final hom ...
  Topic: Tricks of the Trade
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 5: Spring Up, O Well!   Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:52 am   Subject: Tricks of the Trade
Unforunately, ours is a culture looking for results, results, results. Digging wells and drilling deep and trusting God were for "back then." In an instant coffee in the microwave society w ...
  Topic: Guard your heart
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 4: Streams in the Desert   Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:38 am   Subject: Guard your heart
In reading both of the prior posts, I would say you are both right. How is that for diplomacy?

I didn't read Jamie's post as indicative of our self-indulgent culture. Bob, how do you square the ide ...
  Topic: Caring While Carried
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 3: Called to Care   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:05 pm   Subject: Caring While Carried
The opening story in the book is amazing. While I appreciated the description of Jamie's call, it was the predicament of the ewe that really caught my attention. I could "see" her struggle, ...
  Topic: A Matter of Heart
Ragamuffin

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PostForum: Day 2: PROVISION   Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:07 pm   Subject: A Matter of Heart
Of all the lines on a pastor’s resume for passion and calling or on a leadership search team’s list of “non-negotiables” for the next leader, where does “a heart for God’s people” emerge ...
 
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