Practices

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Seeds Prototype: Jesus, Jazz, and Dessert Wine

Connect through music and storytelling.
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Pray at the Laundromat

Make meaningful connections in your community by showing up at the laundromat in a surprising way.
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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.
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Breakthrough Spiritual Practice: Borrow a Tool

Practice being vulnerable with your neighbors by allowing them to serve you.
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Breakthrough Practice: Eat With Your Neighbor

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen friendships with your neighbors by sharing a meal together.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
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How to Listen to Spiritual Stories from People Outside Your Congregation

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen relationships with your neighbors by listening to their spiritual stories.
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How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood–just by sitting and observing.
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How to Lead ‘Dwelling in the Word’

An ancient spiritual practice that helps locate where God is active.
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How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
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Why Jesus?

Share stories of faith and listen deeply to others.

Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People

My biased suspicions about a book on faith practices were that it will probably offer some way for the reader

Moving with the Spirit, engaging race and diversity

This week at Luther Seminary we honor Jane Buckley Farlee with the annual Race, Church and Change award. Her work

Discerning mission: The Holy Spirit’s new challenge and opportunity

By Gary Simpson In his August 5, 2011, letter to the rostered lay leaders and pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran

The political novelty of God

I can’t resist this quote from John Howard Yoder, which is cited in David Fitch’s blog on mission and ecclesiology:

T is for teaching the Bible

The Lutheran University Press has just published the lectures from last year’s Hein-Fry series, and that series included one from Mary Hess entitled Learning

Leadership lessons

Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the “church world,” reflections that I think all

Sin, grace and popular culture

Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about

B Is For Living Into Our Baptism

In this Jan. 2011 service celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord, Dr. Lois Malcolm powerfully unpacks what it means to

T is for Triune God: Circulating Around the Neighborhood

By Dwight Zscheile In the seventh century, the theologian John of Damascus used a term to describe the life of