Practices

The Way of Mission is something we practice each day — never perfecting, but always at work shaping our lives. Check out the practices section of this website to find ideas for how to practice mission today, tomorrow, and across the rest of your life.

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Temptation and Choices

Temptation and Choices

Good choices are hard, especially in weak moments. Does it help us with our choices to know that Jesus had weak moments and tough choices, too? Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild....

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The Zacchaeus Choice

The Zacchaeus Choice

Repentance is turning around. A 180-degree turn to God’s Grace. But is all repentance identical? Does it matter whether you’re poor or rich? Compare these two stories. The Prodigal Son of Jesus’ Parable of the Loving Father (Luke 15)...

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The Man Who Cut Dr. King’s Grass

The Man Who Cut Dr. King’s Grass

A couple of years ago, the movie "Selma" introduced America to a few heroes of the civil rights movement whose names aren't well-known. And we also saw the hundreds of people walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama whose...

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Shreveport

Shreveport

Would They Love Him Down in Shreveport Today? If they saw him riding in, long hair flying in the wind Would they love him down in Shreveport today? If they heard he was a Jew, and a Palestinian too Would they love him down in Nashville...

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Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire

I’m a Baptist. A real Baptist. Steeped in the American tradition of a free church in a free state. Political factions aren’t to be named and aligned by religion. So it hits me hard, up close and personal, when world news shows...

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First Things First

First Things First

When you’re networking, you carry an elevator speech in your virtual pocket. Just enough words to introduce yourself in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Just enough words to say who you are, what you do, and why your new...

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Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Does life seem repetitive? Does each day seem the same? Do you get up in the morning, go the same places, do the same tasks, eat the same meals, see the same people? Even if there’s options, are they the same options each time? One season...

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What Then Should We Do (Specifically)?

What Then Should We Do (Specifically)?

When you get under someone’s skin, they let it out with a yelp, like a pinched puppy. Now struggling with a crisis of conscience because of something you said, they have to do something. Their first impulse is to throw it back at you....

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Mary’s Song of Praise

Mary’s Song of Praise

“Just say the first thing that comes to mind,” say the counselor, the chaplain, professionals of all kinds. Urging people to let go of inhibitions, they literally urge words out of us without judgment. With support and encouragement, we...

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Breaking The Stupid Rule

Breaking The Stupid Rule

There once was a nursing home in a small town. You know how small towns are. Everybody knows everybody, everybody knows who’s in charge, so nothing ever changes, for so long that people stop trying. You know how nursing homes are for...

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The Elder Brother

The Elder Brother

The context of the story is the Prodigal’s return. But the story ends with the Elder Brother, because it’s directed at the Elder Brother in us all.

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Time to Choose

Time to Choose

Jesus is the judge of our directions, confirmed for us all to see by returning in resurrection. We can choose our resurrection, too.

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