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Staff thoughts and life lessons about poverty, injustice, leadership, religion and other social issues in the world today.

2014 in review

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give our hard-earned money to someone, we usually expect something in return. Whether the return is tangible or intangible, we exchange something of value for something else we value. We do this every day, whether we are picking up groceries or making larger investments; but do we think this way when we make a gift? What is it that you get when you give?

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Whichever of you has never sinned...

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

I read John 8 today. Wow.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

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Photocopy Jesus

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give like Him, love like Him, see people like Him, speak to people like He did, pray like He did, feed like him, and most importantly perceive like Him… the byproduct is the wrong becomes right. The world (or my particular situation) becomes wrong when I act like me… and all things become right again when I act like Him. Yes, this is frustratingly simple, but so difficult to actuate. But who — and I mean who — would argue the result of what our lives were like if millions of His followers were really following?

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Proof of our Faith

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

Think about every relationship you have for a minute.

Are you always humble and gentle? Do you make allowance for their faults? A pretty tall calling? Not my words. Being always humble and gentle is a life worthy of our calling. Let’s not make any excuses with talk of personality difference. The more like Jesus I am, the more patient I will be, making allowance for the faults of others.

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Beaten Up?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I really don’t like these two passages from 2 Corinthians. Yes I want the effect, but no I don’t want the cause...

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A preacher with a prostitute

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 1 minute read

God’s grace and love never reaches a human-like limit. The depth of His compassion is always deeper than my depravity. The expanse of His faithfulness always has more reach than my faithlessness. His patience with my failings far exceeds any understanding of love I can fathom.

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Big Babies

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

When it comes to the demonstration of extreme grace, kindness and understanding, “Christians” aren’t much better at it than the rest of the world...

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How God shows up

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I have been to my share of conferences about how to be effective in ministry. I’ve read my share of books that propose how to grow organizations. I have attended my share of seminars and courses that talk about how to have an ever-increasing impact. All all of these have been valuable.

However, these four verses, if lived out, is what will cause us to have the greatest possible impact. 

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Anyway

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 1 minute read

The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith...

  • People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

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Know empathy, know leadership

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

Our effectiveness and impact as a leader is directly tied to our ability to experience empathy. Whether your leadership is in your home, your place of work, your church, your peers, or anywhere… you will only be able to inspire and influence to the degree that we can feel what other people feel. And while empathy comes easier to some than others, I am also convinced that empathy can be learned. But nothing is learned if it’s not valued.

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