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Week of Justice is Knocking

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 30, 2009

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i wanted to point you to the finalized site and schedule for week of justice this year. i’m so excited about all of the things we have in store for the week this time around. a few old topics, some new- but for sure, it will entail challenging concepts and a call to action…

if you are in the area, come check out an event or two, or all five!



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Back With a Vengence

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 29, 2009

it’s always tough getting back into the routine after vacation, but this time around there was no choice about it.

we are in the middle of facilitating all of the ncc small group summer outreach projects.  i am helping link groups with opportunities and keep everyone organized.  it is a lot of work, but exciting to see all of the places that people are getting involved.

on top of that, week of justice is kicking off on sunday!  whoa…
i can’t believe it- that it’s here already.  we have some really great stuff lined up this year, and i’m really excited about how it all turns out.

finally, had another really great discussion with mike from berlin.  we are finalizing our schedule for the trip next month.  every time that we talk, i get more and more excited about the potential that is there.  we just have such great chemistry when we talk about the project- which is vital when you are working with overseas endeavors.

so now, it is back to work.  the inbox is pretty much cleared out and it down to business.


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From the Bay to the Lake

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 19, 2009

today is baptism by the bay-
get to spend the afternoon on the chesapeake bay to celebrate over 20 people taking a public step of faith.  what an exciting moment.

then it’s off to the airport and back home for a week.
get a whole week in sister lakes, mi with family and friends.
i’m looking forward to it!

more when i return, a few shades darker…


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Why DC is Lame

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 17, 2009

there are plenty of lame things about this city- and most of them have to do with the fact that there are so many people who take themselves way too seriously.
yesterday evening i encountered one of those moments.

i got a great deal on some fantastic seats for the cubs/nats game and was about 20 rows up from the cubs dugout.  during one of the inning breaks, while my friend went to get some refreshments, i moved down to about the 10th row.  let me tell you, it is sure something, getting to watch baseball that close up.  it’s been a while.  so naturally, i was pretty excited, and began to cheer for some of the cubs players.

then after about my 3rd or 4th motivational shout- this guy in front of me turns around and asks if i was sitting in a seat that was mine.  i replied that it was for the moment and that i had moved down for a half an inning.  (note there were a ton of wide open seats)  he then said, “well, i want you to have a good time- but i don’t want to hear you yelling in my ear.”  he then proceded on with his ‘business’ which included some kind of work talk about some business in florida…  lame.

i had several thoughts run through my head.  first of all, what a disgrace to the game of baseball-  it really made me mad, that this guy- a likely season ticket holder, was so disinterested in the game (it is the nats i suppose).  it made me think that this was exactly what had gone wrong with sports these days.  those in the good seats are not the truest of fans- and there would be a bunch of crazy kids who would die to be able to sit that close.
what a shame.

ok, rant over  🙂
cubbies won 6-2.


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Week of Justice Theme

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 10, 2009

so i have decided on the theme for this year’s week of justice…

‘mystery revealed’

this comes from ephesians 3:9-11

I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

i love the idea that the church is used to display wisdom in its rich variety…
it is truly a mobilizing verse-

so, the answer to injustice is Jesus- but displayed through the church.  definitely more to come on all of this.  i think i’m going to spend some of the afternoon wrapping my mind around this verse…


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Fleeing to the Oppressor

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 8, 2009

i was reading a portion of scripture last nite in the book of matthew, and i came across something in the second chapter that had never really occurred to me. (don’t you love when you discover something new in a text you have read a ton of times…?)

matthew 2:13-14
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt”

i find it very interesting that here, Jesus and his family are forced to flee ‘the promise land” back to the place from where the hebrew people had to flee generations prior, egypt.  what a strange turn of events; that what was once a place of slavery for the people to whom Jesus was born, was now a refuge for Him.

this is in a strange sort of way, very symbolic of what the presence of Jesus can do… it turns places of slavery into redemptive places of refuge.  just a late nite, not very well thought through observation…

ps. i shared this with one of my roommates and they said, that it was actually a very common phenomenon even today- that once oppressed people, often end up flocking to the oppressing land- and that it is especially prevalent in the colonial world (ie: the population of indian people living in london)


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Berlin Bound

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 7, 2009

i just got off of the phone with mike edwards, the guy we have been working with on the ground in berlin. it is really invigorating talking with him because i feel a strong connection with him and his heart. all of our discussions up to this point have been efficient and fruitful, which is a wonderful confirmation from the Lord, that we are moving in the right direction.

today, we chatted and dreamed a bit about what our schedule for the week could entail- from getting an overall feel of berlin, to meeting with other spiritual leaders there, to getting down and dirty in some of the diverse neighborhoods that comprise the capital city.

i am looking forward to getting on the ground with our team- walking the streets and dreaming about what the Lord might want to do through us there. it is truly amazing how God has connected the dots throughout my life to bring me to this point. in His time, if we have patience, He will bring fulfillment to the paths and journeys on which we have traveled. it’s a beautiful thing.


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Posted by justicetabernacle on July 2, 2009

who would have thought that it was july already?
with the ethiopia trip and other things to fill the calendar, the spring time just flew by. and since it’s july, that means it’s time to start planning week of justice…

this year we are going to do it to conclude our summer semester and series on neighborhoods. normally, we embed woj within the missions series- but that series is being infused into the summer.

so for now, i am just trying to gather some ideas on theme, topics, connections, etc. each year usually takes on a unique character and the Lord really moves in and through people to reveal all kinds of injustice that is happening. i’m excited to see what comes of this year. there are always a lot of divine appointments and great networking connections that happen and push individuals to take further action far beyond the week. i pray that this year will be nothing short of the same.

i’ll update here when we land on a theme and graphic. stay tuned…


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Playing and Praying

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 1, 2009

the ncc staff had their annual play and pray retreat this past few days. it was great time away together out over the bay bridge on the chesapeake bay. we stayed in an old plantation house with access to kayaks, canoes, sand volleyball, tennis courts and a pool. of course we brought our own bags set to make sure that we got plenty of tossin’ in as well.

it was also a great time of seeking the Lord together. we had daily morning and evening devotions- and it mostly consisted of quiet contemplation with one another. we even had some open air worship time, which is always a wonderful experience.

it was mentally relaxing, but physically exhausting… i think i played about 7 to 8 games of sand volleyball yesterday alone. all in all though, it was a really fruitful time- and it really helps you see your co-workers in a different light, and gives you time to connect with them in ways that you normally are unable.

check out pmark’s blog for a few pics…


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