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Kingdom Contrast

May 25, 2005

I was walking the hallway of the convention center when I ran into Mark Scandrette. We started talking about the slow, steady, rewarding work of living an integrated, rhythmic life. Of just going to a place and doing it for a few years. No money, no machine, no Plan, no pressure or expectation. Live into it, and bring people toward it.

This contrasted markedly with my return to my session, where mostly professional ministers were getting to the end of the two-day seminar. It was that point at which–as things wind down– everyone starts shifting from ‘dream’ mode to ‘reality’ mode. When I walked in, they were in the middle of the gritty, ubiquitous work of deciding if it were possible to ‘change our churches?’.

Can we change ourselves?

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