Author: Steve Kimes

Jesus the Outreach Worker

If we are going to understand something, we have to know the context.If we use the word "bear" does it mean "to carry" or does it mean "a large hairy beast that wants to eat your face off"? It's important to understand which meaning.  And we understand by the context around the word.In the ancient world there was a group of proto-monks called "the desert fathers and mothers" who lived in the

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Saving the Bible

1. Don't Break the Sabbath Once upon a time there were people who took the ten commandments really seriously.  So seriously, in fact, they not only didn't want people to disobey these laws, they didn't want them to get close to breaking these laws.  So they created laws which made the laws bigger.  And they created laws around those so they wouldn't break those laws, just in case.  They

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The Discarded Bottle

This is the first morning I awoke in my new community.  I am in the process of moving from Portland Oregon to Eugene Oregon, to be pastor in a new congregation.  I'm nervous, because for the last twenty years I've been the pastor of a homeless congregation with middle class people in it and now I am a pastor of a middle class congregation that will (hopefully) have homeless folks in it.  Class

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A Crisis of Authority

Jesus was anti-authoritarian. His policy on leadership is well known."You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man 

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Welcoming the Homeless: A Practical Guide

It's easy to find verses about welcoming the homeless.It was common practice in the ancient Mediterranean World to invite strangers into their home and to welcome immigrants to live on a property.Jesus said that to welcome on of the "least of these" into our home is to be welcoming him.Hebrews, John and James all recommend taking in people without a home and "show hospitality" which means

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