Author: Steve Kimes

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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A Note About My Family’s Work

My family is leaving Portland, Oregon after working here for the last quarter century with folks on the street. This month, I will be switching my focus to another city in Oregon, but I've been taking a time to reflect.  I want to summarize the work we've done so those reading this blog understand a bit of the background that creates the thoughts that make this blog. My family has been

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