Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jehovah Jireh

Posted by Jack

I didn’t say this to many people, but here at the house, we were down to our last dollar. For the past few months, our bank account has had a slow leak. Our money was steadily dwindling away and any income we received was inconsistent and unpredictable. I recently came to the conclusion that this coming bill cycle would drain every last penny and leave us with nothing.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Weed, Wings, and the Kingdom of God

Posted by Jack

I stood outside on Mulberry Street staring into the sky in amazement. Hundreds and hundreds of circling crows filled the sky. The trees across the street were full of the black birds as well, and their loud squawks and squeals demanded my attention. It was like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. King

Not because he was a great man, but because he was an ordinary man who dared to seek God's will on earth... just as it is in heaven.

Unarmed truth, unconditional love, and the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood.

May we never forget that another world is possible...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Revolution: Why it doesn't happen in your church.

Posted by Tim

Many youth groups and some church bodies discuss from time to time the idea of revolution or revival. It is a common idea when churches seem stale or exhausted. In youth groups, the pastor will discuss (usually very excitedly) about how every kid needs to bring their friends.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Coming out of the closet

Posted by Jack

As many of you know, we have a community closet here at Mulberry House. (If you didn’t know that, shame on you! Didn’t you watch the cheesy video tour?)

In fact, many of you are so familiar with the concept that you have graciously offered to donate your stuff to us… lots of your stuff.

I (Jack) have been doing some serious thinking lately (unemployment lends itself well to serious thinking), and I arrived at the conclusion that we need some clarifications in this area.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Prodigals and Runaways

Posted by Jack

Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.

Your mother calls me from work. She is angry and upset that she got another call from the school about your behavior. She is more upset that you, her teenage son, hung up on her after saying, “Fuck you.”

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rich Young Ruler

A song from one of our modern day prophets, Derek Webb.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Written on my Wall: Dr. King

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Written on my Wall: Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. AMEN

Friday, January 2, 2009

Winds of Change (Apparently)

Those of you who live in the area know that we have had some strong winds recently. We certainly know it!

After leaving the house unattended for one day, we returned to find some serious carnage! Take a look...

That pile of wreckage represents the small shed we once had in our back yard. A tree was growing directly behind the shed, between the building and the fence. The force of the flying shed was enough to snap the tree off at the ground. See the tree back there?

We are going to talk to our insurance agent and see if something can be done. We really aren't sure what to expect though.

Eventually, we will need a place to store our lawnmower and outdoor tools, so if anyone can help us out with a small building, let us know!

Be careful out there, and watch for flying tool sheds.