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Our Muslim Neighbors 
Monday, August 30, 2010, 08:23 AM - Extra Christy
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I have been blessed with talking to Muslims in the Holy Land and getting to know our Muslim neighbors just down the street.

Here are some in a Public Service Announcement.

I am grieved of the attacks on Muslims and vandalism and protests at their places of worship, especially during the month of Ramadan, which is similar to our Christmas season with an emphasis on family and spiritual renewal.

Even if Muslims were our enemy, (some are, perhaps even thousands, out of a total 1.5 billion Muslims who are not, including 18 million Americans, (see chart above)), Christians are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ to love them. We are also commanded to love our neighbors, which include Muslims.

Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all children of Abraham, we have much more in common with Muslims, than we do with those who believe there is no God.

In support of our friends and neighbors, I have placed a positive, non-confrontational message on the church sign this week. I am not using the word MUSLIM and have included a translation of the the traditional Arabic greeting into English letters and words. As of now,

FREEDOM OF
RELIGION
BLESSES ALL (one side)

RAMADAN KAREEM
(NOBLE GENEROUS MONTH)
TO OUR NEIGHBORS (another)

The greeting in Arabic is used much as we would wish folks to have a Merry Christmas. It is important and respectful to use Arabic when using this greeting. Just as "Happy XMAS" just isn't the same as "Merry Christmas" for us.

I happy to talk to anyone about how Christians can love others.


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Ties That Bind 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 07:05 PM - Extra Christy, Radio
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Putting on Clothes

Father's Day is a good day for ties. I've gotten some creative ones over the years, that I enjoy wearing, but I don't usually wear a tie.

Early in my ministry, I tested tie wearing. I wore ties every day for a week and went "neck commando" the next week. I found that I have more significant conversations with people when I didn't wear a tie. Folks would open up.

Ties are good if a man wants to move up in business, but I want to help folks move up in other ways...and ties might not be helpful for spiritual movement for some folks.

Christy & a Friend with Different Neckware
I still like to wear a tie for one worship service a week.(Even thought it is mostly covered with a robe!) But for the second one, I change into a casual shirt. One of the new regular attenders told me, I see you in that shirt and khaki pants and I know this place welcomes people like me.

I hope you are welcome in the places you go and are always wearing your welcoming clothes, whether they include a tie or not.

Christ Ties to Us

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.- Galatians 3:27-29

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Checking in with God 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 02:42 PM - Extra Christy
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For God's Sake, Where Are You?

I enjoy a game that doesn't end, (no not World Cup "soccer", that just seems never ending.)

It is called Foursquare . Using smart phones' GPS location, users can check in at venues (stores, churches, restaurants, offices). This enables them to let their friends know where they are, stalkers and repo men find them easily, and annoy their followers with their constant updates on twitter.

I like to use foursquare not only to tell others where I am, earn badges and play a version of king of the hill called "becoming Mayor" of a venue; but to "check in" with God, letting God know where I am, and remind me that God is there too. A quick and quiet prayer before entering a venue helps me be spiritually as well as physically present.

I hope you check in with God regularly. Smart phones a GPS connection are not required to place you in God's venue, only a spiritual connection is required, which is available worldwide.

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God Likes Check-ins

[Adam & Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?"
- Genesis 3:8-9

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Cringe Minimum 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 03:06 PM - Extra Christy
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There is a Three Cringe Minimum

Listening to Bruce Reyes-Chow at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's 2010 Festival of Theology and Reunion I was struck by his assertion that you should cringe at least three times in worship.

As I was tallying last Sunday's cringe count, he explained that if you have a service with nothing that makes you cringe, a little uneasy, then all you have done is made a worship service that is comfortable for you, alone.

from Craig Forsyth
Wow! Cringes in worship as evidence of evangelism and hospitality to folks not exactly like us. Makes those applause breaks in worship easier to bear.

I hope your worship services are cringe worthy, and outside of church walls, you'll allow yourself to cringe as you reach out to those who are different to us but loved the same by God.
Don't Have to Be Like Us To Be For Us

John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. - Mark 9:38-41

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Baby Names 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 05:51 PM - Extra Christy
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90% of Top Ten Bible Based

According to the Social Security Administration and Biblical Baby Names only 2 out of the top ten names for boys and girls are not rooted in the Bible. ("William" and "Emily" )

I was thinking about Biblical names because I met a Caleb the other day (number #31 in 2009). He even knew where his name came from! Caleb was the "best supporting actor" in Joshua's great scene in the Exodus epic recorded in book of Numbers in the Bible, chapters 13 and 14.

Top Baby Names


Caleb spied out the promised land, and with Joshua, gave a minority report that was so unpopular folks were ready to stone him to death. (I've seen a couple of Presbyterian General Assemblies like that.) The report? While he and Joshua agreed with the majority, that there were giant challenges in the land God had directed them to inhabit; they were emphatic that with the Lord, they had nothing to fear!

I hope the giants in the promised land God is calling us don't overcome the vision of God waiting for us there as well.

Strong than We; but Not God

And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there...But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it." Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we." - Numbers 13:27-28; 30-31

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