questions for Evangelicals; prayer

If you get a chance, go over to the Atheist Revolution blog, where several great questions have been posed for “current or former Evangelical Christians.” Vjack, the blog’s author (and an Atheist), has been a contributor on this blog, and he, myself, and others have worked in the past toward healthy “dia-blog” between Atheists and Christians. Even if you do not consider yourself an Evangelical (but you do/did follow Jesus), your contributions over at AR would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Finally, a few things you can pray about today:

Chrissy’s impending graduation and job search. Pray that God will provide an avenue for her to exercise her passions and maximize her usefulness in His kingdom. Her dream would be to serve in a management role for a non-profit that serves youth, or in a consulting role whereby she can positively impact several area non-profits.

Our housing situation and mission in Boston. We’re more certain than ever that Boston is where God has led us to participate in His life and mission. We have had for a while the sense, however, that God is leading us into deeper, more radical community with other like-minded Christians, and the way that this would better equip us to join what God is doing in Boston, and specifically our neighborhood of East Boston. Proximity and shared resources/space are a huge part of the vision we’ve been given. We also would like to put down roots in a more permanent way by saying “siyonara” to rent payments and perhaps entering into a housing purchase with a few other people.

The vision we have is for this community house to be a refreshing place of deep spiritual rhythms, justice, peace, encouragement, and mission. A space that could be a place where we ourselves are built up for the journey, but also where the hurting and lost can find refuge and beauty and purpose. We have been in conversation with a few close friends in the area about these dreams, and the response has been encouraging. But we would still like to see the hearts of other couples and singles united under these principles before we move forward with anything permanent. Pray first that God’s leading in this will be clear. If this is of God, pray for this unity to occur, for a common passion for the neighborhood of East Boston to be forged or strengthened, for logistical and spiritual doors to open, for the supernatural to break into the natural. This is a potentially HUGE and fairly binding transition, so we and our conversation partners want to be clear that it is of God.

Please share with us anything you hear from the Lord, or just let us know you’re praying. And as always, pray with us Luke 10:2:

These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (NLT)

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on April 29, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    I, personally, could not imagine living in a community of other people. I think they would get on my nerves, but that’s only my opinion.

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  2. Thanks much for the link. I figured some of your regular visitors might have something to say on the subject. Once I get a critical mass of responses, I’ll do a follow-up or two. I think it will be interesting to see what I learn.

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  3. Steve,

    Thanks for the link. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to comment in a while, but I’ve been reading now and then how things are going in Boston. I wish you the best of luck!

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  4. Posted by Steve on April 29, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Chris – It’s certainly not everyone’s cup o tea, that’s for sure. =)

    Vjack – I hope you get a commenter or two from over here. It’s an important discussion.

    DT – Welcome back! I’ve been keeping up with you over at Philalethia, which is certainly one of the smarter blogs out there. I’m proud to say that our initial contact “introduced” you and Ben, which spurred on this pioneer blog you guys have.

    Things are going well here … thanks for asking. We just have some question marks in terms of next steps with residences and partners in this work and such. But it’s all good, as they say.

    How are things down on the “inna hahbah?”

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  5. Steve,

    Good, good. There’s plenty of work to do. I really do have to thank you for running Harvest Boston. It’s not just a great site; it was a stroke of good luck — some may call it fate, but I won’t — that Ben and I met here.

    I know Ben is a bit busy now and then, as am I, and Philaletheia becomes a bit stagnant; would you be interested in writing a guest-post or providing commentary sometime? I’d love to have more Christian writers and commenters part of the discussion.

    And thanks for the compliments!

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  6. off topic, but you’ve posted on environmental stuff before, and I thought you might find this interesting on the religious character environmental stuff is taking on.

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  7. Steve,

    We should talk sometime soon about the possibility of communal living. My wife and I learned a lot from our experiment with it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. You warned us about some of the potential dangers, but what we found that there were other things none of us had even considered before we jumped in. I’d love to share with you and hear your dream for a Christian community that lives sanely and godly in the world of Boston. Please call or write and we’ll chat.

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