Recently Colorado Community Church gathered for a Transforum on Gendercide.
What’s a Transforum?
It’s an invented word to describe a forum with the purpose of individual and world transformation. The goal is threefold: Awareness, reflection & action.
Gendercide is the systematic and methodical killing of members of a specific sex. Today, more girls are selectively aborted in India and China each year than girls born each year in the United States.
It’s a Girl: The Three Deadliest Words in the World is a documentary that vividly portrays this crisis.
Reflection: Living the Call of Micah 6.8
Whose case can I plead? How can I involve the person who caused the problem in the solution? What common ground do I have with those also working on this issue?
Who is sinning and needs forgiveness? Who is suffering and needs relief? What basic human need can God use me to meet?
Walk Humbly With My God
What would it look like for God to show up? What can I do? What can only God do?
Action: What is God calling you to do?
Click here to download the Transforum Tool box complete with local, national & international organizations/opportunities:
Feel free to share your feelings and thoughts concerning any of the questions of the Micah 6.8 call.
Now that many of you are reading, The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers, I’d like to provide a forum for us to interact & discuss the concepts of the book.
We’re launching The Mercy Prayer Online Book Club, beginning this Monday, Sept. 9th. (Click to tweet)
Chapter-by-chapter we’ll go deeper into the concepts.
Chapter Videos: I’ve made some short chapter videos to enhance our discussion. Ultimately, you’ll be able to download these (free!) for your own uses.
Discussion Guide: There will also be an online discussion guide that you can use for personal or group study.
Get the book: The Mercy Prayer is available in paperback and ebook formats–at your local book store or by visiting the official website (click here)
Click here to learn to pray The Mercy Prayer with every breath you take and every beat of your heart.
In Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, I wrote about the dream that almost wasn’t. Enjoy.
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When Martin Luther King Jr. stood up before the crowd on a late-August day in 1963, talking about his dream wasn’t even on his mind. It wasn’t even in his notes. Certainly, he had many wonderful things to say. Poetic lines about withering injustice, cashing a blank check, and letting freedom ring were all in the manuscript that sat in front of him on the podium. But the famous “I Have a Dream” speech is the dream that almost wasn’t.
The moment that took place in Washington, D.C., was truly a jazz moment. It was a convergence of preparation, playing off the crowd, improvisation, and listening. (Click Here: What’s a Jazz Theologian?)
After King was introduced, he began to make his way through his script. As the crowd applauded and shouted, he began to feed off of them. When he said, “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righ-teous-ness like a mighty stream,” the crowd began to roar. King began to skip parts of what he had planned — and then it happened.
Prior to King’s speech, Mahalia Jackson had sung, “I’ve Been ’Buked and I’ve Been Scorned,” only to have the crowd demand an encore. So she sang the spiritual, “How I Got Over.” After she finished this song, Martin Luther King Jr. was introduced; Mahalia was seated on the stage behind him. What few -people know is that she was calling to him. As the great orator was speaking to the nation, she was speaking to him. All he needed to do was respond to her call.
“Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
King continued, already breaking from his script: “Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama . . .”
Mahalia continued to call: “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” It was then that it happened — King listened.
Departing from his notes, he began to improvise. He reached back into his memory bank and said, “I still have a dream . . .”
What a moment! (Click to Tweet)
Click here to learn how to develop your ear and more about composing a jazz-shaped faith.
I believe deeply in the message of my new book, The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers. Experiencing God’s everlasting compassion and learning to pray the most prayed prayer with every beat of our heart is truly transformative.
I’m not a big named author with a lot of clout so I need the help of friends to get the word out.
Here are three ways you can help spread the news.
1. Share via Social Media
Post this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npV4H_m2IBo
Post this website: www.mercyprayerbook.com
If you are a blogger, write about your experience with the book
2. Write a Retailer Review
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3. Give the book to someone who needs to know about God’s mercy or may be struggling with prayer.
I can’t do this without you. Thanks in advance and remember: Everybody Needs Mercy!
What is justice? What does it mean to work for justice? Do we even have the right tools in our toolbox?
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Seeking the peace of the city. What does that look like practically?
This new series is to help us all answer the call!