John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
As always, Jesus tells it like it is, and the news can seem a bit disheartening. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. He doesn’t say we will accomplish a little bit, or that we’ll do fairly well. We can do nothing apart from him. Nothing of value. Not a thing that has eternal implications.
Community is not just a word to describe a group of people with commonalities. In the Christian context it is much deeper. Community is loving your neighbor as you love yourself (and not that pseudo love, but that 1 Corinthian-Chapter-13 kind of love). And if you have ever loved - I mean truly loved - you know it does not come easy.
We are honored to have Dr. Bob Paeglow and members of his team at Koinonia Health Center in Albany, NY presenting a workshop at the conference this year.
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“Honey, I just attended this terrific conference, and guess what…We’re moving!”
That conversation has happened more than a few times over the years - often after a CCHF or GMHC conference. Sometimes it is a move to the “hood”. Other times it is a move into the “woods”. Sometimes it is a move to a totally different continent. I know some stories that have ended well. I know a few that didn’t. And most of the time, I really believe the call was real.
The answer: Work Harder. To kill this movement, we need everyone to just work harder.
Yesterday I visited with John Perkins at his home in Jackson, MS. We talked about the challenges facing those who are guiding the hundreds of Christian clinics that care for under-resourced communities across America.
On a snowy day in Chicago, I am sitting by a fire in a cozy coffee house and bistro, enjoying some breakfast and good coffee.