Thursday, May 24, 2012

Staying Alive

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

We’ve Moved

Hey there,

In order to keep this site active (for archive purposes), I need to post now and then.

Be sure to visit my currently blog at:


Jamie Arpin-Ricci, CJ

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Friday, June 26, 2009

I Need Your Help. Gotta A Minute?

Hey there,

As you can probably see, I have not regularly blogged at this address for some time.  However, I am still getting a fair bit of traffic here.  I am now blogging at my new site A Living Alternative, Our Missional Pilgrimage.  I would greatly appreciate it if you headed over there to take a look.

Also, if you have a blog, I would appreciate any linkage.  Believe it or not, by doing so, you will be helping support our inner city ministry & church plant.  Thanks!

Jamie Arpin-Ricci

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Website Launched

Hey all!

I am excited to announce that this blog has now moved to a new home:

Please update all links to the new location!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ReDirection – What Is Missional? – Synchoblog

When I decided to participate in this “What Is Missional?” Syncroblog, I was initially nervous. After all, I am not a theologian or a particularly accomplished “practitioner”. However, I am passionately committed to follow Christ, along with my community, to become the peculiar people He has called us to be. After all, the stakes are high. I am not exploring this out of curiosity or intellectual interest, but because I see in my inner city neighbourhood (and moreso in my own life) the desperate need for saving transformation. And so I will try to wrestle it our here.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that the term “missional” get so over-used, misused and abused is that it cannot be understood apart from the “mission” that is at its root (both etymologically and conceptually). At the heart of God’s mission is the Gospel. While “What is the Gospel?” could be a Syncroblog in and of itself, I have always started with this very basic premise…

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

ReDirection – The Gospel, “To The Letter, Without Gloss” – Fridays With Francis

When I consider St. Francis, I am continually amazed at the incredible impact he has had (and still has) on the lives of people, both Christian and otherwise. Though we can point to his excesses (like his refusal to have any of his followers even touch money or extreme self-impoverishment after the supposed example of Jesus), we must stop to consider why he is widely embraced and is the subject of more books and biographies than any other saint in history (a point made more interesting we recognize that he is also one of the least educated of saints).

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Re-Direction – “New Monasticism” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove – Book Review

In my last post, I shared about some of the books I have reading. A few moments ago I finished “New Monasticism: What It Has To Say To Today’s Church” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. When it arrived I was surprised at how thin it was, at only 147 pages. However, this book did not disappoint. It is one of the more inspiring and helpful books I have read in some time. Let me give you an overview.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

ReDirection – Learning True Community: Hard Questions That Must Be Answered

The following is from the end of the chapter on community in David Augsburder’s book “Dissident Discipleship”. I challenge you to spend some time in prayerful consideration of these questions:

How can I learn a spirituality that nurtures human wholeness unless I commit myself to do all I can and contribute all I can to building a community where we together are seeking ways to practice imitation of Christ? Or will I have to be content with a spirituality of desirable but finally optional vitures?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

ReDirection – What Is Our Missional Community Becoming? Exciting Imaginations

Over the last few weeks I have been spending a great deal of time pondering the future of our minsitry. As we move towards the church plant, we are realizing that it is just one part of the great shift in our little missional community. I have talked a great deal about the values and ideals that we embrace, but it often lack concrete examples to flesh it out.

For the past 6 years, we have been a small group of YWAM missionaries living and serving in Winnipeg’s inner city. For the past four of those years, we have all lived together in a duplex my wife & I bought- a former gang house that was restored by Lazarus Housing and sold to us by our friend and neighbour, the late Harry Lehotsky. While we were primarily program-centered for the first few years, we differentiated many YWAM centres with a strong theology of place alongside our theology of going.

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