Knapsack

Jeff
Notes from walking on the Way
Created 12 May 2021
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  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, pt. 15
    19 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    American Protestant overseas missions really trace back to a bunch of young adults seeking God out of doors -- interesting, eh? Called “The Haystack Movement” from a meeting in 1806 near Williams Coll...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 14
    14 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Missions and missionaries are at the root of what we have usually meant when we talk as Disciples of Christ about “shared work” as Christian churches. The calling – and let’s be clear, the employment,...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 13 footnote
    12 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Einstein, a smart guy they tell me, liked something called “thought experiments.” Take a scenario you really could never test in a lab, but start with some propositions and then think through all the ...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 13
    07 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    In chapter 12, I offer up a category called “Lived ecclesiology.” There’s plenty of literature out there around ecclesiology, about the practice of church and how we understand church life both sociol...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 12
    05 Oct 2021 • 21 min read • 2 0
    I wrote in my initial set of “Notes” about the Ohio Region’s troubles: “In the course of this last long year, 2017 not quite over yet, I’ve had occasion to read in our regional histories, and even mor...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 11
    30 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    I wanted to start with naming the factor of racism in our common life simply and directly. There is room for plenty of nuance, and lots of other factors which have caused breakdowns in the last couple...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 10
    28 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    So, in 2004, the Rev. Dr. William Edwards was called to become “Regional Pastor and President,” with a new “Vision and Values” statement, a mostly emptied out staff complement, a plan to move the regi...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 9
    23 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    As had Herald Monroe before him and Gaines Cook before that, Howard Ratcliff became the regional minister of the Ohio Region in 1980 having served for some years as an associate in the region. This wa...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 8
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    With Herald Monroe’s term as chief executive of what would become the Christian Church in Ohio, from 1946 to 1979, those 33 years and subsequent attempts to follow in this diminutive man’s large footp...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Ohio Region, chapter 7
    17 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    From Henry Shaw’s invaluable “Buckeye Disciples” (1952), pg. 296: “The Ways and Means Committee of the Wilmington convention [1899] recommended that a new plan, centralizing the management and work of...
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