J. Gordon Duncan

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Project Runway: Pursuing Authentic Design

As promised, here is the news about Sovereign King Church’s Women’s Ministry.  Enjoy.

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You could fill a library with the volumes of books written about how you can become the best you possible.  Sheer numbers alone prove these books ineffectiveness.  Additionally, it would appear that understanding what it means to be a woman is even more difficult.  Discerning who we are and who we can be often feels just out of reach.

What would be helpful is a setting where women could gather, ask questions, express fears, and find encouragement.  Then the process would be much easier.  An authentic design could be discovered and created simultaneously.

Welcome to Project Runway:  Pursuing Authentic Design.

A function of Sovereign King Church’s women’s ministry, Project Runway intends to create an atmosphere where women feel at home no matter their background, education, marital status, or place in life.  In order to do that, ladies will gather in each other’s homes twice a month for conversation, food, and topical conversation.  The goal is to create a community that will be centered on the Gospel.  This Gospel oriented community will lead with grace knowing that grace leads to transformation.

No small amount of time was put into deciding what these gatherings would look like.  The ongoing question has been, “What can women discuss in order to pursue authentic design?”  Meaning, what would help guide women into a discussion of what they were meant to be and what they can be?  After a good bit of investigation, we decided that studying the designer would be the best idea.

Beginning September 9th, the Project Runway Ladies will begin a person of Jesus study based upon His interactions with others found in the Gospels.  These will be observational and conversational requiring no prep work beforehand.  Each is its own self-enclosed portrait of Jesus, so if someone misses a gathering, they can pick right back up when they return.

Most importantly, in this relaxed environment, women can discover the character of their designer, mutually encourage each other to live out that design, and then begin designing their own unique patterns for which their lives can truly be found beautiful.

If you would like more information about Sovereign King’s Project Runway, please contact Amy Duncan at amyhduncan@yahoo.com.

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August 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Isolation as Desolation

I don’t remember where I found this quote, but it bears reprinting:

“Isolation is the garden of the devil.  If you can be convinced to be inauthentic with people and be shamed into thinking that you are the only one that fails as frequently as you do, then you are on the sidelines and will be kept there until something changes.  Your heart will begin to shrivel and your faith will be deeply challenged.  That is why the margins (the extremes of legalism and licentiousness) are so prevalent in the church.  Somewhere along the line, we bought into the world’s understanding of how we’re supposed to do life.  We started keeping up appearances instead of being transformed, and in that place we were robbed of the communal faith that Jesus died to give us.”

Rick McKinley out of Portland Oregon

I offer this quote in anticipation of the upcoming Sovereign King Women’s ministry announcement.  If the SK Women succeed, it will be so because they have called each other out of isolation into community before Jesus Christ.  So many people are desperately lonely even in the midst of family, church, and co-workers.  Yet, Christ has redeemed us and forgiven not just as individuals but redeemed us into community.

A broken and sinful community we are (sorry to sound like Yoda), but the Church is God’s own filled with His sons and daughters, full of the Spirit, and led by the Spirit.  This empowering Spirit not only guides us in all truth, not only causes our hearts to cry “Abba” but this Spirit also binds us together.

We will keep up appearances instead of growing in transformation if we live sad, solitary lives.  If we by the power of the Holy Spirit pursue a communal faith, we more fully express and enjoy the life and joy to which God has called us.

Solitary Vision by Anita Murphy

Solitary Vision by Anita Murphy

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment