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The immigrant within - poem January 03, 2010
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image My wife Maryanne and I stayed an extra couple of days after our community pilgrimage to Germany in the summer of 2009. We went across the border to Poland, to my homeland. We drove four hours to south eastern Poland to the province of Galicia, where my grandfather was born and raised. He came to Canada when he was in this thirties. The university Pope John Paul attended, his first church, the factory of Oscar Schindler and the castle preserving the Polish kings, all find a home in Krakow, the once capital city...
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The search for value - little, less or more January 03, 2010
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image Rich, poor or middle class – does it matter? There is a belief that poverty is next to godliness among certain circles in the Christian faith and a belief that prosperity is a sign of God’s favor and blessing in others… Who is right? Maybe neither…
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To be busy or not to be busy .... January 03, 2010
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image I decided to hijack a famous Shakespeare saying “To be (busy) or not to be (busy)… That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous 'EXPECTATIONS' or to take arms against a sea of culture’s request and by opposing them, end them.”
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The Jesus table - poem January 03, 2010
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image I was pondering communion, preparing to serve the elements when I was undone by the inclusive nature of the Jesus story. The breath of His invitation is overwhelming... As I thought about the family dinner table and the table of Christ and I was drawn to connect the emotions of belonging and being at home that result from being welcome at a table...
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Reformer's fire - poem January 03, 2010
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image While in Wittenberg Germany in the summer of 2009 I visited the place where the reformation began...It was there this poem came to me... connecting that reformation to the heart of the present reformation
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Being a missional community - Part I July 13, 2004
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image What does it mean for the average Christian to "be" the church rather than "go" to church? How does a community of followers of Christ move from having a few doers and a lot of spectators to being a missonal people together?
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Being a missional community - Part 2 April 02, 2004
Todd M. Rutkowski

Click for full-size image In the Orthodox Church you will hear the saying “all of life is sacred and spirit-bearing”. The dichotomy often expressed in the evangelical world between that which is spiritual and that which is not is blurred or erased in this orthodox worldview. There is an understanding that all of life is holy and set a part by God. There is less disintegration between real life and our spiritual life, at least in principle within this worldview....
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