Posts By: Kenneth Pruitt

When the Places Are Thinnest

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There is a moment during every work day when I am most receptive to the Divine. It happens right around 10am. I’ve finished all my email for the moment. I’ve downed a cup of coffee. My to-do list is yet to be tackled. Some things are complete. Others are yet to begin. I am Jonah… Read more »

The Discipline We Fear

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Every year at work, we host thousands of volunteers in groups, from adults all the way down to middle school students. Usually, there is a designated leader for the group, sometimes two. Typically, this is the same person who has taken the time to contact us, set up the experience, and mobilized the rest of… Read more »

Extending the Table

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A fantastic blog post on April 30th by Vicky Risacher jumpstarted my thoughts around what it means to “come to the table” in terms of faith. Ms. Risacher’s story perfectly encapsulates the unexpected places and people who bring us hospitality in much the same way our Christ did. The most obvious metaphor of a table we have… Read more »

Dreams Are Made of Us

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 I. I was a substitute physical therapist, running an hour late for my appointment across town.  Due in at 8pm, I had gotten sidetracked by errands at home, only to look up at the clock as it flipped to 8:09.  After texting my patient that I’d be late, I became again distracted by finishing up… Read more »

Community!

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Over the last couple of months, I have been meeting weekly with a group of four other people over a meal and learning to be a Christian community. This is not a Bible study group.  Nor is it a social club.  And it definitely isn’t a substitute for a church.  But maybe, in some ways,… Read more »

True Sabbath

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As I type this, I’m working my last few hours before I go on vacation.  It’s working out, because of a federal holiday towards the end, that I’m getting almost a week and half off work.  This, I realize, is an extreme luxury.  Most humans aren’t able to take so much time off, much less… Read more »

A Busload of Rats

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On the morning of the day I type this, Rev. Larry Rice–a homeless activist (and some say, selfish clown) who runs the New Life Evangelistic Center–was released from the St. Louis City Justice Center.  Yesterday, Rev. Rice and three others (one supporter and two homeless camp residents) were arrested for not departing a new homeless… Read more »

The Geometry of Authentic Community

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Volunteerism is on the rise in St. Louis specifically, and in the U.S. in general.  More people are spending more time doing more things they’re not paid to do.  The same is true of financial giving.  Though it is the 18th largest metropolitan region in the country, St. Louis is in the top ten of… Read more »