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The G42 Tribe: A look in the mirror

Like metal filings to a magnet, a tribe is gathering. It looks a bit rag tag and broken, but in our spirits, we’ve seen a better day and are moving toward it and each other. Metaphorically, we’re like the children of Israel moving out of the wilderness of our own isolation. If we look a littl…
By Seth Barnes

Like metal filings to a magnet, a tribe is gathering. It
looks a bit rag tag and broken, but in our spirits, we’ve seen a better day and
are moving toward it and each other.
Metaphorically, we’re like the children of Israel moving out of the
wilderness of our own isolation. If we look a little different, it’s because
there are a few things that set us apart. Here they are:

BELIEVERS AND OPTIMISTS
Yes, the world is a mess, but we serve the Lord of all glory
and our best days lie ahead. We may not have crossed over the Jordan yet, but
we’ve got our toes in the water and have our eyes on the Promised Land.

TROUBLED SEEKERS
We’ve looked inside ourselves and know that we’re a mess.
It may not be pretty, but we’re going to press into the pain, confront those
hard things that have left us broken, and move toward wholeness. Ken and Barbie
don’t exist in our tribe.

GRACE GIVERS

Having stared into the abyss of our mess, we would
suffocate without the freedom to coexist without judging or being judged. None
of us has a leg up on any others. We’re at peace within ourselves and with each
other because we’ve taken the inside look, we know that our brokenness is
normal – part of being human.

DEEPLY COVENANTAL
We’re still working this one out since almost none of us
were raised this way. We were raised to be independent; we were raised to be consumers. Yet
in spite of our tangled motives and tendencies, we’ve committed to each other
and the tribe for life. We’ll argue and get mad, but we won’t walk away from
the table.

ACTIVISTS AND WARRIORS
We’re not happy with the status quo and we’re going to do
more than just discuss the world’s problems. We’re God’s change agents on
planet earth. Jesus gave us all authority and we intend to use it to bring hope
to all the hopeless we can find. A few of us may be wounded or die along the
way; we’re not unrealistic about the price to be paid.

THROW PACHANGAS
“Pachanga” is Spanish for an all-out celebration.
Celebrating God, His people, and his creation is our deepest pleasure. We
worship and party with equal abandon. We love the exuberance of a
multi-generational dance beneath the stars.

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