Author: Brian Kemp-Schlemmer

Those of you who have read my blog entries here may have picked up on a theme that has been working on me during my time with City Square: spiritual practice. While most churches I’ve encountered tend to speak often about belief, I have encountered countless folk who aren’t sure what they believe but know […]

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A friend of mine from far off places wrote me this week to tell me that she’s recently found a church, she reads this blog (Woohoo!), and she’s wrestling with something she’d like some thoughtful reflection on. Essentially my friend was wrestling with why folk choose to follow God and whether that decision should be […]

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Tonight, below the window of my 1st Ave. and Adams apartment I overheard two people shouting at each other. That happens sometime, the (additional) price you pay for living in the heart of downtown, but tonight I heard words that alarmed me: hit, scared, get away, don’t touch me. Now, I’m not the kind of […]

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I really don’t want to write right now. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say (those of you who know me know that I always have something to say), it’s just that I don’t feel like saying it right now. Or, more to the point, I don’t feel like writing it right now. […]

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Before I ever went into professional ministry and took ministry online courses, my degree and my vocation were in Social Work. I often joke that having a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) is a lot like knowing CPR: you know just enough to understand how bad a situation is and how much worse you could […]

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One of the great disservices Christianity has done itself over they years is to convince the world (and perhaps ourselves) that our primary purpose is to be right, to prove others wrong, and to coerce others into becoming like us.The truth of the matter is that the heart of Christianity is far less coercive and […]

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When we first proposed coming to Downtown Phoenix everyone wanted to know what we were going to do down here. All we could tell them was, “something new.” Our first few weeks on the ground, as we met the folk who would be our friends and neighbors, partners and collaborators, in this new life and […]

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