Mike Cope's blog

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Here's a fourth piece I've written for the Christian Standard this year--this one on the importance of friendship. (Actually they let me adapt a piece I'd written not long ago as an editorial in Wineskins.) I've been trying to practice what I preach the past couple days. I've been with three buddies up in Vermont hanging out. It's a trip I've made every year for a long time to be with these guys. One's from Arkansas, one's from Vermont, and one divides his time between Vermont and Boston (where he is a prof). This year there wasn't much hiking because it's been raining in the NE for 40 days and 40 nights, or something like that. But with the Angels and the Cardinals in the playoffs and with plenty of good food, we did just fine.


  • I am blessed by God to have friends that point me to Christ and encourage me everyday, I hope that I am that to them also.

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 10/15/2005 12:31:00 PM  

  • Excellent article, Mike, thank you. There are a group of men in the GST that are that community to one another, I'm privileged to be a part.

    I wonder, though, if the examples you gave of the term community being worked over ("AOL community, gay community, green community, etc.") are really that far away from the real thing. I would bet that the term is used--not because of the absence of the real thing--but because of the existence of aspects of the real thing in these places. The term is worked because people are incapable of living without a community of some sort. I'm curious how these other communities meet communal needs the church misses or if they exist alongside the church.

    Phew, that was too long for a comment. Sorry. You just provided a lot of food for thought.

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 10/15/2005 12:35:00 PM  

  • I'm sorry to use Mike's blog for this purpose but I need to get information out to you regarding my 5 year old son Tyler. I left a message on Mike's Oct. 11th posting about my son who was diagnosed with a brian tumor on Monday, Oct. 10th.

    We now have a CarePage set up for Tyler. You can see pictures of Tyler and his family, read postings from us as we go through the beginning stages of this process this upcoming week, and provide comments to Tyler to offer encouragement. The instructions on how to do this is below. The registration is free and one-time only. Please help my wife Laura and I hold Tyler up to God during this time. Thank you for the support we've received so far. Words can't express how much it is appreciated.
    To visit the CarePage, please click the link below:


    (If you cannot click through this link, please copy and paste the
    entire URL into your browser's address window.)

    ...or you can use these manual instructions:

    1. Go to www.carepages.com
    2. Click "Visit a CarePage"
    3. Register (first-time users only)
    4. After you've registered, enter the exact CarePage Name below:


    Please forward this e-mail to anyone who would be a meaningful part
    of Tyler's support group.

    Mark Stewart
    Bloomington, IL

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/15/2005 01:24:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I've seen a few people link to John Dobb's blog at http://remains.blogspot.com (he's the minister for the church in Pascagoula, MS on the Mississippi Gulf Coast) from here. I challenge all your readers to take a look at his blog (again, that's http://remains.blogspot.com) and make note of the very, very serious needs that they the people in that town are dealing with. This area is not receiving the media coverage of places like Gulfport and New Orleans, yet Pascagoula is dealing with the same level of devesation. I've recently spent half a week down there and there is not one house that is inhabitable. Please pray for the people, consider going down and ministering, and/or send assistance.

    By Blogger In His Hands, at 10/15/2005 08:44:00 PM  

  • Some of my favorite stuff is from Vermont: the band Phish and Ben and Jerry's.

    Angels are out, Cards will be shortly behind them. Stros to Series, baby!

    By Blogger Kyle, at 10/16/2005 10:58:00 PM  

  • Mark,

    I love the Care Page you have started for Tyler.


    In your article, the point you made about Christians and healers reminded me of a recent event I had with a dear friend of mine and fellow counselor who, in a very short period of time, dealt with her husband having 2 strokes, an affair with his high school sweetheart, him purchasing several large ticket items and filing for divorce.

    I helped nurture her as she has me, but as a Christian, not as a counselor. I got other people of faith involved who don't have any degrees in the healing arts, but who, by virtue of their walk with God, have a personal relationship with the Great Physician.

    The divorce was dropped, the couple is back together and attending church regularly and are now closely involved with a community of faith. It has been an awesome process to witness.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/17/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • Wow. What a terrific article. It makes me intensely curious to see articles one, two and three. Would that be possible? I know your post wasn't specifically dealing with the Christian church, but as the Christian Standard is connected with them I wanted to share some encouraging news with you.

    We are meeting with the elders of Sarasota Christian Church this week to strenghthen and celebrate their support for our inner city work...Suncoast Urban Ministy. They have been supporters for the past 2 years. We have also hosted some joint devotionals with them and several other Christian Churches in this area. Unfortunately that has caused serious tension between us and our sister church of Christ congregations. But we are really encouraged by the unity efforts now happening across the country. Two other Christian Churches are now supporting the ministry, and two more are considering it.

    This thanksgiving we will having an area wide joint devotional to celebrate our unity. I feel like I discovered family that I never knew I had!

    By Blogger Rcutsinger, at 10/17/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Thanks for the link to the article. I am the reciepient of unconditional love from a handful of friends who would "hide me" and its a trememdous encouragement. I believe that your synopsis is truley what God intended church life to be. Thanks for your daily sharing.

    By Blogger Keith, at 10/18/2005 11:56:00 AM  

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