A Church's Response To Ferguson

By Doug Serven. “It’s Tuesday November 25th and I’m sitting at home watching CNN. Earlier today I ran into a friend who encouraged me – implored me – to respond to what’s happening in the news. I don’t feel qualified, but I do feel obligated…”

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Pugs & Feeling Worthy Of Love

By Julie Serven. “My counselor has a pug beanie baby on the ottoman in her office. When I asked her about it, she said she had three pugs at home and just loved how they pranced around with an attitude that seemed to say, ‘Of course you love me. Why wouldn’t you love me?’…”

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A Depression Observed

By Julie Serven. “I can’t help but think of the contrast between this time last year and now. Basically, a year ago I felt like I was either crazy or falling apart or both…”

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Immodest Students On The Beach

By Doug Serven. “I spent 10 years as a campus minister at OU with RUF. One of the big events in our national ministry each year was the Summer Conference that took place. Hundreds of students from RUF campuses gathered at Laguna Beach…”

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Being Married & Being Single Are The Same

By Abby Lorenc. “Actually, this is not a blog about marital status. This is a blog about the thing in your life that is bothering you. The thing that is bothering me is a pressure (possibly imaginary and possibly not) to justify my life in what I believe is a different way than if I were married…”

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Hi, My Name Is...

By Keely Steger. “A couple of weeks ago I was reading John chapter 8, where a woman caught in the act of adultery is brought before Jesus. There is a crowd around them, ready to stone the woman. You probably know the story…”

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Why The Church Needs People With Special Needs

By Mary Rachel Fenrick. “Two weeks ago, I found myself sitting near the back of a crowded room overlooking a beautiful golf course in the mountains.  My husband and I were vacationing in Anchorage, Alaska, and we ended up staying four minutes away from Faith Presbyterian Church…”

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Everyone Is Welcome

By Doug Serven. “Saturday night our church building hosted Horse Thief, which is an up-and-coming Oklahoma band. They asked and we agreed to allow them to use our building as a venue so they could play a free show and record for an upcoming big gig at SXSW in Austin…” ,.

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Choosing Joy

By Jalaena Kelly. “‘You rarely seem happy. In fact, you seem generally unhappy.’ These are difficult words to hear from your husband of 5 months. What made it more difficult was that this was not the first time I heard these words depart his lips…”

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Identity Crisis

By Alison Buxton. “My recent birthday-induced midlife crisis has produced a great deal of soul searching. This has maybe been exacerbated by reading Simone de Beauvoir and homeschooling my kids…”

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Sonnet On The Embers

By Alison Buxton. “The day wears thin upon this god-like frame; Despite design (to laugh, to dance, to sing), I close my eyes and can’t recall my name – In willful rage and tears I crown me king…”

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Vulnerability & Wholehearted Living

By Becky Carlozzi. “I’m grateful to be a part of a church that encourages me, as the band Gungor sings, “to shed this masquerade” and to “lay (my) soul on the threshing floor”. There is an unmistakable call to love wholeheartedly although I find it hard to pinpoint how my church has championed this message…”

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Two Ways To Grow

By Todd Wedel. “‘There are two ways to gain knowledge, to take it or surrender to it.’  So spoke my friend Bruce. We see this first in the garden…”

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Emptied, Filled

By Todd Wedel. “ I’ll share what I little I do have, a pair of prayers that have been somewhat constant, reminders both of my abject poverty, at once a need to have emptied and a need to have filled…”

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Facades & Filthy Rags

By Sean McDivitt. “I have to admit that, in our socially driven world, I get way too caught up in appearances. I don’t think it’s at all unusual or necessarily wrong to want other people’s acceptance, to want nice things, to have good friends, to want life to be ‘just right’…”

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On Paying Attention

By Sean McDivitt. “Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until we lose it. Sometimes it’s a loved one. Sometimes it’s time. Sometimes it’s something we didn’t even know we had…”

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O The Deep

By Becky Purkaple. “I have a knack for near-death experiences. No, really. I do. Buy me coffee and I will wow you with random stories…”

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Investing In What Matters

By Mike Dodson. ““When your output exceeds your input, your upkeep will be your downfall.” This was an oft quoted axiom during the 20 or so years I worked with The Navigators…”

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