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Christian Unity and the Gospels

Written by Ben Wayman. Media by Taylor Harpster. Christian unity is not about uniformity, but rather about friendship. Through friendship, we embrace the difference and diversity of another person. This embrace of one another, in our diversity, is the stuff of Christian unity and it is patterned after the nature of God. We worship one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Unity in diversity. G ...

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Prayer Without Works is Dead

Written by Clint Jackson. Media by Taylor Harpster. "When we pray, we must pray together, ready to act on our prayer." But the harsh truth is that, at times, we use prayer as a way of ignoring the need for action. How often have you heard someone preach or pray about systemic racism and the church's role in related matters? On May 17, 1954, just 63 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down their decision on ...

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Searching for Authenticity

Written by Christina Bowman. Media by Taylor Harpster. There is competition for almost anything, and we will often do whatever it takes to win. Competition could be over things such as receiving a new job, being accepted into a school, or trying to get your peers like you so that you make friends. According to Time Magazine, a survey in CareerBuilder of over two-thousand hiring managers claimed that 56% of ...

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The Fear Of Missing Out

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. It has been said before that every fear in life comes down to the fear of death. That the fear of heights, is essentially just the fear of falling, and the fear of depths is really just the fear of being crushed. Believe it or not though, there is a far more powerful apprehension out there than the fear of death. In its simplest sense, this fear is known as FOMO, or the ...

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We Are Defenseless

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by Rachel Koehnemann. A little while ago my Methods in Wesleyan Theology class attended a lecture at Saint Louis University by Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. He gave a theologically rich talk, most of which I struggled to comprehend. I found myself completely lost at times, but once in a while a sentence or two would stand out. One of those things he ...

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The Secret Sin of Self Pity

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. The underdog. The sidekick. The shadow. Maybe one of these titles resonates with you. Maybe, no matter how hard you try, you never seem to get anywhere that you haven't been before. You follow, but you aren't able to take the lead. You observe, yet you can't bring yourself to instruct. You listen, but your voice fails when you speak. Not being able to make progress can ...

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Feeling Anonymous? You Are Not Alone.

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. It is easy to get discouraged —to feel like nothing you are currently doing is really contributing to the world at large. Such feelings of unrecognition ring especially true of those who have worked hard but have little to show for it. Artists, scientists, kings and queens —all have lived lives of significant value only to be rewarded for their accomplishments long afte ...

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Three Christ Figures in Everyday Fiction

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. What does it mean to be like Christ —to embody the very characteristics that sent an all-loving Savior to the cross? Sadly, Jesus is not as visible or tangible a figure as some might hope; so we may never witness the answer to this question firsthand. However, believers and nonbelievers alike can still read a great deal about such heavenly attributes in the words that w ...

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The Stranger and the Alien

Written and Media by Maggie Schoepke. Strangers. Foreigners. Aliens. These words carry such negative connotations in the world of today. Nonetheless, they are roles our very own scriptures call us to embody. The alien, foreigner, and stranger are present, but not necessarily active in or committed to the surrounding world. Real-life foreigners and aliens demonstrate this tactic in the ways they choose to in ...

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The Lodge

Written by Nate Wieland. Media by Maggie Schoepke. A Christian seeks to recognize the ways that they have been blessed by God. Considering our tendency towards blindness, this is often easier said than done. It's vastly important that we constantly be petitioning God that He give us eyes to see what He's doing and hearts to follow Him wherever He may go. Recently, God has opened my eyes up to something that ...

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