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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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The Reward of Rest

Written and Media by Maggie Schoepke. "Sleep is for the weak." "I don't need rest; I need caffeine." If you have been around the Greenville campus long enough, you are sure to have heard these phrases a time or two. It is no secret that college students trade plenty of shut-eye for the mastery of a subject, but since when did not taking care of ourselves become such an ideal way of life? Not only is lack of ...

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Hate Your Family? Give Away Everything You Own? – The Cost of Discipleship

Written by David Weyers. Media by Maggie Schoepke. Jesus’ teaching on the cost of discipleship is strongly emphasized in Luke, as similar stories pop up in multiple places in his Gospel. Luke 14:25-27 says, Now large crowds were going along with Him (Jesus); and He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes ...

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Unity in Diversity

Written by Kelsey Knoploh and Lauter Eubank. Media by Maggie Schoepke. How many times have you heard a Christian, newly returned from a mission trip, state that they were inspired by their time in a foreign country? So often they return with a new perspective or new insights about their faith, community, or church. Many people who go to a foreign country expecting to teach and serve others realize that thos ...

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