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Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. Often, our loyalties lie in places such as sports teams, social media followers, and/or entertainment. They also might be deeply set with friends, family, country, and/or God. Dog's are known as man's best friend because they exemplify a tight, loyal relationship. The owner looks out for the dog, and in return, the owner is hopeful their friend is loyal to them. God looks ...

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God the Mother

Written by Nate Wieland and Media by Kristyn Ewing God our Heavenly Father. He is good. The world is His. We love Him.   Do you notice a theme in how we describe God? Our words paint Him as a male. See? I did it just now. It's such an accepted part of our faith that we don't think twice about it. Jesus loves me, I'm free from my sin, God is a He, He must be a Him. Where did we get this idea, though? Ob ...

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Finding Certainty in Uncertainty

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. We occasionally receive answers we are uncomfortable with or no response at all when asking questions. Some of us are okay with this uncertainty but others find it nearly impossible to move on without concrete answers. It's important to accept these uncertainties if we are to flourish in our faith and positively impact other people. Many people turn away from Christiani ...

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Living Joyfully

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. There is real joy that comes over us when we talk about the people in our lives whom we truly care about or memorable events that last a lifetime. For a moment, it's a feeling of pure happiness— not mixed with misery of any sort. This joy is always readily available to us, especially when we realize where the root of real joy comes from. Every aspect of our lives then is ...

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Studying the Faiths of Others to Strengthen Your Own

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. How surprising would it be if I said that being open to every thought and every concept out there could actually help you solidify a belief that you already have? Well, if you went on the Core 101/301 trip this weekend, you would have experienced this firsthand. The journey consisted of visiting eight or so places of worship in St. Louis, and seeing what the leaders or ...

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The Word of God is Revealed

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. Miscommunication is inevitable in a game of telephone because communicated knowledge is being passed along. This means information is not coming directly from the original messenger. If we were given revealed knowledge, the message would come from the messenger. In this game of telephone, one person whispers a word into another's ear and that person passes it on to the ne ...

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The Lost Art of Sauntering

Written by Nate Wieland. Media by Maggie Schoepke. To those who are unfamiliar with the United States, the bustle of a busy New York street with taxis honking, flashing billboards, and ceaseless streams of people hurrying to their destination might come to mind. This image does not represent our entire country but it certainly captures an American mindset of constant hustle. We wear busyness as a badge of h ...

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The Laborers In the Vineyard

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. Imagine a person who just got hired to work at McDonald's. The smell of the fries on the back burner, the promise of a day's worth of minimum wage: it sure could be better, but it also could be a lot worse. The workday starts at 6am and goes until 6pm, and though the hours are long, they provide the pay needed until next fall when the school year rolls around. The clock ...

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Jesus Wept

Written by Nate Wieland. Media by Kristyn Ewing. Many of us have heard or expressed the sentiment, "I don't need your sympathy." The idea of someone sympathizing with us is often repugnant. The reason could be because of the definition: "Pity or sorrow for someone else's misfortune." When we are hurting, what use is someone's pity? How does another person's look of sorrow benefit us in times of trouble? Man ...

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Your Will, Not Mine

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing Did you ever get lost in a large store like Wal-Mart when you were a child? To a growing person, the racks and aisles are giants and barriers keeping them from finding their guardian. Yet, it's difficult for a child to understand how they got separated in the first place. Years later, being lost is put on a larger scale. People are faced with a wide range of barriers—depre ...

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