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Testimony Series: Suicide, School Shootings, and Switchfoot, Part 2

Written and Media by Joey Clinton. (Continued from Part 1.) When I realized I wouldn't be returning to Purdue, I tried my hardest to move on. It didn't work. I enrolled at a local community college. I got a soul-crushing job at Walmart. I had panic attacks almost daily. I was depressed, suicidal, and unresponsive. I would go to school, then work, then come home and immediately go to bed without a shower. I ...

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God’s Story, Our Song: Part 2

Written by Jessica Ulrich. Media by Cord Buchanan. As I study Scripture and discern my calling, I want to hold the whole story of God, not just bits and pieces. When I do this and I come to know God in Christ, I realize the only thing I desire for my life is not for power or success, but to be submissive and faithful to the calling from Christ. Why would I want anything else? It is such Good News! Being fai ...

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Mountains and Valleys: A Senior’s Faith Journey Through College

Written by Beth Richardson. Media by Cord Buchanan. Graduation is in a week and a half and seniors everywhere are scrambling to finish projects, practicums, final papers, tests, and presentations. We're also realizing the terrifying reality of graduating, leaving Greenville behind, and leaving the bubble to go out into the "real world." After four years of being discipled and obtaining a liberal arts educat ...

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Testimony Series: Suicide, School Shootings, and Switchfoot, Part 1

Written and media by Joey Clinton. I was 14 the first time I planned to commit suicide. It wasn’t that I wasn’t a Christian (I was). It wasn’t that I had strayed away from God (I hadn't). It wasn’t that I had done something worth killing myself over. It was because I felt alone. I was, like many of you reading this right now, raised in the church, came to Christ at a young age, went to Vacation Bible School ...

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Taking Risks: Response and Reconciliation

Written by Jonathan Bremer. Media by Cord Buchanan. We talked a bit about the uncomfortable nature of conflict and confrontation in the last post. It is clear why so many of us attempt to avoid it. But when confrontation is inevitable, or when we are confronted and held accountable for our own actions, what do we do? It is so easy to get defensive or aggressive when we feel like we are being cornered. It is ...

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God’s Story, Our Song: Part 1

Written by Jessica Ulrich. Media by Cord Buchanan. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God intricately designed all of Creation. In God's very own image, humankind was created. God breathed into humankind which gave forth life. Even beyond the actions of imaginative creating, God invited humankind to be in communion and friendship and to be a part of the story that God had begun. The re ...

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Taking Risks: Confrontation and Christianity

Written by Jonathan Bremer. Media by Cord Buchanan. If there is one thing many of us like to avoid, it is conflict. It's easy to pretend like people or problems don’t exist so we can avoid dealing with the awkwardness or discomfort of confronting the situation. Christians are no exception. Our way of dealing with things is not much different than the rest of the world. We hold on to grudges, ignore problems ...

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Depending on DACA: Why it Matters to Christians

Written by Beth Richardson. Media by Cord Buchanan. It's obvious that not everyone is on the same page for hot-button issues like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but shouldn't Christians be on the same page? Within a biblical context, the emphasis for Christians should be on welcoming those who we consider strangers. So what does this mean in terms of the DACA program? In the Bible, throughou ...

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Catholic Unity

Written by Dalton Brenneman, Zachary Hany, Jeneen Watson, and Nate Wieland. Media by Cord Buchanan. John Wesley has a sermon on the idea of Catholic spirit—the unification of Christians across differences and the ability to extend the hand of peace despite different circumstances and lifestyles. Christians have differences in doctrine—what we take to be the truth, and differences in practice, how we live th ...

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Reckless: God’s Love in Action

Written and Media by Jonathan Bremer. God’s love is a tricky thing to explain. Yes, God’s love is perfect. Yes, God’s love is, in fact, patient, kind, unconditional, and never-ending. So? What does that mean? So often we forget to think about the spiritual weight that these statements and truths hold. This is a reason why so many of us (myself included) take these things for granted or take them at face val ...

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