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It’s hard not to constantly think of ourselves. Or is that just me?

We live in a culture that worships selfies, is always looking for the next best self-help guru, and often values the rights of self-expression and self-governance above all else. It even seems that our Christian culture is becoming increasingly “me” focused. We want to listen to the podcasted sermons we choose - those we deem to be most interesting or relevant. We gravitate like flies towards books that will help us find our purpose, overcome our personal anxiety, and help us reach our goals.

Counting it Joy Even When Cancer Comes: An Interview with Billie Meadors

Counting it Joy Even When Cancer Comes: An Interview with Billie Meadors

Billie Meadors was convinced God was about to redeem a difficult part of her past. Having survived an extremely tough marriage and then long season of single motherhood, Billie had just wholeheartedly spent the entire summer recruiting team members, preparing to launch and lead an all new Single Moms Ministry, when a routine mammogram threatened all that.

Delving into Diversity: The “How”

Delving into Diversity: The “How”

In my last blog I talked about what diversity is. I asked, “What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘diversity’?”, suggesting anything from gender equality to ethnic diversification. We looked at how diversity relates to perspective, courage, and reconciliation. Then we considered how diversity is not tokenism, patronization, or sameness.

Delving into Diversity: The “What”

Delving into Diversity: The “What”

What comes to mind when you hear the word “diversity”? Is it gender equality and women’s rights? Is it immigration and our chaotic Southern border? Is it denominational inclusion and capital “C” Church unity? Is it graciously entertaining differences in opinion or religion? Or, for you, is it racial equality and ethnic diversification?

Not What You Think: An interview with Lauren Green McAfee

Not What You Think: An interview with Lauren Green McAfee

If you keep up with cultural trends and statistics, you may be aware that a rising number of young adults raised in the church are now leaving the church and that new converts in the millennial demographic are fewer than ever. As a woman passionate about mentoring younger generations and as a mom of teens, this statistic is very concerning to me.

The Night You Will NOT Want to Miss

The Night You Will NOT Want to Miss

Are you ever so excited about something that you think you just might bust? Like if someone could look inside your anticipation they’d see a 5-year old version of a Christmas jammie clad you, jumping up and down on her parent’s bed in hopes of waking them so you can please oh please oh please finally open your Christmas presents? Well, that’s how I feel about our Fall Women’s Ministry Launch!

How to Declutter Your Home & Heart

How to Declutter Your Home & Heart

Three years ago, I found myself in a losing battle against materialism. I was an unhappy shopaholic who couldn’t keep a budget to save her life. Research shows clutter can compound stress and anxiety in our lives, but I didn’t need research to confirm what I was experiencing. We already have enough stressors in our life that we can’tcontrol, which is why I’ve become a big fan of the recent “tidying” craze inspired by Marie Kondo.

Beautiful Reconciliation: An interview with Scotia Moore

Beautiful Reconciliation: An interview with Scotia Moore

My absolute favorite stories are God stories. You know, those moments when He without question shows up in our circumstance, offering evidence of His presence with grace, peace, hope, and comfort. If we…