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Civil Discourse Civil Discourse

Posted by Ashley Bell on October 3, 2019 in Ashley Bell, Contributing Author, Faith, Unite, Build, Live

I think it’s safe to say that one of the fatal flaws in the Evangelical Christian Church today is our inability to talk to one another civilly about pressing culturally relevant issues facing our society. Within the last four years this has become increasingly more evident amidst our ever changing, and overly aggressive political climate. […]

In All Things Peace In All Things, Peace

Posted by Guest Blogger on September 26, 2019 in Faith, Guest Blogger, Happiness

It’s been one of those weeks… …following a succession of another one of those weeks where work, family, school, activities, health, over-commitments, unending to-dos, escalating conflicts, and one unexpected thing after another rolled in like waves crashing on the shore. Not the quiet, peaceful waves whose rhythms seem to lull us into blissful relaxation while […]

Likewise Likewise

Posted by Guest Blogger on September 19, 2019 in Faith, Guest Blogger, Unite, Build, Live, Wisdom

Mercy is defined as a “blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.” I love that Merriam-Webster acknowledges that the act of mercy is divine, proceeding directly from God. Our ability as mere humans to show mercy to one another comes from a place of genuine understanding of the mercy we have received […]

Respond: A Cross in the Crevice A Cross in the Crevice

Posted by Guest Blogger on September 5, 2019 in Faith, Guest Blogger

I was completely depleted, dry, and empty. Darkness, like that of a desert on a starless night, had begun to envelop me, and I just wanted to run away to a safe place by myself. My poor husband was confused and speechless when I told him uncharacteristically one morning that I had to leave for […]

Solitude Solitude: The Antidote to Fragmentation

Posted by Guest Blogger on August 29, 2019 in Faith, Guest Blogger, Wisdom

“Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain…entangled in the illusions of the false self. Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. …We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him.” —Henri Nouwen To […]