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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. […]

Silencing Shame Silencing Shame

Posted by Connie Armerding on August 15, 2019 in Connie Armerding, Contributing Author, Faith, Wisdom

As a writer and grad school student, I’m visiting the public library often to find quiet places to work. One day in February, I pulled into the public library parking lot while taking a work call. I sat parked in my car, wrapping up the conversation over my car’s Bluetooth speaker, when an older woman […]

Reframing Our Seasons Reframing Our “Seasons”

Posted by Kendra Vollstedt on August 1, 2019 in Contributing Author, Faith, Freedom, Hope

I am exceptional at getting in my own way 99% of the time. Add this blog to the long list of things I have been asked to do where I have overthought, over-complicated and overworked Jesus right out of ‘em. It is astounding to me how quickly I run to hiding behind practically anything to […]

Surrender and Contentment Strange Allies: Surrender and Contentment

Posted by Ashley Bell on July 18, 2019 in Ashley Bell, Contributing Author, Faith, Happiness, Unite, Build, Live

May and June are when we celebrate two of our most popular holidays. According to the National Retail Federation: just a little over $40 billion combined, was spent on gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day. With all the hustle and bustle of families celebrating; husbands, wives, and kids searching for the perfect gift, or special […]

Unlearning is Learning, Too. Unlearning is Learning, Too.

Posted by Connie Armerding on May 30, 2019 in Connie Armerding, Contributing Author, Faith, Wisdom

The phrase “two steps forward, one step back” has been rattling around in my head the past few weeks. My husband recently described a childhood experience where his family climbed Mount Saint Helens in Washington State. He explained how the final 1,000 feet of elevation climb is made through gritty sand-like volcanic ash and pumice […]