Posts by Body Oak Cliff

My Story | Matt Glenn

“A year ago,” Matt says “the future was a black hole.” As an attorney at his father’s firm, tension in his relationship with his father impacted both his personal life and his work life. On top of that, he was going through a painful breakup. “I was in a tough spot,” he says. “I was broken,…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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My Story | Vera Padilla

Before starting her Faithwalking journey, Vera felt stuck. It had been a year since her divorce, and she was still without a job. When she and her four children (ages 16, 14, 13, and 9) had to move in with her parents, she felt like a failure. God, where are you going to use me?…

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Our New Blog & Updated Website

  Over the last several months (Sept-Nov 2017), the Body Oak Cliff community has been engaged in an intentional discernment process, working to transition our offerings from a programmatic, scattered, and limited approach to a more empowered, embodied, and everyday philosophy. We’ve put a pause on the retreat/small group model that we’ve employed for the…

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Unveiling New Tools | Leaders Meeting

  “How can we empower people to embody God’s love in the midst of their everyday lives?” Instead of pulling people into a formal program, we have been exploring ways to provide people with what they need to continue their journey of transformation right where they are. And when we say “people,” we’re talking about…

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My New Community Adventure

  An Update on Big Blue (June-Oct 2017) I love connecting and developing people! Over the years, this passion has led me to help catalyze multiple communities among a diversity of people: adults with mental illness, clergy and church leaders, addicts and the HIV-positive, young families and youth, and everyone in between. Over the summer,…

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Celebrating Growth (Fall 2017)

    This past Sunday evening, celebration was in the air!  Over the past 6 months, seventeen participants met biweekly at Big Blue and journeyed through Body Oak Cliff’s Formation and Leadership processes.  The groups were co-led by Deborah Cunningham, Rachel Kramer, Joel Pulis, and Christy Tyree, and represented our largest cohort over the past…

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Why I Celebrate Halloween

  I love Halloween!   And so does my neighborhood – Oak Cliff does Halloween big.  And so Laura and I made a decision a number of years ago to make the holiday our primary party of the year.  Since Grace was 3 or 4 years old, we’ve filled our home with friends and handed out…

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Cleaning Up Messes | A Tool of Transformation

  [This past Sunday, I had the privilege to preach at New Vida Church of God in southwest Oak Cliff.  This post is based on that sermon.  Click here for a Cleaning Up Messes worksheet.] I make lots of messes.  Or at least that’s what I heard when Deborah recently told me that I “clean…

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