Posts by Joel Pulis

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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We are All the Work of Your Hand! (2017 Advent Reflections)

…We are all the work of your hand.  –  Isaiah 64:8b The work of formation is central to the mission of Body Oak Cliff.  It’s our belief that empowering people to more fully experience and embody the love of God is the best way to bring about change in the places we live, work, and…

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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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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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Hear the Message of the Birds

In the trees nearby, the birds make their nests and sing. – Psalm 104:12 (GNT) This past Sunday, I started the day with a cup of coffee and a porch sit. Of the many things for which I am grateful in the new house on Burlington, one is that it has a great front yard…

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Vulnerability: For Me, AND for You

Vulnerability is the only bridge to build connection. – Brené Brown I recently started seeing a counselor every week. It was time. Since Laura’s death, I’ve sought support from numerous sources: friends and family, meditation and other spiritual practices, a grief support group, and off and on, seeking professional help. Overall, I’ve been doing pretty…

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