The blog of the Body Oak Cliff community
This blog seeks to capture the latest reflections of the Body Oak Cliff team (Joel & Deborah), as well as stories of transformation in our community. Many of the posts include reflection questions to help you interact with the content. If you find something that resonates with you, consider sharing it with a friend or small group and let the questions prompt meaningful conversation.
We hope that what you read here will encourage you on your journey and empower you to love in the everyday!
“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,…Read More
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…Read More
All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene. (1 Cor. 1:7) Thanksgiving was a really hard day for me this year. People always say that the holidays can be hard, but I’d never felt it as acutely as…Read More
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?…Read More
…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…Read More
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,…Read More
[This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. If you missed Part 1 – “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know” – find it here.] Have you ever had a brilliant idea in the shower? Or while sitting on the toilet? For me, my moment of insight comes every Wednesday evening when I go…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More