REFLECTIONS & STORIES

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!

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

By Joel Pulis | Nov 26, 2017

…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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My New Community Adventure

By Joel Pulis | Nov 6, 2017

  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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Making Space for the Unknown

By Deborah Pulis | Nov 3, 2017

[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…

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Celebrating Growth (Fall 2017)

By Body Oak Cliff | Oct 30, 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

By Joel Pulis | Oct 27, 2017

  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

By Joel Pulis | Oct 23, 2017

  [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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What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

By Deborah Pulis | Oct 20, 2017

Quick: think of 3 things that you know. Here’s mine, off the top of my head: I know that my name is Deborah. I know that 2+2=4. I know how to drive a car. Now think of 3 things that you don’t know. Again, off the top of my head: I don’t know how to…

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Hear the Message of the Birds

By Joel Pulis | Oct 16, 2017

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

By Joel Pulis | Oct 13, 2017

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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