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!
Over spring break, I got to go on vacation with Joel’s family. We stayed in a whimsical cottage outside of Wimberley, and for the most part had a lovely time. The second night, however, we heard a scream from the loft upstairs. Grace had been practicing a dance on the slick wood floors and had…Read More
The Fear of Being Seen One of my oldest, strongest longings is the desire to be deeply known. This might surprise people who knew me as a child, because I was very reserved in most settings and rarely offered up information about myself. In fact, the thought of drawing people’s attention terrified me. I read…Read More
If you follow our blog, then you’ve heard about the transition we’re currently walking through at Body Oak Cliff. (If you missed it – read about Joel’s departure here.) As you can probably imagine, this change has stirred up a lot for me – grief about not working as closely with Joel, insecurity about my…Read More
TO: Friends and Supporters of Body Oak Cliff FROM: Body Oak Cliff’s Board of Directors We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of an important change taking place in Body’s leadership. After serving as Community Pastor for the past seven years, Joel has discerned that it’s time to transition out of paid employment with…Read More
Guest post by Roger Hanggi A meditation upon 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In this passage, we hear a conversation between King David and the Lord, as moderated by the prophet Nathan. We know that David was not a perfect king. He had sinned as we all have in our lives. He repented and received God’s…Read More
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. …And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie…[for] he will baptize you with the Holy…Read More
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2 Guest post by Sophia Rawlins When you read the passage, what stands out to you? During my teenage years, I would…Read More
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3b Guest post by Peggy Winford [Peggy, and her husband Rick, recently became “second career” missionaries, moving to serve in Europe after 34 years of working in the high tech industry. They are serving in…Read More
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” – John 1:23 Guest post by Rachel Kramer “Make straight the way of the Lord!” This is the kind of phrase I heard around Christmas time as a kid that, to my y0ung ears, was…Read More