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The Slow Path from Panic to Peace

Two days before Thanksgiving I had a panic attack. I didn’t know it was a panic attack at the time, but when I described the symptoms to a friend – elevated heart rate for days on end, extreme muscle tension, chest pain, the inability to calm my body even when my brain knew I wasn’t…

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Evangelism (or not) in the Workplace

Photo by Jason Betz on Unsplash Guest post by Rachel Kramer [Rachel grew up in a family of pastors in rural Wisconsin and has worked in non-profit ministry for the past decade. Three months ago she began an experiment in community engagement by working as a Starbucks barista.] I think it is safe to say…

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Moving Toward Suffering

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…

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Acceptance & Vulnerability

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…

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When Encouragement Doesn’t Work: A Story of Shame

 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…

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Changes at Body Oak Cliff

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…

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Have I Asked You To Do This? (Advent 2017)

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…

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Speaking of Gifts (Advent 2017)

  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…

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Great Things for ME! (Advent 2017)

  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…

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