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Blog Archives: September 2012

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September
2012

the prologue

Chuck DeGroat
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Prologue! It was a memorable evening and experience. In case you missed it, the audio and corresponding slides were recorded to be a resource for you. As Chuck DeGroat described it, "a prologue is a gateway into a great adventure." You're going to hear that our lives are, at their core, story. Chuck reinforces this idea by sharing about a few friends and even about himself. Have you considered the fact that you have a story? Could it be that your story matters? You'll also hear our brains are ...
13
September
2012

Too Late?

Jay Wilson
“Is it too late?” I’ve been asked this question numerous times from people who sincerely intended to give to the diaconate fund, but due to the business of life, lunch on Sunday, and preparing for work on Monday it simply slipped their mind. If this describes you, would you consider taking a moment to contribute to 02-Deacon fund through our online giving? This is yet another significant way in which we can become the "very presence of Christ" to others in our city. If this is your first time hearing about contributing to the diaconate ...
13
September
2012

How Christian community trumps hard-wired humanity

Rachael Butler
Are our brains “hard-wired” toward certain behaviors? A recent NPR piece about the hazing death of a college student reflects on this much-debated question regarding our psychological makeup. Naturally, moments of tragedy spark these discussions with a rekindled sense of urgency. Christians and non Christians alike want to ask the big question: how could this have happened? Is there hope for humanity? Ultimately, the deeper question seems to be another version of “Who are we?” Conclusively, the research shows that static behaviors such as ...
12
September
2012

Counseling 101

Chuck DeGroat
This is an email I sent to a friend in the past few months. Her question was: “There are so many counseling perspectives and so many Christians trying to integrate them all. For some, it’s all about symptom management. For others, it’s about confronting old wounds. And others seem to emphasize healing and forgiveness. Help me understand what we ought to be doing!” It’s an actual letter, so forgive the lack of formality and lack of clarity at times… A great question, and one I’ve wrestled with for a while. It prompted the whole ...