Meet Becky Hodill

July 13, 2017 By: Elizabeth Stott

We are excited to welcome our new Events and Kitchen Coordinator - Becky Hodill! We have asked her a few questions so that we can all get to know her. A Little About Becky: Tell us a little about your family. Dan and I met in the summer of 2008. I was roommates with Elizabeth Stott and Kaylyn Briscoe at the t

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Meet Becky Jo Roberts

July 13, 2017 By: Elizabeth Stott

We are excited to welcome our new Communications and Creative Design Coordinator - Becky Jo Roberts! We have asked her a few questions so that we can all get to know her. A Little About Becky Jo: Tell us a little bit about your home life. I own a little bungalow in central Columbia that I spend my spare

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Walking in Another Person’s Shoes

July 6, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

VISCERAL Visceral is a word you know, although you may not know its definition. Visceral is a deeply felt emotional reaction. It is to be touched in a place you weren’t aware existed. It is to be shocked, saddened, angered, frustrated, or amazed at the depths of your feelings and thoughts. I am participating in

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Being a World Class Christian

June 8, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Do you know the saying ‘Think globally and act locally'? It came from the early days of the environmental movement. It is a good catch phrase that connects broader thinking to individual actions. I think this phrase also carries a tone for how we can see ourselves as World Class Christians. Being World Class mean

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Increasing Our Capacity Over the Summer Months

June 1, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

As most of you in my circle of life know, I am an avid runner. I like to run long distances and barring injury try to run a marathon at least once per year. One of my new crazy endeavors over the last few years has been to run 100 miles in one week. That is a big number to digest. But I have found the key to hittin

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A Christian’s Response to Terrorism

May 26, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

It is easy for those of us who live in Columbia, Missouri in the middle of the United States to see terrorist attacks from abroad as nothing to do with us. We catch the headlines, look upon it with some curiosity, and then get on with life. But is there a better response than, 'There goes another terror attack?'

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Who Sends People Easter Cards?

April 6, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

I was pleasantly surprised when Deb and I received in the mail an Easter card from our youngest son and his wife. I thought, "Who sends people Easter cards? What thirty year old would send someone an Easter card?" And these two are in Europe right now; so, how did they have the presence of mind to be this kind or t

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Thoughts on the song “King of My Heart”

March 30, 2017 By: Joy Perona

Our new song, “King of My Heart” has been one of my favorites for a while now. Whether I’m blasting it in my car or listening to it at my desk at work, it always seems appropriate for whatever I’m doing or whatever my day holds. Throughout the whole song “You are good” is repeated over and over. I’ve fo

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The Method to the Message

March 30, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Preparing to give a teaching on a Sunday morning requires a variety of people to consider. There is the Biblically well-read, the theologically astute, the ‘been-walking-with-Jesus-a-long-time’ person who figures he or she has heard it all a hundred times before, the ‘I-grew-up-in-the-church’ who can feel a

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Novels, the Bible, a Book Festival and Our Church

March 9, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

It has been said by a number of leading theologians and pastors that reading literature, especially fiction novels, may be the best way for people to understand the Bible. That is a bold and odd-sounding claim. But what they are saying is that the better one is versed in how to read a story, particularly a complex

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