Something for Everyone: A Case for 12 Step Recovery Work

It seems we all have well-shaped mental images of 12 step recovery programs from a favorite series.  A person shamefully tries to slip inside a church or non-descript retail building without notice, pours an awful cup of coffee, and slips into an uncomfortable folding metal chair. Then they awkwardly wait for their turn to say “Hi—I’m (wishing I didn’t have to use my real name) and I’m (broken in some ...

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5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

It’s summer y’all! For this Minnesota-born Texas transplant, summer is more of a threat than it is reason to celebrate.  As I brace for the 100-degree weather and stock up on sunscreen, I’m also preparing to read a number of new books.  Summer is always when I get the most amount of reading done because I can be inside and blast the air conditioning.  I know in the coming months ...

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5 Guidelines for Social Media Interactions

One of the places as Christians we can be least intentional with our witness is Social Media. It’s easy to forget that when God asks for all parts of our life to glorify Him, He even means our online interactions. Although it’s easy to write this off as a meaningless issue, it’s important to remember the average person spends 2 hours and 15 minutes daily on social media! This has ...

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Why I Serve: Carly Webb

As part of our Elements journey, we interviewed Carly Webb, about her experience pursuing justice in our city alongside Jesus Said Love – an organization that helps women in the sex industry. Check out her story by watching the video below.   We also asked Carly to answer a few more questions about her experience with Jesus Said Love:   1. How did you originally hear about Jesus Said Love (or what drew you ...

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Struggling in our Humanity Together

Harris Creek kicked-off two support groups in our community this week through Reclaim Ministries. Women facing the painful and confusing road of infertility gathered on Tuesday evening to work through their grief and share their experiences at Reclaim Infertility Support. Yesterday, a year of planning, training, and prayer came together at Harris Creek’s first Reclaim Recovery meeting. The Reclaim Recovery team beautifully demonstrated vulnerability throughout our training, and we were all encouraged as our first participants openly shared and ...

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One Month In: UK Progress Update

  Here’s a quick rundown of the first month of the Training Institute: U.K.: Katie Yarbro, Elizabeth Ogburn, and Merritt Denman are the first interns for the program, and they are all serving with One Church in Brighton, England. They hit the ground running and headed to Youth Camp, an off-site but nearby gathering of multiple congregations that gave the interns an early jump on meeting some One Church members. The ...

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Social Media Detox- The 1st Month

Our last all-staff  meeting had one looming bullet on the agenda- the “Social Media Experiment”. Brady and Joey introduced an opportunity to the individuals of our staff to take a break from a habit in our lives as engrained as brushing our teeth. The challenge was met with clenched jaws, crossed arms, and audible sighs. A social media-free summer? Is that even possible? An image was created the very same afternoon, replacing the ...

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The Chewbacca Lady & Social Media

You’ve all seen it by now, and are probably over it, I know. However, the Happy Chewbacca lady, Candace Payne (who happened to go to my alma mater, Ouachita, NBD), hit on something with her viral post recently that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I’ll pose it as a question. Shouldn’t Christians be the most fun people to follow on social media? It seems that Christ-followers, who SHOULD be the ...

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Learning To “Adult”

When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned in childlike ways as we all do. But when I became a man, I left my childish ways behind. For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will ...

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