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July 16, 2012

"Pimply Faced" World Changers

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Geoff Gentry

In 7thgrade, I was obsessed with Civil War history. During lunch I would sneak off to the library and read cheesy historical fiction about one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history. Some kids knew a lot about getting girlfriends; I knew a lot about Gettysburg. I never made a game-winning 3-pointer or won anyone’s heart, but I did learn how to love a good story.

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July 12, 2012

Thursalonians: Children of the Light

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Sharonda McPhee

I remember when cell phones first came out. I marveled at the idea of a phone that you could carry everywhere you went.

Everything about cell phones captured my attention: from the ringtones, to the games, to the various phone cases. I saved my money, I begged my mother to buy me a cell phone—my life revolved around getting a cell phone. 

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July 11, 2012

Hospitality, Spirituality, and Free Food

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Guyana Hand

As a student at the University of Florida, I saved money each week eating free food served around my campus. I was broke, the food was decent, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to meet some people outside my circle of friends. I shared meals with Catholic students, Jewish students, atheist students and many others whose worldviews were unlike my own. Eating with strangers deepened my understanding of hospitality and reminded me of

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July 10, 2012

Following Jesus Is Not a Spectator Sport

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Mollie Emerson

I love sports, especially basketball and tennis. Recently, Wimbledon and the NBA draft has whet my appetite for these sports and inspired me to pick up a ball again.

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm as a spectator did not translate to skills on the court. Somehow, I had believed the silly notion that by watching these professionals, I would become a talented

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July 09, 2012

Marry Your Church

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Lisa Liou

When a couple takes marriage vows, they are reminded that such promises are not to be entered into lightly. This is a life-long commitment. As such, when a couple reaches their 50th anniversary, we celebrate the union they have kept, especially because this is not our cultural norm.

That marriage has not been an easy road. It has not been about

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July 06, 2012

The Gospel According to Superheroes

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Christian Holmes

I’m a pretty nerdy guy. I collected comic books in grade school. At age 13, I could answer any piece of Star Wars trivia you could come up with. Today, if you press me hard enough, I can name Star Trek episodes by their number. Yep… welcome to my world.

That being said, I absolutely had to see the new Spiderman movie on opening day. I was pumped for its new cast and a whole new take on the story. For someone who loves superhero

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July 05, 2012

Thursalonians: A Life Pleasing to God

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Christian Holmes

I don’t think I’m the only young Christian who can get bummed out by the word “sanctification.” Once I get over how smart I sound saying a word that could get me at least 22 points in Scrabble, I feel a sort of mild anxiety. There are times when I’m left with the feeling I used to get when my mom told me to clean my room. Something like, “Yeah, I know it has to happen, but can’t I do something a little more… fun?”

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July 03, 2012

Hiding Your Faith at Home?

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Angie Giancola

Remember looking forward to summer in high school? Waking up for the last day of school was kind of like that “Christmas-morning-can’t eat-can’t sleep-just want to get out of bed” feeling. Once testing was over and we had watched one too many Disney movies in class, we would sit at the edge of our seats waiting for the bell to ring to announce the start of our break. Shouts of joy could be heard bouncing off the walls in the hallways, and students would literally knock one another over as

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July 02, 2012

John the Baptist: A Pole Vaulting Olympian

By: 
Drew Larson

It’s the summer of 2012, which means the Olympics are just around the corner. So let’s talk about Christmas. And pole vaulting.

Pole vaulting is the most confusing event in the track and field universe. I can’t even imagine how it originated. It looks like a witness protection program for tightrope walkers (“You’re looking for somebody who holds the stick like this? No, I hold it

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June 29, 2012

Lessons from Chapter Camp: What Defines You?

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Sharonda Mcphee

Normally, I would’ve been hesitant to spend an entire week in the mountains of Jasper, Georgia. With no computer, no cell phone reception…can you say boring? But this year, the Lord placed an intense desire on my heart to go to chapter camp. As a city girl, I expected this to be the longest six days of my life, but God had other plans for me.

When I arrived at chapter camp, I realized how beautiful and

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