Denominations

A UW student recently asked this question for us to discuss: Why are there so many different Christian groups on campus? Aren’t we all supposed to believe the same thing? It’s a great question, but certainly not an easy one to answer.

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How do I discern the will of God?

Welcome back! 

Our new blog series for the year will follow our Wednesday night Engage topics again. The topic for this year is: Your biggest questions about life, faith, and Jesus. We’ve gotten ideas from students about the questions they wrestle with in these areas and will write blogs on them as we go through the series.

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Leadership Crisis

In a recent survey, 86 percent of people said there is a leadership crisisin the world today. If you Google “leadership crisis” you’ll find hundreds of articles and books on the lack of leadership in all kinds of areas. It extends to global politics, the business world, and even to church leadership. 

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7 Ways Faith is a Game-Changer

Does faith matter? Practically, would it make a difference in my life? For most people, the answer to this question is simply: no. Faith is wishful thinking at best, believing harmful fairy tales at worst. It’s wiser to remain open, choosing not to make any kind of affiliation or definitive statement. Not committing protects us from being wrong in an ultimate sense, while also not changing anything in present. We can continue to be the master of our own lives like everyone else. Why add faith? 

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Meaning and Nihilism

I can remember the first time I seriously considered that life had no meaning. In my freshman psychology class, we learned about Sigmund Freud’s assertion that belief in God is nothing more than a child’s projection of a loving parent onto a scary world. We need to believe in God, so we can feel safe. It led me down a road of thinking: if God is a projection, what else is nothing more than my own subjective needs.

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Personality Tests: How they help relationships

INTP. 5-The Investigator. Influencing. Gryffindor house? 

You’ve probably taken at least one personality test for school, a job, or just for fun. Popular personality tests are mainstays of the business world like the Myer’s-Briggs and the DISC Assessment. Others, like the Enneagram, are more spiritual in nature and are gaining new popularity. You can find personality tests for everything from your Hogwarts House to what The Office character you are. 

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Mental Health: How we get better

This is the second installment in our discussion on mental health. Last week’s article was: three things you need to know. Mental health can be a complicated, confusing topic. Hopefully you found that helpful in understanding some of the basics. This week I wanted to share some thoughts on how get better. Much of the dialogue around mental health actually focuses on mental illness, when things go wrong psychologically or emotionally. We want to move beyond problems to discuss how we pursue health.  

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Mental Health 

those experiencing homelessness are mentally ill. Young men who commit school shootings are mentally ill. We hear the next generation is more mentally ill than previous generations. We fear it. Then again, we also experience it ourselves, so we wonder what that means about us. 

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Pursuing Physical Health

We live in a weird contradiction toward physical health. On one hand, we have more weight issues and physical ailments than ever before because we don’t take care of our bodies. One the other, we idolize our physical health as a way to vainly find beauty. It’s a pursuit of unattainable levels skinniness or muscle growth. Oftentimes, Christian communities add another layer to the problem due to over emphasize on the “spiritual” without understanding that our physical bodies are also intended and designed for spiritual use. 

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God Desires Relationship More Than You Do

We are a people built for relationships. Whether those relationships come in the form of Facebook friends, Instagram followers, cups of coffee, Trivia Nights with friends, or taking dirty laundry to our parents houses on the weekends, our human nature is wrapped in an undeniable need for meaningful relationship.

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3 Lies Porn Tells

We live in a sex obsessed society. The media bombards us with sexual messages—music, television, magazines, even billboards on buses. Sex sells everything from beauty products to hamburgers. No place is this more true than the proliferation of internet pornography. Pornography has become so common place that Playboy, the company that started the pornography “sexual revolution,” has begun clothing women again to sell magazines

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3 Ways Giving Thanks Will Change Your Life

 Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Sorry Christmas! Christmas is an amazing time for so many reasons, but I love how Thanksgiving isn’t about possessions or gifts. Thanksgiving done rightly, allows us to focus on what we already have. It gives us a built-in day for contentment. 

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Amazing Relationships  

Life is relationships. When you think about it, we experience everything in relation to something else, and especially someone else. The people around us fill our lives. We work with people. We live with people. We have fun with people. We’re always interacting, connecting, and—yes, at times—arguing. 

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Faith: 3 Opportunities

I’ve journeyed a winding road of faith. At times, I wondered if I made a mistake in following Jesus or if I had deceived myself. However, God always draws me back to himself. He always reveals himself in new ways to guide me back.

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Faith: 3 Obstacles

I struggle with faith. In many ways over the eight years I’ve followed Christ now, I’ve made huge strides in knowing him and growing to trust him. I’ve left behind addictions, took risks sharing my faith, and moved across the country to start a new faith community. Somehow, faith remains an elusive reality. Maybe you can relate. 

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What Matters?

Many of you saw yesterday that Paul Allen—cofounder of Microsoft—died at the age of 65. He had apparently battled cancer twice before this third bout took his life. Many of us don’t know him personally, but know him for his wild business success, ownership of sports teams, and his generosity.

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Sexual Assault

#MeToo. Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Bill Hybells. Now the Brett Kavanaugh case. The daily news is littered with sexual assault and harassment accusations. You’ve seen them. You’ve been surprised by them. Hopefully, you’ve been horrified by them. And even more so, I pray you’ve been moved to action. 

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Dorm Life

When I think back on my experience as a resident at UW’s McMahon Hall in 2015-2016, my memories are a mixed bag. I reminisce, “ahhh, the dorms.”  The excitement of living on my own for the first time, late nights studying with friends…

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Botham

When a national headline is about someone you knew, something inside of you stirs. And it’s more than pity. Way more than just sadness. It’s like that nagging headache that just won’t go away. It’s an endless loop of questions playing over and over…

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