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Right On Time
Posted by Jim Epperson on

Martin was running through some announcements as everyone got settled for the Sunday service. He scanned the audience, took a breath and held it briefly. “I think it’s time to announce our new recovery meeting,” he said. That’s how it started—how SJOC was...

The Faces Behind The Veil
Posted by Vonni Gant on

  On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, a rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all...

A Better Dining Experience
Posted by Tami Fowler on

The bible teaches us that God’s grace is sufficient. But what do you do when you feel that you are living outside of God’s sufficiency? I mean, there are days when I just don’t feel it. There are days that I’m really in the groove (I just aged myself) and there are days...

Words by Julia
Posted by Nika Spaulding on

Hey Friends, Nika here. If you’ve ever taken a TAP class with me, then you know I like to assign final projects of sorts to drive home what God taught us in our classes. We have been dazzled by poems, recipes, musical scores, stories, and children’s books just to name a few. The goal...

A Look at Shame and God-Given Nobility
Posted by Ian Rhoades on

  Guilt and shame, it’s a messy part of ourselves that we do not want to examine. The terms creep into our language, but we don’t know how to distinguish between the two. Often used interchangeably even though the meaning of the two words are distinct. Guilt is linked to our...

Spring Feast
Posted by Isaac Banegas on

  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted...

A Recital Invitation from Jonathan and Cynthia
Posted by Jonathan Hodges on

  Dear St. Jude Family, Cynthia and I are excited to invite each of you to our upcoming recitals. Cynthia's Junior Recital will feature all 4 of Chopin's Ballades (sans intermission), and because it's been scheduled now, she doesn't have a choice. If any of you have been wondering about...

My Personal Journey Through Most of the Old Testament: A Loose Interpretation (or, My Secret Desire To Be A Writer Like Carrie Bradshaw, But A Nicer Christian Version)
Posted by Tami Fowler on

A note from NikaDear Friends,I wanted to share with you a special guest post on the SJOC blog. In our Theology Automatic for the People (TAP) classes, we eagerly desire to make participants better worshippers of God. While I have often in my teaching profession settled for smarter sinners...

Leaving the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA)
Posted by Nika Spaulding on

This weekend we announced our departure from the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). If you would like to listen to the announcement, you can listen to it here. We understand this might have created questions for you all, and we want to address those questions or concerns this weekend. If you...

Trinity 101: How do we define the Trinity?
Posted by Nika Spaulding on

Since the trinity paradoxically is both 3 and 1, Christians throughout history have tried to define the triune God through the use of metaphors.  For example, you might have heard that God is like an egg: one person of the Trinity is the shell, another one is the white, and the final one is...