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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...

Because I Wanted To...
Posted by Nika Spaulding on

    “How’s your new job?”  If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this question the last two months, I would be able to take us all out for the Smooth Operator at Emporium. After fumbling through several poorly crafted responses, I developed my go-to...

God Flicked, I planted
Posted by Martin Ban on

God compelled me to the point where I could no longer resist. I had a decision, check that- we (Mari Anne and I) had a decision to make. Do we venture east and serve at an existing church community or do we move to Oak Cliff in Dallas and plant a church?   I sat on the couch of a dear...