Winter

By: Kendall Schneider Winter has always been my favorite season. I love everything about it. I love the first sparkly frost that covers the ground and wearing thick socks and scarves. I love real snowflakes and the kind that leave tiny white triangles all over the carpet. I love looking out the living room window and watching the snow fall all night. I love the crackling sound that comes from the fireplace on cold evenings and how it warms my nose and cheeks. I love how bright white figure skates…

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Why Do You Go to Church?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The preacher looked out over her congregation and asked a very straightforward question, “Why are you here?” She then went on to say that, it appeared that many in the church were not there for the right reasons. There are many good reasons why a person would choose to attend a church. Unfortunately, many faithful church-goers do not have good reasons. Rather, they attend this or that church for purely sinful and idolatrous motives. “I go to my church because that’s where I get fed.” …

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Five Shows You Should Be Watching This Winter Break

By: Sophia Romero Winter break is the time to stay inside and watch a new series in your pajamas with something warm in your hand. If you’re like me and like staying in on the holiday’s, then these are the shows that you should be watching over winter break. Master of None: Written and starring Aziz Ansari from the syndicated sitcom Parks and Recreation, it follows Ansari as a bachelor navigating New York City and dating with his two friends Arnold and Denise. It is worth bingeing this winter season.…

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Five Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

By: Sophia Romero I have always loved and have been an advocate for music while driving. However, as I have stepped into adulthood, I have found myself wanting something more and different during my car rides. I have heard of different podcasts, but have never listened to them—until I downloaded Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Then I embarked on a love affair with podcasts, and chose to listen to them on long car rides consisting of more than an hour. So, if you’re like me, and are looking for a different…

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Five Ways to Keep the Holiday Season Simple

By: Kendall Schneider It often seems like the holiday season is the craziest, most chaotic time of year, rather than the most wonderful time of year. Everyone rushes around buying gifts and frantically cleaning the house for guests. Here are five ways to keep this holiday season simple, focus on the important things, and keep from getting too caught up in the craziness. Take some time for yourself. Make sure that you set aside time for yourself. Yes, this season is known for spending time with others, but allowing yourself time…

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A College Girls Guide: How to Stay Healthy During Christmas Break

By: Sophia Romero with Taylor Tapia I have struggled with my diet and eating healthy since high school. I have done a juice cleanse, low carb diet and Paleo; however, I do eat relatively clean most of the time—I have troubles eating in moderation and exercise. This brings me to exercise- it is the bane of my existence! I feel like it’s a cesspool of germs and a bunch of guys staring at you like you’re in a meat market. Now back to health, with winter break right around the…

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King Herod, Roman Authority and Jesus Christ

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Jesus grew closer and closer to the Holy City—the city that would ultimately witness his execution on the cross—and he continued to teach, heal, and proclaim God’s sovereignty over a world increasingly hostile to God’s love. Aware of the growing tension and nervous anticipation surrounding the sacred festival in Jerusalem, some Pharisees sought him out with what appeared to be a dire warning. “Get out of Jerusalem,” they urgently warned him. “Herod wants to kill you!” Undaunted, Jesus responded with seemingly uncharacteristic insults and prophetic…

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Ten Christmas Gifts for a Tight Budget

By: Kendall Schneider Need some Christmas gifts that cost little to no money? I know that I love to give gifts that don’t cost much. Besides, it’s the thought that counts! Here is my list of ten Christmas gifts for a tight budget: Give the gift of experiences: Create coupons for things like “A coffee date” or “Movie Night.” A housekeeping card: Is there a chore that your roommate, family member, or significant others HATES to do? Make them a coupon that gives them a day off. Set of letters: Write a set…

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Celebrating Advent

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The rush is on. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, Christmas Day is ahead of us, and here we are—like so many Decembers—rushing to make sure everything gets done. The pressure is on. There are gifts to purchase, travel to arrange, treats to bake, decorations to display and social gatherings fighting to squeeze into our harried calendars—not to mention final exams! It is truly a rush-rush time of the year. It is times like this that many in the church can benefit from…

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A Typical Slater Thanksgiving

By: Jena Slater My parents have always had traditions they have done throughout the years for Thanksgiving time. I always remember my mom making two pumpkin pies, a mincemeat pie, a buttermilk pie, and a pecan pie. She would have to hide some of these pies so my dad would not get into them, because he would eat some of them before they were ready. You may be wondering why she made so many different pies. That’s where one of our traditions begins. My dad’s favorite pie is pumpkin pie,…

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