Earth, Wind, Water and Fire: Depth through Disaster

By: Carrie Baker The natural world is both incredible and powerful. It gives and takes away; it provides and yet also possesses the power to deprive millions of people all over the world. Over the course of this past year, humanity has been forced to realize that we truly are […]

Where Confidence Thrives

By: Mary Krauss When you meet a person, what do you notice first? Sometimes it’s their bright blue eyes, or crooked smile, or bowl cut—but often it’s their stylish corduroy skirt or perfectly-thrifted sweater. Judging people based on what they’re wearing is a common response; people often represent themselves by […]

When I Grow Up

By: Abi Hillrich I’ve loved clothing as long as I can remember. When I was three, my mom introduced a faux velvet black dress to me in the pile of dress-up clothes making a home in our basement. I worshipped this dress, wearing it everywhere and as often as I […]

What Do Our Dreams Mean?

By: Mandy Pennington In 1990, my mom was living in China. She came over as a foreign exchange student, but her main purpose was to share the gospel, although missionaries were illegal in China. While she was there, my mom was somewhat of a legend, with her beautiful long blonde […]

Toxic: The Danger of a Hazardous Relationship

By: Carrie Baker It isn’t supposed to be like this. I know that you’re hurting. I know that you are confused and afraid, but most of all I know that you are in denial. You can’t reconcile with the idea that this person whom you would give your whole heart […]

The Thrill of the Hunt: Thrift-Shopping

By: Mandy Pennington Let me paint a [not so] pretty picture for you. You pick out a perfect outfit—maybe a dress you got on sale at Forever 21, or a killer band tee from Hot Topic. You’re strutting across campus repping Chance the Rapper on your tee or showing off […]

The Science of Inspiration

By: Abi Hillrich Inspiration is often looked at as something highly artistic and creative, the source of all things we may refer to as the humanities, stemming from right-brain activity. Lacking structure and predictability, the image of the Muse originated in Greek literature and is now known to personify an […]

The Journey to Publishing Your First Book

By: Ben Casey You’ve written a book. It took months, years even. Let’s say it’s a mystery crime novel called The Mystery of Crimetown. You spent so many late nights typing out The Mystery of Crimetown, going to bed only to daydream about what happens next in your book. You […]

The Activity of God

By: Josiah Mohr Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a tree? Well, I have and I can definitely say I felt crazy doing it. That conversation did indeed serve a purpose, despite your raised eyebrow. Actually, it was an assignment for my class on spiritual formation, as […]

Skin Stories: Finding Identity In Ink

By: Carrie Baker As humans, we’ve all encountered the pains of grief, confusion, distress, and—if we’re lucky—the weight of incomparable joy, pride and accomplishment. These experiences have become part of the narrative of what it means to be not only a member of humanity, but also to be a unique […]