Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dr. Terry Stigdon Terry headshot

Terry Stigdon, MSN, RN, was appointed as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services in early 2018 as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s sweeping reform of the state’s child welfare agency. In her first year in her new position, Stigdon has implemented changes aimed at offering the best service to Hoosier children and families. As a result of her efforts to provide the right care to the right child at the right time, the state has seen a decrease in children in residential treatment and foster care. Her leadership has also led to decreased staff turnover, resulting in better continuity of care for families involved in the child welfare system. When Stigdon joined the Department of Child Services, she was uniquely qualified to understand the mission ahead. Prior to her appointment, she spent nearly 20 years at Riley Hospital for Children. Her work took her to the pediatric intensive care unit as well as the emergency medicine and trauma center; there, she saw firsthand what can happen in the most serious cases of child neglect and abuse. Stigdon, a Chicago native, holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management.

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Worship
Battle Belongs to You / Agnus Dei & King of Kings / All I Need is You
Reflection 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Dr. May Young / Living as Dearly Loved Children

May Young (PhD Theological Studies: Old Testament and Masters of Divinity (MDIV), Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL) is an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, and Philosophy (BSCMP) department at Taylor University, Indiana.  She has taught both undergraduates and seminary students, including internationally in Asia.  May has two children, Andrew, who was recently married (April 2021) and Deborah, who is working in Business Development in San Francisco.

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Worship
My Testimony & Awake My Soul / Just Like Heaven / What a Beautiful Name
Reflection
  1. How is God reminding you that you are dearly loved?
  2. How have you been challenged to live as a dearly loved child of God?

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ben Watson

Watson played collegiately at Duke and later at SEC power Georgia prior to being selected in the first round of the 2004 Draft by the New England Patriots. With Watson at tight end, the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXIX over the Philadelphia Eagles. He scored 44 touchdowns during his 16-year NFL career, which included stops in Cleveland, Baltimore, and New Orleans. He finished his career with over 6,000 yards on 547 receptions.
In 2015, Watson wrote several essays on cultural topics. One, which outlined his thoughts on racial tension in America, reached over 44 million readers. Watson went on to author two books: Under Our Skin, and The New Dad’s Playbook.
Watson is now a member of All Pro Dad, an organization launched by NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy.
He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the Dr. Phil Show. He has also spoken at schools, churches, and conferences across the country.

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Worship
Christ by Magnified / In Christ Alone / Your Glory & Nothing But the Cross
Reflection
1. What is your purpose?
2. What is your pursing?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dr. Paige Cunningham

Paige Comstock Cunningham, Ph.D., J.D. is serving as the Interim President of Taylor University.
Cunningham has served as a Taylor Trustee for 17 years, and is now stepping down from the Board in order to head a seamless leadership transition, succeeding outgoing President Lowell Haines.
Beyond her service at Taylor, Cunningham has extensive academic scholarship and professional qualifications for her new position, with significant experience in bioethics, public policy, and pro-life issues. She graduated from Taylor University (summa cum laude) and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, Master of Bioethics (summa cum laude) from Trinity International University and Ph.D. (Educational Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Cunningham is currently the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and an affiliate professor at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She was an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College for eight years and serves on the Advisory Board of the Wheaton College Center for Faith, Politics and Economics. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director and General Counsel and later President of Americans United for Life, a national pro-life advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Cunningham and her husband Jay have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Worship
Good Grace / God I Look To You / Run to the Father

Friday, March 26, 2021

Jordan Oloomi

Lead Pastor of First Missionary Church Fort Wayne, IN with his wife and two young children. Jordan received his Bachelor’s in middle school education from Indiana University Fort Wayne and his Master’s of Theology with a concentration in Islamic Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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WORSHIP
Rediger: This is My Father’s World / When I survey the Wondrous Cross / Shout to the Lord
Reflection
1. What is your plate that you need to put down?
2. What are some of the things that you see that cause comparison in your heart?
3. What is keeping you from pouring out your desires to the Lord?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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Marilyn McEntyre is a writer and professor of medical humanities at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Marilyn is the author of 14 books, including the recently-released A Faithful Farewell. She has won several outstanding teaching awards and was recently awarded a Christianity Today 2015 book award.
Her teaching and writing have ranged widely. Along with American literature, she has taught Medical Humanities, Literature and the Natural World, Portraiture and Character in Literature and Art, Approaches to Autobiography, and a variety of writing courses.
Having left full-time teaching to spend more waking hours writing, she also speaks for university, church, and community groups, leads retreats and offers short courses and writing workshops. See the Events page for recent talks and topics, and contact her if you’re interested in her coming to your group or class.
In addition to books, her writing have appeared in a wide variety of academic and trade publications. Find links to some of her essays on the Other Writings page.
Her deepest interests lie in connections between spirituality, language, healing earth and each other. She’s a vegetarian, has an expanding family of lovely adult children and stepchildren, children-in-law, and grandchildren, she loves to hear my husband read aloud, and walk or ride the tandem by the river whenever possible. She hopes to keep finding ways to help heal the planet, and doesn’t think we can do that without imagination, compassion, humility, and a massive paradigm shift.

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WORSHIP
Rediger: So Will I / Lift You High / Such an Awesome God / Most Beautiful, So in Love
Scripture Reading: Psalm 85:8-15 & Zechariah 8:16-17
Reflection

Friday, March 19, 2021

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Isaac Vineyard lives in the downtown area of Annapolis, MD. Annapolis is a historic, multi-cultural city on the Chesapeake Bay. It is the state capital of Maryland and home to the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John’s College. 
“I began to wonder what it would look like to see all of those with so many differences worshipping the same Lord together and living life in community together,” says Pastor Isaac.
Isaac has a background in college ministry, and he served for the last 5 years in a local church in Annapolis. He is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus and helping people grow in their faith. He is skilled at building partnerships that make a difference. Now he is building a team to launch College Creek Church which plans to open in 2021.

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WORSHIP
Rediger: Glorious Day / How Deep the Father’s Love / Jesus We Love You
Odle: God of Wonders / How Deep the Father’s Love / Lord I Need You
Reflection: