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Summer 2022 - Volume 18, Issue 2

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The Power of Curiosity

Sometimes we think the sole purpose of questions is to get answers. Jesus knew differently. In His conversations with His disciples, His questions probed their character and their stories, seeking deeper relationship and their transformation. Upfront Online explores this more deeply through these three additional articles, as well as a brand-new podcast.

Connection for Curiosity

This tool explores transformational curiosity that aligns to the Holy Spirit at work within us, which shows up through the fruit of relational connection.


Upfront Podcast

This podcast is for you if you’re longing to go deeper with Jesus and with others through real-life transformational stories and conversations about issues below the waterline. It goes hand-in-hand with TDC’s print publication and blog by the same name, Upfront.

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The Story of My Sister

By the late 1990s, war and HIV/AIDS had ravaged my country, destroying entire families and villages. It left behind what was commonly referred to as “child-headed families,” families of little kids whose adults had been claimed by our tragedies. At barely 17 years, I was the head of my household.

The Gift of Co-Creating Connection

Her text read: I am so happy to co-labor with you, Jordan. Reading Bonnie’s text drew me into reflecting on our early days of collaboration. We met at a coach training I gave. Chatting after class, we realized not only did we have coaching in common, but our faith in

It Started with a Question

Our true connection started with a question: “What is your greatest desire for the church today?” Alejandro and I had already been talking for thirty minutes, give or take. We’d introduced ourselves and explained what we do for a living. We’d found common ground in our commitment to sharing the

Curiosity Leading into Green Pastures

Dave and I met while he was stationed as a Marine here at Camp Lejeune. For about the last 18 months, he and I have met for prayer and to fellowship deeply with the Lord together.  Our times are always a mini-celebration of the goodness of God in our lives

Burning Bushes, Burning Questions

“You all go explore the mall,” Mom said. “I’m going to stay here and people watch.” People watch? What’s that? Curious, I slid onto the bench beside my mom as my siblings headed off.  “God created so much amazing diversity in this world,” she explained as we watched the world

Ava and the Unicycling Clown

Every evening around six o’clock that summer, a clown with bright orange hair and a fluorescent purple polka-dotted top hat rode past my house on a neon blue unicycle. A black lab in a red bowtie darted around below him. The first time, despite the fact that I usually find

The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increaseawareness of your body in worship. Pull up Psalm 46 in your favorite Bible-listening app (YouVersion, YouTube, etc.), or ask a friend to try this with you. Sit comfortably—perhaps with your feet flat on

Glorious Eggs and Toast: How Embodied Spirituality Counteracts Trauma

After working through a layer of trauma in my story, I distinctly remember being ridiculously excited about eggs in the morning. Somehow, the prospect of being able to wake up and make myself scrambled eggs filled me with a deep, irrational joy. It was as if God had enriched all

Postures and Progression of the Gospel: Reflections through Art and Race

During my sabbatical in 2020, my friend Robin (Klapheke) Jones excitedly asked me if I had any ideas stirring for the painting I now had time, space, and motivation to do. Her question and enthusiasm spurred me out of my laziness, and several months later, out came a four-piece series

Embodied Spirituality: Giving Up Prayer for Lent

Back in college, I often lay awake late into the night, mentally scrolling through my ever-increasing prayer list. Sometimes I would drift into sleep, only to jerk awake at two a.m., horrified to realize I had missed praying for the last few people.

 
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The Story of My Sister

By the late 1990s, war and HIV/AIDS had ravaged my country, destroying entire families and villages. It left behind what was commonly referred to as

The Gift of Co-Creating Connection

Her text read: I am so happy to co-labor with you, Jordan. Reading Bonnie’s text drew me into reflecting on our early days of collaboration.

It Started with a Question

Our true connection started with a question: “What is your greatest desire for the church today?” Alejandro and I had already been talking for thirty

Burning Bushes, Burning Questions

“You all go explore the mall,” Mom said. “I’m going to stay here and people watch.” People watch? What’s that? Curious, I slid onto the

Ava and the Unicycling Clown

Every evening around six o’clock that summer, a clown with bright orange hair and a fluorescent purple polka-dotted top hat rode past my house on

The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increaseawareness of your body in worship. Pull up Psalm

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