What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

by Emily Meredith Last May, my dad retired as dean of the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University. During his twenty-one years there, he learned the name of every student in every one of his classes. As soon as he received his class roster, my dad would start memorizing the class list, looking at student ID pictures to help him put names to faces. He challenged himself to recite the entire list of ninety names from memory on the first day of class. And he did it, without fail,... Read More
Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

I am so excited to get to share a bit about our church’s story with you. We’re part of a small, but growing number of Catholic churches, who are using Orange Strategy and curriculum to prepare kids and students for lifelong faith. While we may be unique among Catholic churches in our area, we find that we have much in common with the thousands of other churches using Orange around the country. Regardless of denominational differences, we hold fast to a common belief in Jesus Christ and a... Read More
The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

“Stories over time move us to imagine a world beyond ourselves.” —from the book, Playing For Keeps The Importance of Stories Stories are important. There’s a reason why Jesus constantly spoke in parables to his disciples. And there’s a reason why kids seem to gravitate towards story books. Stories allow us to make sense of the world around us. Which is especially important for kids. Just imagine trying to explain the theological significance of the Christmas story to a child. You... Read More
How Self-Control Affects the Whole

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

One of my favorite fruits is the pomegranate. It is complicatedly beautiful. If you’ve ever cut one open, it is made up of several little seeds, held together by cream-colored borders, protected by a hard-red shell. Once you cut a pomegranate open though you will quickly notice that if you expose one part of the fruit to the elements the other parts of the fruit will start to dry out and won’t taste as good. I promise that God had the pomegranate in mind when His Spirit inspired Paul to write... Read More
Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

The Orange Conference is just a few months away, and we’ve posted the breakouts that will be available for registration soon. You can start looking forward to planning what breakouts you are going to attend at OC19. Keeping with this year’s theme, It’s Personal, we are going to make sure every aspect is personal for you. With it being a new year, we plan new resolutions, and reflect on the last year. Do you find yourself starting questions with: How Do I . . .?” Many of us do. What is exciting... Read More