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Supporting and challenging spiritual growth in relationships

A flower without water is still beautiful, but only for a while…because when you take its prime source of sustenance, it’s water, it cannot survive. It thirsts, but there is nothing there for it.

The petals hold their vibrant color as long as they can, but soon enough, the color begins to fade, the petals shrivel and fall, and what’s left is the stem. A dried out, brittle, broken stem. This stem has little strength. It cannot withhold the weight of outside forces, and often breaks under pressure. It no longer looks like a flower.

As Christians, we are like flowers. We are nourished by God’s Word and living a life in desire of His will, to bring forth His kingdom. However, there are days in which we do not receive the nourishment we need. And sometimes it’s more than a few days. It can be a few weeks, a few months, a few years.

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What is going on with the scandals in college basketball?

Caleb Piersma is a freshman interdisciplinary major at UNW (photo courtesy of Cable Piersma)

On February 23, Yahoo! Sports broke one of the biggest stories of the 2018 sports year. The FBI had investigated possible corruption within National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball teams. The documents published by Yahoo! Sports showed many present and past players and over 20 programs’ involvement in receiving or giving bribes to attract players to their programs. These players and schools are not low-grade and unknown, they are high-profile programs and players who have impacted the NCAA or NBA. What is causing coaches to break NCAA rules and pay players to come to their school? How can the NCAA fix this?

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One is too many: continuing the conversation on gun control

Brianna Silvers is a first-year health sciences major from Maple Grove MN (photo courtesy of Brianna Silvers).

My heart hurts. It hurts for the 17 innocent lives killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. It hurts for the ones killed in Las Vegas, at Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine, and all the mass shootings in between. On a day that was supposed to celebrate love, we witnessed another mass murder. And my heart really hurts because it’s all becoming too normal. It’s too normal to turn on the news and hear about someone shot and killed. I’ve heard all the arguments about gun control. The second amendment allows us to bear arms in this country for protection, so who is the government to take that away? And on the opposite side, guns are only used for harm, and these weapons of mass destruction need to be regulated, especially assault rifles. I was afraid for a long time to take a stance on this issue, but it’s gotten to the point where I can’t go through life passively and pretend that everything is fine.

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Civil Right pilgrimage

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This past semester break, a group of five students from the education department and our professor had the incredible opportunity to attend a trip called the Civil Rights Pilgrimage with the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. The trip lasted ten days, and we visited six southern states and important cities that played pivotal roles in the events before, during and after the Civil Rights Movement. We visited included Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama; Selma Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee.

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Expectations, experiences and everything in between

by Tatyana Breitkruez  People are everywhere. Relationships are everywhere. That’s just how the world works. It’s not uncommon to find yourself surrounded by more people in a relationship than not, and that isn’t an easy thing for some people to deal with day in and day out. I’ve been around those in relationships since middle […]

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