Restoring Highland – A Discipleship Vision

Introduction In the Christian tradition, “discipleship” can mean different things. Greg Ogden helps provide a sense of what discipleship should be by describing a disciple.  He wrote: “Being a Christian is a statement about what Christ has done for me; being a disciple is a statement about what I’m doing for Christ.” For the purposes […]


Highland University Ministry by: Bailey Cate

When I came to Abilene my freshman year I was excited about many things. I was excited for a fresh start, a new space, something to try on my own. I grew up a preacher’s kid in a small church in Fremont, Nebraska. Many of you know being in the preacher’s family is not all […]

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Diverse City

These days we talk a lot about racism. We say things that sound so obvious, like “You shouldn’t be racist.’ But I’d like to ask why? Because for thousands of years no one really thought that was a problem. Of course, you would consider your race to be better than others, it was your race […]

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How To Die – recommended reading

For the past several months the book “Being Mortal” has set atop the NyTimes Bestseller list. Most of the books that achieve that honor tend to be about heroic tales of sports heroes or veterans or the latest celebrity memoir, but this book has captured America’s imagination by saying the one thing we already knew, […]

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Everything I Know About Christmas, I Learned From Television

by: Richard Beck As a child I loved all the children’s Christmas shows. I was so addicted to these TV shows that, looking back, I can now discern that everything I know about Christmas I learned from TV. The first lesson I learned was from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You recall the show. The […]


It’s about looking for the Divine in the most unexpected of places. Christ came in the stillness, in the darkness, on the back of a donkey ...

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Advent Present

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about the Christmas season that I’m afraid we forget too easily; there is this prelude to the Nativity scene that, despite popular belief, doesn’t actually include Black Friday, Santa Claus or untangling Christmas lights. It’s called Advent. And whereas Christmas, in its purest form, centers […]