25th Reunion

To my Sullivan Central Cougars Class of 1993, I wish I could be with you Friday night as you meet once again in the cafeteria lined with age old trophies and concrete walls that contain more secrets than the FBI. I remember the first time we were all together was on a hot August day…

Home and Away

“Do I really have to go to the cookie swap?” I complained to my friend Jordan. He laughed and I shook my head. In many ways, I am starting over relationally. Life has been about saying goodbye and starting over. Mostly due to the fact that I worked with college students for 17 years and…

On Advent and Hope

Hey everyone! I (Beth) am so excited to welcome my dear friend, Casey Lewis to the blog today.  Casey and I met in grad school and she has become one of my closest friends.  She’s a Marriage and Family therapist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Welcome, Casey. This Advent season is really my first. I’ve heard of…

#MeToo

If you happen to be living in a bubble away from all social media, television or news, let me update you. Harvey Weinstein, a prominent and influential Hollywood film producer and Miramax studio executive, has been front and center of the news. So far, over thirty women have shared their experiences of being victims of…

A Word from the Chairman of the Board

I wish you could have been at the last With Inc board meeting. Part of our mission is to be able to tell people in an elevator in 15 seconds what this ministry is about. We looked at each other, said “ Hmm” a lot, stalled for time, then asked Beth, our Executive Director, to…

Hold Fast

I (Beth), am honored that my friend Cam Malpass agreed to share an excerpt out of her new book with us today.  Cam and I spent the summer of 2009 in Clearwater, Florida on summer mission with Cru.  The summer was filled with bugs crawling on us in the night, a strange man dying in…

When Desire Becomes Demand

On any given day of the week, my list of desires seem endless. A house full of laughter A family that increases in number and doesn’t just decrease Travel to Italy and bike through Tuscany Ride a donkey up a hill in Greece (cue Mamma Mia) Go on a walk with a boy I like…

Oxford

My love for C.S. Lewis (aka: Jack) started when I was ten years old. Everyday, my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Hebb, read aloud the Chronicles of Narnia to our class. I remember where I was sitting; right next to the window in front of Tina, who knew an awful lot about sex for a ten…

Weep Together

Written by: Jarrod Justice   The woman in the purple dress said, “My eight-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer this week—and I wanted a drink so bad.” The room fell silent. Suddenly I could feel my heart stand at attention. It was like a queen had entered, speaking to her most trusted advisers. We all…

The Third Weekend in May

May 20, 2016 The calendar says it has been 18 years. 18 times the 3rd weekend in May has come and gone. Some years I am more aware of it than others. Today I sit in the quiet listening to the rain. After this week, the rain is a welcome gift that makes being inside…