Bethel Concerts // Social Judgment Theory & The Elaboration Likelihood Model

I attended a Bethel concert Saturday night ((it was fabulous, by the way)). When the Brian and Jenn Johnson pulled out stools and a hightop table to share for a few minutes, the crowd eagerly sat down and soaked up their story like sponges under a faucet. Everyone there was not only thrilled to hear Bethel sing, but they also couldn’t wait to receive the…

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What’s In Your Bio? // Social Information Processing Theory

Instagrammers, Twitter influencers, and LinkedIn specialists all stress the importance of your bio. Your snippet of yourself should describe who you are, what you’re about, and why people must have you in their feed. Some social media enthusiasts put their job title in their bio; others list their hobbies and their passions. Some type out their personality type; others tag their kids or their pup.…

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“Tidying Up” Spiritual Messes // Expectation Violations

If I could summarize the first 60 days of 2019 in one tweet, I’d tweet this: “Did it spark joy?” Every time I check social media my friends have posted something new about the latest bedroom they have organized and the trendiest storage hack they’ve discovered, all in an effort to focus on the things that “spark joy.” According to Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, tidying…

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Beach Trips & Design Tips // Symbolic Interactionism

White couches, light blue walls, wicker chairs, and soft lighting create the vibe. Nautical art decorates the walls, and seashell lamps and rope-covered picture frames litter the coffee table and bookshelf. It may be early February, but whenever I step into my friend’s living room I feel like I’ve stepped into a beach cottage on the shores of Destin, FL, far far away from the…

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Let’s Talk Culture: An Intro

For the next ten weeks, I’ll be exploring a new avenue of blog topics called “Let’s Talk Culture!” If you’re new around here, feel free to read through the meaning of “Talk Story” and why it’s important to me here. Everything and everyone has an aesthetic whether we recognize it or not. We all have reputations and images and personas we attempt to maintain through…

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Inside Elevation // Charlotte, N.C.

If you ever get a text asking if you want to snag a last-minute opening to attend Elevation Church’s bi-annual leadership conference, you should definitely call out of work for two days, email your professors, throw clothes in a suitcase, and board that bus as fast as you can. I’ve watched a little of Steven Furtick’s preaching online, but I had never visited the main…

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