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Posts by Madi McGraw

  • Christmas Roundtable
    eLetter

    Christmas Roundtable

    It's finally here — the season of Advent. From November 28 until December 24 we get to be fully submerged in stories of hope, peace, joy, and love. But — we also get to take part in our favorite Christmas traditions.

    So I did what enneagram number 8 would do, and I asked a probing questions about Christmas favorites to keep our staff on their toes. This week I asked our staff what their favorite Christmas movie is, and here is what they had to say...

  • It's Time to Invest in Serving Our City
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    It's Time to Invest in Serving Our City

    Evan & Courtney shaver have been IBCer's for over 20 years. They are passionate about following what Jesus encourages his followers to give. They are all about giving both their time and their money to love and serve Irving Bible Church and the surrounding communities.

  • What if I don't want to read the Bible?
    IBC Stories

    What if I don't want to read the Bible?

    After growing up in a Christian household, being immersed in biblical community, and serving and leading within the church, I found myself in a season of not wanting to participate in the "Christian To-Dos". I found it difficult to admit to my mentor and friends not that I just wasn't reading the Bible but that I didn't want to. But then, the more I talked about it, the more I discovered that for many Christians, Bible reading - especially the part of a daily devotional schedule - is one of the bid "shoulds" of faith. Many of us have been told that we should read the Bible, but we've hardly ever been told how to stick with it or why we should want to in the first place.

  • It's Time Sermon Series
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    It's Time Sermon Series

    Join us starting September 12 as we kick off a new sermon series called It's Time.

  • The Art of Comparison
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    The Art of Comparison

    Comparison is one of those words that immediately draws up this ugly feeling in our guts, right? We have all felt the rush of dissatisfaction with our own stories when we set them down next to someone else’s only to find them doing “better than” or maybe just “better off.” Whether it is a co-worker, a mentor, an influencer on social media, or even a dear friend that appears to be closer to where we want to be, or who we want to be, we have undoubtedly felt envy, pride, covetousness, and self-pity in the wake of Comparison.

  • Is your media consuming you?
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    Is your media consuming you?

    We live in a world that is absolutely saturated with media – like soggy bread. It’s a rare moment when we don’t have a screen either in our sight or within our reach, each one of us connected to all the content in the world. A nearly endless list of articles, videos, songs, social media posts, podcasts, pundits, and influencers are begging for your attention – did you know social media algorithms are literally set up to keep you in their platform for as long as possible? They will send you notifications when they have noticed a trend of your usage. Their technology is able to target you; it thinks like this: Madi is normally scrolling at 3:12 p.m. when she’s experiencing an afternoon energy lull, let’s target her with notifications since she is currently not scrolling.