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Beth Demme Blog

Some people can casually say, “I love you,” but for others, it’s an almost sacred phrase that is reserved for the most special of circumstances and people. Steph and I explore our experience with love—the word and the emotion. When I think of “love,” I think of the verse in 1 John that tells us, “God is love.” I also …

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Beth Demme Blog

Virtue signaling generally refers to an empty act, but is virtue signaling all bad? We each have virtues that we deem important and sometimes we want to signal them. Plus, awareness is valuable and what seems like a meaningless gesture might bring attention that generates change. But then, what do we do when companies signal virtues we disagree with? Do …

Podcast: DOSPOD E69

Beth Demme Blog

Discovering Our Scars Podcast, Episode 69 How often have you heard someone say, “I’m a good person. I’m not prejudiced!”? Are the two mutually exclusive? Is our desire to label people good and bad at the heart of our inability to admit and address our prejudices? In this episode, Steph and I admit and explore some of our prejudices, where …

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Beth Demme Blog

On January 6, 2020, rioters entered the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the government and thwart the certification of the Electoral College results. We’ve launched into 2021 with words straight out of the history books—insurrection, sedition, coup, and treason. Steph and I have an honest conversation about how this event affected us. What is our understanding of what …

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Beth Demme Blog

Six years ago Steph’s friend David began revealing to people that he is gay. In this episode, he joins Steph and me for an honest conversation about what that was like. Straight people never have to “come out” to their parents, declaring their attraction to another gender.  When we step back and look at what our LGBTQ+ friends go through, …

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Beth Demme Blog

A mentor once told Steph that her hobby and her job had to be two different things. On this episode, she and I have an honest conversation about jobs and hobbies.  The dichotomy between the work you do for money and the things you do for fun is an old way of looking at things that doesn’t represent today’s lifestyles. …

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Beth Demme Blog

Steph and Beth have an honest conversation about the use of #Blessed. While it can be intended to show appreciation, it also has some troubling implications. If you aren’t #blessed, are you #cursed? Also, what do we mean when we say “God Bless America?” And why do we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes? It turns out if you …

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Beth Demme Blog

2020 has been a year like no other. It brought us together and tore us apart all at the same time. We endured debates about the efficacy of wearing a mask AND we endured presidential debates. Police misconduct and brutality brought our need for anti-racist ideas to the forefront. And in the midst of it all, we stopped shaking hands, …

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Beth Demme Blog

Just as Samuel Moore-Sobel was about to start his sophomore year in high school, his face was burned by sulfuric acid. In a flash, his life was changed forever. Samuel endured many surgeries to address the physical injuries, but soon he realized the emotional trauma he suffered was just as real as the burns on his face. In this episode, …

Christmas Trivia New for 2020

Beth Demme Blog

In 2015, I released a Christmas Bible Trivia game. I released it as a printable PDF that you could pass out at a Christmas party. I was inspired to create the game after reflecting on the time the Bible embarrassed me at a Christmas party. So many of you loved it! In 2020 we aren’t gathering in person for Christmas …