Six Bizarre (but True) Stories from History

In my opinion, bizarre news stories – the ones that make me stop and think, Huh? – are the best kind. Below are six such stories. But rather than pulling them from today’s headlines, I looked to the past. Enjoy this smattering of bizarre history. 1. The King Who Liked…

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Missional Living: Tre & Khrystal Coppage, USC

This is the second in a series of posts telling the story of Urban Scholastic Center through people involved with the ministry. Read the first post, telling the story of USC founder, Chuck Allen, here. The house is one block from the Urban Scholastic Center, around the corner from where…

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A Tale of Nancy Drew, a Secret Room, and Unmitigated Curiosity

“Tell us your name and one random fact about yourself.” This quintessential question asked by teachers and professors at the beginning of a new semester always stumped me – until my junior year of college, when I realized I actually had a good answer. You see, when I was young,…

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Faithful to the Call: Chuck Allen, Founder of Urban Scholastic Center

“These kids need more than a 30-minute ‘come to Jesus’ speech.” This realization hit Chuck Allen in 2000, while he was facilitating an after-school club for kids. A vision for a ministry to students began to churn in his mind – a vision that would eventually be realized in the…

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“Stories that Bind” – Behind the Name

I’ve always loved stories. When I was little, every night I would ask my dad to tell me stories about when he was a kid. “Daddy, tell me about when Henry the Hamster escaped.” “Tell me about Bo and the paint crowbar.” And whenever he finished one story, I’d ask…

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