Cooper Taylor :: 6.10

Cooper Taylor

On April 3, 2012, the city of Forney, Texas (home of the something beautiful podcast) was struck by an F3 tornado. The storm damaged homes across the city but specifically the tornado tore across an 8-mile stretch of land, running right through the Diamond Creek Subdivision.

After watching the tornado take shape and touchdown from his office, Cooper Taylor and his co-workers immediately took off to survey the damage. What they saw led them to spring into action and opened the doors of c|Life Church as a central hub for all donations for storm relief and recover. What was just an instinct reaction, became Cooper’s full-time focus for the next several months.

Hear some of Cooper’s story on this week’s podcast.

related ::

Cooper on Twitter
Wikipedia entry on the April 3 storms
WFAA story
Video of tractor trailers being tossed by the Lancaster tornado
c|Life Church

A couple tweets from friends of Cooper after they heard he was going to be interviewed for the sbpodcast:

music :: – The Owl Named Orion
Coloured Lines – Dirty
Coloured Lines – Silence in the House of God
Apta – Rise

Kari McHam and Jana Vanderburg keep at it

Porcelain Dolls
Porcelain Dolls

Just in time for Valentines day…

Our friends Kari McHam and Jana Vanderburg have just put together a short video detailing some of the work their doing — caring for and loving on the women in Waco’s adult entertainment industry.

As Kari shared on our show last year, through Porcelain Dolls, they’ve built a number of real relationships with the “un-loved” in their community and have witnessed some serious life changes in some of the women as well.

Over the weekend the girls took part in a Valentine’s Day outreach and also recently gave away 3 computers to several girls who are trying to further their education.

Watch the video and consider how you might get involved to help…

Find out more on Facebook, Myspace or donate online.

You can also listen to Kari’s story and Jana’s story on the podcast.

Who in your community needs this kind of love and caring?

marlon hall :: 3.43

marlon hall
marlon hall

marlon hall pastors at awakenings movement in houston. he is also a photographer, blogger, and storyteller. this week marlon stops by something beautiful to talk about ministry, outreach, and why some churches need to die.

related ::
marlon’s blog
awakenings movement
marlon on twitter

music ::
sufjan stevens – sister winter
sojourn – lead us back

phil shepherd :: 3.22

Phil Shepherd

this week we talk with the whiskey preacher, phil shepherd. phil’s a pastor of the eucatastrophe in fort worth, texas, a church for outlaws and outcasts.

phil tells us about growing up as a “funagelical” in alaska and how he made his way south and ultimately starting a church with his wife stephanie in fort worth.

related ::
phil’s website
the whiskey preacher
phil on twitter
the eucatastrophe
phil’s interview in the huffington post
phil’s interview on pirate christian radio

music ::
thin lizzy – whisky in the jar
mike doughty – the only answer

ted blair :: 3.15

Ted and Nikol Blair

this week we chat with Ted Blair, who’s a pastor of Livingway Church in garland, texas. he shares the history of his ministry and church and how all his plans and work came to a crashing halt last year when he was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma.

related ::
livingway church
ted’s on youtube
ted on facebook

music ::
church of the beloved – the mystery of faith
phil whickham – eden