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Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. She is currently trying turn wine back into water. It is not working, but she will keep drinking the wine until she succeeds because she believes in miracles.

April 10, 2017

 “Let me tell you something.”

As a daughter of Tyke Bryan, these are the five scariest words in the English language.  These words were even scarier after a Scotch or two.

“Let me tell you something…” If the finger was pointed and raised, there was going to be

no esca...

November 11, 2016

My father was a truth teller. This also gave him the reputation of being the “meanest son of a b---- in town.” Most people do not like to hear the truth. Most people do not like to be “told,” as we would call it today.

Over the past week, I have thought a lot about my f...

October 28, 2016

Recently I stood here (at First Christian Church, Mt. Sterling) to remember my father.  While it was filled with lots of color and accolades, the core of his life was still in this area and his faith was pretty straight forward. Many of his friends and colleagues knew...

February 29, 2016

Here’s the problem. I do not understand why anyone would support Donald Trump as President. I just do not get it, and I want to understand. While I have read the articles that talk about why people are for him, most of those articles make everyone sound like they have...

February 27, 2016


This article is for those young adults who need to know that while being a young adult can be an amazing experience, it can also be very hard.


I went to the wrong college.


Most of my life I have felt like an outcast. I realize, however, that this feeling is actually h...

February 17, 2015

You know in movies and television shows when there is a scene that flashes to the graveside years later as all the main characters stand around together mourning the loss of one of them (usually the main character of the show)?


With social media, there are many way...

January 28, 2015

As I have curated a list of Lent resources for my “day job,” I have found that I quickly wanted to share my top 5 ideas for this year.

  1. Flat Jesus

  2. Take a Break during Spring Break

  3. Stones

  4. Unplug Fridays

  5. Make a New Friend


Flat Jesus

Many of you ma...

January 27, 2015

I was asked to write a devotion for a local congregation for Lent. I think I failed in the actual task at hand. Instead I wrote what you will read below.


Just as I shared on Facebook ideas for families during Advent, there are some great ideas out there to celebrate Le...

December 23, 2014

I think I have failed.

I do not say this lightly. Even though I am seen as somewhat “successful” in my call, as I move towards the next decade of ministry, I have really started to analyze my skills. Here is why.


Recently I sat with 12 teenagers during a youth lock-in....

August 15, 2014

We were warned. Every pastor I know had someone tell them to watch out. We have heard people say in jest and passing, “That ONE church member.” Every church seems to have that one person.


Maybe it is because until you really experience the reality of “That ONE church m...

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