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    Welcome to the Truefaced forum, a community of grace.

    There is a lot going on here and it may look a little overwhelming. Let me explain a little bit to help you get started and to find your way around.

    For the basics guidelines here, check out The Spirit of the Forums

    If you just want an overview what is going on, click on Forum. You will see five areas of discussion that help break the conversations up into categories. Pick one that seems interesting and click it. You will then see a list of conversations that people are having. Click on any conversation to read or to join in.

    If you just want to know what discussions are current, click on Whatís New.

    To join us in the conversation, you will need to create an account. It is easy. Just click the Register button in the top right corner. We will confirm your account and you can post here with us. Some of us use real names, some donít. You can do whatever you are comfortable with.

    Once you have an account, feel free to introduce yourself. Lots of great people are here and will help you out. You can also email me with any questions or concerns.

    Grace and Peace,

    Bryan

    This is a place to live out a community of grace. We are here to grow in community, to learn how to love God better, and to learn how to love each other better.

    This involves being personal, open, and taking off the masks... not for exposure's sake, but so that we can see and love each other as we are, trusting in the grace of God to transform us into the fullness of who he has made us to be.

    As a community, we are increasingly convicted with the idea that knowledge puffs up and love builds up. We want a community primarily built around love and secondarily around knowledge. We don't want to eliminate knowledge... that would just be foolishness. But the struggle to learn should have the aim of learning to love, not just knowledge for knowledge sake.

    In this spirit, we have some guidelines we would like you to be aware of:

    • The goal is a community of grace. While freedom and honesty are virtues, be careful not to use them at the expense of others.
    • Remember that men, women, and teenagers have access to the public forums. Speak appropriately for that audience. Use discretion with your language and with discussing sexual issues.
    • Some topics are just inappropriate. We ask you again to use your judgment on what is beneficial for the community as a whole and what needs to be taken into a more private conversation.
    • To encourage authentic community we discourage multiple online identities.
    • We are not here primarily for an intellectual debate, but to learn to love in the context of real people in a real community.
    • While some conflict and disagreements occur in any community, we expect each of you to do the work of moving towards a community of restoration and not division.
    • In order to preserve this community, we will set boundaries when the spirit of this forum is violated.

    For the most part, this forum is moderated by you. While I will have a hand in things if needed, I want you to invest in each otherís growth and in preserving the freedom and life of this place by your interactions and investment in each other.

    Bryan Owens
    bryan@theofgroup.com

    This community is financially supported entirely by the members here. It is a gift of the people here who desire to share a little of what it is like to have true communityÖ to show the world that a community of grace, while messy, is very real... to invite the world into something very special.

    To donate to these forums for monthly support (or a one time gift), contact Bryan Owens at bryan@theofgroup.com

    --Bryan