This article is reposted from my contribution to Uncommon Voices Collective. The original article can be found here. On November 12th, ‘Swifties’ across the country were elated when Taylor Swift re-released her album, Red. TikTok was filled with fans making content on the app about heartbreak and commenting on the short film she released and … Continue reading “Happy” Holidays: How Can We Be Gracious to the Lonely this Holiday Season?
A few weeks back I was sitting in my friend's room looking at the posters and clippings on their wall. Most of them were aesthetically designed bible verses or postcards… then I saw one that really disturbed me. It wasn't a poster for a screamo band with some obscene album cover, it wasn't a cringey photo … Continue reading The Savior Complex
It was nearly a year ago I was talking to a college friend of mine, and he was telling me about how hard it is to watch people who have their lives all pulled together. You know the type… these people are the ones that have found their Godly spouses, the ones who have young … Continue reading Where’s My Miracle?
It was eerie, sitting in my church’s ‘courtyard’, six feet away from my neighbors in all directions, using our older, smaller altar, refraining from hymnal use, singing along to the piano rather than our majestic pipe organ. Everything was so different. As we left the small service, we were asked to help disinfect our chairs … Continue reading Finding God: Amidst Chaos and Coronavirus
I never really believed anyone when they told me I would face a lot of questions and attacks on my faith when I got to college. I knew that my professors would teach ideas contrary to Scripture, that was a given. But I never for a moment believed that someone would tell me the Bible … Continue reading Finding God: Christ at the Center
“If God asked me to sacrifice my only son, I don’t think I could do it.” This isn’t the first time I heard this statement, but I most recently heard this claim at a Christian conference I attended over the summer. For the first time since hearing it, I didn’t believe it. My disbelief was … Continue reading Finding God: Looking in all the Wrong Places
"There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." – Dostoevsky Suffering. It’s a word that encompasses so much, it’s practically indefinable. God promises that we will all experience suffering in our lifetime. The modern American church often dodges the topic of suffering, but when they do … Continue reading To Walk with Grace through Unseen Sufferings: by Guest Writer Blaire Landon, RN
“Jesus Christ is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.” These are the words we sing every Wednesday evening in my Church. At first, I thought we were just quoting Scripture and preparing our hearts to focus on Christ. I had no idea about the history behind this song. Last summer, … Continue reading On Fire for Christ
Once upon a Medieval time, charity and Christian work were left to the clergy, monks and nuns. There was a distinct line between Christian work and secular work, and one rarely crossed the line to participate in the other. Luther and other reformers believed this to be a significant problem with the monastic life because … Continue reading Monks Amok
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019! You have worked hard for this achievement, and we are all excited to celebrate this day with you. I still remember sitting where you’re sitting, wearing my cap and gown, taking photos with my family - and wondering what the future held. Big life milestones like graduations not … Continue reading Vocation: Adapted from 2019 Graduation Charge by Guest Writer Brianna Woelmer