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
“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
In my very first article, I explained that I wanted to explore what a gracious lifestyle looked like. When I wrote that article, I planned on avoiding subjects like pop culture and politics because I felt like they might distract from learning to live a faithful life. After just a few weeks, I now understand … Continue reading Do We Need to Calm Down?
Have you ever thought about how we only read the Bible in two tenses? We read the Bible in the past tense: God did this, he did that. We read the Bible in the future tense: God will do this, he promised to do that. But do we ever read it in the present tense? … Continue reading Beside Still Waters
Chaos. Pandemonium. Aren’t we constantly surrounded by those terrible companions? When you go to the grocery store you’re confronted with decisions and ads and music and employees communicating over the speaker system. When you’re in the car you’re surrounded by blinking lights and honking horns, radio ads and music, sirens, maps, traffic signs and signals. … Continue reading The Adventure Begins