Hey guys, this blog post draws inspirations and responds to Rachel’s last blog post Why Discipleship Weirds Me Out. Feel free to read that to get some context. We are sitting on a picnic blanket on a warm summer day. The shade from the tree shelters us as we go through our Bibles, taking turns reading verses and discussing them. For some reason, we get onto the … Continue reading This is Why Discipleship is Weird
I like to think I’ve encountered my fair share of quirky Christian trends. 24-hour prayer sessions. Pre-wedding lingerie parties. Haunted houses that bring people to Jesus (no, seriously, that’s a thing). But one of the many buzzwords that has stumped me is discipleship. “Discipleship is teaching biblical precepts, while modeling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus Christ. This should be a … Continue reading Why Discipleship Weirds Me Out
Honestly, I don’t like church when it doesn’t apply to me. I mean, what is the point? (Daaaaamnn, Savvy…real talk here… – Rachel 😉 ) The same goes for women’s ministry. Yes, I’m talking about those late morning brunches with pastries and strawberries, craft evenings, going-through-how-to-be-a-woman-of-God book evenings that are just a few examples of what encompasses women’s ministry (at least in my experience). Now … Continue reading Is Women’s Ministry More Than Motherhood?
Photo Credit to my lovely friend Rachel S. (not blog-Rachel) who is a wonderful human being and you would all be lucky to know her. (so this is kind of a follow-up from Rachel’s most recent blog post, so feel free to read it first, if you haven’t already, here). These are the kinds of prayer requests that are being offered up; healing from cancer, … Continue reading Are My Problems Too Small?
This doesn’t happen often. But when it does, I notice it big time. I’m sitting in bible study—this was years ago, mind you—and a person shares with the group: “My biggest sin is pride.” And I’m like, really? Make no mistake, pride is destructive. Just read King Lear. But there is this feeling I get when someone’s problems sound less of a big deal than…cough, … Continue reading My Problems Are Worse Than Yours
“Rachel, are you joining?” A woman at church points to a stack of paperbacks in her Amazon Prime box. I stare. Open my mouth. Close my mouth. “The women’s Bible study?” she adds. Oh. Bible, good. Women, good. Studying together, good. “Yes,” I say. She hands me a copy of the study book. I examine the Instagram-perfect cover: Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When … Continue reading What I Long for the Most
He’s a world-renowned evangelist. Millions of people have become Christians because of him. That should sound inspiring to me. Instead, I sit in the thousand-seater church, picking at a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and mentally consider my dessert options for afterwards. Donuts To Go or an Oreo McFlurry? I know what’s coming: an altar call. I dislike altar calls. I find them confrontational and emotionally-manipulative. (Read more about … Continue reading Give Me Real Christianity
I’ve encountered the holier-than-thou attitude in Christian circles more than once. My friend recalls a man in church who once told him: “There are first-class Christians and second-class Christians. First-class Christians are on fire for the Lord. They love Jesus, they come to church every Sunday eager to worship, and they read their Bible a lot. Second-class Christians, well, they just don’t get it. They … Continue reading What Happens When You Judge Me
I’ve been questioning a lot lately; about this God, who I believe is real, and about this Christian sub-culture that I’ve grown up and live in. I am not questioning the reality of either, but am questioning what to do with it. Tell me, how do you react to reality? I’ve always been slow to accept and will cautiously process from a distance until I’m … Continue reading Insular Christianity
Better hang on to that salvation pretty tightly.* If you’re a Christian who makes it a daily habit to second-guess yourself (guilty wave), you might relate to that panicked feeling of wondering if perhaps, maybe, just maybe, your faith in God is not authentic. Maybe it is, in fact, wobbly. Surface-level. But you don’t realize it. After all, surfacey people don’t know they’re surfacey. Are … Continue reading How To Know If Your Faith is Real